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I hope you can join me this Thursday July 19 at 6am AEDT (Wednesday July 18 1pm PDT) for The Spiritual Path of Tarot Telesummit 4 – Tarot Horizons!


From July 16 – 27, twenty Tarot teachers are coming together to show you how to access your wisdom through deepening your understanding of the Tarot.

Host Kim Wilborn has asked every teacher to speak about the tarot topics they find most meaningful, with each presentation focused on helping you engage with the wisdom of the Tarot in a fresh way.

On Thursday July 19 at 6am AEDT (Wednesday July 18 at 1pm PDT) I’ll be speaking about Using Tarot for Social Change. I chose this topic because I am interested in exploring ways in which the tarot can help us move beyond the personal, to engage in effective conversations within our communities.

I am excited to take this exploration with tarot a step beyond my monthly Tarot Readings for the Collective that I post on my blog, and will incorporate both Tarot and Nonviolent Communication. You don’t need to have much tarot experience to join in, though it will be helpful if you at least have a tarot deck!

There are so many excellent teachers on the list below – many of whom I met at Readers Studio, a fantastic tarot conference in NYC. Please consider joining not just my class, but several – or even all of the classes!

Each call will be like a mini-class. You’ll be able to listen to live calls online, by phone, or from a mobile device, and free 48-hour replays will allow you to listen at your convenience. (Low-priced recordings are also available to make it even easier!)

Join us and experience:

Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone –  Lordy, Lordy! A Fresh look at the Esoteric Titles of the Minor Arcana

~ Robert Place –  The Evolution of the Tarot

Ethony – Breaking the Borders of the Tarot Court

Sheilaa Hite –  The Mirror of the Moment

~ Kooch Daniels – The Empress, Seeking the Path of Love

Suzanne Corbie – Opening Doors to New Horizons

Ferol Humphrey – Culmination and Foundation with the Nines

Pamela Eakins – High Priestess: Mary, Isis, Liberty, and You

Christiana Gaudet – When the Best Question is No Question: Techniques for General Reading

Heather Mendel – Revealing the Concealed: Secrets, Symbols and The Suits of Swords

Colin McPhillamy – Astro-Tarot

James Ricklef – Tarot and Affirmations

Reid Hart – Meet the Tarot Spirits

Sarah Barry – Using Tarot for Social Change

Mark Horn – Kabbalistic Tarot Meditation for Sephirotic Healing

Shelley Carter – Tarot Art as a Community Connector

Liz Dean – Tarot Switchwords: Manifesting the Gifts of the Majr and Minor Arcana

Katrina Wynne – Tarot Illuminates Your Life Purpose

Lori Lytle – Tarot for Introverts

Jenna Matlin – Using the Hanged Man as Gateway to Spiritual Rites of Passage

~ Kim Wilborn – New Horizons in Tarot & in Life

I hope you’ll be my guest at this one-of-a-kind event and experience for yourself a deeper connection to the energies of the Tarot. http://www.mcssl.com/app/?Clk=5620101

“See” you there!

Best wishes,
Sarah Barry (Psychic Sarah)

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Dear Collective,

This month I thought I would use two tarot decks for this reading, because, why not? The tarot decks that I chose are Pentimento Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert and the Relative Tarot by Carrie Paris. Pentimento Tarot is a Major Arcana-only deck (so 22 cards), and the Relative Tarot is a Major Arcana and Court Card- only deck. Both overlay traditional Rider Waite Smith imagery with photographs. I love both of these decks!

The questions for July are:

What will help us love with authenticity?

How can we learn to trust the wisdom in our bodies?

How can we learn to look at what needs to be seen?

What will tilt our perception enough to make the changes our hearts need to enact?

Let’s begin!

1. What will help us love with authenticity?

Queen of Swords [Relative Tarot]

Relative Tarot

I will help you love authentically by putting your mind and heart in direct contact with each other. Why does one have to rule over the other? Your mind and your heart can be so helpful, yet they are both capable of dishonesty. Who is speaking – the mind or the heart? Each says it is the other that lies, and we are mere humans who are unenlightened – how can you expect to know for sure what is real and what is not? When you get closer to figuring out love – how can you do it with authenticity?

A Queen of Swords-style assistance will show you what is real, what makes sense, what drives out clouded thinking, and what really remains when you cut away all the starry-eyed fantasies. Let me show you authentic love by helping you make clearer choices about how you spend your time and who you spend it with. Don’t be bedazzled by your past or future imaginings or what you THOUGHT was real. Look at your present, how do you feel right now, and love from that space.

2. How can we learn to trust the wisdom in our bodies?

The World [Pentimento Tarot]

Pentimento Tarot

Remember how you moved as a child, before you were told to tone down/dress appropriately/restrict your relationship with life. Remember how you felt your emotions and reacted to them but then allowed them to pass rapidly. Your body know what it feels, without the mind ever needing to have commentary on what that is. Of course, the mind WILL give its commentary, but it is the body that holds the wisdom.

Sharpen your mind as you can, but let the body inform you of what you are sensing right now. How can you trust this bodily wisdom? By testing it out! By not letting cynics sway you into dismissing your gut instinct. By going beyond simply remembering how you once moved, and seeing if you can still move in that way – however your current body allows. Trust that bodily wisdom by knowing that you can make better decisions when you are present with whatever it is you are feeling.

3. How can we learn to look at what needs to be seen?

Page of Wands [Relative Tarot]

Relative Tarot

Look at what is useful and look at what inspires you to be intelligent! Look at the ways in which you can create a new story in life that doesn’t need to destroy lives in order to work. Learn how to do this by noticing when you feel a fire burn within. Not the fire of unregulated, all-consuming anger, but rather, the burn of discomfort that tells you something is amiss – something is being hidden – abuses are being carried out and my goodness is there a need for creative action that forces those weak-minded actions to be visible and held accountable.

I will help you look at what you can do. I will stand here, on your doorstop every day, ready for action and ready to help you get beyond the initial inertia. I’ll smile at you until you must look at me and what I point out to you.

4. What will tilt our perception enough to make the changes our hearts need to enact?

Death [Pentimento Tarot]

Pentimento Tarot

Well, I’m quite the perception tilt, aren’t I? Who can honestly say they know me, without a belief system getting in the way? We can have our understandings that might seem incredibly real and certain, and then there is that edge that creates the question, ‘but what if…?’

I tilt your perception by bringing you into this moment. This is the sum of what you have lost right now:  this person – this animal – this object – this thing; and this is also the sum of what knowledge you have gained through this loss.

I will help you enact the changes your heart persuades you to carry out by keeping you clear of the distractions and of anything that isn’t in line with your integrity and your deep curiosity. Superficial enquiries need not apply – come to me with the pulse of your heart – walking towards me with that certain uncertainty and knowing me is knowing yourself. How can you not start the process towards lasting change once you have caught me looking at you?

[Interested in different perceptions around Death? The Death Letter Project is a project by local Sydney photographer Tina Fiveash, who asked 50 Australians the questions, ‘What is death?’, ‘What happens when we die?’ and published their responses as well as photos of the letter writers. I have greatly enjoyed reading through these letters, and I am included in the series (letter number 44). You can check it out here. I highly recommend perusing this beautiful and important project.]

© Sarah Barry ~ Tarot Readings with Psychic Sarah 2018

This Tarot Reading for the Collective was done with The Relative Tarot by Carrie Paris – carrieparis.com and Pentimento Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbertgaiansoul.com. These images are reproduced here with permission. 

If you want a more personalised reading, go here to make an appointment. To find out more about how I work go to  sarahthepsychic.com/about/ and sarahthepsychic.com/faq/

I teach Intuitive Tarot! My next classes will be held at Work-Shop in Redfern, Sydney, on Tuesday July 10 and Saturday August 18. Find out more and book your spot here.

On July 19 I am teaching an online class titled ‘Using Tarot for Social Change’ as a part of Kim Wilborn’s Tarot Telesummit 4: Tarot Horizons. There will be twenty tarot teachers facilitating classes over a two week period. It’s free to sign up, and you will have access to recordings for 48 hours after each class, or you can opt to purchase low-priced recordings. Register here!

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Relative Tarot by Carrie Paris & Pentimento Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert

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Dear Collective,

This Tarot Reading for the Collective comes to you later than usual as I spent the last few days of May and the first week of June in silence at Dhamma Bhumi in Blackheath. Then it was just the usual re-immersing back into meeting with clients, doing admin and warily attending to social media, where I try to do only what is necessary, and take my time with the rest. Now I think I am pretty much back on board – so here is a June Reading for you. Happy Winter Solstice to those in the Southern part of the globe, and a happy Summer Solstice to those in the North!

This month I am using Tarot of the Crone by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince. All of Ellen’s decks grab at my senses in a very particular way that no other deck does. While my love for different tarot decks is vast and plentiful, what I most appreciate from Ellen’s tarot creations, and in particular Tarot of the Crone, is how they pretty much shout at me, “WHAT ARE YOU IGNORING? WHY DO YOU TRY AND HIDE WHAT IS REAL?” So, I thought, those two shouty questions could be the first two questions of the month, followed by two more:

What are we ignoring?

Why do we try and hide what is real?

How can we teach ourselves to LOOK at what we find too scary to face?

How can we take action when we finally face those scary realities?

Too full on?? IT’S THE TAROT OF THE CRONE, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?! Crones don’t muck around. They are here to show us what we need to do and while they may nurture us at times, the nurturing they offer isn’t the cookies and milk kind – it’s the I see you working, rest here for the night before you start again kind. I am aware that if the last Tarot Reading for the Collective you saw was the Salon Dada deck edition (last month), you might be expecting something a bit different. If you follow enough of these Readings though, you will see how my mood changes with each deck!

So, let us begin.

1. What are we ignoring?

Priestess (High Priestess)

Collective, you are hiding from your centre – the itchy sensation of your conscience trying to reveal the awful truths of disconnection and the awesome beauty of deep connection. By ignoring the Priestess you ignore solid awareness of your purpose in life as you flit here and there, trying this and that, never content to simply observe the sensation of what it is to exist in this strange and cumbersome reality. Why do you ignore the Priestess? Why do you dive back into the murkiness, even after you’ve have had an ‘aha’ moment? Why do you forget that you’ve already done the work?

2. Why do we try and hide what is real?

Ace of Wands

Well, if you look at me, the Ace of Wands, you must act, no? And when you begin to act you get to see how much more there is to be done and all those worms come out of the can and they just keep on coming and coming and you must face your ego being destroyed again and again as you slowly realise that there will never be one simple proverb, snappy affirmation, clever poem or ancient book that will sum up ‘What is the meaning of life?’

If we noticed that what is real is constantly forming and always changing then we have to admit our own impermanence. And who wants to be reminded of that day in day out, in a world where we try to build empires while ignoring the niggling thought that says, “But what is this? What is the point of this empire you try to construct? Who are you trying to kid?”

So to those who try and hide what is real, I guess you will continue to ignore me! Hide from my attempts to pull you into action! Wander into pretty places where you can ignore the ceaseless cries of those this social system historically and currently tries to crush! Don’t come to me for inspiration today (I may offer that to you another day, so keep going)!

3. How can we teach ourselves to LOOK at what we find too scary to face?

Calling (Judgement)

There’s a heart in here – do you see it? Do you see that my shadow has warmth contained within?

Do you understand that what seems harsh and scary can also be a way to embody a peacefulness that allows you to keep showing up to what needs to be changed, without destroying yourself in the process?  Can you see that I show you how self-acceptance can lead to enough internal strength to look at what is scary within you and around you? Can you trust that you won’t be engulfed by the shadows and that turning away from them is just a delusion? You are staring at me all the time. Why don’t you try looking at me again, this time without imagining I am separate from you.

4. How can we take action when we finally face those scary realities?

Six of Cups

Look who is around you – when you find your kindred their faces aren’t important, their solidarity is. Pour what you have discovered through clear observation into places where people dislike the reality of change. Keep pouring until you understand that to stop pouring is to halt the process of life.

With the Six of Cups you will have no need for charismatic leaders – the photogenic politicians whose charm distracts you from the blood on their hands. All you will need is deep connection with those who are choosing to love rather than hate, those who are choosing community over commodity and those who understand that we cannot afford to pretend that everything will be okay simply by saying it will be. Speak with each other and get wiser with all you learn from each other, and step towards those who have been fighting for your rights for so long now.

© Sarah Barry ~ Tarot Readings with Psychic Sarah 2018

This Tarot Reading for the Collective was done with the Tarot of the Crone by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince. These images are reproduced here with permission.  For more information about Ellen’s work and this tarot deck, go to darkgoddesstarot.com

If you want a more personalised reading, go here to make an appointment. To find out more about how I work go to  sarahthepsychic.com/about/ and sarahthepsychic.com/faq/

If you want to request that your next reading with me (whether in person, via phone/Skype or email) is done with the Tarot of the Crone, let me know! It’s not usually on my tarot table as one of the four decks to choose from (though Ellen’s Dark Goddess Tarot is), but it’s always in my office. Same goes for any other of my tarot decks you have seen in these Collective readings – feel free to make a request!

I teach Intuitive Tarot! My next classes will be held at Work-Shop in Redfern, Sydney, on Tuesday July 10 and Saturday August 18. Find out more and book your spot here.

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Tarot of the Crone by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince

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Hi everyone,

Tomorrow I am heading off to sit my annual 10-Day Vipassana meditation course at Dhamma Bhūmi, Blackheath, NSW. I’ll be back at work on Sunday June 10 for my usual Sunday to Wednesday week.

I won’t have access to phone or internet while I’m away, so I will respond to any messages from June 9 onwards.

Until then, be well and I look forward to connecting with you all either here, or via readings, upon my return.

Best wishes,

Sarah

Dhamma Bhūmi, Vipassana Meditation Centre, Blackheath, NSW, Australia

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My latest Tarot Newsletter is live! This month features tales from the Page of Swords, a link to an article I wrote for the Readers Studio Program Book, and a heads up that I’m off to meditate for 10 days! 

bit.ly/TNMay18

Page of Swords – The Gorgon’s Tarot by Dolores Fitchie, Next World Tarot by Cristy C. Road & Tarot of the Cloisters by Michelle Leavitt

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Dear Collective,

I’m doing something a bit out of the ordinary for this Tarot Reading for the Collective: I will be using a deck of tarot cards created for me by my friends at my ‘Salon Dada’ birthday party in April! By ‘Dada’, I mean the art movement from circa 1916 that rejected logic and reason and embraced nonsense and anti-bourgeois protest. Anyone who comes to one of my themed birthday parties knows that dressing up is an important requirement. Like this, for example:

And an on-theme cake is also vital, like this marvellous (and delicious) creation based on an artwork by Dada artist Hannah Höch:

Yes this is a cake! A chocolate vegan cake with salted caramel ganache, made by Rebecca of Greenberg and Co Cakes. Oh my goodness did it taste AMAZING! I dream of this cake. I wish I could eat it again right now. If you are local to Sydney then do yourself a favour and check out Greenberg and Co Cakes!

So now, to the tarot cards. Firstly, I love this deck and I am really touched that it was personally made for me. Secondly, technically it’s not actually a tarot deck, as there are 33 cards not 78, and they don’t really bear any resemblance to traditional tarot imagery. However, thirdly, that doesn’t matter at all, as this is a DADA tarot deck so anything goes. And as this is a tarot reading using a Dada deck…. things might get a little strange.

There will be two parts to each question and answer: Part A will attempt to be sensible and Part B will embrace Dada. If you are unfamiliar with the Dada movement, you may want to do a quick google search prior to reading this, or, just have a genuine Dada moment and dive in without any explanation. Either that, or you can just ignore Part B.

To display as many of these unique creations as possible, I’ll pull cards to provide the questions as well as for the answers. Let’s begin!

This month’s questions are:

1a) How can we best showcase our skills?

1b) Why does an arrow create spasms flying fish?

The card that prompted Question 1: Strike – a – pose

2a) What must we stay awake for?

2b) Which bird stole the vortex?

The card that prompted question 2: The Night of Clubs

3a) How can we provide comfort for our weary bodies?

3b) How can we yodel when mice fly roosters?

The card that prompted question 3: Queen of Poofs

4a) How can we be more tender to ourselves?

4b) Why does a hibiscus drip gold on lanterns?

The card that prompted question 4: The Hanged Man

Are you still with me?? Let’s go!

1a) How can we best showcase our skills?

1b) Why does an arrow create spasms flying fish?

Answer: Repetition

a) Showcase by keeping on showing up. Just because a few people don’t value your skills doesn’t mean you have to change the way in which you are working. Keep on doing what you do best again and again and again, and eventually enough people will gather in support.

b) Because wildly mesmerising chicken-feed reverberates to the sound of e major and sometimes potato.

2a) What must we stay awake for?

2b) Which bird stole the vortex?

Answer: Love

a) Stay awake for love that is loyal, and by that I mean be loyal to yourself and the way you want to feel as you live out your existence. Stay awake for the moments that make sense in amongst all the chaos, and notice when you feel deeper and quieter emotions gathering around your heart. Notice, so that you can take the chance to say what you want to say, and hear what you most need to hear.

b) The bird that flew backwards while dancing to Prince. A great mountain: sandy togs.

3a) How can we provide comfort for our weary bodies?

3b) How can we yodel when mice fly roosters?

Answer: Flow

a) Provide comfort for your weary body by attending to conversations that unblock rather than tighten. Try if you can to keep company with friends who are happy to just show up, and don’t need you to do anything other than just be yourself in that moment. Friends can be human, or not.

b) By spinning tops leaking spirulina and catfish.

4a) How can we be more tender to ourselves?

4b) Why does a hibiscus drip gold on lanterns?

Answer: L’Enfant Terrible

a) Ignore the naughty ones, the ones who demand you turn up with absolute precision, every moment of every day! Set boundaries in situations that have gotten in the way of self-kindness. Be tender by embracing the grumpiest part of yourself. There is room in the grump for the snuggles.

b) Because missing signs tell monotonous truths.

© 2018 Sarah Barry ~ Tarot Readings with Psychic Sarah

This Tarot Reading for the Collective (or whatever that was) was done with the Salon Dada Tarot Cards, dedicated to me (Sarah Barry/Psychic Sarah) and created by the attendees of the Salon Dada Birthday Party in the..

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I am honoured to be the latest contributor to The Death Letter Project. Created and photographed by Tina Fiveash, this began as a PhD research project, and has evolved to be a series of letters from fifty Australians who each submit a handwritten letter in response to the questions: ‘what is death’ and ‘what happens when we die?’.

You can read my response, and the other letters (some rich reading material!) here. I hope you enjoy perusing this site, and the subsequent pondering that may arise. I am pleased that there are more and more people willing to talk about death and what it is to face and consider something so predictable yet so mysterious.

photo by Tina Fiveash

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Dear Collective,

For this month’s Tarot Reading for the Collective I am using Shining Tribe Tarot by Rachel Pollack, with images inspired by prehistoric art from all around the world.

The questions for April are:

Where should we turn when looking for wisdom?

How should we ground our wisdom so that it is clear, and understood?

How can we temper our activities so that we can hold onto truth?

Where do we go to connect with what is sacred?

…………………………………………………………………………………………….

1. Where should we turn when looking for wisdom?

4 of Birds

Face the direction people take when they are trying to get above all the lies that are spun to incriminate those who dare to live authentically. Carefully observe the innovators who challenge the too-easily made legislations that claim to save people but in fact harm many. How do these challengers hold themselves? Are they confident? Empowered? Intelligent? Are you in awe of them and perhaps a little intimidated? Don’t let that fear hold you back from accessing your own wisdom. Facing the places that require effort to get to may seem daunting, but they are places that hold wonderful secrets and grounded realisations.

2. How should we ground our knowledge so that it is clear, and understood?

Knower of Birds

Mess with your routine to see what happens in your everyday surroundings when you look from different angles, at different times of day. Notice what life exists around you to understand what wants to grow where you live. Acquaint yourself better with your neighbourhood so that you can weave your knowledge in ways that accord with the landscape and with the people you meet along the way. Keep your feet firmly on the ground as you gaze at the sky.

3. How can we temper our activities so that we can hold onto truth?

The Hermit

Though the pace of life can be so fast, remember that going slow at times will enrich your awareness of your own boundaries and the boundaries of others. Knowing where these lines are means you can better ascertain what is real and what is imagined. Integrity is easier to maintain when respecting these boundaries, and integrity allows truth to thrive. Truth never needs to be force fed, it arrives freely and clearly. Know what to revere in your life and notice what happens inside of you when you turn away from the noise towards the stillness.

4. Where do we go to connect with what is sacred?

7 of Rivers

Go where there is good company, even if the company is unfamiliar. If there is warmth in your heart as you gather near likeminded people, trust that, and see what happens in your life when you get together. The sacred can be found in unexpected places, and often in places that are hidden from view. Step outside of your conditioned notions so that you can experience a realness that can’t be found in traditional institutions.

© 2018 Sarah Barry ~ Tarot Readings with Psychic Sarah

This Tarot Reading for the Collective was done with The Shining Tribe Tarot © 2001 Rachel Pollack, published by Llewellyn Worldwide, St Paul, MN, USA 55164-0383 www.llewellyn.com

To find out more about how I work go to  sarahthepsychic.com/about/ and sarahthepsychic.com/faq/

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Shining Tribe Tarot by Rachel Pollack

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