Friday, October 14, 2016

San Diego Poetry Workshop, The High Priestess, and Poetry Prompts

San Diego Writers, Ink Fall for Writing 2016

Fall for Writing! We invite you! Come out for a beautiful selection of weekend writing workshops over at Liberty Station; I’m teaching poetry from 9-10:45 am on Sunday, November 16, 2016. Join me for a lively look at how to keep your poetry practice thriving by using themes and forms to challenge and inspire. You’ll do some writing in class with me and you’ll come away with handouts to use for the coming year.

Here’s the SDWI Fall for Writing 2016 line-up:


  • Memoir with Marni Freedman
  • Creating an Unforgettable Core Idea with Carlos de los Rios
  • Social Media and Writing with Cathy Scott
  • Humor with David Coddon
  • Scriviner 101 with Kim Keeline
  • Dialouge with Rich Farrell
  • Exciting Exposition with Jennifer Silva Redmond
  • Can(‘t) Touch this!:Tactile Prompt Writing with Kristen Fogle
  • Blogging 101 for Writers with Kim Keeline
  • Fiction Gone Wrong with Matt Phillips


  • Poetry with Tania Pryputniewicz
  • Poetry to Visual Prompts with Jill G. Hall
  • Setting with Tim West
  • Poetry Read and Critique with Seretta Martin
  • Fiction Read and Critique with Kirsten Imani Kasai
  • Unblocking Tools Within The Artist’s Way with Kristen Fogle
  • Point of View with Cornelia Feye
  • Full Moon Writing with Lydia Real

Cost is $30 per session or $145 for the weekend. To sign up for the weekend of workshops:

I’m also still teaching my monthly Theme, Set, Go courses on the first Tuesday of the month.  Next up in November: The Human Body.

  • December: Nature
  • January: Outer Space
  • February: Love
  • March: Weather
  • April: Spirituality
Sign up here for:

Tarot Dreamers: Make Your Tarot Deck Course 2: The High Priestess and her Gifts

I’m so proud and pleased to continue to offer Tarot Deck Making classes…we are having a beautiful time delving into our own symbol worlds right now. We are in the midst of making the Magician’s Aces. The process has been richer than I’d imagined as we explore how to translate the larger ideas behind each card into a vision card that works for each one of us given our unique histories and unique set of goals we hold dear for our future. 

Here's my in process Ace of Disks, the self poised mid-tree, learning to connect to sun in sky and the core sun in center of the earth through the internal sun or heartline in order to accept the role of body as a filament of sorts. By that I mean a filament or flame inside of a lantern, giving off light for the self to better see where next to step on the path fully grounded, secure, rooted, learning from the trees.

Want to step in and join us? Our process repeats in each course—exploring our relationship to the past, present, and future in relation to our dreams and the cards. The assignment of Major Arcanum card--our focus of Major and corresponding minor cards--is what changes.

The next six-week online course features the High Priestess. We start on November 7 and end on December 16. By completion of this course, we will have drafted a Major Arcanum vision card for the High Priestess and for her corresponding Minor Mentor cards: the Two of Cups, Two of Disks, Two of Swords, and Two of Wands.

Course Cost is $300. Course communication will take place over a combination of email, Zoom, and private online discussion forum. Prompts, feedback, forum, and Zoom provided; participants are responsible for materials for the art form they choose to practice for the duration of the course. To sign up, contact me through my contact page or visit my Wheel of Archetypal Selves Facebook Page.

*I’m sure I will offer the full series more than once, so please don’t worry if you miss a particular six-week course.

For More Information see the post below:

Tarot Deckmakers Q and A

A note of gratitude:

As I worked on my Ace of Disks card, I listened to a beautiful meditation by Tee Ming of the School of Flow. The name of the meditation is: "Money Tree for Soul Sourced Prosperity." I wanted to thank Tee Ming for the view of her beautiful garden and her words.

November Butterfly Poetry Prompts

In an effort to make November Butterfly useful to both writers of poetry and teachers of poetry, I’ve worked with Saddle Road Press to create writing prompts corresponding to thirteen of the poems in the collection.

We are offering the poetry collection itself as a Kindle for $4.99; when you purchase the Kindle version, I will send  you a free 15 page PDF, Thirteen Writing Prompts Based on the Power and Creativity of Iconic Women Designed to Help You Write New Work from Multiple Points of View. It is packed with visuals from the poetry movies, writing prompts and links to other resources to extend your understanding of persona poetry. For more information, read this post.

Tarot for Two

The Hermit fell for Mary last month; she beautifully connects the Hermit’s lantern to her ongoing work with EMDR. 

Mary writes:

 The face of the Hermit is featureless, turning to the side, and the hand is holding a diamond-shaped crystal lamp that contains a small glowing sun.  It’s that sun inside that little lamp, held by the hand in the rough center of the card, that seems to be the focal point of the card, and it was that lamp that I saw during the vision I had this month.

On my end, I struggled with having pulled the Seven of Swords. So I took a second card and was thrilled to pull The Wheel of Fortune. I write about both of my cards in the context of choosing to raise my children and work from home and the consequences of that decision as reflected in a soberingly low Social Security Statement.

Tania writes:

My poet friend said, “You take a pen to that Social Security statement: Next to all those so-called zeros, you write in what you were doing all those years! All those hours of time with your children! Make up your own Social Security statement. You’ve been investing in creating socially creative and responsible adults.”  

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Thirteen Prompts and a Music Themed Poetry Workshop in San Diego

Do you write poetry? Teach poetry? I’m looking for support this month for Saddle Road Press and November Butterfly. In celebration of November Butterfly’s 2 year birthday (November 1), I’ve put together a lovely give-away—a 15 page companion prompt PDF titled, Thirteen Writing Prompts Based on the Power and Creativity of Iconic Women Designed to Help You Write New Work from Multiple Points of View. You’ll find prompts, beautiful image stills from the poetry movies I made in collaboration with Robyn Beattie, and links to additional resources for:  
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Jay DeFeo
  • The Three Sister of the Three Oranges
  • Nabokov’s Lolita
  • Lady Diana
  • Thumbelina
  • Ophelia
  • Jeanne D’Arc
  • Nefertiti
  • Mordred
  • Guinevere. 

Photo by Robyn Beattie
Here’s how it works:

Buy the Kindle edition of November Butterfly; priced at $4.99.

Contact me through my contact page to let me know you supported me in this way and I’ll email you the PDF.

Keep me in the loop—I’d love to know how you found use for Thirteen Prompts and of course, I welcome any feedback regarding how to improve the PDF.

To learn more about November Butterfly’s themes, read the full interview, conducted by Casey Cromwell at SDWI, excerpted below:

San Diego Writers, Ink: What is/was your favorite part about including famous females like Marilyn Monroe or Joan of Arc into your poetry, as you do in your first poetry collection, November Butterfly?

Photo by Robyn Beattie
Tania Pryputniewicz: Including famous women gave me a chance to continue a conversation they started with our culture and with us about what it means to be female, powerful, charismatic and vulnerable. I could riff, for example, on Joan of Arc’s renegade relationship to her spirituality and call it part of a “disintegrate spin of ecstasy.” I could listen to Marilyn; might she have said from the “other side,” “No girl sets out to die?” I describe that kind of listening and imagining into the lives of others as a form of astral rubbernecking in a post I wrote before book tour last year.

Or visit my page at Saddle Road Press.

Here’s a link to a second interview, Three Questions, on my main site.

Photo by Robyn Beattie
Theme, Set, Go at San Diego Writers, Ink Workshop: Poems about Music

I am also very actively recruiting poets in San Diego to come to my First Tuesday of the month themed poetry workshop. I love teaching it and working with poets. Please do pass it on—and bring a friend. Walk-ins welcome. We meet from 10-12 noon at Liberty Station; next class is Tuesday, October 4, 2014. You’ll do some writing, some reading of poetry aloud, and you’ll come away with exercises to complete during the month. Open to all level of writer.

This month’s theme is Music…poems about music and poems rich with musicality. We will read God’s Grandeur aloud (who can resist Hopkins! That “ooze of oil” and “shining from shook foil”!” Or the tongue twister of “Why do men then now not reck his rod?” Say that ten times fast!

Here’s a further sampling of poems we will read aloud: “What Makes This Neighborhood Sing,” from Lisa Rizzo’s forthcoming Always a Blue House (Saddle Road Press), “Chamber Music,” by Barbara Rockman, “A Raga from Orpheus,” by Jeffrey Davis (The Coat Thief, Saint Julian Press, 2016), and “For Circe,” by Ruth Thompson from Woman with Crows. (Rockman, Rizzo, and Thompson are authors I met at AROHO and Jeffrey Davis is a fellow poet I met through Tracking Wonder.)

Hope to see you bring your favorite music-themed or musically vivid poem to share with us, a friend, and a pad of paper to fill with your own words. Sign up here at First Tuesday: Theme, Set, Go, or pay when you walk in ($30 a session for SDWI members, $36 for non-members).

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An additional way to support my work is to sign up for my Wheel of Archetypal Selves monthly newsletter with Poetry and Tarot related news and writing tips.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tarot Deck Makers Course Q and A

The first of my Tarot Deck Makers courses starts this coming Monday; I've received much interest and have put together a post to distill the questions I've been asked. I still have a few spots left in the course; we have a beautiful group already forming. Please email me if you have any further questions. 

 Do I have to commit to making an entire Tarot Deck of my own?

You will have the opportunity to begin to create your very own Tarot Inspired Vision Deck—you work at your own pace. We focus on six Tarot cards in this first class: The Fool, The Magician, and the four Aces. The Fool card welcomes us to our deck making adventure. The Magician inspires us to pick up our tools, the Aces.  The Ace of Cups invites us to bring forth the chalice of self-love and compassion (heart), The Ace of Swords invites us to bring forth our vision with clarity and focus (mind), The Ace of Disks invites us to stand firmly on the earth and welcome the translation of our vison into a material deck (body), and The Ace of Wands invites us to bring our passion to the project as we consider how we would like to next direct our vision-aligned actions as depicted by the images we create for our decks (will). 

The course is meant to ground your deck making experience and give you the courage to keep creating cards, either in the rest of the series of classes I’ll be offering this year or on your own. Because it is a Tarot Inspired Vision Deck, you may choose to deviate from the Tarot’s structure, but I will be teaching sequentially through the deck this year to give us a grounding structure upon which to improvise.

Do I have to commit to a particular artform?

This course gives you a chance either to work in a medium you already feel comfortable working with or a chance to try something new—collage, watercolor, photography, you choose. You are also free to draft as many versions of your card as you wish; perhaps you’ll start out with a photograph and then decide to collage the photograph to add other elements or text.

Do I have to have a certain skill level with my artform or the Tarot?

This course is open to all level of student. We will read a variety of Tarot interpretations for each card, journal to connect our lived experiences to the card, and envision in writing and with art to create our own version of the card. The focus of the course is shared exploration as we create our decks.

For more details about the course:

Tarot Blessings and thank you for your interest!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

September Tarot Deck Making Class, Poetry Class, and Tarot for Two

Happy Fall! Hello September! It has been a busy couple of months, with a family trip to the UK and Ireland behind us that was beautiful--albeit rife with travel delays and unexpected weather delays--that has left my heart full and eager to return for more. 

Here are a couple of my favorite photos from the trip—despite many setbacks, we made it to Glastonbury Tor which is a heart-connected site for me and one I featured in the Guinevere section of November Butterfly. 

It was so very beautiful to walk the spiral path up to the Tower carrying the poems and Guinevere in my heart as the wind swept across our faces, sheep grazing in the glistering green fields below.

Another heart joy is that I’m finally offering a Deck Makers series of Tarot classes. Whether or not you have already been on Tarot pilgrimage with me through my prior Wheel of Archetypal Selves courses, or have been studying and playing with and working with the cards in other ways, I invite you to join me to make your own Tarot-inspired Vision Deck. 

Artwork and photo by Robyn Beattie
We start on September 12, 2016—you choose your medium or even mediums (watercolor, sketch, collage, photography, sculpture, you name it) and we write together, draft together, and meet through video call to inspire and encourage our decks into being. Please pass it on to anyone you think might be interested. For a full course description, visit my main site to sign up and read more about what we will have the opportunity to accomplish together: 

San Diego Writers, Ink: Theme, Set, Go Monthly Poetry Workshop

Artwork and Photo by Robyn Beattie
My first Tuesday of the month workshop in San Diego needs a few more participants—drop-ins welcome. Animals are our focus for September. We will read aloud from Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese,” Jim Harrison’s “Barking,” Pablo Neruda’s “Horses,” Jayne Benjulian’s “Nutmeg” from her newly released Five Sextillion Atoms, Michelle Wing’s "Anthropomorphism" from Body on the Wall and "Bee Song" from Lisa Rizzo’s forthcoming Always a Blue House (Benjulian, Wing, and Rizzo are authors from my Saddle Road Press family; SRP published November Butterfly in 2014). Bring a friend and your favorite animal poem and come write your own poem with me this coming Tuesday, September 6, at 10 am. We meet at Liberty Station. October’s theme is Music.

Sign up here:

Tarot for Two: The Chariot and The Queen of Swords

So you’ve heard me talk about my friend and co-blogging companion at Tarot for Two, Mary Allen. What a blessing! Mary came to visit in August; so Mary and I threw cards together in person this month. Usually we read over the phone, hang up, and write to our cards of the month. Then call back and read to one another again over the phone. What a treat to read in person!

This month at Tarot for Two Mary wrote a bit about her travels in relation to the Queen of Swords:

It was the next to the last day of a seven-day trip so I was in transit.  Nothing in that moment was particularly stable, and my trip home couldn’t have been more unstable, driving in the middle of the night from San Diego to LAX on those much-bigger-than-I’m-used-to highways, getting lost midway there, being terrified of the trucks and traffic and being late when we got closer to LA. 

Then flying into Iowa in the middle of a possible tornado, roiling clouds outside the window, turbulence like I’ve never experienced before.  The Queen of Swords sits high in the blue sky on top of a bank of blue-tinged clouds, and maybe the cards were talking about that trip home, making a sly little comment about it, when they gave me her as my card of the month.

And I wrote more about poetry manuscript process in relation to the Chariot:

How blessed I am to reflect on the Chariot card and realize that yes, that thirty-one day challenge was the perfect vehicle for hearing the next layer of the journey out of child’s view of the commune. Sure, the leader was one of the Fools in the Corn, as were perhaps my parents and other followers, initially duped, but what of my own adult self, who had to find her way out of “Fool-dom” and into reality, sorting the True from the Not True. I see now that structures of religion can give us a false sense of security—the answers laid out as if we can somehow magically forego the threshing and sorting of experiences that being human affords us by birthright. As if we won’t have to learn to use our internal compass, regardless of outer chariot.

Read the rest of our post at Tarot for Two: 

The Chariot and The Queen of Swords

Photos at the top of the post are by yours truly and Kallista James; the example collage card and the clay walrus are both by Robyn Beattie.