By Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

“So, it is my philosophy that the purpose of a Tarot reading is to provide you with
insights about yourself and the world around you in order to empower you to
*create* the future you want. This is why I tell people that I am not a “fortune
teller”; I am a “fortune helper.”

James Ricklef about his Tarot Philosophy

It is my pleasure to introduce you a Tarot reader, teacher, lecturer, and author of Tarot books, decks, fiction and Haiku poetry, Fortune Helper, as he says about himself, James Ricklef. James has given a lot of interviews for radios and blogs, and as I made my way through them I learnt more and more about this humble, knowledgeable and very down-to-earth and yet highly spiritually developed man. I found it to be a rare combination I met only a couple of times in my life. I recommend you go to his website, www.jamesricklef.com and explore his interviews, articles, and of course his tarot blog, www.jamesricklef.wordpress.com.

James was one of the first professionals I “stumbled upon” at the beginning of my Tarot Journey. I rememebr him starting his blog, and I was faithfully following him from the Republic of Georgia and from China, and then when I returned back to Uzbekistan, I could not open it. I am still clicking every new link I see from James, but, strangely enough, only articles I really NEED at this time of my life open up. For example, we were planning to talk about Tarot Affirmations and sure enough, the page for Temperance, affirmation of the week, opened up to tell me to be patient: I am still in the hospital from last week’s lung collapse, and though I do not feel well I wanted to hold this show with James: talking Tarot lifts up my spirits! 🙂

During our show, which you can download from the archives at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edvictoriaevangelina, we talked about non-traditional uses for the Tarot and discussed the place of spirituality in one’s life and ways of exploring it with the help of Tarot. James is working on Tarot for Your Spiritual Path book and he kindly shared two of his new spreads with the listeners.

I have to admit, that I find James *insanely* talented about creating spreads! He seem to be able to take any picture/cartoon/phrase or a huge concept like happiness in Buddhism and wrap his mind around it and prodice a wonderful, simple, useful spread! He shares insights and how-to-s of his many techniques in 5-starred by Amazon.com book Tarot — Get the Whole Story which is a follow up to his Tarot Tells the Tale.

Talking about James I cannot not to mention his lovely deck, Tarot of the Masters, which is inspired by classic paintings by old masters, such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Bouguereau, Rubens, and Hieronymus Bosch. I highly recommend you get the companion book when purchasing this limited edition deck, for having the insight story totally changes one’s perspective and hightens appreciation of the deck.

Listen to the episode #8 to learn one of the most common denominators between Tarot and Feng Shui, to learn how to create and use affirmations (described in details inTarot Affirmations book), to get insights about Spirituality and Tarot and to add two new Tarot Spreads into your collection! Unfortunately, Ed Peterson was busy at work and could not co-host this show…. but hopefully, he will be  back on air next Saturday, November 20th, 4pm Central, when we will talk with Ellen Zucker, Intuitive Tarot Reader and Astrologer.

Thank You, James Ricklef, for coming to our show! Thank you for all the work you do to bring Tarot on a higher level and remind people of its spiritual foundation over the mundane “fortunetelling” use!

Check out James’ blog: http://jamesricklef.wordpress.com

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Dear Anna, Pattie, Valerie and ED!!!

Thank You All for the chance to be with you all on air today during the show Tips for Working with and Combining Tarot and Astrology!!!! I enjoyed every second of it and I am going to download the show and listen to it again! You are wonderful, and KNOW SO MUCH!!! Thank you for sharing wonderful tips on working with Astrology and Tarot!

Pattie, I LOVED your calm and confident voice, the way you relate to people and the way you interpret the messages! I do hope that you are planning to have some online classes/mentoring soon because I would absolutely LOVE to study with you!

Valerie: there were tons of comments about how nice your voice is in the chatroom! 🙂 You sound lovely, dear and you have wealth of information to share! Thank you!

Anna: I love you, and this is all I have to say! 🙂 Thank YOU for creating the idea of this show and organizzing it!!!

Ed: you are the best 🙂

To all of our wonderful chatroom people: Thank You for the incredible conversation and your support!
PAUL NAGY: Thank you for calling in with questions and tips to share!

I forgot to give the FS tippp!!!!!

So here you go: to bring the energy of romance and love to your life, display the images of COUPLES in your apartment: be it a figurine of SWANS (they are so devoted to each other!!) or MANDARINE DUCKS or A COUPLE OF ELEPHANTS … Make sure that everything is in COUPLES. Do not display a LONELY candle on the table/desk/shelf, put a second one next to it! 🙂

Thank you my dear Tarot Friends!!

Blessings of Love and Light,
Victoria Evangelina

by Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

Dear Friends! Thank you for the incredible support we receive from you, your kind comments and emails, beyond hundreds show downloads, thank you for joining our show’s page on Facebook and for marking us Favorite on Blog Talk Radio.

Last week, during the show with Anna Cook, the author of Tarot Dynamics, we experienced a lot of technical difficulties. Apparently, the Gremlins we “invited” to our very first show woke up and came to pay a visit: from 21 raised for a reading hand only one lady managed to hang on and get her mini-reading on air; the rest of the people kept on being dropped off the lines and disconnected… I myself happened to be disconnected some four or five times! Our apologies for the unruly behavior of the citizens of the communication lines (i.e. Gremlins) and we will try to prevent such a situation happening by introducing a new format: taking in calls for mini readings every 15 minutes or so… Be on the line and be there early to make sure you get the reading! 🙂

And now to some wonderfully exciting news. Many of you have already heard from my many excited shouts on the Facebook that on Saturday October 2nd show our dear guest is Catherine Chapman, the creator of the beautifully clean and stylish Tarot Elements website. I will not tell you just how much incredibly useful information Catherine has on that amazing website, starting from tips and techniques on conquering Court Cards, reading the Celtic Cross Spread like a Pro, coherent explanations and plenty of examples and exercises on Elemental Dignities, FABULOUS indeed author spreads and more and more: visit CONTENT PAGE and do not miss Discussions, Interviews, Inspiration and Tarot News pages, sitting at the very end of the long scroll down through delightful goodies for the mind and spirit of a Tarot Lover of any level!

I cannot, not mention the famous graphics… The Tarot community has been trying long and hard to get Catherine’s secret, but the girl just laughs charmingly and promises, that one day she should open up a school, take like “five hundred pounds” from each of us and share her secrets. Catherine! You never know, but I am SURE there are those of us who will willingly trade a few Limited Edition decks in order to learn from you….. and I am one of those people! 🙂

With years, Catherine Chapman gathered a lovely team of professionals and friends on her website. The team consists of Catherine herself, Tarot Elements’ Resident Astrologer Valerie Sylvester (who is, by the way, coming to our show on October 16th, and not alone but with her famous psychic teacher….. shh-h…. I wont tell you her name just now, BUT she has a Broadway show about her life, and yes, it has been running for a while!); the famous reviewer Bonnie Cehovet who, it seems to me, has read each and every Tarot related book and played with each and every Tarot and oracle deck, and among contributing friends you’ll find Barbara Moore, the Tarot Lady, Douglas Gibb, Dea Animi and others.  

I was surprised and delighted by Catherine’s unexpected present! While her book, BEYOND THE CELTIC CROSS, has been in my check out cart on Amazon.com for several months, waiting for my trip to either Europe or the USA (Amazon does not ship to Central Asia), Catherine kindly sent me her gift, and what a blessing it has arrived just in time for me to read it (but not to STUDY, of course!) before our show. THANK YOU DEAR CATHERINE!!

This book, born from correspondence and classes with Paul Hughes-Barlow, who is famous for his highly informative and detailed Super Tarot website/blog and deep research into oldish techniques, is a small one. But they are oh so right: never judge the book by its cover, for it, indeed, takes you onto deep levels of interpretation of  any spread 10+ cards spread, and even, what I found quite priceless, helps you or your client to see the situation developing in many of the smaller variations you/they can introduce to daily life.

The book promises that “once the counting and elemental laws have become inherent, your mind will be left free to explore and interpret the combinations that appear,” and the authors keep the promise and deliver the techniques in detail, enabling you to offer readings that are “out of this world”.

I have to admit I was intimidated by the card counting but is not even nearly as tough as it sounds! Just watch a YouTube video of Paul if you are confused… for a wonderful radio show, where Catherine performs a Celtic Cross readings using card counting and elemental dignities techniques, explaining each step of hers, listen to Donnaleigh de LaRose‘s June issue of Beyond Worlds-Your Tarot Tribe Blog Talk Radio show.   

So, what is on Talking with Ed and Victoria Evangelina‘s agenda for Saturday, October 2nd, 4PM Central?

  • we will talk about many ways Tarot changed Catherine’s life;
  • we will talk about Catherine’s new, outstanding Tarot Study Blog;
  • we will talk about her passion for creating new spreads and how she does it;
  • Catherine will present the exclusive 3-2-1 spread and we will have a handout with her famous graphics, too!
  • OF COURSE I will ask Catherine about the website and try, once again, to dig out at least one of the many secrets of cyberspace success this lady enjoys 🙂
  • Ed Peterson will look into Catherine’s numbers and shed some light onto recent and future developments of her life;
  • if we have enough time, Victoria Evangelina and Catherine discuss the similarities and differences in Elemental Dignities between Feng Shui and Golden Down techniques;
  • every 15 minutes we plan to take in calls for mini-readings: Catherine will read with Tarot cards and I join her with my trusted Deck of Shadows, created by Scott Grossberg;
  • Catherine will announce the lucky winner of her book, and YES you still have some time to participate: go to the new Tarot Study Blog, have a look around and leave a meaningful commentary on a card of your choice… Good Luck, and trust me: you will love the book and techniques described!
  • and of course you will get your weekly Feng Shui advice 🙂

Well, till we meet on air, October 2nd, Saturday, 4PM Central! Use this link to copy and paste in your browser in case a pop up widow does not appear on your screen: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edvictoriaevangelina/2010/10/02/talking-with-ed-and-victoria-evangelina

Once again thank you for following us and we promise to live up to your expectations: Marcus Katz, Ciro Marchetti and many others are to be our guests until the end of 2010! Stay tuned for your FUNdamental experience!!

If you cannot log into the WordPress, please leave your comments on Talking with Ed and Victoria Evangelina show’s Facebook page. And if you missed our earlier episodes, go to our Blog Talk Radio page and download or stream them from the archives! Thank you!

by Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

Dear Friends! Thank you for the incredible support we have received from all of you after our first show on Saturday 19th! You can listen to it in the archives and leave comments…. Close to 200 (!!!) people have downloaded our first show during this week, and we thanking you with all the heart for your trust: believe us, we have some INCREDIBLE guests scheduled for your FUN and development!

And now, buckle up for the FUNdamental experience!!! ANNA COOK, the bestselling author of the TAROT DYNAMICS, an international reader and teacher with 32 years of experience and a very dear friend of Victoria Evangelina is on our show this Saturday, September 25th, at 4PM Central on Blog Talk Radio! We wonder if we shall make this show 2 hours long…. for there is so much to discuss and share with you, our dear listeners, that we are simply afraid to be out of time in a blink of an eye!

Here are just a few highlights of what we are planning to talk about on September 25th show:

  • Ed and Anna will discuss numerology in Tarot;
  • Anna will teach a class on DYNAMIC AND DIRTY TIMING IN TAROT;
  • Anna will choose a winner of her authographed TAROT DYNAMICS book (how to secure your lucky chance? read on!!);
  • we will talk a little bit about a life of a visionary, wanting to take the guesswork out of learning and reading the Tarot and make it available for all in the 21st century;
  • Victoria Evangelina will share a weekly Feng Shui tip and join Anna’s readings with drawing a card from Scott Grossberg’s outstanding The Deck Of Shadows;
  • we will have a SURPRISE guest….. no, he is no one extremely famous in the Tarot community…. and yet, he is very, very IMPORTANT…. and there is a whole army of people like them! WHO IS IT???? ….well…. set your reminder to listen to the show on 9/25, 4PM Central on BTR! 🙂
  • and of course we will be doing free mini-readings for the people who are calling in (a friendly suggestion….. it looks like we are going to have a LOT of people who are going to call in….. so do call in earlier during the show and do not forget to “raise your hand” by pressing “1” so we can see you on the switchboard!)

PLEASE NOTE!: you need to have YOUR OWN TAROT DECK (any) handy, because when asking for a reading from Anna Cook, you will be drawing YOUR OWN CARDS (one or three)! Why?

“Unlike other readers I do not believe that ANYONE should shuffle your cards except, you,” says Anna. She is the only reader we know who is so sencitive to making sure there is no outer influence on the energy of the reading and we respect it greatly… Just as her many international clients do: it’s just between us, do not tell anybody, but Anna is now reading the cards for… GRANDCHILDREN of people who were coming to see her for a piece of advice in Cays Tea-Room on 4th and Prospect in downtown Cleveland back in the late 70-es…  Her clients stick with her, and we got a full-swing confirmation to it when listening to the latest Anna’s radio appearance on NuLife Radio

The best way to prepare yourself for this very DYNAMIC show is to listen to the archives of Anna’s appearance on Beyond Worlds Beginner’s Class show  hosted by our very own fairy GodMothers Donnaleigh de LaRose and Theresa Reed.

AND NOW THE GIFTS!!!! Do not miss your chance to vin the Amazon 5-star ranked bestselling Tarot Dynamics book, authographed by Anna herself! Post your responce to the question “WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO MODERNIZE THE TAROT?” in the comments section of this post, and on OCTOBER 2nd, Saturday, Anna will call into the show and announce the WINNER!

NB: we have received many complaints from people who cannot log into the WordPress to post comments: if it is true about you, find me or Anna on the Facebook :Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya or Anna Burroughs Cook and send us a direct message with your answer! Or simply go to the show’s page on the Facebook and LIKE us there and post your responce to this question!

See you all on 9/25, 4PM Central on BTR, Talking with Ed and Victoria Evangelina and Anna Cook show!

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Learn more about our famous guest ANNA COOK  and the highly practical system of reading the cards on Anna’s skillfully made website www.tarotdynamics.com

Read Bonnie Cheovet’s excellent interview with Anna on Aeclectic to learn more about this professional and her dynamic system: Interview with Anna Burroughs Cook

Ed and Victoria are sending deepest gratitude to the Tarot Tribe and all the friends and famous professionals who are supporting them with so much trust! We hope to live up to your expectations!

Victoria Evangelina expresses her deepest gratitude to Anna Burroughs Cook for her generous gift of the TAROT DYNAMICS book. Anna: I love your system, I love how practical it is, I love that there is a simple yet sophisticated enough structure to rely upon. Ever since I got it, your book is next to Paul Quinn’s Tarot for Life by the Tarot deck I am using at the time! …and thank you for being such a good friend…