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!