Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wheel of Archetypal Selves: The Many Faces of Love

Sea Queen of Hearts
In this on-line Tarot Writing course, we will explore Tarot’s many faces of love including Self-Love, Friendship’s Gift of Love, Love Between Lovers, Royal Marriage, Spiritual Marriage, and The Alchemy of Love/Art. Approaching the Tarot from a relaxed, open-hearted stance, we will explore how the cards inspire us to understand and reflect upon our experiences as a soul traveler passing through the various stages of love.

We will write to connect past experiences to aspects of each card as well as answering weekly questions based on definitions assigned the cards by Tarot scholars. We will read excerpts of published work based on the Tarot and keep a Tarot Journal for the duration of the course, noting any experiential synchronicities occurring during the week in relation to the cards under study.

In addition to sharing weekly free-writes and exercises, students are encouraged to work towards one or more polished pieces of writing in the genres of their choice (poetry, flash fiction, essay, memoir, monologue, etc.) to share with us by week six.

By the end of this class, students will gain a working knowledge of The Ace of Cups, Two of Cups, The Emperor/Empress pairing, the High Priestess/Hierophant pairing, and The Temperance or Art card. This class is open to all level of writer; no prior experience needed in working with the Tarot. Images from a variety of Tarot decks will be provided weekly (including Roots of Asia, Poet Tarot, Rider-Waite, Thoth, Motherpeace, Daughters of the Moon, Voyager, and more).

This six week on-line course starts February 15 and ends on March 25, 2016. Cost is $250. Course communication will take place over a combination of email, Zoom, and private online discussion forum. For more information or to sign up, email me through my contact page or visit The Wheel of Archetypal Selves Tarot Facebook page to message me there.

Artwork at top of this post: Collaborative Blockprint, Pryputniewicz and Hall

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

New in 2016: Tarot Consult Services with Writing Prompts

from Two Feet in An Open Sky
True to my hummingbird ways and love for cross-pollinations, this year I’m expanding my teaching and editing services to include one-on-one Tarot Consults. It’s time to combine my MFA and twenty-plus years as a writing teacher and artist with my twenty-plus years of reading cards.

Though I’ll offer a general soul-focused reading to querents with a question on their minds and an affinity for working with the Tarot archetypes, I am especially in love with a new type of reading I created for A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Retreat last August titled, Tarot as Poet’s Mirror. It was my intention at the outset to read for poets, but I ended up reading not only for poets but also for writers, artists, and those who love to journal. So now I'm calling the consult: Tarot as Project Mirror with Writing Prompts.

I’m creating a page on my main website devoted to the new consults (I plan to have it up by the end of the month) but in the meantime, I wanted to announce the consults here at Feral Mom, Feral Writer. Please feel free to use the contact form on this website  (use the link beneath my "About Me" photo) if you are interested in booking a reading or if you would like more information; readings are conducted over Skype and payment made via Paypal.

Elusive Fish of Dream
1) Tarot as Soul Mirror 

This hour session focuses on a question of your choice; we address your question with a nine-card layout. We will pull up to three additional cards to satisfy the question at hand. Consult Fee: $60 (includes Skype session and follow-up email with a written recap of your reading). *Introductory rate good through February, as of March 1, 2016, this consult Fee: $75.

2) Tarot as Project Mirror with Writing Prompts:

This hour session focuses on a question you have regarding your project or manuscript; we address your project or manuscript using a nine card layout. I also provide a written recap of our session and a list of nine to twelve individualized writing prompts based on your cards. You bring your core question and together we look at the messages coming through the cards about possible next steps and direction for inspiration. You continue the work as you respond to the prompts after our reading at your own pace and leisure. Consult Fee: $150 (includes Skype session, set of individualized writing prompts, and a follow-up email with written recap of your reading).

Capricorn Quest
This is the right reading for you if:

You are at an impasse with a particular project, manuscript, or soul question and wish to re-invigorate it with new inspiration or insight

You are image driven and would like to use the archetypes to deepen your relationship to your soul, your project, manuscript, or artwork

You love to journal, blog, write or draw in response to prompts

Tarot Bio:

Tania Pryputniewicz has worked with the Tarot for over twenty years. Her Tarot teachers include Reverend Jacqueline of the Temple of Living Prayer and Astrologers Quan Tracey Cherry and Bonnie Orgren. While pursuing her MFA at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Tania read cards for the Vortex Crystal and Gem Store, The Women's Center, and The Women's Music Festival in Iowa City. She also taught Beginning Tarot during that time and worked one on one with students of the Tarot, publishing "Tarot as Spiritual Midwifery" (an article celebrating the work of the late Angeles Arrien, Icon). Most recently she offered Tarot as Poet’s Mirror consults for A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Summer 2015 writing retreat for women writers. Tania’s Wheel of Archetypal Selves courses combine writing and journaling in conjunction with the study of the Minor Mentors and Major Arcana.

Photo by Robyn Beattie: La Posada reading
Tania’s poetry collection, November Butterfly, was published by Saddle Road Press in 2014. She lives in San Diego with her husband, three children, one Siberian Husky and two tubby housecats. Visit her website, a blog she curates for writing mothers: Mother Writer Mentor, or Tarot for Two where she co-blogs with writer Mary Allen.

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Tarot for Two: A blog devoted to connecting the Tarot's symbols and imagery to ordinary life; writer Mary Allen and I co-blog here. We pull a Tarot card each month to consider in relation to our daily lives.

Your Tarot Adventure: Tarot Writing Exercise for You: A simple four notebook exercise for you to begin your own Tarot play.

Tarot Visioning on Quest 2016: Musings on prompts offered on Tracking Wonder's Quest 2016; you'll find my colored pencil drawings based on the Tarot cards here too. Here is a list of the most recent posts (retitled here by image or concept):

Chalice Mirror
The Blue Chalice

Igniting the Heart Torus

Artwork: Colored pencil on white paper drawings are this year's Quest 2016 crop (I drew them as a synthesis of the three cards chosen for each prompt). The black and white drawing at the top of the post dates back to graduate school/Iowa City days when I was studying Reiki and is part of a series of Reiki drawings shown at UIHC under the title, Two Feet in An Open Sky.

Photo: by my poetry movie collaborator Robyn Beattie.