Review of the UK TAROT CONFERENCE 2006
Our third UK Tarot Conference took place over the weekend of the 13th 14th October at the Thistle Hotel Westminster, and really was an opportunity for enthusiasts and students of the Tarot to mix with the crème de la crème of the Tarot world.
Friday evening was hosted by Mark McElroy, a wonderful American author and expert on Tarot who made his UK debut at the Tarot Conference. The first session was devoted to complete beginners followed by a session on creative writing using the tarot. This whole session was such fun, everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Mark is truly inspirational and lights up the room with his enthusiasm, humour and knowledge of the Tarot. Following the end of this session complimentary wine was served for those who chose to stay behind and mingle with likeminded souls. A truly delightful event.
Saturday opened with Gaynor Thompson who, by popular demand joined us for the third time, hosting a workshop entitled; Using the Tarot to Connect with Your Higher Self, this was a workshop with a difference, and required us to work beyond the realms of the literal meanings to access higher plains. After coffee, John Matthews took us through illustrations of his new Gail Tarot which should be on our shelves next October, John introduced us to an excellent spread designed specifically for this deck which was extremely accurate.
Lunch time saw our new Table Top Tarot sessions with Caitlin Matthews who hosted the advanced group, Major Tom Schick hosting the Intermediate and Brian Stevenson looking after the Beginners Group. These sessions were all full and extremely successful.
After lunch Alfred Douglas gave a quick word on his reprinted Sheridan Douglas deck, which has been out of print for almost 30 years.
Our first afternoon workshop was run by Juliet Sharman-Burke, who delighted us with a reading for one of the group, then the audience were asked to give their opinion, we then had the chance to try the reading with a partner. Our final session was hosted by Mark McElroy, a two hour fast pace session entitled; Seventy Eight Cards, Infinite Ideas. We were encouraged to find as many answers as possible from a single card, an excellent workshop where time flew by so quickly suddenly we were closing the day. This conference was full of interaction practically from start to finish. Regardless of what level the participant was at, every one went away with something.
The packed merchandise stand was hosted by the fabulous Geraldine from Atlantis Book shop in Museum Street London. Atlantis have an extensive range of tarot, if you are in London do go and visit. The event was also an opportunity for us to launch our new Psychic Café Diary, this will be available from our on line shop soon.
This was altogether a fascinating weekend with the most interesting and valuable opportunities for learning available to those who were starting out on their journey of discovery into the tarot and for those of us who after many years, just wanted to know more. 2007 is already in the diary for 20th October and we are delighted that Mark McElroy has agreed to join us next year. I can’t wait!
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