It can be challenging to find others to study Tarot with. You sometimes may get "those" looks from your friends and family. Sometimes that can feel very lonely. One of the things many of us seem to crave is the ability to bounce ideas off of others. So how do you find others? There are actually more than a few resources out there for you.
Let's start by talking about
Many of us spend so much time on our computers that we forget to turn the box off and go outside. That's why Meetup started. Its sole purpose is to help people connect in real-time, face-to-face ways with others. To facilitate that, the Meetup site is based on interests. Did you know you can find French speakers, Puggle lovers, Hiking buddies and even the elusive Tarot enthusiast on Meetup? It's free to join but some group organizers do charge a fee to offset the fee charged them by Meetup. Tarot meetups are very active on Meetup. You can find them in Denver, Dallas, Tacoma, Phoenix and more. If you don't see one in your area, sign up as the organizer.
Don't panic! All the organizer does is facilitate a meeting place (look at your local libraries for rooms for free to the community). Then set up a meeting to get together. The first meeting can be devoted to finding out who knows what about Tarot and setting a course of action for your group. Here is one tip for setting up a meeting. You are the organizer so it needs to be convenient for you. Don’t overanalyze when. Pick a date. Set it up for two hours for the first meeting. Show up. Do it again the next month even if no one shows. Consistency is the key to a good meetup.
Tarot Salons are similar to Meetups but they are not run through any formal web site. This is just a fancy title for an old-fashioned get-together. You could run an ad on craigslist to find others in your area.
And don't worry that you are the only one. You are unique--just like everyone else. J So there are others out there in the same boat. Even if it is just one other person, it's someone to bounce things off of, right? Of course you want to be careful. Don't meet at your home until you know the others. Find a coffeehouse to go to or a meeting room at a community center.
Worried you aren't a good meeting planner/leader? Here are a few suggestions on how to have a great first meeting.
- Ask everyone to bring their Tarot cards and a notebook and pen to take notes
- Once you are there, start on time [most Meetup organizers will tell you that means about 5 minutes or so after the scheduled start time]
- Ask everyone to introduce themselves as a Tarot card [as the organizer you can start and pass to your right or left]
- Split into pairs and do 3 card mini-readings
- Have everyone pull the same card from their deck. Pass them around to compare the similarities and differences. Discuss how the cards meaning may be different. [For instance compare the Deviant Moon Fool with the Vanessa Tarot Fool and the Whimsical Tarot Fool.
- Bring art supplies and create Tarot cards
- Pick a Tarot book to work through as a group
- Answer the following questions then share them as a group:
- On my best days I think of myself as _____ tarot card
- Most of my challenges relate to ______ card.
- My favorite deck is_________
- I usually read _______ for myself ____ for friends _____ professionally______
- My level is ___ beginner_____ intermediate______ advanced
- I learned about tarot from _____
- I am interested in_______
A very good resource is your local Meetup Organizer's Meetup. Yes, there is a Meetup for those that organize Meetups, Virginia.
Next let’s talk about those lovely places known as bookstores. Any bookstore that sells Tarot decks is a good possibility. See if they have a bulletin board where you can leave a notice. And don’t forget your new age shops, yoga studios, libraries, and organic health food stores. If you are afraid of spam email, you can always set up a free Gmail for yourtowntarot@. Also, go to the bookstore. See who else is reading those awesome metaphysical books. You could even slide a contact note in a book on Tarot.
Ask the bookstore if they have a meeting space. Maybe they have a newsletter you can advertise in as well. Or offer to sit in a corner and do free one card Tarot readings. You never know who you will meet who might also share your love for Tarot.
Do check out this post for a growing list of independent retailers. Add your local stores if you don't see them listed there.
So you do have ways to find others in real time. You are not alone, but you may have to be the Fool who ventures to launch the study group.
Next time we will talk about how to find others on the web. Did you know there are many Tarot organizations that you can join? It's true. I'll give you a rundown of a few of those that are out there next Monday. Same Tarot channel. Same Tarot time.
Image is from the Celestial Tarot.
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