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.

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