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The Portland Tarot – A Tarot Workshop with the Creator

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The Portland Tarot – A Tarot Workshop with the Creator

How to Build a Relationship with Tarot that Will Last a Lifetime Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 11AM to 4PM Do you sometimes feel like Tarot is too mysterious to fully grasp? Do you long to develop a relationship with Tarot that will help you feel more confident and joyful about reading? Would you like to strengthen your intuition, using Tarot as a fun tool for your toolbox? Do you wish it was easier to relate Tarot to your everyday life? Are you curious about the process in creating a Tarot deck from scratch? From the moment I began my study of Tarot, I longed to create a modern and relatable Tarot deck. Years later, with a love of the city and divine inspiration in hand, I set out on a wild, year-long journey of creation, the product of which was the simple-to-use Portland Tarot Major Arcana deck. I will unveil her process of creation in this class, tell the story of the deck, and share some tools and ideas that both beginners and experienced readers can use to deepen their relationship with Tarot. In this workshop, I will: reveal the process I used in creating her Portland Tarot deck and how the Universe conspired to aid me in my work. tell some magical stories about the people in her cards, and how they are connected to the cards’ meanings. give an overview of the logistics of reading, with a focus on The Portland Tarot and using a Major Arcana deck. teach you some basic guidelines to use when reading, to keep your practice playful and productive over the years. teach you how to use Tarot in your way, and work with it to strengthen your intuition. be available for questions during an interactive reading clinic at the end.  There will be a break for lunch (bring your own or contribute to the potluck). Pricing: The Class: $44 early bird pricing until June 4th, $49 after and at the door One copy of The Portland Tarot Major Arcana Deck: $25 early bird pricing until June 4th, $30 after and at the door  Note: Much of the class will be geared towards using The Portland Tarot, but you may use whatever deck you like to follow along.  Class attendees will also get extra discounts on Portland Tarot art prints on the day! Location: Chrysalis Transformational Learning Center 7817 SE Strawberry Lane Milwaukie, OR 97267 Hosted by Julie George Phone: 971.221.3693 E-mail: juliegeorge73@yahoo.com Parking: Parking is available in front of, beside, and behind the house as well as on the side of the road in front of the park next door. Carpooling is encouraged. When you arrive, please come to the front door. Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing! REGISTER...

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The Portland Tarot at the Body, Mind, Spirit Expo, April 5-6, 2014

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I am delighted to announce that The Portland Tarot will be in the merchant room at the Body, Mind, Spirit Expo this weekend! I’ll be sharing a booth with Terri Daniels, writer and co-runner of The Afterlife Conference, right near the front door! I’ll be selling decks, artwork, interpretation books (for those of you who have the first edition deck and would like the expanded book), greeting cards, and I will also be doing three card bridge readings. As a fun little bonus, if you buy a deck you get a reading free. 🙂 Come on by and visit me! And if you already have a deck, I will gladly sign the cover card for the one you have, if you drop by....

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Sample 3 Card Bridge Reading Video

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Sample 3 Card Bridge Reading Video

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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Meet the “Temperance” Card

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Meet the “Temperance” Card

The Portland Tarot Majors – A Daily Commute Day “14” – Temperance Synthesis, healing, and moderation are all themes of Temperance, and it’s time to take stock of how these concepts could create a better sense of wellness and fulfillment in your life. Are there things you are doing too much of that you would do well to tone down? Is a lack of balance in your eating, exercise, or self-care causing you illness or discomfort? Are there elements of your life that are out of sync with each other that need integration? Take some time to evaluate what needs balance in your life and, if needed, get some help to find your way forward to healthy integration. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll get some peace of mind in the mix. Jacki Gethner is the multi-passioned model for this card, and it seems like everything she does in this world points back to Temperance. One expression of her healing skill is through her massage therapy practice. She also runs a non-profit that speaks out for the sexual health and well-being of women over 50 called Women of a Certain Age, or WOACA. She supports another non-profit called Bead for Life, that puts money into the hands of Ugandan women by creating global markets for recycled paper bead jewelry and shea butter products. She has past experience as a drug and alcohol counselor. She is a devoted and helpful friend. And her motto is, “Think and live for peace.” Jacki has a beautiful way of blending many things into one unified whole. As a massage therapist, she uses traditional massage, reiki, reflexology, gua sha, cupping, stone work, essential oils, sound healing, and bodywork to help her clients get a truly holistic healing experience. Jacki’s talent is knowing when just the right thing is needed, and bringing it into the session as the client’s needs arise. I can go in with a cold and a 60 hour work week that’s wreaked havoc on my shoulders, and after an hour of oils, rocks, reflexology, and reiki I leave a new woman. With about 30 years of experience, Jacki knows how to perfectly blend each modality in a beautiful flow that addresses all of the parts of us that need healing. There are so many talented massage therapists in our city (many of whom are also my friends), but in my experience this level of successful integration of so many modalities is unheard of. And it’s the perfect expression of Temperance’s magical ability to mix the right elements for healing. WOACA is Jacki’s passion, and through this organization she speaks out for and teaches about healthy sexuality for women over 50—a group that is rising in its reported incidences of HIV and other sexually-transmitted diseases. It’s not a subject that is easy to discuss, and it almost takes the soul of a peace-loving Amazonian to be willing to bring it up, even if people feel too uncomfortable to talk about it. Jacki is persistent and passionate, though, and has recently written a book to create more conversation on the topic, titled “Behind Door #3: Choose with Your Eyes Wide Open.” Finding that perfect blend of persistence and compassion is a challenge for anyone on any topic, and Jacki is always...

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Meet the “Death” Card

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Meet the “Death” Card

The Portland Tarot Majors – A Daily Commute Day “13” – Death You’ve turned a corner into a new land. This is the domain of Death and she beckons to you to embrace change. This change may be painful, perhaps it is difficult to engage in the process of re-invention… Ultimately, though, this change is necessary for you to evolve, to become who you are now meant to be. Fight it and it may well feel like dying… Surrender and you may actually be able to see all the color and joy this change will bring into your world. Ultimately it’s up to you… and whatever story you bring to the change game is really just that—a story. Step out of your old story and into the new you. Death is never a simple or easy card to get. However, when approaching this card, I wanted to imbue it with a less intense, less dark energy. It’s pretty serious, but Death can be the harbinger for goodness in our lives—at least, in the metaphorical sense, which is in most cases what this card means in readings, in my experience. I noticed that when people new to Tarot get the Death card in a reading, their mind usually jumps to the worst possible interpretation for the card. I wanted to take a little bit of the edge off of it, and give people an opportunity to really engage with the changes coming into their lives, instead of being terrified to face them because of a deliberately off-putting image. Brooke Redbird is the subject for Death. She assisted me a lot early on in the project as a photo shoot assistant, engaging in the play of the initial stages of an ever-evolving process for this project. I wasn’t sure who I was going to ask to do Death, and I was a little worried I’d have a tough time finding the right person, because who wants to play the role of Death? When I told her about my deck early on and later asked her if she would want to be in it, she practically threw herself at me to be on this card. I was thrilled! She said she resonated with the Death card for ages and felt like she was always going through big changes and had always been the sort of person to totally embrace positive change, no matter how difficult… And, like me, she sort of relished in the challenge. Yes, this was definitely a person to embrace the positive aspects of Death and help me bring a new vibration to this card! I had had this idea for awhile to put death on a unicorn, instead of the usual white horse. Specifically a ceramic figure of a unicorn with a person on top. I think it all added up in my mind as a more whimsical image, and had the happy byproduct of feeling more Portland thanks to the presence of a kitschy collectible… Either way, it softened the card and gave it a more playful quality, something I really wanted to do. I had also always intended on adding a rainbow to the image, too, as an icon for hope and renewal after the storm. When I told her my plan, she was clearly stoked!...

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Meet “The Hanged Woman” Card

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Meet “The Hanged Woman” Card

The Portland Tarot Majors – A Daily Commute Day “12” – The Hanged Woman Sometimes when you think you are ready to ride the train straight to your destination, you are put on pause by the great drawbridge of the universe. Take this opportunity to get a new perspective, you might have missed something! Being blocked on your path can sometimes be a great gift. Just remember that holding intention for a positive outcome—leaning into your faith—is the best way to proceed when you are put on pause. Don’t be afraid to surrender your point of view if it is not truly helping you. For me Hanged Woman represents new perspectives, but also sometimes compromise and sacrifice. Usually it appears when you feel rarin’ to go but the universe is putting the brakes on; probably in order to get you to look more closely at something, or to show you that there is some road block in your own ego you have to work through or release to step forward. The train station is so close you can taste it, with all its associations with movement, momentum, speed, and change of scene. THEN! The Hanged Woman hangs up your journey, almost saying in Monty Python style, “Stop! Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see!” Except it’s not so much a bridge of death as a bridge of traffic jams, and you may ask a lot more than three questions before you see the other side. Oh yeah, and by the way… there also may be no such thing as a right answer. You can’t really trick the Hanged Woman into letting you cross with fancy words. You’re just ready whenever it is you’re ready. In the meantime, The Hanged Woman is happy to give you a show while you wait! Frustrating enough? Yeah, that’s why I probably had so many troubles with this card for so long! I much prefer blazing forward to getting strung up in a “wait and see” mode. But since I’ve learned to make peace with this card, and try to find the humor in being forced to wait. I’ve learned from experience that it usually all ends up being for the better. A couple of years back for the first Splendorporium Tarot art show that I participated in, I drew The Hanged Man card, and according to the participation rules for that show, that’s what I had to illustrate. It was my least favorite card at the time, which of course made me laugh… So I tried to look at why I didn’t feel comfortable with it and to see how I could explore that in my imagery. Ultimately, the takeaway that I embedded in that original image was the need to keep calm in the face of chaos, even if one is being forced into the scapegoat role. And this is certainly still a meaning I draw from it, though the newer image has a few different twists. In the original image I painted, I chose to create a Hanged Woman, and to make her an aerialist. Instead of being “strung up”, I wanted to show the Hanged Woman with a of feeling of choice and play in the mix. Not...

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Meet the “Justice” Card

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Meet the “Justice” Card

The Portland Tarot Majors – A Daily Commute Day “11” – Justice It’s time to take an honest accounting of the situation at hand, but be sure to keep compassion in the mix; not everything in life is a simple matter of black and white—there are shades of gray present in the workings of karma. A weighing is taking place, and it might just be you weighing yourself against your own expectations or faulty perceptions. Understand yourself and how the world mirrors back your own beliefs and then do some appropriate accounting and adjustment. Self-knowledge can be a challenge, but to know thyself is not enough; you must be willing to move on from past dysfunction and blame in order for positive changes to truly take hold. While Justice is often a card associated with the legal system, in my own experience it comes up as more often as a card that speaks up for honest self-accounting. We can be afraid to account for ourselves—good or bad, wrong or right—because we fear facing our own potential “ugliness” (notice that it’s only the potential of it!). Yet, this isn’t a card about judgment, but of justice: true Justice, the cosmic kind, is about a karmic balance. In this sort of righting of the scales, making things right is not necessarily helped by blame and retribution. And sometimes holding onto a story gets in the way of telling the real truth. I had intended to invite this model to be in a card for awhile, and I kept coming to the Justice card, though I couldn’t figure out why… I laughed when I realized how perfect it was to have her, since her name is Marie Ballance! What more perfect a name for a lady holding the scales than that? None, I think. But she’s also perfect in many other ways, the primary one being that I believe she carried such a wonderful energy for the Portland Tarot take on this card, and really helped to shape it into what it ultimately became. I created this card in the midst of a whirlwind few weeks around my Kickstarter campaign of spring 2013, and I was coming right up on the photo shoot for Marie, but still did not have a firm concept in place. I was struggling with how to find a Marie connection, a Portland connection, and a Justice tie in for the visuals. Yet, I had learned up until that point that trusting in the process and creative flow that was in my life at the time would reap the best rewards. I wasn’t disappointed: when I lay down to sleep two nights before the shoot, it came to me. Marie is an avid knitter, and I saw an image in my mind of her holding the needles up with the scales hanging from them! I giggled until I fell asleep, and eagerly wrote her the next day to plan out our costumes and other elements. Even before the shoot, Marie and I had some really interesting chats about the Justice card. I was so delighted by all the thought she put into this card in advance, and her unique take on the card that ultimately inspired some of the imagery. Because I just love what she had to...

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

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

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 you’d be. “Wake up from adulthood and become the big kid you always dreamed you’d be. Make space for curiosity!” – Tweet this! And if you need a friendly guide along the way, check out the pre-sale campaign for The Portland Tarot Deck. We have 7 days left to get the full funding. It would be truly wonderful if my dream can help your dream become reality. If you know...

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Meet “The Wheel of Fortune” Card

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Meet “The Wheel of Fortune” Card

The Portland Tarot Majors – A Daily Commute Day “10” – The Wheel of Fortune Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down… Remember to hold compassion for yourself wherever you are and try to stay in the center of the wheel. And don’t forget:  even this world is an illusion. If you are seeing the possibility of an improved fortune through this card, don’t let it go to your head! Appreciate the good times and remember that things can always change. It’s your attitude about life that is the biggest key to your continued contentment. And don’t forget that your shadow side has its place in life; at times we must experience difficulty to assist in bringing our shadows into the light, and thus becoming closer to true enlightenment. There are times in this deck that I felt compelled to take a modern spin on a traditional Tarot image, and other times where a very different image from the norm came to me. The Wheel of Fortune is such a card; I just seemed to “download” it one day while meditating on the meaning of this card, and ways to take a more Portland spin on it. Bill Wadhams is a great friend and a wonderful guy. He’s had an incredible array of life experiences: he’s best known to the world as a singer in the band Animotion, which became popular for the hit song “Obsession” in the 80s. They still do big shows and tour, and when he’s not touring with the band he’s acting in plays and musicals with the Portland Artists Repertory Theatre, writing his own music in his home studio, and even building web sites. He’s a multi-faceted and talented person and has navigated many ups and downs in his own life, and for this reason I invited him to be the star of this card, as I knew he would really get what I was going for. My concept required a certain amount of acting and collaboration on concept, and he really brought a wonderful energy and level of experience to the shoot. For this card I had an image in mind of a person experiencing himself at different stations in life. The story is like this: a man hits hard times, perhaps even times he thinks he might never recover from. One day in the future, he’s found his way forward… He’s well-to-do, successful, and has put this past behind him. Somehow they meet, in a strange break in time and space. Or maybe just in his own mind; he could be remembering himself in more difficult days by encountering a lost soul who is experiencing a similar hardship as he once did. The key to healing this “up and down” cycle and finding peace within himself is an act of compassion toward this past self; it’s the moment he realizes that he was doing the best he could with the knowledge he had at the time, and that there should be no shame or blame in accepting the past. There’s also a recognition that things could change in a heartbeat, and he could also be “down and out”. So, instead of judgment, he offers a libation (a bottle of beer or wine), as an acknowledgment that we all hit times where we have...

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Support the Campaign and You Could WIN!

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Support the Campaign and You Could WIN!

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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