Yesterday was pretty intense and I was afraid I’d be beat today. But with a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast under my belt, I was ready for just about anything. And I needed to be – today had a few surprises and a lot of fun in store for me.
Day Two of SF BATS began with a hilarious performance, “The Revival” featuring Nancy Antenucci, Dan Pelletier and Rhonda Lund. The zany trio did a mock tarot evangelist skit that had the audience rolling with laughter. At one point, Nancy became a “tarot altar” for Dan’s preacher character! The energy was very up and light afterwards which set a nice tone as we went off to the day’s classes.
The first class I took today was “Seeing With Different Eyes” by Carrie Paris. I’ve heard good things about Carrie over the years and always wanted to take a class with her. I was very pleased to finally have the chance – and I was not disappointed. Carrie is a very polished and engaging speaker – plus her information is deep and different. We looked at tarot and non-tarot images and she discussed how we could work with clients to uncover deep insights using four levels of symbolic understanding. This was heady stuff and there was a lot to process. Carrie also handed around a tuning fork and encouraged us to tap it and then put it to our third eyes to activate a sound. When I did this, I heard “OM”. (No surprise since I am a yogi.)
We took a short lunch break and I headed out for some Italian with one of my favorite tarot people, Joanna Powell Colbert (Gaian Tarot). Over sangria and salads we began to talk a bit about the Lenormand deck. (For those not in the know, it’s an older deck that has become very popular as of late.) I was torn between a palmistry class with Kooch Daniels and a Lenormand class with Mary Greer. I was leaning towards Kooch’s class but Joanna piqued my interest so I decided I would attend Mary’s instead.
And I will earnestly say that it was the highlight of the conference for me. I have been very reluctant to get into the Lenormand craze – mainly because my tarot brain is already pretty full. When would I have time for another type of deck? But after listening to Mary’s talk, I was convinced that I HAD to get into it. Mary broke it down in a way that sold me. (And of course, I ran off to purchase Marcia McCord’s “Dust Bunny Lenormand” immediately once I saw the images on the slideshow. Mary needs to get a commission! LOL)
The last class I chose was Toni Gilbert’s “Archetypes and Developmental Psychology”. Toni presented her unique method to help understand where clients were in their developmental journey. This was a lot to take in – but she was wise to end on a nice meditation which was a way to experience some of the information she shared with us.
We headed into the main room for raffle giveaways (I didn’t win anything – bummer!) and another riotous performance with Nancy, Dan, Rhonda, Thalassa and Sue Wilhite as “The Amazing Traveling Tarot Medicine Show”. This little piece consisted of a tongue and cheek look at professional tarot dos and don’ts, zany predictions from the Rhinestone Priestess and Dan wiggling out of a straightjacket!
And then just like that, BATS was over and we were all saying our goodbyes. The hardest part is leaving my tarot friends – but I look forward to seeing them all again soon.
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2012