Coming soon: DorkTarot’s Book

I came up with a brilliant idea today to write an ebook about Tarot. I think my own take will work well. Anyway, I know it seems a little premature since it’s not done or anything, but I’ve read that you should start marketing your idea as soon as you get the idea. So how about it, followers, would there be interest in an ebook written by yours truly?

Really sorry I haven’t posted

Things have been so busy here in the past few months. We moved, and well, it’s been busy. Consequently I haven’t even touched my decks in a while.

I’m thinking about getting back into regular posting, and I apologize to all my twitter followers who joined and then I slacked off. Real life gets in the way sometimes, my friends.

Darn that Google+

Well, Google+ is apparently serious about their names policy, because they aren’t letting me push my Dork Tarot site as “Dork Tarot”. Sorry to all the people that followed me on my now suspended Google+!

So with my twitter still down as well, that leaves me with my Facebook page. Hey if anyone wants to promote my articles on Twitter or Google+, please be my guest!

Update:
While apparently you can’t create a regular profile on Google+ as a fake name, as of today (yes, you read that right) Google+ has launched pages for businesses. So I have re-launched my Google+ as a page. I hope it doesn’t get suspended again!

Twitter unresponsive

I apologize to my readers who have found my site via Twitter. For some reason, Twitter suspended my account and has not explained why. I’m trying to get the matter sorted out, but I have read posts from people who waited an excessively long period (as long as 3 months!) to get a response from their technical support department.

Best I can figure, when I was subscribing to other Tarot fans to announce my site, I unsubscribed from some foreign-language users too quickly. I believe that is the infraction, but I wasn’t doing anything that isn’t possible with the Twitter interface.

Anyway, I apologize to my readers who use Twitter. I’m currently looking into alternatives to promote my new site, in case Twitter doesn’t respond.

Happy 11-1-11 day!

Wow! It’s 11-1-11 day! An auspicious date for sure, if you’re into numbers. As such, I have decided today’s post will be about how I first started in this field (which I am posting at 1:11AM).

About ten years ago, one of my sisters was visiting. Despite the fact that we’re both adults, as my closest sibling she and I have had somewhat of a rivalry through the years. Anyway, just before she left she took my Nintendo Gameboy Color and hid it as a prank.

At the time I was really into IRC chat rooms. So I figured, well, I think there’s psychic chat rooms on here, so I went looking for such an IRC chat. I found one, and asked if anyone was good at finding objects. Everyone there was nice and friendly, and attempted to help. I must confess, no one there was really all that helpful in finding the gameboy, but it did turn up later.

Get on a path of discovery through any means,
it doesn’t have to be written in stone…

But because the folks in that room were so nice, I returned to talk some more. One of the people who did readings and taught convinced me to purchase my first Tarot deck, which I did with a book as well. It was a simple Rider-Waite deck. I started to do some readings in the room, and I must confess I referenced the book an awful lot. Despite that, people said positive things about my readings and were very encouraging.

To tell you the truth, Rider-Waite never really spoke to me. I have a crappy memory and the cards don’t seem to say anything to me symbol-wise. So I sought another deck. My second purchase was the William Blake Tarot, by Ed Buryn. I liked the idea that the William Blake deck has more writing on the cards to remind you what they are about. The only thing about that deck was eventually I felt that the deck was sort of dark and gothic in nature, and it had weird suits like the nine of poetry or the six of science. I might bring it out for a card or two on the site someday.

So then I went in search of a deck that was more traditional like Rider-Waite, but at the same time spoke to me more. I visited all the review sites and looked at pictures, posted on the forums asking for opinions. Finally I settled on the Cosmic Tarot by Norbert Losche. I like the vintage look of the cards, which remind me of the 1920s.

Then a funny thing happened. I had already ordered my new deck when I received an email from a perfect stranger who happened to be a member of one of the Tarot forums I had posted on. She said she had just purchased the Spiral Tarot by Kay Steventon and said it didn’t speak to her. She was wondering if I would like to have it, as a gift from her. Not wanting to turn down an offer of a free deck, I naturally accepted. So here I was not with one new deck, but two.

As it turned out, I liked the gift deck quite a bit. I can’t say if I like it more than the Cosmic deck, let’s just say I like them equally, for different reasons. I think I like the story behind how I got it more than anything else.

Later, I purchased some deck bags online for my four decks (you can find them on Etsy these days). At my teacher’s encouragement I abandoned my book and did Tarot readings in the chat room without referencing. Eventually, I even tried my hand at reading without the cards at all, and people even said I was even better without the cards.

Well, that’s how I started my small collection of decks. Like many geek stories, my path involved computers. It just goes to show that you can get on a path of discovery through any means, it doesn’t have to be written in stone (or silicon, for that matter). I feel this was a fitting story to begin the month of November, 11-1-11, a date that won’t recur for another century.