Category: Ta-road Trip

Home and dry, earth, feelings

I’m home. And wow, it feels good. In all my 33 years, I never understood the word ‘homesick’ or the concept of ‘missing’ a thing, a person, a place. Well, I do now. I decided whilst in my little cabin to cut my ta-road trip in half and save part two for later. So much fun, …

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A window on the road

Photographs from my window on twenty buses across the USA.   Beth MaidenI’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action. I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by …

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Art everywhere

Some things I have seen whilst on the road A few of these pictures were from a really amazing exhibition at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian art in New York, there was an exhibition on called ‘Irreverent: A cerebration of censorship’. This included work by queer artists from all over the world which …

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Death and the city

I set off on a journey and lost my way. (Don’t get me wrong – that’s kinda what I came for.) I came for tarot, and connections, friendships old and new, to see incredible cities and mile upon hundred mile of landscape flying past. I came to find you. And I came to find me. …

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Reading tarot on the road

What do you actually need to do a tarot reading? A tarot deck, nothing more. Perhaps you’d also add a notebook, or laptop if you’re emailing readings or recording stuff digitally, a mobile if you’re giving phone readings. I have all of those things right here in my handbag, so it follows that I can do …

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All the feelings in Texas

Where do I even begin with Texas? My favourite state, of the few I’ve visited for long enough to really feel. Despite conservatism and restricted access to women’s healthcare, despite ‘everything’s bigger in Texas’, despite Bible Belt fundamentalism, despite so much that I find difficult or downright repulsive about what this state presents to the …

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“And the moon rose over an open field”

I drew a card for my journey and it was Death. Death. Transformation. Rebirth. The death of the ego. A leaving-behind-so-something-new-can-grow. A letting go.   A point of no return. “Kathy I’m lost” I said, though I knew she was sleeping. Leaving behind the deep, familiar-feeling greens of Oregon for Idaho at nightfall, fitful sleep, …

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Portland, Oregon

Pulling out of Porland at noon on one of those days that’s both misty and clear-bright at the same time. Feeling similar – kinda dazed, kinda crystalline in my mind, well-rested (for once), just starting to feel like I’m …here. Where? Currently on highway 84 with Mt Hood in clear and beautiful view. The driver …

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What I learned from two days of tarot workshops

Um. A lot. Where to start? Last weekend’s Northwest Tarot Symposium – the first of this now-to-be-annual Portland tarot conference – packed a LOT into the two day schedule. From storytelling with tarot to the psychology of the major arcana, consciously living each card to a publishing panel, the NWTS (or Newts) covered such a …

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Setting off / a reading

I’m writing this in an airport hotel in Amsterdam. Odd that a trip from the north of England to the US west coast should involve an overnight transfer in The Netherlands…but there you go, and here I am. Something I truly love about travelling alone is that very stark, lonely feeling that comes from moving anonymously …

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Ta-road trip: Weaving my route

It’s coming together. (Thanks to you guys!) When I first thought of asking the tarot community for hospitality over a potential three months of travelling around the US, I had no idea what would happen. My fall-back plan was always that I had friends in New York and Vancouver who would put me up if …

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