What a thrill, the Oracle of Initiation and I shall be presenting a Study Group at the Reader’s Studio Psychology and Tarot Conference April 23rd, 2015. This is such a great fit for exploring the deck’s basis in archetypal psychology and our ancient, primal need for rites of passage. Anyone who is attending the main conference can also come, it is not just for the Psychology and Tarot folks. I shall also be attending the entire conference in New York, and if you have not been, I would strongly suggest going. It is a full weekend of divinatory magic and revelry, and the headliners this year are Ellen Lorenzi-Prince of the Dark Goddess Tarot, Carrie Paris of the Lenormand Revolution, and Theresa Reed, AKA The Tarot Lady. And thanks Robert Place for this year’s artwork for the poster.
Here is the blurb for the Study Group, I hope you shall come and explore the Oracle’s wise guidance in navigating initiatory transformations.
Ancient Initiatory Impulses
In these fierce and turbulent times our work is to reframe our initiations as invitations into our soul’s integration. Western society is currently failing to meet our ancient, primal need for initiation’s ability to liberate our authentic selves. Exploring the Oracle of Initiation deck’s eight realms mapping an archetypal journey of spiritual awakening, we will consider how addiction, anxiety, depression, and breakdowns may be a calling to live a more mythical and inspired life. The Oracle deck was created as a guide through the shadowy and shape-shifting landscapes of the initiatory underworld, and its startling, dream-like imagery speaks directly to the instinctual impulses within the psyche, bypassing the judgements of the intellectual mind. Using the Oracle deck in this experiential workshop, we will delve into the hidden, wild beauty available in meeting initiation’s call to live a more courageous, sovereign, and visionary life.
The Oracle of Initiation deck emerged directly from artist Mellissae Lucia’s seven-year vision quest after the death of her husband. Dancing alone and nude, ritually painted within subterranean graffiti tunnels and on the land in New Mexico, she reclaimed her own instinctive freedom through discovering her rainbows in the dark-the paradox of our unique beauty hidden in our shadows.
But wait, there’s more!
And Hillary Raimo and I shall be co-facilitating a workshop in NYC with the Oracle the first weekend of May 2015, more information to come.