First, I want to make sure you all know about Lo Scarabeo's new Kickstarter. You may be aware of their first one for Tarot Fundamentals. It was a huge success and the resulting book is just so wonderful. I wrote an article about it HERE. They are working on Volume 2 (there will be 3 volumes total in the Tarot Encyclopedia series), Tarot Experience. You can read about it HERE.
As for me, I'm up to my eyeballs in my Readers Studio presentation. A few weeks ago I went on a two day retreat to work on it. Everything was in me, no research needed to be done, I just needed undisturbed time and space to get it all down. I came away from the two days with a completed presentation.
The problems began when I started rehearsing it and working on the Power Point. Then I streamlined it. Then I added other things in. It turned into a muddy mess!
Why am I sharing this? People sometimes ask me for advice about preparing presentations. I have tons of advice. What I usually forget to tell them is that for me presentations go through this cycle from the moment I'm invited to present (oh no! whatever do I have to say?!?!?) until the actual presentation (oh please god let it be good for the attendees!). In between is everything from "oh my goodness, this is perfect!" to "oh holy crap, this is total garbage." It seems like an important point. It's like that image that goes around sometimes, something like what does success look like? We think it is a straight upward line but really there are a lot of snarls and step backs that happen along the way. Not always, but mostly. At least for me.
Thank goodness I found my way back to "okay, this is gonna be pretty good" by remembering who my target audience is and what I hope their experience will be like. This is more challenging than it sounds because at Readers Studio there is such a variety of tarot readers, beginners to experts, mystical to psychological, professional to hobbyist. Working with material that I'm currently passionate about and trying to create a great experience for all levels is an interesting task. It's a journey with high points and low points, and it's always fascinating.
If you are thinking of attending, I'd highly recommend it. The line up is super awesome, as it is every year. Check out the details HERE.
May Spirit infuse your work.
May all your projects be filled with passion.
May all your projects satisfy your heart.
May all your projects stimulate your mind.
May all your projects manifest beautifully.