Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Free Reading Program to Continue in 2018!

The Capital Tarot Society is pleased to announce that it will continue to provide free readings once a month at Cheesetique in Ballston for all of 2018!

CTS readers will be available at Cheesetique (800 N. Glebe Rd, Arlington VA, not far from the Metro) from 6:30 to 8:30 PM the first Thursday of each month.  If you would like to receive a free, short tarot reading stop by around 6ish, let the host or hostess know you'd like a reading, sit down to grab some wine and delicious cheese, and wait for a member of restaurant staff to come get you for your reading.  It's that easy.

Here are the exact dates:

January 4
February 1
March 1
April 5
May 3
June 7
July 5
August 2
September 6
October 4
November 1
December 6

We look forward to seeing you there!

Interested in getting a longer, paid reading from a CTS tarot reader?  Contact us at and let us know what you're looking for, and we can get you in touch with a reader who is a good fit for you.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Bye Bye 2017

This past Saturday CTS had its annual holiday fete.  We did things a little differently this year!  In the past we've typically held our holiday gathering in a bar or restaurant where we normally gather for meetings, but this year one of our members graciously opened up her beautiful home!  It was so nice and cozy that we're considering having more meetings in member homes going forward.

And since it was in a house and not a restaurant, the event necessitated a potluck - and we outdid ourselves.

This was after we all got to it - you should have seen it before!

However we didn't do away with all our holiday traditions!  The annual gift swap went on as always and, as always, was incredible fun.  Members bring used tarot decks and other items like books, crystals, and mystical accessories, and pack them up in a gift bag or box so nobody can see what they're getting until they choose their gift off the communal gift table.  And this year members came with so many extra gifts that we actually all got to choose two gifts from the table, plus handmade pottery that one of our members kindly brings for us every year.  There were also Christmas crackers (the kind that you pull and that make a popping noise and have a gift inside, not the kind you eat) with paper crowns for everyone, folks in holiday dress and even visits from some feline friends.

Light up Channukah sweater, you know that's right.
Round two of presents

The largest tabby any of us has ever seen.

Several CTS members gathered for tarot discussion over treats.

So, from the whole gang, happy holidays and a joyous new year to anyone who is interested in getting their tarot on with us in 2018.  To join in on our fun holiday parties, upcoming awesome events next year like our new years readings in January, and upcoming presentations on topics like the MBTI personality types and court cards or pattern recognition in the RWS deck, check out our "how to join" page at the top.

Sayonara 2017!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Fun Filled Rest of 2017

Here's hoping everybody had a fun and TAROT filled Halloween!!!

CTS has a lot of fun stuff planned through the end of 2017.

Tomorrow night (Thursday November 2) we will have tarot readers on hand at Cheesetique in Ballston to provide FREE tarot readings to members of the public!  So stop by, grab some wine, grab some cheese, relax, and learn the wisdom and insights of the universe :)

November's meeting is then coming up this Saturday, and will feature our annual tarot craft and rummage sale.  Members are encouraged to bring items, both tarot related and not, to sell or  swap to other members.  This can include used tarot decks, books, and other tarot or esoteric items like wooden boxes, reading mats, pendulums, crystals, runes, guided meditation tapes, etc.  It can also include your own handmade goodies.  If you would like to sell, please e-mail

So far these are the items that will be available for purchase at November's meeting:

  • Meditation and hypnosis CDs
  • New age books
  • Jewelry
  • Pottery
  • Framed prints
  • Shibori died silks
  • Arcana stones and oracle decks
  • Hand decorated journals

Note that we have instituted an RSVP policy for future meetings!  So if you plan on attending make sure to e-mail to let us know.

On the docket for December is our most anticipated meeting of the year, the annual CTS holiday celebration and gift swap.  At this meeting CTS members bring gently used tarot items like decks, books and other goodies all wrapped up and then we take turns selecting presents and enjoying our tarot surprises.  Perhaps the most fun, though, is the swapping and trading that occurs after the presents have been opened!

CTS is also busily scheduling our meeting presentations and topics for 2018!

Interested in joining us for our member's only meetings, but not yet a member?  Check out the "How to Join" link at the top and follow the instructions to become a CTS member.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Recent CTS goings on

CTS is happy to note that we had not one but two very successful events in September.  First, on the 7th, some of our members had the super fun (and yummy) opportunity to provide free tarot readings at our monthly event at Cheesetique Ballston.  These events are part of our outreach program, which is designed to help those interested in tarot find our group and also to educate the greater public about tarot and overcome some of the spookier misconceptions about what tarot is.  These are also great opportunities for CTS members to practice reading for new people, which can be a great confidence booster and very rewarding when we see how happy folks are with their readings.

If you're interested in attending one of our free tarot events, the next one will be on October 12th beginning at 6:30.

The second event of the month was our regular meeting for CTS members.  This month's activity was more hands-on than usual, as we got crafty and made our own tarot journals.  But it was more than just a crafting session.  Members were encouraged to think carefully about their tarot goals and what uses a designated journal might have in helping them achieve those goals and delve deeper into their tarot practice.  Members considered the use of tabs and organization, what decorative elements actually promoted mindfulness and visually reaffirmed their tarot principles, and the potential uses for inserts and pockets to hold on to notes and ephemera collected along the way.

Our next CTS meeting will take place on Saturday, October 7th.  We'll be learning how to perform our own wisdom readings using free writing (possibly in our new tarot journals!).  This is also our last presentation of the year, as November's meeting is our annual member craft fair and jumble sale, and December's meeting is our always-much-anticipated holiday gift swap.

If you're interested in attending future CTS meetings or other CTS events, click the link in the menu bar above to visit our "how to join" page.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Free Monthly Tarot Reading Events Through End of 2017

The Capital Tarot Society is thrilled to announce that, since our past free reading events at Cheesetique have been so well-received, Cheesetique has offered to host free reading events every month!  We're thrilled to have this great opportunity to bring the joy of tarot to the greater community in a way that is fun, casual, and pressure-free.

If you're interested in coming to an event, stop by Cheesetique's Ballston location, which is located at 800 N. Glebe Rd. right by the Ballston Metro station, on one of the following Thursdays between 6:30 and 8:30 PM:

September 7
October 12
November 2
December 7

Since our past "Wine, Cheese and Tarot" events have been popular, we expect that there may be a wait to receive readings.  So we suggest that you plan to come in, sit down, order some wine or have a nibble, and make a leisurely evening of it.  And definitely bring friends!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Free Readings at Cheesetique this Thursday 6/8!

This Thursday, June 8, we will be holding another of our much-anticipated "Wine, Cheese and Tarot" events at Cheesetique, Ballston!

Readers from Capital Tarot Society will be at Cheesetique on Thursday from 6 to 8 PM giving free readings to restaurant patrons.  Sit down, have some wine, peruse the menu of cheesy options, pick up some groceries to go, and enjoy interacting with Cheesetique's incredibly pleasant staff before enjoying a free tarot reading from one of our friendly and gifted members.

Cheesetique, Ballston is located at 800 N. Glebe Rd. in Arlington, VA.

See you there!

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.