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The Boiardo 15th c Poem
Tarot history in brief

quotations from various people

Functions of Readings
What is Tarot?


Med. on XVIIII

Emily E. Auger

Tarot and Other Meditation Decks

L. Atkinson

Orphalese Software review

S. Arwen

Memory & Instinct

Kathy Berkowitz

Waite's Mystical Tradition (Pt 1)
Waite's Mystical Tradition (Pt 2)
Waite's Mystical Tradition (Pt 3)
Waite's Mystical Tradition (Pt 4)

Nina L. Braden

Tarot in Literature

David Brice

Birth of Tarot

Colin Browne

Square & Compasses Tarot

Lee A. Bursten

Journeys in Tarot Creation
Vachetta review


Review: The Lo Scarabeo Story

Ross G. Caldwell

Tarot History

Bonnie Cehovet

Tarology - Poetics of Tarot
Review: Secret of Tarot
The Mystereum Tarot

N. Chishty-Mujahid

Concerning Ghisi’s Laberinto

Craig Conley

A House of Tarot Cards

A.B. Crowther

Rachel Pollack interview

Jean-Michel David

On Paneurythmy and Tarot
Tarot's expression of the numinous
Yarker, Tarot & Arcane Schools
Waite-Smith Sun card
The Fool as Wandering Jew
Tarot as Christian Art
Education through Tarot
Tarot: the vatical & the sacral
Fortuna, Ass & Monkey
Steiner and Tarot
1701 Dodal restored!
Enc. Tarot vol I-IV: review
Christ, World & Sin
Caveat Emptor:
       Visual Tarot

Tarot & AlefBeit
Review: Jean Payen Tarot
Tarot and Freemasonry
I-Ching and Pip Cards
Whither directing your course?
Tarot & the Tree of Life
Ovid, Egypt and Tarot
When the Devil isn't the Devil
Four elements and the suits
Court Cards & MBTI
Certification & Codes
Jean Dodal Marseille
Conference FAQs
Golden Dawn
Kabalah & Tarot
Golden Tarot review
Annual spread
Iraqi Museum
Two Brief TdM reviews
Meditations on the Tarot

Enrique Enriquez

The Joy of Wordplay
J-C. Flornoy interview
Embodied Tarot
Indirect Suggestions
Whispering to the Eye

Mark Filipas

History of Egyptian Decks
Lexicon Theory

Jean-Claude Flornoy

in memorium
from Oral Tradition

Roxanne Flornoy

Children and Tarot
from Oral Tradition

Mary Greer

Killing the Thoth Deck
On the Tarot of the Four Worlds
Egypt, Tarot and Mystery School Initiations

William Haigwood

The Sixties: Counterculture Tarot

Alissa Hall

Parlour Tricks

Kris Hadar

The Tarot

Claas Hoffmann

Crowley-Harris 'Thoth' deck

Michael J. Hurst

Tarot Symbolism review

K. Frank Jensen

Century with the Waite-Smith

Shane Kendal

A Poetry of Tarot

Ken J. Killeen

The Metaphysical Bible

Barbara Klaser

Language of Tarot

E. Koretaka

Cardinal Virtues

Dovid Krafchow

Kabbalistic Tarot

Lisa Larson

Perceptions of Spirituality

Suzan E. Lemont

Therapeutic Tarot Work

Eric K. Lerner

Diloggun and Tarot

N. Levine

Tarot of Prague review

C. Liknaitzky

Journey in Ceramics

Joep van Loon

Tarot Wheel

Karen Mahony


S.J. Mangan

Fool, Alef & Orion

Robert Mealing

Petrarch’s Triumphs
Jean Noblet Tarot
Hunting the "true" Marseille Tarot
Cary Sheet

Fern Mercier

Playing the Fool

C. de Mellet

Inquiries into Tarot

Sophie Nusslé

Fantastic Menagerie

Robert V. O'Neill

Tarot Symbolism
Tower Iconology

Michael Owen

Xultun Tarot

Dan Pelletier

Magic Manga Tarot
the Blank Spot

Robert M. Place

The Fool's Journey

Debra Rosenthal

Looking at the Jacques Vieville

Mjr Tom Schick

Tarot Lovers Calendar

Inna Semetsky

Counseling Reading for Spouses
Learning the language of images
Re-Symbolization of Self
Tarot (dis)contents

Diana Sobolewska

'Bateleur's tale'

Russell Sturgess

Jesus's New Testament

N. Swift

Sufism & Tarot

Arthur E. Waite

Symbols of Tarot

Expected FAQs for the July 2005
International Tarot Conference

Jean-Michel David

Some expected frequently asked questions…

Where is the Conference held?

 Victoria University Conference Centre, 12th Floor,
 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Where is Melbourne?

For our overseas visitors other than our South African and New Zealand guests (who are already aware of the same) Melbourne is located near the centre and top of the world, as the following map clearly shows, viewable online at flourish’s upside down map:

Upside Down World Map

Whereabouts in Melbourne?

an important question… especially for visitors. So here is a map that I trust will be of use throughout the Conference:

Melbourne Map

Can I park close by?

Adjacent the Conference Centre is a Car Park. Please note that weekend parking rates are fixed, and that during the week (Mon-Wed), a discount rate of nearly 50% applies to Conference participants – approximate car parking fee per day will therefore be AU$15. You will need to purchase a ticket from the Conference centre each day to pay this rate (otherwise, the charge may be up to AU$29).

Do I need to bring my own deck to participate?

Not at all… we’ll have decks there for you to buy!

But seriously, no, though some workshops may have this specified. Note that most workshops will cater for a range of participants, from the total novice to the quite experienced.

What if I wanted to do a workshop that is now full?

Part of the reason for the unscheduled afternoon session is to also allow for more informal participation amongst participants. It may therefore also be possible to catch those presenters during that time, though please be sensitive to the gifts each is bringing by their participation in this event.

Will I be able to get a reading?

It is expected that some readings will be available during the afternoons during the Conference. Please check the information desk for further details. Some presenters have indicated that some time will be available for this, and other professionals may offer the same.

In addition, impromptu readings may be made amongst participants.

Please be sensitive to both the venue, and Victorian laws.

Victorian Laws???

Apart from the more expected and sensible laws in place to protect general citizenship, Victoria still has what many of us consider not only an outdated law, but one that really needs to be repealed: section 13 of the Vagrancy Act states that ‘Fortune telling and pretending to exercise witchcraft etc.: Any person who pretends or professes to tell fortunes or uses any subtle craft means or device by palmistry or otherwise to defraud or impose on any other person or pretends to exercise or use any kind of witchcraft sorcery enchantment or conjuration or pretends from his skill or knowledge in any occult or crafty science to discover where or in what manner any goods or chattels stolen or lost may be found shall be guilty of an offence.’ (my emphasis)

Last time someone charged under this section of the Act? difficult to believe, but in the 1999-2000 period!

For the record, Victoria is not the only state with such laws still on the books.

[please note that the Act was repealed in September 2005 – two months after the Conference – jmd]

Do people just use Tarot for divination?

no… I merely give the above to bring to attention something pertinent to the use some of us do value.

Other uses include using it as inspiration for creative tasks (such as writing novels or musical compositions), as a psychological tool of self-discovery, as images useful for the development of spiritual faculties, and as pictures that tell a thousand words!

I’m not staying long in Melbourne – where do you suggest I visit?

Ah! what a question. Depends on tastes, of course, and where one is from. If from New Zealand, you may want to compare how cold it can get by visiting our snow fields about 1.5 hours out of Melbourne (not sure there’s snow yet!).

If coming from Queensland, check out our National Gallery and Museum… it contains stuff from there! Or check our beaches along Great Ocean Road: beautiful and with a chill that will surprise you!

If coming from North America, you may be interested in seeing drop-bears and other real native animals at Healesville Sanctuary… or in the wild around Marysville (if you get lucky!)

Wanting more Tarot? visit Ma Deva Padma’s gallery, or Kay Steventon’s studio, or Bruno’s Gallery, each within 1.5 hours of Melbourne… in opposite directions!

For night life, you’ll have to ask the younger ones.

I’ve heard Melbourne’s famous for its esoteric culture?

Perhaps, but it’s all secret stuff.

If interested in either Co or Freemasonry, there’ll be people at the Conference (I have been told!). Likewise, there will be some with Rosicrucian interests (again, I have been told).

‘Ask’, they say, ‘and the door shall open’… the first step is to therefore find the door.

It perhaps should also be noted that Melbourne has a very diverse community, with many of the world’s religions having a presence… it may be worth visiting some of the centres if interested.

What about esoteric bookshops and such?

Sure… there’s a few around the place, and some list will be made available at the Conference. Also note that Tarot Garden, which ships worldwide, will have one of its owners present. So if don’t have an item locally available, take the opportunity to see how to go about ordering via the internet.

May I buy books at the Conference?

There will be some books on Tarot and some decks available (haven’t I already written that earlier?). Of especial note are decks and books by Docters van Leeuwen and by Michael Owens (two of our presenters). Mary Greer’s books available from the local wholsalers will also be available, but stock there was very low at time of writing.

Do I have to have cash to buy stuff?

No. Most places tend to have EFTPOS facilities (and we shall too, by the way). If coming from overseas, your Visa or MasterCard will be acceptable in most places for purchases over AU$10. Some other credit or charge cards are accepted in some places… but only some.

Teller machines to obtain cash from (subject to your account, of course!) are readily located in numerous places.

Can I drive in Victoria?

If you can drive in other places, you’ll be able to drive here. However, you’ll need to have a license to legally do so. Remember as well (for those coming from various strange far away places) that we drive on the right side. Ie, we drive on the left-hand side of the road… unless overtaking.

Will there be any evening festivities?

Apart from the opening? depends. I have heard that some people are organising various things, for example, Kat Black will have a very very very late night on Saturday night. You’ll have to ask her why… something to do with lights and things.

It is also suggested that participants use the opportunity to get together for dinners at variously priced restaurants. One suggestion is that a cheap restaurant is organised one evening (that’ll be my turn to pay!), and a different one another evening (someone else’s turn!!)

errr… when do I have to get there?

The frontpage of the [printed version of the] newsletter already answered that!

Friday, 5pm onwards, music around 5:30 +, opening at 6pm, with nice finger foods (no, we don’t eat fingers!).

Other days, please arrive by 9 am (ouch, Kat, you’ll have little sleep for the Sunday!)

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