Friday, April 28, 2017

Upcoming Events: Past Life Readings, Feng Shui

At our next CTS meeting, on May 6, Emily will be discussing how to perform past life readings.

Since Emily's approach to tarot has always been highly practical rather than theoretical or spiritual, she plans to focus on practice tips gained from experience, the pros and cons of performing past life readings as compared to present life readings, and learning by doing through in-meeting reading practice.  In particular, Emily plans to demonstrate the important role that court cards have come to play in her own past life readings, and to discuss the function of tarot cards as a storytelling device and how they take on this function when reading about past lives.


Additionally, CTS has received a very kind offer from a local tarot reader who is also an avid practitioner of feng shui, the ancient Chinese art of harmonizing humans with their surroundings, to take a tour of her home.  The home tour will give CTS members an opportunity to see how she has arranged her home according to the principles of feng shui and how this has created an ideal energetic space in which to practice tarot.  We will then have an opportunity to practice readings and chat informally.  

While the feng shui home tour event is still in its early planning stages and remains tentative, we hope to finalize these plans and have more information about date and time soon.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Next Meeting Feb 4 with a Valentines Theme!

In February CTS will be returning to its exciting new location that we debuted in January!  Want to know where exactly we're talking about?  Apply to join (it's free!) using the link in the menu bar above!

Since Valentines Day is coming up, the group's facilitators will be providing a joint presentation this month on "the sexy side of tarot."  So be prepared for a more risque discussion than you may be used to and definitely leave any impressionable kiddos at home!

See you soon.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Special Guest Presenter Geraldine Amaral This Month!

Because of the holiday last weekend this month's meeting is taking place tomorrow instead of the usual first Saturday of the month.

But that's not the only reason this month's meeting is special!  We will be welcoming guest presenter Geraldine Amaral, local tarot reading and teaching guru, to provide helpful information and pointers about tarot for entertainment purposes - i.e., how to read at parties and other festivities!

Geraldine's talk promises to be informative and hands-on.  She will be covering how to prepare for an event, best spreads to use, what to bring, how to charge for an event, various dos and don'ts, and ways to ensure that your presence at an event is a success.  Plus, attendees will have a chance to practice fast-paced mini readings.

This presentation is an updated repeat of a talk Geraldine gave to the group several years ago.  The discussion topic was so well-received and so helpful that we have no doubt it will be a helpful even to those members who were at the first presentation of this topic.

See you there!

Friday, May 6, 2016

CTS's Living Tarot Spread

The March 2016 meeting of the Capital Tarot Society featured one of our more lighthearted activities: impersonating the cards!

Members signed up to personify specific cards from the major arcana, while other members took turns asking questions to obtain their advice, given in character.

We encouraged members to dress in line with their major arcana characters, or to bring a prop showing what card they had selected.  We didn't expect members to go all out and show up in full costume!

From left to right, back to front: Hermit, Hierophant, Devil, Star, Magician, High Priestess, Moon, Death, Temperance, Sun, and Empress

The meeting was, overall, fun and successful - even if we did seriously confuse our wait staff.

Meanwhile, April's meeting featured a discussion and exercises on the concept of 1,254 cards in the deck - essentially, how two cards paired together (1,254 possible combinations) can lend themselves to a meaning greater than the sum of their parts.

May's meeting, taking place TOMORROW, May 7, will feature a group discussion of the actual mechanisms that make tarot work, enlivened through a fun game of group jeopardy.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Join us in February to Learn About Spreadless Readings!

Thanks to our wonderful member Paula January's name-tag decorating and new year spreads were amazing fun, as always.

In February, the presentation will focus on reading without a spread!

Reading without a spread can be either incredibly straightforward or incredibly in-depth; the difference between the two depends on how the reader approaches it.

This style of reading requires a significant reliance on the images of the cards themselves, regardless of whether they are pictorial or simple pips, and is an incredibly versatile method of reading.  It allows you to develop your intuition and stretch your understanding of the cards and how they interact.

Reading without a spread requires you to synthesize your knowledge of traditional card meanings, your intuition, and various elements of the tarot.  Using a variety of tools when you read can help you delve into the depth of the reading; these tools can also be applied to readings with spreads.

In this session, you will enjoy ample opportunity to practice using these tools in spreadless readings.

Please bring an interesting tarot deck to the meeting so that everyone will have a unique deck to read with.

If you would like to join us for our February 6 presentation on reading without a spread, but are not already a member, check out our How to Join page.  It's free!

Monday, December 7, 2015

December's Holiday Meeting

CTS received a visit from Father Christmas at December's Meeting.

Every December CTS members get together for a yearly tradition: the holiday gift swap.  Each of us brings a new or gently used tarot-related item (or items!) like a tarot deck, book or deck bag, wraps it up like a present, and we take turns selecting gifts.  It's a great way to work with new decks, get rid of unwanted clutter, and spread cheer without breaking the bank.

Holiday gifts swapped by members


The CTS holiday meeting is an inclusive, non-denominational event, as we are an inclusive, non-denominational crew of folks from all backgrounds and walks of life.  It's always fun to share our traditions with one another, and in particular, to relate the holiday season to our practice of tarot.  Much of the medieval imagery found in traditional tarot decks relates to themes that are prevalent around Christmas, while other elements of tarot are influenced by pre-Christian European traditions that were later integrated into Christmas festivities. Still other traditional elements of tarot enjoy Jewish influence through kaballah and many modern decks and forms of practice have incorporated a plethora of enlightening Eastern spiritual traditions.
Our meeting was extra-cozy this year thanks
to a crackling fire
For the most part, though, our December meetings are all about bonding, sharing, spending time together, and staying cozy and warm.



While CTS meetings normally involve a presenter or moderated discussion, the December meeting is about hanging out, catching up and having fun.  It always enjoys a great turnout and, in the spirit of giving, it has also become a tradition for our members to go above and beyond.  One of our members brought three entire boxes of books for the rest of us to take home and enjoy, while still another member, a gifted potter, has brought beautiful ceramic pieces for everyone in the group several years in a row.


Gorgeous handmade pottery brought to share by
one of our longstanding members






The December holiday traditions of the Capital Tarot Society truly showcase the culture and values of our amazing group and its wonderful people.  We hope to welcome even more new members in the coming year so that they can join us for this great holiday celebration in 2016.

We are also looking forward to January's meeting, another opportunity for longstanding CTS traditions.  We will be conducting readings for the new year and decorating new name tags for the year to come.  It's a great time for new folks to come in and introduce themselves.

Won't you join us?

Happy New Year!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Coming up in December...

We can't believe it's December already!  Coming up at our December 5th meeting well be engaging in a beloved CTS tradition, the holiday gift exchange!

Members are welcome to bring a wrapped gift (or gift bag containing multiple gifts) containing gently used tarot and tarot-related items (used decks, books, deck bags/boxes, reading cloths, crystals, incense, tarot themed jewelry, other divining tools, journals, etc.).  Then, in random order, anyone who brought a gift gets to select a gift brought by someone else.  It's a great way to try out new tarot decks and get rid of clutter without breaking the bank!

Then in January we'll enjoy another annual tradition: new year spreads and the decorating of the name tags!

If you're not already a CTS member but would like to join us for these fun winter activities, check out our How to Join page!  Joining CTS is fast, simple and free.