Potential Participants [Film-Tv Preparation]

Finding Tarot Card readers who are willing to take part in this documentary may be a much harder task than I originally thought! Whilst finding people who on appearance and in story seem fitting, its not as easy to secure them for an interview as many do not like to talk to the media or find them ‘gimmicky’ ….

After sending off a number of emails and visiting a couple of places, we so far have gathered at least a few potential leads which will hopefully turn into secured participants for our film.

One of the more likely leads thus far is named Elizabeth, who has a great deal of experience and incorporates her psychic, medium skills with palmistry, numerology, astrology and dream analysis into  her Tarot readings. One of the great things about Elizabeth is that she is also an entertainer and guest speaker / MC, who enjoys getting in the zone and dressing up according to theatrical themes. I feel as though this added experience will allow her to be an articulate participant who will be comfortable both in front of the camera and in talking about her craft.

The second lead is a tarot place called Riverwolf, and whilst unlike with Elizabeth I don’t know much information about the reader themselves, the place in itself and the vision is rather fascinating. The philosophy of the place rather soothing and enlightening, all about the journey through life, connections and realms.  The website outlines a number of different spread which would be interesting to explore. It also has listed a number of intellectual articles, proving the reader at Riverwolf has a definite point of view. The only complication with this lead being that due to being on a convention in the UK we wouldn’t be able to speak to them till around the end of the month.

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The Enigmatic History of the Tarot [Film Tv Research]

The origin of the Tarot is relatively uncertain, there are many theories, from roots within Ancient Egypt associated with Hieroglyphics to 15th century Northern Italy due to the typical Italian suits of the cards (swords, wands, cups, and coins). However, it is relatively certain that the Tarot as we see it today most definitely has medieval origins and has accompanied the evolution of cultures, melding and changing as they did. It is this unsolved enigma of the Tarot which undeniably contributes to the inherent aura and mystery of the occult associated with these cards today.

Today’s Tarot deck is set upon the 78 card standard deck that was popular in Northern Italy circa the 15th century. Yet it wasn’t until the “18th and 19th centuries that the tarot was taken up wholeheartedly by occult and esoteric societies for use in divination.”1 A Swiss clergyman named Antoine Court de Gébelin wrote a document called The Primitive World which connected the imagery in the Marseilles tarot to the mysteries of Ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Thoth, thereby forever linking the two. He also claimed the word Tarot descended from the rom the Egyptian words tar, meaning “royal”, and ro, meaning “road”, and that the Tarot therefore represented a “royal road” to wisdom.

It wasn’t until 1785 that the French occultist Eteilla became the first profession tarot reader. He, (interesting note, it was a male) popularised the use of tarot as a divine tool to a wider audience and link the cards to astrology.

Overtime, many greater thinkers have had their hand at adding a deeper understanding to the enigma that are Tarot Cards. The true history of tarot is rich, powerful and mysterious; supposedly presenting us an opportunity to know about the influences in out past, present and future.

The 78 Tarot Cards

1- http://www.trustedtarot.com/cards/

Delving into Research – The Melbourne Psychic Expo

This weekend my film-tv group decided to get out into the world, do some research and develop some connections! Conveniently this Sunday the Melbourne Psychic Expo was being held at the Malvern Town Hall, and what better way to find out more and get involved with the psychic world than to attend an event specifically for that community?

I attended in the afternoon and found the experience to be quite invaluable, I developed a few connections and got a bit more of an insight into what Tarot is really all about. One of the first lady’s I talked to named Carla, who was actually the sweetest lady ever, gave me quite a bit of information regarding the way Tarot works. She explained how Tarot cards are a channel for psychic energy rather than the means of it, describing them as a kind of vocabulary: just as each word in the english language can have a variety of meanings, so to do the Tarot cards, the readers intuition needed to interpret and decide which meaning is accurate for the individual. Having had 10 years of experience, and doing it for fun; Carla was truly passionate. I found it particularly interesting how she described having to put trust into the cards, and just how daunting it was; particularly if the cards reveal something negative, the reader faced with an ethical dilemma of whether to inform the querant or not. Then to further inform me of how the cards worked and to display the difference between what she called ‘warm’ and ‘cold’ readers (cold readers being the kind that regurgitate what you tell them back to you), she decided to give me a free general reading, asking me to give her no information whatsoever before hand. I was then asked to shuffle the cards as many times as I liked to get my personal energy on them. What she told me from just a very quick general celtic- cross reading, was actually rather accurate!! I was quite impressed! Then to further show me how the cards worked, she asked me to have a shot at reading her in a quick 3 card spread, just based on what I got from the cards and my own intuition. It was quite a daunting and funny process!! Carla also informed me of a healers market in Watsonia where we may be able to gather further information for the doco, she was also very keen to participate – and I felt her demeanour, genuine nature and passion would definitely be perfect in showing the contrast of tarot readers from the hollywood stereotype.

Another potential participant I spoke to today, actually happened to be one of the tarot readers I had been emailing prior to attending the  expo. Her name is Elizabeth and she was quite the quirky character, with a background in entertainment and a willingness to participate. Her own words, that she was happy to ‘amp it up’ a bit, which was fascinating. She explained how she worked from her home (which had cats running around everywhere) and a couple of us would definitely be able to come and interview her sometime. I think she was quite the character and would be fabulous on camera.

At the expo I also attended a free workshop which was called ‘Past Lives and Tarot’. In this work-shop presented by a woman named Lana McKavanagh, the connection between past-lives and tarot cards was explained. She spoke about how in being a tarot reader one of the most common things they are asked are about relationships, everyone wanting to know when they will find love or if there partner was the real deal. It was really

quite fascinating to hear about the belief that almost everyone you meet in this life you have most likely met before in a previous life, and how often it can take many lives for a relationship to work out. She then passed around a deck of Tarot cards getting each individual to shuffle the deck and pick any two cards, so she could analyse a relationship from your past life. The two cards I pulled did not look particularly hopeful!! I pulled the 10 of wands and the 10 of swords, and to impart the reasoning for my impressions on you let me explain the illustrations on each of these cards: the 10 of wands features a man faced down with 10 swords in his back, blood pouring out and the 10 of wands features a figure struggling to hold up all 10 of the wands. My presumptions seemed pretty correct as Lana took my cards  and let out a simple “ooof” haha. She explained that these cards suggested that in this particular relationship in one of my past lives I had met the other person a lot later in life, when they were dying and I had to be the strong one, the one to care for them and carry them emotionally. She said the number 10 was very significant as the 0 represents the end of something, but the 1 suggests beginning of something else. She said that it means if I am to meet this person in my life now, it will be as they are going through a period of great change whether it be a big move, going to university interstate or coming out of a big break-up. I found this past-life talk to be rather fascinating, and think Lana too could be a good potential participant in our doco!

From what I’ve heard Simon and Neha who attended at different times during the day were also able to develop some good connections!! So its all happening, now we just have to decide the direction and visual style of our film so we can get shooting!!