Sample 3 Card Bridge Reading Video

Sample 3 Card Bridge Reading Video

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Indiegogo, Major Arcana, Readings, Stories | 0 comments

I’ve been wanting to put together a 3 card reading video for awhile, but time got away from me with this campaign! For fun I just put something together today, doing a reading for myself about the unfolding direction of my creative path (as regards the project, specifically) post-Indiegogo. Returning to this reading a full day later I see even more information in the cards than I did before. If you have any interpretations you’d like to add, feel free to share in the comments! 3 Card Bridge Spread Reading with The Portland Tarot Majors Deck from Theresa Pridemore on Vimeo. Sorry for the ambient sounds, I just did it on a whim outside of a coffee shop I love to go to. Just goes to show that these cards are easy to use anywhere, anytime! I hope you got some good inspiration from the overview. Liked this? Check out the Indiegogo Pre-Sale Campaign for The Portland Tarot Major Arcana Deck! Going until October 10th, 2013. GET YOURS FOR ONLY $30!...

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How a young girl reminded me about the truth of dreams, reality, and love.

How a young girl reminded me about the truth of dreams, reality, and love.

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Indiegogo, Stories | 0 comments

Today, I want to tell you a story. It’s a story about yearning, dreaming, making, shamanic journeying, and love. Because, without love, why bother? Once there was a little girl who was a maker. Her interests were deep and wide. She painted, she wrote, she put on plays. Entrepreneurially-minded, she offered neighborhood face-painting events, toy-box “garage” sales, and homemade carnivals. She looked for any excuse to make. And make BIG. She could have settled for crayons and markers; instead she made rocket ships out of old refrigerator boxes and built haunted houses with giant spiders and fake cemeteries. She could have written short stories; instead she wrote novel-length sequels to her favorite film. She could have put together a little web page with a few links to the things she loved; instead, she created a massive, community web site with contests and fiction repositories and message boards. As she grew, the little girl’s dreams grew, too. Unfortunately, so did her awareness of messages that said, “You are not allowed to explore your curiosity for too long. Settle down. Do something serious with your life. Let reality—not your dreams—guide you.” It’s a common story. Convinced that dreaming—especially dreaming big—gets us into trouble, we marginalize our childlike wonder. We heartlessly niche it down, file it to a point, and forget the excitement and enthusiasm that led us along that path in the first place. We confuse laser focus with inauthentic limits. Unless, eventually, like this little/big girl, we snap out of it and remember that dreaming—creating from our dreams—is the whole point of living. That we get to choose what to believe about our lives. That reality will follow suit. Of course, I am that little/big girl. And for me, Tarot was the door that led back into the shamanic dreaming of my own life. Instead of letting others dream me, I began to dream myself once again. Instead of letting the messages about “reality” limit me—with Tarot’s insight and support, in time—I gave myself permission to dream up something huge. A Tarot deck! And not just any Tarot deck—but a full scale, theatrical production of a Tarot deck. I dreamed of hiring “actors” for each piece. Of creating magnificent sets. Of using my wonderful city as the backdrop to tell the story of Tarot in the way I most craved. I dreamed, and the manifestation of my dreaming is The Portland Tarot. Beautiful, powerful, and in-process. A dream I can hold in my hands. A dream I can share. If you’re a dreamer, claim the dream that beckons you. Life is here for us to dream it and create it. Perhaps your dreams have dimmed. Perhaps the “message” has eclipsed them. Don’t lose hope. One day, like me, you might just wake up and realize you are willing to take the leap to be the big kid you always dreamed...

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Support the Campaign and You Could WIN!

Support the Campaign and You Could WIN!

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Indiegogo, Stories | 0 comments

This is your chance to help spread the word about The Portland Tarot Indiegogo campaign and win big! I’m giving away a free signed deck, a signed metallic art print, and 3 card reading to one lucky person who helps spread the word! That’s basically $220 worth of free perks! How do you win? You have to either log into or create your own Indiegogo account (the process is fast and easy), and then go to the campaign page (http://j.mp/pdxtarot-igg) and copy the share link that appears below the video. (When you sign in, they customize the link so that we can see how many referrals you’ve made! So be sure to share that one if you want to win!) FOR EVERY 10 PEOPLE that come to the page through your link, you will get one entry into a drawing for this big prize. FOR EVERY ONE PERSON who contributes to the campaign FROM your link, you will receive one more entry! That includes YOUR contribution, too! Tell a story, talk about why you love the deck, and woo your peeps to participate and you could improve your chances of winning big. You could also share the image below with these instructions with your friends and get them to participate… Improve your chances of winning and make a plan to split the bounty! We’ve got 5 days left, so don’t delay! Let’s get this campaign fully funded! http://j.mp/pdxtarot-igg P.S. DON’T FORGET… You can go to the link above to get to the page at first, but make sure you log in with your information, then copy and share YOUR PERSONAL LINK to take advantage of this awesome referral contest! Otherwise I have no way of tracking your referrals....

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Proof that the Universe does make personal phone calls.

Proof that the Universe does make personal phone calls.

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Indiegogo, Major Arcana, Stories | 0 comments

I never knew just how much magic could be packed into a phone call—from a stranger, no less—until Jamie Morris’ Florida number appeared on my cell phone one Saturday evening in June. But that call was packed with enough sparks to prove that sometimes the Universe does respond to ultimatums. Earlier that day, my beloved women’s circle had gathered. When it was my turn to share, I found myself confessing my feelings about my recent Kickstarter project’s lack of funding. “I received such an amazing outpouring, so much love and support,” I told the group. “And I am truly grateful for that. But the effort bankrupted me, financially, spiritually, and emotionally. “Despite my hard work and those who helped, I still didn’t meet the mark. So, what are you trying to tell me, Universe? That to be a vibrant artist living her truth I have to be in the poor house? Always struggling?” My little tantrum was interspersed with playful cursing and laughter, but the truth was, while I had kept a brave face during the Kickstarter campaign—and was truly grateful for the gifts I’d received—it was tough to look that lack of funding in the eye. I’d put my faith on the line in a big way and had had a very bumpy ride, a ride that resulted in much financial struggle in the following months. Still, I felt lighter after revealing the full truth to the group. After the gathering, I went to visit my friend Cynthia (the person who prompted me to do this project in the first place). And in the middle of our klatsch, my phone rang. It was a call from Florida, and not a number I recognized. It was Jamie. She had spotted images from The Portland Tarot online and been captured by them. Sleuth-like, she followed the deck’s progress from page to page, finally finding both the underfunded Kickstarter and an interview with me listing my phone number. She said she waited all of ten seconds before dialing. She just wanted, she said, to let me know that she thought the deck looked awesome and that she wanted to learn more about my plans. It would have been a delightful call to get at any point, but in that moment, it felt like a thumbs up from the very same Universe I’d just been complaining to. But even at that, I had no idea just what a wallop this woman would bring to my life in the coming couple of days. And I abandoned any skepticism I might have felt because the connection was so instantaneous. In our first call, I discovered she was funny, brilliant with Tarot, and perfectly aligned with the image I had of the sort of woman who would appreciate my deck (another thumbs up). We had a fine old chat, and she gave me a great...

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Bridge to a creative life?

Bridge to a creative life?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Indiegogo, Major Arcana, Readings, Stories | 0 comments

Yee-ow, this has been a busy year. One brand-new website, 23 pieces of original art, two art shows, one unfunded Kickstarter, one (kick-ass) booth at World Domination Summit, one hundred First Edition Major Arcana decks in happy homes, and one magnificent workshop later, here I am: preparing to release a new and improved edition of The Portland Tarot Major Arcana deck and launching an Indiegogo campaign to raise the moolah to print it! Make no bones about it: I want this campaign to fund, and I’m doing everything in my power to make that happen. As with anything this big and risky—and this worthwhile—it can be too easy to feel the weight of what’s yet to be done and not take (enough) heart from what’s been accomplished so far; to forget the many steps we’ve taken between where we were and where we are now. But there’s always a bridge from who we used to be to who we are. And when we’re uncertain of exactly where we find ourselves, it can be helpful to evaluate how we got here. Along the journey, we’ll have embodied various ways of being, various archetypes. And, luckily, the Major Arcana is a fabulous tool for looking at those archetypes! (In fact, it’s something that my co-writer, Jamie Morris, and I will be covering in our soon-to-be-expanded little white book for the revised deck.) That’s why, last night, I decided do one of the brilliant “3 Card Bridge Spreads” spreads Jamie developed for The Portland Tarot. Cards in hand, I asked, How did I find myself living a creative life (mostly) on my own terms, collaborating with incredible people, and making the art I most want to make? The Beginning: The Devil Wildness; Taboo thinking; Bottled-up self-expression; Bondage Even as a child, there was a little wildness in me. I was a little too loud, a little too unruly in my creativity. I wanted to be a million different things. When I told my mother I wanted to direct films, she would point out my chances were “slim to none.” When I said I wanted to live my life as an artist, she told me to get a job as a graphic designer so “I stood a chance of making a living.” Wherever desire lived in me, there was always some sort of wall put up right in front of it. Throughout college, the wild spirit in me cried out for a life of creative freedom, but it was always countered by the pragmatic, programmed voice of my mother inside me. So when, at school, I realized I wanted to create the art for a Tarot deck, my mother’s voice dismissed the possibility almost as quickly as I could have the thought. The Bridge: The Magician Will power; Manifestation; Pulling things from the astral into the material world; Mastery Still, a deep belief...

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