|My TLC workshop - image courtesy of Katrina Wynne|
|Lyn Olds - Letters To The Past|
That was followed by Lyn Olds talking about a project she curated, called Letters To The Past. She used that as a vehicle to explore the entire history of the tarot, all in 50 minutes. It was a fascinating approach to history, which really personalised it and brought it to life.
The next day started with another workshop by Carrie Paris. This time, she had us divining with everyday objects (like, whatever you had in your pockets/handbag!), as well as using her wonderful Magpie Oracle and casting sheets, and of course a few Lenormand decks...
|The fabulous Carrie Parris, different ways of divining, and me with Carrie :)|
Over lunchtime, Alison Cross gave an excellent talk on the Tarot Courts. As they say, there's always something new to learn, even when you've been studying something for years. Alison certainly came up trumps on that - everyone left the workshop feeling they'd heard something new :) My favourite bit was when she suggested thinking about how the Courts would all react at a party. One example she gave was of all the Pages outside in the garden, wanting to play in a treehouse. She's one funny woman, Alison, as well as a great educator!
|Lyn (left), Caitlín (top right), my drawings (bottom right)|
Then, it was on with the fun with another workshop from Lyn Olds. This time, she suggested a technique to approach the cards differently. You draw three cards from a deck, and then sketch out the elements that jump out at you to create a new card. You then use that "card" to answer your question. For me, it worked better when I was reading for myself or else didn't know the question, as otherwise I worried too much about getting it right or being helpful and not putting in anything bad for the other person. Once again, you can see from my sketches why I approached Will Worthington, rather than trying to paint the Celtic Lenormand myself!
|Brucie, ah, I mean Ciro...|
|Kim, and the Tarot Masters book|
Anyhow, as if all that wasn't enough, Kim also announced a book launch: Tarot Masters (Hay House, 2014 - yes, 2014!). It's a project she put together, originally to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the UK Tarot Conference. All but one of the past speakers at the Conference write about what first got them into the Tarot, and the card they love or loathe. Kim had copies available for sale, though the official launch isn't until next year! I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been included in the book, which features the likes of Rachel Pollack, Mary Greer, Paul Hughes-Barlow, Mark McElroy and a host of others! Anyhow, I'll remind you all when it finally launches officially ;)
And so the Conference ended, and we all headed back to our regular lives. Here's a last picture of all of us who spoke at this conference.
|Caitlín, Carrie, Ina, Me, Lyn, Alison, Ciro, Kim|