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The following is a replay of a conversation I recently had with my friend Joe Plugger, who has a knack for asking all the right questions …
JOE: Hey, Paul!
PAUL: Hey, Joe!
JOE: You haven’t blogged for a while, my friend. What’s new?
PAUL: Let’s see … the hangnail’s gone. I saw Avatar in 3-D on Imax. And I’m teaching a Tarot class next month in Chicago.
JOE: A Tarot class? You mean, like, teaching people how to predict the future?
PAUL: Actually, I don’t focus much on prediction. My real passion is showing people how to use the cards as an intuitive tool to access their inner wisdom.
JOE: Inner wisdom about what?
PAUL: Themselves. Their relationships. Their day-to-day situations. Life.
JOE: And what’s, like, the point of knowing that?
PAUL: Well … a sense of clarity, and with it the freedom to make choices that make our lives work better.
JOE: That’s absolutely fascinating. Please, please – keep talking.
PAUL: The cards help us to see ourselves and events symbolically, as archetypes, and therefore more objectively. And that has a way of making our personal dramas feel much less overwhelming. With these insights we’re better able to calm the mind and heart, act with greater purpose, and enjoy a stronger sense of being spiritually guided.
JOE: Whew, that’s deep! All that from a pack of cards?
PAUL: Like I said, the cards are just a tool. But when used respectfully and creatively, the Tarot can indeed lead to powerful “aha’s” and offer life-changing perspectives.
JOE: You said “indeed”– are you British or something?
PAUL: No, but I’m a big tea drinker. And I wear a monocle.
JOE: A great look for you. So, how do you teach people to read Tarot cards?
PAUL: Glad you asked! My class incorporates lecture, storytelling, meditation, movement, games, demonstrations, solo and partnered activities, journaling and more. It’s a total immersion that helps people absorb the Tarot intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
JOE: So, it’s more than a how-to.
PAUL: Definitely. It’s a soul classroom. An inspiration incubator.
JOE: I got one of those in my sunroom. So, when’s your class?
PAUL: It’s three consecutive Saturdays – March 13, 20 and 27 – from 9:30am to 4:30pm at Unity in Chicago, on the north side of the city.
JOE: Who’s it for?
JOE: If I register for the class, will you give me a discount?
PAUL: If you register with a friend, you’ll both get $20 off the tuition.
JOE: OK, I’m in! Paul, I gotta go now and get myself a copy of your critically acclaimed book, Tarot for Life!
PAUL: Thanks, Joe — you always say the right things!
09 Feb 2010 Paul Quinn