Next Event: The Virginia Water Psychic Fayre

If you're around Virginia Water tonight Patricia will be tarot reading at the Virginia Water Psychic Fayre!  Pop over and see what the future holds!

The nitty gritty:

Wednesday 12th September

What: The Virginia Water Psychic Fayre

Where: The Wheatsheaf Hotel, London Road (A30), Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4QF

When: 5pm - 10.30om

Find out more on their website here!

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Next Event: Farnborough Psychic & Natural Therapy Fayre

If you're around the Farnborough area this weekend, drop into the Farnborough Psychic & Natural Therapy Fayre where Patricia will be reading tarot and the T4U minions will be selling a range of tarot cards, tarot bags, divination books, runes, pendulums, hand crafted jewellery and much more!

The nitty gritty:

Sunday 9th September

What: The Farnborough Psychic & Natural Therapy Fayre

Where: The Holiday Inn Hotel, Lynchford Road, Farnborough, Hampshire

When: 11am - 6pm

Find out more on their website here!

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Next Event: Bracknell Craft & Gift Fair

If you're in need of somewhere to go this coming weekend then pop along to the Bracknell Craft and Gift Fair where we will be having a stall!  We'll have our range of handcrafted jewellery and gifts as well as our growing range of tarot & divination tools, books and accessories! Ask Patricia for a dowsing demo and she'll stun and amaze you with her pendulum skills!

The nitty gritty!

Sunday 2nd September

What: Craft and Gift Fair

Where: The Hilton Bracknell, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, Berkshire

When: 10am - 4pm

 

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Next Event: Datchet Pyschic Fayre

If you're around the Datchet area on Wednesday 15th August, drop by to the Datchet Village Hall for the Datchet Psychic Fayre where Patricia will be reading all evening!

The nitty gritty!

Wednesday 15th August

What: The Datchet Psychic Fayre

Where: Datchet Village Hall, Allen Way. Berkshire, SL3 9HR

When: 5.30pm - 10.30pm

Find out more on their website here!

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Next Event: Hampton Psychic Fair

If you're around the Hampton area and fancy an interesting evening out tomorrow drop by the beautiful riverside Bell Inn for the Hampton Psychic Fair!  You will find us there selling a range of tarot cards, tarot bags, divination books, runes, pendulums, hand crafted jewellery and much more!

The Nitty Gritty!

Wednesday 24th July

What: The Hampton Psychic Fair

Where: The Bell Inn, 8 Thames Street, Hampton, Middlesex

When: 5.30pm - 10.30pm

Find out more on their website here!

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New Products: Tarot & Cartomancy Taster Guides!

Available at online retailers and from our retail stand (see the events page), we are pleased to announce Let’s Try Tarot and Let’s Try Cartomancy!

Let’s Try Tarot is a short taster guide for those who are curious about the nuts and bolts of tarot reading but don’t want to delve deep into the spiritual aspects.  The taster guide will give you basic history, interpretation keywords, card combinations and themes, some simple layouts and tips for how to read.

Let’s try Tarot is available in ebook and paperback formats from Amazon, and in paperback format live on the Tarot4You stall at various events around Berkshire and Hampshire.

Amazon UK Ebook  * Amazon UK Paperback (paperback live Friday 13th July)

Let’s Try Cartomancy is a taster guide for the art of divination with playing cards. Whether you want a fun fortune-telling method to amaze your friends or family, or want to learn cartomancy for more serious purposes, the taster guide will give you the foundation skills to get started.  You’ll find basic history, interpretation keywords, card combinations and themes, some simple layouts and tips for how to read with the standard 52 card deck; and if you like a challenge there’s also information and layouts for using a 32 card deck.

Let’s try Cartomancy is available in ebook format from Amazon, with paperback formats out 27th July from Amazon and live on the Tarot4You stall at various events around Berkshire and Hampshire.

Amazon UK Ebook

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T4Y June News

Candles, tarot starter packs, lets try dowsing, magic jewellery! What a year so far.

Tarot reading requests have been quite busy this year but I am now hand crafting a small number of products as well. Come and see me at the T4Y table at the Stardust Psychic Fayre at the Holiday Inn, Farnborough this Sunday. I have Tarot starter packs, hand decorated candles and spell candles, semi precious stone jewellery, including Pagan Power Bracelets and a host of fun things. Pop in and say hello. Find me on Facebook too - Tarot4You and take a peep at some of my lovely products.

T4Y will also be at - The Enchanted Market, Garth Hill College, Bracknell on Saturday 7th July, think Glastonbury but under cover! Great event with stalls, readers, music, food and entertainment all day.

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Tarot: History

The early origins of tarot cards have always been shrouded in mystery, with popular theories claiming their creation in such diverse places as India, China, ancient Egypt, ancient Babylon, ancient Tibet or even lost Atlantis. Some even blame the devil for the tarot, calling the cards the ‘devil’s picture book’ but historians have traced the first recorded appearance to Europe in the late 1300’s when the cards were used for games.

Around the 14th century, in Venice and Piedmont in northern Italy, there was a popular card game called Tarocco or Tarrochi.  It used a 78 card deck and was divided into what was called minor arcana and major arcana.  It was decorated with imagery reminiscent of the current tarot deck – imagery that caused the church to accuse the tarot of being the devil’s picture book during the Holy Inquisition.

It has been theorised that the suits of these early decks represented different society levels – with wands/batons for peasants, coins/pentacles for merchants, cups for clergy and monastic orders and swords for the aristocracy.

As it became more popular, many further deck variations were produced and in these early tarot days, the number of cards in a deck varied between 97 (in Florentine) and 62 (the Bolognese tarot.) It wasn’t until the late 18th century that one of the most popular and influential decks, the Marseilles tarot, was produced, and it is thought that the tarot deck began to be used for divination around this time.

The Marseilles tarot was influenced by French occultists Antoine Court de Gébelin and Etteilla who created their own decks and theorised about the links between the tarot and Ancient Egyptian mysticism and Jewish Qabbalic traditions.  Later esoteric practitioners during the 19th century, such as Eliphas Lévi, Gerard Encausse ‘Papus’ and Oswald Wirth, took up these ideas; and these ideas, in turn, inspired members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn to create their own decks and led to the modern popularity of the tarot cards.

The Order, whose membership is said to have included W.B. Yeats, Bram Stoker, Algernon Blackwood and Sax Rohmer, believed that the tarot was a key part of a unified esoteric system that also included astrology, numerology, ritual magic and the Qaballah.  One of the Order’s more famous members, Aleister Crowley, produced his own tarot deck – the Thoth tarot - but it was a deck created by two other Order members that became one of the most popular tarot decks in the western world.

The Rider-Waite Smith deck was created by two of the Order’s members – illustrator Pamela Colman-Smith and writer Arthur Edward Waite and it is often the first deck new tarot readers use to learn their art. Beyond that, the Rider-Waite Smith deck has become the inspiration for a great many of the decks that came after.  Its symbology and design have been adopted and adapted in a huge variety of ways leading to the astounding range of decks available today.

-(taken from Let's Try Tarot by Patricia Barber & Ann J. Clark, image (c) Can Stock Photo / wstockphoto )

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Cartomancy: History

There are many different theories about the origin of playing cards and their use in divination.

The earliest appearances of playing cards can be seen in China and India in the 900’s AD.  Indian cards of the time are said to show Hindu gods holding sceptres, swords, cups and rings, while evidence suggests that the Emperor Mu-Tsung played domino cards, a game resembling playing cards, with his wife on the eve of the Chinese New Year 969AD.

Moving on to the 1300 and 1400’s, playing cards were found across Europe - one theory places the origin of European cards in a region of Egypt with a Mameluke deck dating from 1400 and comprising of 52 cards with 4 suits – swords, polo sticks, cups and coins.
In Switzerland in 1377, a Basle monk called John of Rheinfelden wrote what is considered the first detailed description of use of a deck of 52 playing cards and Marco Polo is also thought to have brought cards back from his 13th century expeditions to China. There is a theory that the Crusaders carried cards back from their conquests, but the most popular theory is that the cards were brought through India and Egypt by bands of travellers.

Playing cards were used at the French court in 1390 where the mistress of King Charles VI, Odette, had a pack brought by travellers and decorated with Eastern potentates.  She then designed her own pack picturing members of the French court – providing the origin of the court cards on the modern deck. It is rumoured that a visiting traveller used the cards to foretell for Odette and the King, and divined the King’s secrets.  It is also rumoured that Napoleon planned several battles and courted Empress Josephine with playing card divination.

From this came the current standard playing card deck – also originating in France, and thought to have been introduced around the late 15th century, painted by hand or printed with woodblocks.  It wasn’t until 1832 that playing cards were mass manufactured and while these earlier versions were designed to be viewed from one way up only, the late 19th century saw the introduction of the double headed design we use today.

-(Taken from Let's Try Cartomancy by Ann J. Clark, image (c) Can Stock Photo / michaeldb)

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Tarot4you November Newsletter , card of the month. helpful herbs, candle meditation and more…

Card of the Month - 10 of Wands

Ten of Wands

Unsurprisingly you may feel that you have taken on rather a lot at the moment. If you are a little stressed and think that life is a bit of a headache – either physically or metaphorically – then you are not alone. Dull grey days do nothing to lift your spirits so you will have to work just that little bit harder to find the joy in daily life! Make some time for yourself, make your world as bright as you can and focus on something that you want to achieve, then just go for it. You will be glad you did.

Helpful Herbs for November.

Ginger is a great warming herb for this month, it is has lots of healing and helpful properties and can be used in a number of ways, here are just a few:-

It can help Digestion as it suppresses gastric contractions when food and fluids pass through the GI tract.

It can relieve Nausea or any kind – a home remedy to relieve this problem is to chew raw ginger

Relieve colds and flu – ginger tea keeps you warm and promotes sweating. Slice 20 or 40 grams of fresh ginger and steep in a cup of hot water. Add a slice of lemon or small spoonful of honey for flavour and additional vitamin C.

Ginger based supplements can also help with pain relief and inflammation or any kind and is good for cardio vascular health as it reduces the risk of blood clotting and maintains healthy blood sugar levels.

 

Other things associated with November and which are compatible with this month.

Important birds to look out for this month are – owls, ravens and falcons. If you spot one of these it is a good omen and will bring you luck.

Colours to wear this month are – black, white and purple.

Flowers – Chrysanthemum, dahlia and white lily.

Crystals – topaz, onyx, and obsidian

 

Myths and Legends for this Month.

Nature spirits associated with November are Banshees and any other beings who can carry messages between the world of the living and the world of the dead. A Banshee is a female spirit in Irish mythology, known as a ‘fairy woman’. Each family has their own special banshee, usually thought to be a long deceased family member whose job is it to warn of a death.  According to the legend if you hear a banshee scream you can expect someone close to you to die very soon!

We have some great quirky traditions all over the UK that take place in villages, here is just one of the most interesting ones:-

In Devon (Shebbear) - After nightfall men carrying crowbars with women lighting their way approach a huge stone close to the village church. As the church bells peal out the villagers set to work to turn the stone over. Apparently the devil lives under the stone, and ‘turning the Devil’s boulder’ is meant to avert bad fortune.

One legend recalls that the stone was quarried on the other side of the River Torridge at a nearby village, apparently intended as a foundation stone for a church there. But the devil rolled it away to Shebbear – and continued doing this every night as the villagers repeatedly rolled it back during the day.

Interestingly the stone is not of a type found locally and may therefore have been transported there in ancient times for some ritualistic purpose.

 

Feel Good Candle Meditation for November.

With darkening days and nights here is a useful meditation that you can do for protection, calm and well-being.

All you need is a lit white candle or flames from a fire. Sit or stand comfortably and look into the flame, breathe gently in and out to the count of four until you feel nice and relaxed. Visualize the flame bathing you with its warm, glowing, protective light. It is surrounding you with warmth and protection and you feel safe and relaxed. Stay like that and enjoy the feeling for a few minutes then when you are ready, count in your head backwards from ten back to one. Give your arms and legs a little shake to bring you back to normality and ground yourself once again.

 

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