Exploring Tarot: Making Cards from Ephemera
Rebecca Bloom, Instructor
Dates: Thursday, October 20th – Saturday, October 22nd, 2022 (9am-4pm)
Through using collage materials, you may make a few cards, you may make a whole pile. These 78 cards have been used for hundreds of years. Using the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, from 1909, as a starting place we will look at many of the decks available today and why people turn to them every day or when times get difficult.
Tarot offers us many ways of seeing the human condition. We meet the Fool, an eager beginner just starting out, we meet the Lovers – there to help us think about choices, we meet the tower – there to be with us as things fall apart. Learning to sit with these aspects of being, not as events that only happen to us in isolation, but as part of the human collective experience, help us ground into the moment and, maybe not fight so hard.
We will explore intuition and how to trust our own sense of knowing. Exploring the major arcana, and the suits of cups, pentacles, swords, and wands we will learn the journeys of each of these sets.
Instructor’s Bio: In 2021, Rebecca completed at 20-year goal of creating her own tarot deck. It took three years. She wanted to make the experience accessible to anyone. Using ephemera allows that level of creativity to be open to anyone who joins a workshop. Rebecca received a Masters Degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in 2000. She brings an art therapy lens to the art making environment. It is relaxed, and you will find your way to a flowing creativity. Over the last twenty years, she has provided counseling, training, and consulting services in the areas of youth and family services as well as adults struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Having worked in diverse racial, cultural, and socioeconomic settings, I work hard to bring cultural competence to my work. For eight years I taught in Antioch University Seattle’s Masters Art Therapy program.