This post is mainly directed to those of you who are Tarot Professionals or are thinking about becoming one. Some of you may already be familiar with Fortune Stellar (2010) by Christiana Gaudet. It is a comprehensive book that gives you great keys to starting your own business. However, Fortune Stellar Second Edition is even more practical, and no matter how long for you’ve been in the business, you will probably find a few pearls of wisdom in it.
I have liked it so much that I had to write about it. However, this is just the result of my first reading. This is a book to work with and to refer back to, so I am confident that I will be able to extract much more value in successive readings! For this, I wanted to give you a detailed review of the first three chapters of the book and show you a part of everything it has to offer.
The book is available in physical format and in e-book. A great thing is that it is available to be downloaded for free with Kindle Unlimited, which I did at first, but I did not want to return it so I purchased the e-book. I am a paper lover, but when it comes to Tarot manuals I like to have them within reach at any given moment, for this, I chose to get the digital version!
The manual is divided into 8 different lessons, each one of them belongs to a topic and different aspects of this topic are covered in detail. After that, there are some recommended exercises to help you put what you have just learnt into practice! At the end of each chapter or lesson, you will find a short essay or study guide that is relevant to the topic and a bibliography.
This is a lesson that is based on structuring your business: It covers topics such as your vision statement, the different kinds of services that you can offer, advice regarding how to come up with fees that you are comfortable with and great advice regarding getting comfortable with charging money. It also offers insight into the power of reading in venues and what it can do for your brand, branding and marketing.
The exercises of this lesson are great either to get started or to reconsider where your business is heading. They are focused on the energy that you need to put into your work and they help you create focus and a mission statement. There is another part of the exercises that help you consider what are your feelings towards your business and how could you benefit from different approaches and ways to promote your business. Marketing and branding are also a part of them. The best thing? All you need is a quiet moment for yourself and a deck of cards!
This lesson is focused on your personal code of ethics. I loved this chapter because it encourages you to find what is right and wrong for you rather than following some “Ten Commandments” of the Tarot practice without giving consideration to how you actually feel about them.
A very positive thing about this book is that it doesn’t tell you what to do, but what you have to do in order to make your business work in a way that is suitable for your possibilities, thoughts and beliefs.
The chapter has given me personally a lot of food for thought and has lead me to reconsider my values and examine my approach, and so far I have got to surprising conclusions.
It discusses topics such as: Predicting the future: Yay or nay? Spiritual services that are complementary to the reading, third party readings, again a different view about fees, charity work and your views about customer satisfaction, refunds and confidentiality.
It also speaks about compassion, a topic that has really got to me and that sometimes is underestimated. This lesson has been actually a lesson for me.
The exercises are meant to make you meditate on your practice with different cards and to see yourself through the eyes of the Major Arcana. A very enlightening one!
After this one, there’s a study guide that adds some nuances to the Major and Minor Arcana and the dreaded Court that can help you see them under a different light.
Lesson Three is called: Structuring a professional reading. (While breaking the structures of my life!)
This chapter is a punch in the face that will help you realize how you are self-boycotting yourself and how you could be doing things a million times better! However and on a side note, this is not the actual purpose of the chapter, but the effect it has had on me individually.
In here, there are a few lessons about the importance of first impressions and there are a few details that are worth taking into consideration. Ideas about creating a sacred space that does not sound like you’re going to put on a foil hat and make actual sense for me and the importance of having a bit of a stage act in order to create the adequate environment for the reading. All of this comes in a non-woo format that is very palatable for those of us who tend to refuse the love and light thingy!
The best thing about this chapter? The 11 card Celtic Cross Spread, which seems to be the solution to my entire life and makes so much damn sense that I want to paint it on my wall.
It also speaks about one of my favourite things to do with Tarot that quite often goes unnoticed and not many people take the time to teach: This is paying attention to how the cards interact with each other and how what is on the table and what is not on the table can give you more information than you had ever imagined! (I wrote an article about this that you can see here.)
How you close the reading is almost as important and how you open it, and this topic is thoroughly addressed here!
The exercises of this lesson are focused around creating a sacred space, deciding on the kind of spreads that are essential to your practice and considering adding extra tools to enrich your readings.
There is much more this book has to offer and in my opinion, it is totally worth every single cent. It is not only about what the book teaches you, but what it makes you think about. Probably a game-changer and an almost mandatory book for every Tarot professional.
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