Bidding Farewell to Our Space & Going Pop-Up!

Due to a pretty hefty rent hike, The Esoterico Collective is about to become a free spirit starting in May!  We’ll continue to host monthly open houses and offer workshops, talks, and classes in spaces around the city,  Pop-Up Shop style. The final workshops in our space, Honing Body Intuition by iele paloumpis and Skeleton Key to the Tarot by Bobby Abate happened over the last week and were a great success! Check our Facebook page to keep up to date! http://facebook.com/esotericobrooklyn Host an Open House or Workshop! Our open houses will continue every month at various locations!  If have a space or know of one that would be into hosting an Esoterico Collective event please let us know! In the meantime, you can book private readings or sessions with any of members by sending us an email request!  We’ll keep you posted about our next events!

WORKSHOP: THE SKELETON KEY TO THE TAROT

THE SKELETON KEY TO THE TAROT A 4-Week Workshop examining the underlying structure of the Tarot. With BOBBY ABATE Wednesdays 7:30-10 pm March 11 – April 2, 2015 $100    I’m offering a 4-week workshop that looks at the skeleton behind most modern tarot decks, many of which are derived from same system as the world’s most famous pack, The Rider Waite. For nearly 15 years I had a tarot deck gathering dust on my shelf.  I was totally frustrated by the so-called Little White Book that came with the cards.  Struggling to remember 78 cryptic catch phrases like, “couple, inauguration” or “maturity, research,”  felt more like cramming for the SAT’s than developing a new spiritual skill.  Instead, I started looking at the structure behind by the cards: What do all the 2’s have in common?   What is the narrative behind the Major Arcana?  What meanings do all the Kings share? Understanding the underpinning of the tarot helps wipe away a lot of the guess work that comes with interpreting the cards and leaves lots of comfy wiggle room for your intuition and psychic powers. Each of the workshop’s four sessions will be a laid back, fun and conversational look at the framework behind part of the tarot pack.  We’ll also do practice readings as we drink wine (or tea!)  I’ll be offering just enough information to get you to the next level of your tarot practice and feel even more confident doing readings. Required Materials: We’ll be using the ubiquitous Rider Waite tarot deck as the main deck for the workshop and looking at other decks as we go.  You’re also encouraged to bring your other decks for discussion and show & tell! The Rider Tarot Deck by Arthur Edward Waite et al. Link: http://amzn.com/091386613X Suggested Reading: Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot by Rachel Pollack Link: http://amzn.com/1578634083 Payment: I accept PAYPAL to esotericobrooklyn@gmail.com or Venmo. $100  

TAROT OF CRUELTY | A WORKSHOP w/ LILITH DORSEY | SUNDAY 2/8

This Sunday,  join Lilith on a sensorial journey of the tarot based on the work of Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, Edgar Allan Poe, and Carl Jung! Offered Collective Member LILITH DORSEY Sunday, Feb. 8, 1-4 PM 67 West St. Suite 402 / 4th Fl Limited Space Please RSVP  Workshop Fee: $20 In a melding of part ritual and part performance, participants will be invited to experience the tarot through sound, sight, taste, and sacred shock in this exciting workshop.  “Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”- Brecht. The divine dance of the Tarot is art, mirror, hammer and so much more…. It can be spiritual tools with which we shape ourselves and the world. This class is suitable for beginners and experts alike as we will journey down Tarot’s path by eating, listening, smelling and meditating our way through the major arcana. PAYPAL in advance to guarantee your spot: blackbrigit@yahoo.com   LILITH DORSEY M.A., hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism andThe African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show. Lilith has been reading Tarot and Palms for over two decades, and specializes in all types of psychic consultation. She also believes good ritual should be fun and innovative, and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in 2013, complete with confused Thriller flash mob.

NEW YEAR SPREAD

New moons and solstices provide plenty of opportunity to wipe the slate clean, but there is no denying how much effect January 1st has on all of us. New Year is the big kahuna of new beginnings, it’s always the elephant in the room.  Go to any crowded gym in January then see how empty is it by April if you need proof.   Perhaps dumbbells and diets aren’t what we really need in the new year.  Time to ask the tarot. SHUFFLE THE CARDS As you mix the cards, think about the year that’s ending and what you want for the new one.  When you’re done, cut the deck into three stacks, then stack again however you want.  (I personally like to feel each stack for heat and select the hottest one.) TAKE THE CARD FROM THE VERY TOP & VERY BOTTOM OF THE DECK, THEN ONE MORE CARD FROM THE TOP. TOP CARD:  YOU IN THE PRESENT MOMENT BOTTOM CARD: YOU ONE YEAR FROM NOW THE POWER/GIFT/TALENT YOU GAINED IN THE CURRENT YEAR WHAT SHOULD YOUR RESOLUTION BE? The next part of the reading is essentially it’s own 5-card spread. You make this super general or do separate resolutions for work, finance, romance, art, spirituality, family, etc.  Each one of these would essentially be its own 5-card spread. 1st card: RESOLUTION Now track the effort of resolution through the seasons.  Depending on the card and/or the reversal, these cards will indicate work that needs to be done, easy passages, obstacles, gifts, or people.   Use your intuition. WINTER  SPRING SUMMER FALL I did my resolution about my artwork.  Here’s the spread: When I saw these cards, I knew the spread was just right.   Right now I am standing with the ACE OF PENTACLES (which means I have a gift I need to put it to use.)   In one year I will be THE FOOL, perhaps all the wiser, gaining the ability to take risks and chances (maybe even moving?)   The gift/talent I gained over the year is the TOWER REVERSED, I’d call this the ability to do damage control, to prevent things from falling apart. I did the resolution part of the spread about my artistic career, the ACE OF SWORDS REVERSED.  Right now, I’ll take this to mean that I shouldn’t be afraid to express myself.  With the reversed Tower as my talent/gift, I can afford […]

Our Space Available for Writers!

We are seeking to share our Greenpoint, Brooklyn space with 2-3 writers who wish to have a dedicated, clean space to work!  Available immediately. Contact esotericobrooklyn@gmail.com for more info. $150/month for shared space. Sign out blocks of time on our Google Calendar. Shelf storage in adjacent art studio for books, papers, etc. 7 days a week / 24-hour elevator access. Right in the heart of Greenpoint (Greenpoint Ave. G, B-62 & B-43 busses.) $100 refundable deposit (for key, keycard, etc.) No internet access.  (We use cel phone as hotspots when necessary.) Shared with 3 collective members who occasionally use the space for personal work (booked on Calendar.) We are hoping to have open office hours from 11-5pm every Saturday (booked on Calendar.) When we offer workshops, they usually happen on weeknights 7-10pm (booked on Calendar.)      

WINTER SOLSTICE FUNDRAISER FOR EQUALITY / SATURDAY DEC 20 / 1-5 PM

The Esoterico Collective stands in solidarity with the families of Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Duanna Johnson, Mike Brown, Rekia Boyd, Tamir Rice and too many others whose lives have been cut short and impacted by police brutality. This open house event will take place on the Saturday just before the Winter Solstice, raising much needed monetary support for organizations doing work around issues of anti-Black racism and anti-police repression. We will be offering our services as healers and intuitive counselors to all who seek it out. We are asking for donations of $25 and up for each 20 minute session. The services we will provide include Tarot, Astrology, Reiki and I Ching readings (other modalities TBA). 100% of proceeds from those who book in advance (prior to December 18th) will be donated to Healing Justice For Black Lives Matter (https://www.facebook.com/events/728881563862374) and Equality for Flatbush : E4F Book a session with iele paloumpis, Bobby Abate, Jasmine Spacher, Regina Rocke or Robyn (other member offerings TBA)   http://esotericobrooklyn.setmore.com/ You will receive an email with information on how to donate to the causes above. Generally speaking our open houses are intended to help Esoterico keep its doors open, so we will be accepting separate donations for the space on December 20th as well. There are many ways to contribute to this movement – healing justice, self and community care are all vital components toward movement building. Our services will be free to organizers who need to take time to self reflect so that their work can sustainably continue, contact esotericobrooklyn@gmail.com. Our intention is to help create more space for healing to happen. We are sending energy to the protesters out in the streets and activists organizing against state violence, moving us toward racial justice and all forms of social change. We hope that you will add your energy and voices in whatever ways you can. We hope we can support you on your path toward self reflection and healing in this time when community care is so needed.

LEAPIN’ OBSTACLES SPREAD

Remember that day a lightbulb over your head lit up with that brilliant idea? Full of fiery inspiration to begin your big new venture, you set out on a wildly epic journey through Hell or high water to make it happen! Until… ******Screech*******  Houston, we have a problem. Hell is a wee bit hotter than you thought, and that water??  That ain’t no lake, that’s a damn cesspool.  I started a very intense project and now I’m stuck at The River Poop, so I designed this spread to inspire a magical leap! Tarot magic being what it is, the first thing I saw after laying out the cards is that the obstacles resemble pillars.  Yes, road blocks truly suck but they also inspire us to build long bridges and jump higher.   THE QUERENT:  This is a look at your energy before taking the leap. If you get the The Star or the 10 of Swords, you may need time to recharge (see my Drained Battery Spread.) THE GOAL:  You already know what your goal is, right?  This cards shows the energy of the goal itself.   Most of us have the goal of success.  Our book gets published, our business is thriving, we lose/gain that extra few pounds.   If you get a strange card like The Devil here, perhaps you’re goal isn’t one that deserves the effort in the first place. OBSTACLE #1:  Either identify what your obstacles are or let the Tarot tell you.  This is what’s blocking your path, but also inspiring you to jump higher. OBSTACLE #2:  Do as many obstacle cards as you want.  These can be for specific people or situations you feel are keeping you from reaching your goal. 1ST STEP:  Obstacles make us want to give up.  This card tells you how to get yourself wound up again!  How can you get psyched to take this leap?  What will give you the required energy?  LEAP O FAITH:  And you jump!  This card gives you the faith endure the leap and not fall short.   It is your inspiration.  The Wind Beneath Your Wings!  Fly, flyyyyy, flyyyyyyyy! (Yes, I am that cheesy.) PREPARE FOR LANDING: You’ve jumped sky high to clear the obstacles, landing might be tricky.   You don’t want to overshoot your goal or waste energy.  This card shows you how to prepare for landing with your seats in an upright position.  This card could […]

ANCESTOR PHOTO SPREAD

I often feel as though this photo of my Great-Grandmother Maria Carmen is trying to tell me something.   I never met Maria Carmen but she often appears in my dreams and I do feel her watching over me.  I designed this tarot spread based on my photo of Maria Carmen, you can modify as needed for your own photos.   What does Maria Carmen see? What would she tell me?  What about the comforting smell of all those lush italian meals she was legendary for?  Maria Carmen’s daughter (my grandmother) always had a napkin in her hand.  For the first time ever I noticed Maria Carmen is also grasping a handkerchief, a passed-down security blanket.  Could Maria Carmen tell me something about my own security blanket? Standing in front of a veil, My great-grandmother becomes the High Priestess with the same quiet stillness on the shore of a lake by the woods.  It’s as if the water behind her holds the records of our family, our memories, accomplishments, triumphs and shortfalls — but all of it is just painted on fabric.  Like the tarot itself, the lake is a metaphoric image that provides a handle on the incomprehensible nothingness.   I did the spread with my in-progress tarot deck (my cat just couldn’t help joining in.) It’s incredible to see the card that depicts my Grandmother appear as what Maria wants to tell me.  My Grandmother is the Queen of Roses and she appears next to the Wheel of Fortune.   There’s a big picture in the little tasks.   A while ago, a reading said that I connect to ancestral energy by cooking, baking, rolling out dough, etc.  These are very spiritual activities for our Italian family.  How do I connect to Maria Carmen’s heart/love?   Saint Theresa / the 9 of Roses.    My grandmother would always pray to Saint Theresa and say, “show me the roses.”   When a rose appeared, her prayer was answered.   This is why an entire suit of my tarot deck is roses.   To connect with Maria Carmen, I must look for the roses. I won’t go into the specifics of the rest of the reading publicly, but I feel Maria Carmen is telling me that I’m not quite living up to my full potential and also not taking full advantage of what’s available to me.   I’m probably still not ready to get […]

RACHEL POLLACK WORKSHOP: WHAT IS THE TAROT?

  The Esoterico Collective of Greenpoint is presenting an upcoming workshop by RACHEL POLLACK — Tarot Grandmaster, author of 36 books of fiction and non fiction, and tarot-deck creator. WHAT IS THE TAROT? SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15th, 1-5pm The Tarot is a tool for fortune-telling.  The Tarot is a game. The Tarot is an oracular mystery.  The Tarot is a mirror of our true selves.  The Tarot is a blueprint for transformation.  The Tarot is an ancient spiritual teaching in pictures.  The Tarot is a repository of myths and Gods and Goddesses.  The Tarot is a device for storytelling and creativity.  The Tarot is a guidance system for the soul. All these things have been said about the 78 cards that make up the Tarot, and all of them are true. In this workshop, we will explore the Tarot’s many dimensions.  We will consider just how a picture on a mass-produced card means something, and how that meaning changes over time, and how it adapts to an individual person’s issues and questions. For Rachel, the primary way of learning Tarot is through doing readings.  Readings are a constant exploration of the Tarot’s possibilities, propelled by the issues and questions of the querent.  We will look at different kinds of readings, from a simple daily spread, to relationship spreads, to readings crafted from a querent’s actual words, to what Rachel calls  Wisdom readings, where we ask the cards questions about the world, spiritual issues, or the Tarot itself. This workshop is experiential, and open to all levels.  Please bring your own Tarot deck.  All decks are welcome, but Rachel will focus primarily on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck (the most well-known), and her own Shining Tribe Tarot. RACHEL POLLACK is the author of 36 books of fiction and non-fiction, three of which have won awards.  Her book 78 Degrees of Wisdom is known all over the world as “the Bible of Tarot readers.”  Rachel’s books have been translated into 14 languages.  Her most recent work is the novel The Child Eater, and The Burning Serpent Oracle, a card deck and book co-created with artist Robert M. Place. SPACE IS LIMITED, SIGN UP NOW. $55 before October 31 $60 at the door 67 West Street, 4th Floor Brooklyn, NY 12723 PAYMENT: Cash, Check, or Paypal RSVP: zoemaat@hvc.rr.com & esotericobrooklyn.com

OPEN HOUSE, Saturday October 4th from 3-9 PM

Hello friends, We are holding an open house to introduce to you, our friends and family, our plans for the future and to infuse our new shared space with loving vibes and to let you all know who we are and what we do! The COLLECTIVE: Bobby Abate, Risa Puleo, Jasmine Spacher, Valentine Lahey, Jamie Della Selva, Robyn Olds, Zina Tavitsanos, and Anais L’amour. Just briefly, The ESOTERICO COLLECTIVE began as a weekly meeting for tarot readers in a living room. Today, our collective has expanded to include those who have practices in astrology kabbalistic healing, body work, the I Ching, aura reading, stone work, and palmistry. For most members of the collective, our spiritual explorations run parallel to our careers as artists, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, and actors. This is what makes our collective unique. Beginning in October, we will share an intimate studio space in Greenpoint where we can meet, have social events, deepen our practices and share our talents. So come celebrate our new studio and hang out with us on Saturday, October 4th from 3-9 for wine, tea, mini-readings and ritual!!! We would love to see all of you! OUR PRACTICES: Bobby Abate – Tarot Jasmine Spacher -Tarot/ Bodywork/ Energy Healing Risa Puleo – Tarot Robyn Olds – I Ching / Reiki Jamie Della Selva – Egyptian Cartouche Oracle Reading Zina Tavitsanos – Astrology Anais L’Amour – Astrology / Stone work RSVP on our Facebook event page! AND — Like our Facebook page!