Friday, January 11, 2019

Tarot and Oracles become a library

So here we are in 2019… I've had quite the year. This time last year I lost the use of my hands and didn't find out the reason until March. I have an unusual form of rheumatoid arthritis which can have a dance partner in lymphoma. So I've been under various regimens of pharmaceutical experiments attempting to find the one that will put this all in remission. At least I have most of the use of my hands, most of the time… Rheumatoid arthritis killed my younger sister in 2009 and I know it's a lifetime dance partner. It affects your heart, other organs and vision in addition to all the damage to your joints and limbs.

While I've been recovering, I found a real change in my purpose and focus. I had to stop working entirely in August and September. I could not provide spiritual support at the local Cancer Centre anymore. I could not see clients in my home, nor teach my beloved classes. The paradox of all of this is that my intuitive skills ramped up incredibly. My body is more decrepit but my connection to Spirit is exponentially improved. I decided I wanted to try and catalogue all 500 or so tarot, oracles and divination tools for a reason.  It came to me that three things were trying to "birth" – a round Oracle to be used in the teaching of psychospiritual development, the pictographic runes and play board I devised over 20 years ago, and finally a book on the historical interconnections of tarot with the Crusades, Egypt and divination systems in central and western Europe. I needed to do research with all the materials I've collected since 1976. They were in a disarray…

This brings me to my tarot journey and the library. I've been trying to make a successful tarot library since the late 80s and DOS. Brian and I were discussing how many library programs I've had just to try and track all of my tarot, oracles and international divination systems. Most of the programs I tried either didn't have the capacity for the books and cards, or they were cumbersome. The worst ones were unsupported by the developers after about a year. Or I would upgrade windows and the old programs wouldn't work anymore. I have a 3 inch binder full of printed pages of partially complete library information from these old programs. I do own a license to a library program since 2014 but it just didn't work for me.

For a while now I've been trying to find open source, freeware or Linux-based library systems which didn't involve an external server/cloud/monthly subscriptions and similar. I did not want something that a lending library would use since I'm not loaning out my materials. I simply wanted to catalogue my own materials on my own computer for the purpose of research. Out of the blue I actually found something the other night. I downloaded it and used a barcode scanner which I bought for the previous software and never got to use. I was completely elated with the results of the trial. I am about to register this software. The company is called Bolide Software" In case any of you want to check it out here is the link:

This is more than a blatant plug... I like to support small businesses. These people specialize in archival software over different type of media. I want my friends and readers with similar issues to make use of a journey which for me has been 43 years...  By this I mean the journey of collecting tarot and trying to catalogue and organize it. But you could be wanting to organize DVDs, or e-books, or photos. I asked a question of a company rep in an email and got an answer within 12 hours. Real people talk to me, not an FAQ. Check them out if you like.

So this winter you will find me in my teaching room cataloguing away. I'm doing my best overcome and work with the rheumatoid arthritis. I'm back to seeing a few clients but not anything like I was. I can do a winter's dream journey with my tarot and oracles one by one as I archive them. My thanks to Bolide software for helping me to get organized.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Moonstar Lodge Autumn Newsletter

Moonstar Lodge Autumn Newsletter – September, 2018

Greetings everyone,

Another few days and it will be autumn equinox! We thought we’d better update everyone on the goings-on here at Moonstar…  

1.    Firstly, we’d like to extend an invitation to everyone for the Art Map Studio Tour and Bay Studio Tour weekend Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30. We will be open 10 AM to 5 PM each day. Again this year Monica Ironside will be joining us on Saturday and Sunday.  We’re pleased to have a special shelf of items to sell in support of the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre.  We’ve radically changed the studio set up and are offering incredible discounts on some of the older jewelry items. Brian is working on “God boxes”, platters/charcuterie boards and some additional wood-art pieces.  We’d be delighted to have you join us…

2.     As many of you know, I’ve been on an arduous healing journey these past several months. As I work to regain my body function we’ve decided that we won’t be teaching classes this fall. As of October 1 we are returning to individual spiritual counselling (including regression); channeling, tarot and oracle sessions; weddings and funerals; individual healing and shamanic services [soul retrieval and healing]. Feel free to make your booking.

3.     Open House – our annual event is being held Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, from 10 AM to 5 PM.  We’re not sure what the door prize will be, but Brian is working on it!

4.     Winter Solstice Gathering – one of our most loved events, we gather on Sunday, December 16 at 1 PM until 4 PM. It is a potluck, and you need to bring an object to “re-home” in a plain bag – something which you no longer need and wish to pass on the energy.  We speak to the season with the talking stick. This is an opportunity for great spiritual exchange.  For further information email me! Registration is essential to hold a seat as space is limited. (Note - people are already registering!!!)

Gift certificates in any amount are always available…

Friday, May 04, 2018

Special Classes in May

We have two very special programs coming up. Both are woman-positive, and interactive. The tea leaf reading course is happening on Mother’s Day. This is becoming an annual event. If mom is tired of perfume or another bunch of flowers, why not consider an afternoon of learning all about tea leaf reading and actually getting a reading from me! There is room for a few more people in each class… Your prepaid registration holds your seat. 

Read on for more information:
Compleat Moon – Sunday, May 6, 1 PM to 4:30 PM $40 Everything you ever wanted to know about the moon – its cycles, ancient information, contemporary issues like gardening, goddess culture, Shamanism, tarot/oracles, and so much more. Whether you are a sailor, healer or couch potato, the mysterious rhythms of the moon affect us all. Please bring a binder for all the notes. (The Clan Grandmothers of the Moon will be offered as a stand-alone course in the autumn.)

Tea Leaf Reading “Tasseomancy” – Sunday, May 13, 1 PM to 4:30 PM $40. Again this year we’re holding tea leaf reading on Mother’s Day – what a fun way to treat mom! We cover all the basics from the kind and types of cups to use, preparation of tea, symbols, interpretation protocols and much more! You will leave with a set of notes, charts of symbols and at least 2 readings. The last time we did this we had a blast. Limited to 8 participants.