Celebrating World Tarot Day… and Intuitive Arts for Everyone

Celebrating World Tarot Day… and Intuitive Arts for Everyone

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Intuition | 0 comments

Are you ready for World Tarot Day? It’s right around the corner, on May 25th! For the longest time, I was clueless about this holiday. Funnily enough, the first time I found out about it was when I was contacted a couple of years back to be a subject for an article about Tarot and the holiday celebrating it that appeared in The Oregonian. You’d think I’d have been more aware of a day that celebrates such a huge passion of mine (and was a big event at Tarot.com, too, where I worked for about a year). I’m not generally a big holiday person, but I really do like World Tarot Day. Not just because I love Tarot itself, but because I am a big believer in spreading the word about the intuitive arts. Tarot is such a great entry point for folks learning to experiment with their intuitive gifts, so a holiday celebrating it can only be good for the expansion of the art. But, most of all, the more exposure Tarot gets, the more myths we can dispel and the more widely accepted it will become. I deeply believe, if more people were to learn healthy skills that allow them to tap into their own powerful intuitive abilities, our world would be a much more peaceful and deeply satisfied place. Intuition doesn’t just belong to psychics, readers, and healers. Perhaps these individuals are born with a stronger connection to this ability, or were able to learn it through life experience and the help of teachers. Intuition is innate and something each and every one of us possesses, to some degree or another. Tarot and other divinatory tools like it allow us to more easily access that ability by circumventing our addiction to logic and tapping into our centers of play. It’s a way to trick our subconscious into coming out to have a conversation with us. And that subconscious isn’t just an aspect of our psyche, but also maintains our connection to our own soul and life purpose. I see Tarot as a freewill tool that allows us to treat our life more like the fun game it can be, and not take ourselves so damned seriously. I mean, sometimes a Tarot reading can feel life-or-death serious. Ultimately, though, even the most serious reading is allowing us to treat our life as a story and act as a witness. From the place of witness, powerful change can emerge. Could the world use more of that? Hell yes. So, yeah. Happy World Tarot Day, friends. I hope you spend it with your favorite deck. And, even better, with a Tarot friend or two. Theresa   Do you intend to celebrate the day? Tell us what you’re...

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Pop a Deck in Your Briefcase: Using Tarot for Business

Pop a Deck in Your Briefcase: Using Tarot for Business

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Business, Tarot Ideas | 0 comments

I was a budding entrepreneur from an early age and talking business has been a favorite topic of mine since I was itty bitty. I did a lot of kooky stuff to earn my own scratch as a kid: I created paid backyard carnivals for the neighbor kids, held regular garage sales for old toys I no longer played with in my toy box, and set up $.05 face painting days at the pavilion in the playground. I was always looking for ways to be creative, delight others, and earn cash doing it. That hasn’t changed for me. The Portland Tarot is a great project and is so fulfilling. It’s probably not too surprising to know that it doesn’t pay my bills, yet. I’m super pleased that it mostly pays for itself, since I’m still in the act of creation, and creating quality work isn’t cheap. So, what do I do to pay the bills? I’m lucky to say I also get to do something I love for my daily work, too. For the last ten years, I’ve run my own branding, design, and web development shop, Cogflower Creative (formerly Pridemore Design). Business is Hard: Tarot Makes it Easier Let me tell you — Tarot has been an incredible pal to me over my years of running my business. I use it for all kinds of work-related questions: to better understand the souls of my clients’ businesses, to help clients move through muddy waters, to make challenging decisions… It has kept me sane, grounded, and even helped me to make hard calls I would wish on no one. (Of course, if you’ve run your own business, you know that there’s no escaping those from time to time…) I won’t mince words. When you run your own business you are taking on your own personal crucible. It will grow you. It will change you. Running a business is a significant rite of passage—and not one you ever finish and get to declare, “Done with that!” and move on. It will make you stronger in every area of your life, if you stay present and engaged and willing to grow. I have learned so much about communication, responsibility, personal power, and passion through my years of running my own business. Once I added Tarot, though, I found I made much better use of my time, made more mindful decisions, navigated sticky waters with people with a measure more grace, and stayed much better on track with my big picture goals. Because there’s one thing for sure… If you develop a good relationship with Tarot, it won’t hesitate to tell you when you’ve gotten off track. @PortlandTarot <– Tweet This And what if you don’t work for yourself, but are an employee somewhere else? You may not work somewhere that you free to use Tarot, and that’s cool. Use it on the sly,...

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This is Not a New Year’s Resolution. (It’s an Artist’s Revolution.)

This is Not a New Year’s Resolution. (It’s an Artist’s Revolution.)

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Creative Journey | 1 comment

Last year didn’t go quite as expected. Not bad, overall… Let’s just call it, “Beautifully tumultuous.” When I started this project, I was gung ho to finish it in record time. I mean, I did most of the work for the Majors in a matter of months. Leapt tall websites in a bound, ran two fundraising campaigns (honestly, much to the chagrin of my bank account as my passion project often took precedence over finding client work). Amazing things happened and everything worked out, even as challenges abounded. When 2014 rolled around, I was sure I could whip out half of the minors. No prob! Erm, not so much. But a lot of great things did happen. And some sad things, too. Life wouldn’t be life without ups and downs. And we can find beauty, even in sadness and loss. Early in the year, Jefferson’s mother passed away. It was a tough time, and having lost my mother when I was in my early 20s, I could empathize with him, and was very sad to lose this lovely woman in our lives. Then, not long after, one of my dearest kitty compatriots, Kiekie, was diagnosed with lymphoma and had to be put to rest. Times were tough. We were both in grief over these losses and doing our best to find the lessons we could take away from it all. They had taught us so much about how to live life fully. Life soldiered on, as did we, and I guess you could say things took on a sort of seriousness. I felt like I needed to focus some more on working with Jefferson on creating a more stable home and financial life, and that meant really digging in and focusing on my design and web development business. And quite honestly, I am so lucky to have awesome clients to work with, so I don’t mind. It just meant putting art time on the back burner and spending more time in the work-related trenches. It felt right to put something back in the financial and energetic coffers after putting so much energy and so many resources into the creation of the deck the year before. We needed to have a feeling of more careful steering on a well-paved road and less roller coaster ride. However, The Portland Tarot just seemed to get more and more exciting as time passed, even though I spent far less time on art last year. I worked the first half of the year on developing a new image for the packaging, to get it ready for retail. I also busted my buns to earn the money to pay for a larger print run, which was oddly more relaxing than trying to run a fundraising campaign. I worked with my promotional priestess, Ailey Hines, to get the deck placed in more stores. I saw web...

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Embers of the Heart on a Cold, Wet Winter

Embers of the Heart on a Cold, Wet Winter

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Stories | 0 comments

Tonight I felt a strong urge to write. I have no art news at this time, and the only deck news I have is that it is now available in several stores, something that will matter little to people from out of town. (But if it does matter to you, I can certainly use some help convincing some of the bigger stores to expand to more outlets, which buying from one of the major retailers here would certainly support. You can still get it online, if you so desire to acquire it.) Even with scant deck news, I will write about what’s on my mind and heart of late. Maybe you can relate? Winter is always an interesting time for me. I feel a deep sense of withdrawal, an urge to hibernate and ponder life. It seems to make sense in the overall energy of the season. Almost natural (as natural as being a digital, desk-bound producer can be). Yet, all around I feel the holiday pulse quickening, the call to stay busy and make, do, give, and perform. It’s the way it’s always been done. The contrast can sometimes be disorienting. If we aren’t doing enough, or are doing too much, or aren’t giving enough, or have enough people around us, there’s this feeling that we are failures. We can never win in this scenario, we are always at war with ourselves. No wonder so many people get depressed at the holidays. And of course, it doesn’t help when you already feel lonely. This year I’ve made a deliberate choice to withdraw from the usual rush. My deck has gotten into many stores, just as I believed it would. It would be a great year to get out there and do sales and festivals, as I have every year before. Frankly, I just don’t feel like it. I love selling my work, but I’m not in the mood to play salesperson. And I’ve decided that’s okay. I’m putting the overall expectation meter on a low setting. I didn’t come to this suddenly. This year is a bit different, because it comes on the heels of my marriage to the handsome and wonderfully kind Jefferson Lee. We had a small, close-knit, and low stress wedding at a restaurant in our studio building, with old friends and a few family members. Our vows were close to the heart and unrehearsed, as we shared our deep appreciation for each other and what we bring to each others’ lives. After a couple of fun days post-wedding, in Portland with friends and family, visiting some of our favorite haunts—Powell’s, The TARDIS Room, Ground Kontrol—we headed out for our honeymoon to Hawaii. Funny enough, the wedding had been a breeze, but work had completely sapped us in the weeks before. We each pulled 80 or more hour weeks a month, with very little time...

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The New Deck is Here! (And Other Exciting Things.)

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Press, Readings, Stories | 0 comments

Wow, a lot has happened since my last post. I can’t possibly cover it all in one sitting, but let me touch on the important parts. First of all, if you’ve been here before, you may notice that the site has changed! Life and creative pursuits have been all-consuming, and it was about time that I refreshed the content on the site. I also gave the site a facelift in honor of… The new, 3rd Edition of The Portland Tarot Major Arcana deck! Now, I just did a 2nd Edition last fall, so why would I need to do a 3rd? (Wow, was it really almost year ago?) The answer is that I needed to create—and had been talking about creating for some time—a retail-friendly version of the deck. The revised deck has a new, sexy wrap that makes it easy to stack in on a store shelf and see immediately what it’s all about. (The old organza bag was elegant, but mysterious.)   I also added a new “Pug Angel” bonus card with some information on the back, in addition to the existing 3 bridge cards that were already there. It’s pretty much the same reading guide as before. All of it is wrapped tightly in shrink wrap, to keep anything from getting away. I even purchased ISBN and UPC codes. The new deck is $29.95, and even more ready for easy gifting, with a front and back cover that introduce the deck in all its glory. Buy the Deck Now After a year of hard work with my clients, I was able to save up enough moolah to print a whopping 1,000 decks! Now I’m ready to place them in stores around Portland and the US. (If you are a store and are interested in retail placement, please contact my sales goddess Ailey at ailey@theportlandtarot.com to get more info.) Tarot Readings with Theresa Also, did you know that I do Tarot readings? This last year I had many opportunities to do readings for people. I read for a total of 50 people at this year’s World Domination Summit. (I wish I had taken a photo of the long line, it was amazing.) I’ve been reading a long time, but I have to say, the hundreds of opportunities I have had to read the last couple of years have contributed immensely to a growth in my abilities. I’m just amazed and humbled by how a regular Tarot practice truly can hone our intuitive abilities and, dare I say it, make us even more psychic and tuned into powerful manifestations. It seems like much of the world still views Tarot as fortune telling, but for me it has always been a tool for helping me shape my path and draw in what I most desire. Learn More About Readings Speaking of which, I have exciting news of a personal...

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