Tarot and Oracle readings at local Hospice benefit event

It’s that time of year again:

I again was invited to participate in a benefit event for Hospice, to bring the cards and read for donations towards the organization.

They were holding a gifts and fashion show where the proceeds from vendor’s tables all go to Hospice Muskoka. This year I had requested a slightly larger spot away from the main action, so as to have some more privacy and not to be interrupted by announcements via the intercom and by the music provided for the event.

The library of the Bracebridge Sportsplex proved to be an ideal spot.

I also decided, to bring reinforcement: While I offered to give ~~15 minute Tarot readings, Denyse, one of my friends and students has shown an interest in reading the cards and this was her very first outing to come and help. I provided her with an extra table with a variety of Oracle decks, where the message is already written on the card, so she could let people chose from the decks, then pick out a card and either let them read their message or read it out for them.

She loved the idea, ran with it and was VERY busy in no time.

What decks did she have you ask?

Well, she had available the

Wolf Pack Cards

Wolf Pack cards

The Raven Cards by Gaby Buecker

Raven Cards

 

RCDoubt

the Healing Cards by Carolyne Myss,

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10 secrets to Success and inner Peace by DR Wayne Dyer

10 secrets

 

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and A New Earth by Eckhard Tolle

New Earth

Let’s just say, Denyse did GREAT with her new task and I could just concentrate on reading Tarot.

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I had the Greenwood Tarot,

the South West Sacred Tribes Tarot,

The Druid Craft Tarot

and the Medicine Cards

to select from and surprisingly, this time the Druid Craft deck won out as the favourite of the day. The cards are large and people can see, the images well.

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The event ran from 1.00pm to 4.00 pm and I had not time for any breaks, reading none stop and still there were lots more people that would have loved a reading.

Next time – or next event – or come on out to the house…. 🙂

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For Greenwood Fans:

I am always delighted to hear from all the Greenwood Tarot friends, that are finding this blog and that – with a little patience and a pair of sharp scissors – manage to create a private copy of the deck for themselves.

Since month now I have a little reminder on my desk, to post an interesting finding about one of the Greenwood cards, the Shaman:

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See, I stumbled over the original image, that Cheska Potter used as inspiration for this enigmatic Arkana card

It is right here, in the book with all the photographs from Edward S. Curtis:

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Die Indianer Nord Americas, die kompletten Portfolios.

Here, on page 209 we find our Shaman.

Arikara medicine Man

It is Bear’s Belly from the Arikara Nation. The sub text translates as:

>>A member of the brotherhood of the Medicine men, wrapped in his sacred Bear fur<<

In our Greenwood study group on Aeclectic Tarot are 3 pages of posts about the card.

http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?t=92562

We were wondering just how the rather strange top/ tip of the head cam to be in the image. Now, looking at the original inspiration for the image, it is quit clear, that yes, the Shaman is wearing the Bear fur. The Bear was skinned in one whole piece and then the pelt was slit open from the underside of the neck to the middle of the belly to allow its wearer to slip inside.

The top is the dried up head and muzzle of the bear. Its ears should be approximately, where the Shaman’s ears are. Very important, because a Bears hearing is excellent.

I encourage you all to check out the Greenwood Study group and maybe – hopefully contribute to it 🙂

Recently added info:

Bear Medicine is the Medicine of the Healer Shaman, the one who can ward off sickness and scare away the Spirits of illness. That is not only so among most all indigenous tribes in North America, but also all over Siberia (among my own people for example!) and most likely also in Palaeolithic Europe.
Evidence has been found that Bear bones – mostly from cave Bears were used by the Neanderthal People to create ritual objects like percussion instruments and flutes and it was Bear grease, that was mixed with red ochre to create the sacred body paints of which traces were found in Neanderthal graves and artefact sites.
In places the DNA from Cave Bears could be found!
In my tribe (Uryanchai – north Eastern Tuva) Bear was seen as the Guardian against all the “unpleasant Spirits- Albis and boks, benge’es and so on, that show up from the East – from the uncertain future, that we all hope to see, but that at times has a rather nasty surprise waiting for us. Bear Was one of the Creator Spirits, the Sacred ones that lived amongst the Stars. But to prevent all the “Nasties” from wrecking havoc among the living – Animals, Humans and Plants on of the Sacred ones had to come down to the “middle Realm ” = Mother Earth and keep watch and swat them away. So Ee’ren Adik, the Spirit of BEAR decided to take corporeal form and do the job. All Bears are under his lordship and his physical representatives. If someone gets sick, my great grandmother – and now me, we put them onto a Bear fur for the curing ritual, which includes red Ochre and ground turquoise made into a paste using Bear grease. …..
That is similar to what some Native Americans here do.
The Haudenosaunee for example have all their healers from the Bear Clan and often the Bear Clan Sachem leads our Longhouse proceedings.
Among many tribes, the touch of the Bear claws away the illness and brings healing, so a Bear paw, just even drawn, is powerful.
There would be numerous more examples, see the Siberian Bear Paw glove……
There is a lot more, I could write…..

Siberian Bear Claw Glove