Archive for July, 2013

Don’t Miss This Year’s BATS

July 11, 2013

The 22nd annual San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 17th and 18th at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose.  To register, go to the Daughters of Divination BATS page:  There will be a huge program this year, including Lenormand as well as tarot presenters.  I’m especially looking forward to seeing Bill Haigwood, creator of the Counterculture Tarot, and Julie Cuccia-Watts, creator of the Journey Into Egypt Tarot.

Here’s the introduction for the presentation I will be giving on a couple of my favorite Caribbean poets:

While Pamela Colman Smith’s illustrations for the RWS tarot deck are heavily influenced by the art, culture, and spirituality of Western Europe, her Jamaican connection infuses her work with a Caribbean spirit and palette.  This fortunate melange of both cultures is also seen in the literature of the region, nowhere more so than in the plays and poetry of the surrealist Aime Cesaire, and the 1992 Nobel Prize winning poet, Derek Walcott.  In our seminar we will examine some of the glorious work of these two poets to find that special Caribbean quality that manifested itself in what Yeats called Pixie Smith’s “bluest of blue, you feel disposed to call it scarlet.  Blue is too mild a word.”

Hope to see you there!