Saturday, March 21, 2020

Tarot, Teens, and Tarot Journaling Classes

We live across the street from the ocean; our mind-centering activity this past week as we hunkered down (all of California on shelter in place)  has been to walk in the late afternoon and clear the beach of trash washed ashore—with care of course—picking up the sun-worn and wind-bedraggled detritus in the dunes. It is one tiny act that gives us a little agency. How are you coping?

Oxnard High School Writers Festival 2020
Tarot and Teens

Just last month (worlds ago, I’ve been saying lately), I had a beautiful time working with teen writers at the 2020 Oxnard High School Festival of Writers. Organized by wildly talented fiction writer and visual artist Sandra Hunter, the festival gave students and the community the chance to work with a variety of forms from songwriting, to poetry, to performance arts and more, as well as a chance to share at open mic. See my post, Using Tarot to Ask and Answer What Kind of Writer or Artist am I for the specific layout and steps for the three-card draws we did based on exploring our identity as writers and creatives. The post includes an example of an art synchronicity (an "angel of grief" sculpture) that visited a reading I conducted for my son about his identity as a musician.

Heart's Compass by Tania Pryputniewicz
Heart’s Compass Tarot Workbook and Classes Update

I am proud to announce that the official publication date for my Heart’s Compass Tarot Workbook will be  December 21, 2020. Grig Hill Books, a new imprint of Saddle Road Press, will publish the workbook. We are finalizing the manuscript as we speak. I’ll be teaching tarot related writing courses through Antioch University’s Online program from Inspiration to Publication again in May. Here's a link to Using the Tarot to Mine Your Life for Writing Material. We hosted my first ever tarot webinar this morning and will shortly announce additional free webinars to be held in the month of April on a variety of topics.

Luna sitting on the Tarot Journal
My locally based San Diego Writers, Ink, class “Tarot Journaling: A Heart’s Compass Approach” has moved from in-person to meeting over Zoom on Mondays from Noon PST to 1 p.m.  We are journaling our way through the entire tarot deck one card per week. I send out tarot images for you to reference (or you can use your own deck). This is a weekly drop-in, show up, write, and share format. It is a beautiful way to stay heart-connected during these times of isolation. This coming Monday we are writing to the Four of Cups; come join us! Stay for the second hour if you are interested in also writing your way towards tarot card creation. Full course description and sign-up link for hour 1 and hour 2 of class is here: Tarot Journaling: A Heart’s Compass Approach.

And finally, my long-standing Second Saturday Poetry Read and Critique class has also moved to Zoom (due to the coronavirus).  We meet next on April 11. We are a warm-hearted and poetry passionate group. We'd love to have you join us. Here's the link where you can sign up: 2nd Saturdays: Poetry Read and Critique.

Stay connected (through alternate means), stay safe, healthy, and hopeful. Please write to me through my contact form on this site if I can be of service to you in any way.

Related Links:

Visit Circle Circle dot dot to listen to a Facebook Live "Two of Cups" reading by Thelma Virata de Castro along with others also chosen; I'm blessed to have her in Tarot Journaling class where she wrote a Two of Cups entry that was chosen to be featured Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 2 p.m. 

Check out Dr. Plastic Picker; she is responsible for inspiring our family to be more aware of trash on our beaches (we joined her Imperial Beach Clean up in February). I'm looking forward to working with her in the future to bring awareness to environmental cleanliness, including offering writing workshops related to the topic. She has not only been our family pediatrician for years, but a beautiful, bright, visionary helper.

Brendan Constantine blew us all away with a beautiful reading of his poem, The Opposites Game at the Oxnard High School Writers Festival. Read it here, or watch the beautifully crafted You Tube version of The Opposites Game.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Using Tarot to Mine Your Life for Writing Material


Tarot gives us a beautiful way to explore our lives as we are living them and as we have lived them. In Using the Tarot to Mine Your Life for Writing Material: Tarot Journaling to Know Yourself we will journal to gentle questions about the four building blocks of the tarot deck: the four Aces based on the four elements. All of us are born onto the planet with a body and a pair of hands to use (earth), a heart with which to love (water), a drive and passion to direct our choices (fire), and a mind with which to dream, to think, and to write (air). How we use these four Aces, or how we are challenged or blocked from using them ends up shaping the very story of our lives. 


In this online class, you'll journal to gentle questions and learn tools to connect your experiences to the imagery in the tarot deck. You'll come away with a deeper understanding of yourself, the tarot, and your writing process. This class is offered through Antioch University's online program, Inspiration to Publication.

*New start date: We start March 30, 2020. We will start in May due to the coronavirus crisis. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions.  Here is the full course description:


Visit Tarot for Two, where I co-blog with Mary Allen for examples of the ways we connect lived experiences to the tarot cards.

IPerson Poetry Class

If you are local, you can always drop in to my Second Saturday Poetry Read and Critique class; we meet from 10-12….you guessed it…every second Saturday of the month. We are an earnest, heart-based group of writers…don’t let our compassion or kindness fool you—we have your best writer self in mind and will encourage the fullest expression of your poet self.


Upcoming Events

I'm blessed to be taking part in Oxnard High School's Writing Festival where I'll be giving readings for literary questions. March 6, 2020 from 8:45-2:15. Details here.

The San Diego Writing Festival will be held this year at the Coronado Public Library. I'll be teaching a class about how to use the Tarot to Write Poetry. This free festival brings fabulous classes, panels, speakers, readings to our community to celebrate the power of storytelling and writing. More details soon. Put in on your calendar: April 4th. 

Upcoming Poetry Publication News:

“Couch Burning,” in Climbing Lightly Through Trees, an anthology honoring Ursula K. Le Guin (Aqueduct Press, 2020)

“Cookies,” in an anthology of poems and artwork based on tarot cards, 78