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Welcome to our  behind the scenes blog, a place where you can meet the people behind the courses, classes and products on this website.It’s a chatty affair with Linda Marson, founder of Global Spiritual Studies, talking with teachers or special guests about their areas of interest. Enjoy a range of perspectives and philosophical discourse on spiritual practices, Tarot, dream interpretation and more.

We’d love you to enter the discussion, so please leave comments, ask questions and make sure you take advantage of the free samples that accompany many of the blog posts.

 

  • Tarot, Zen and your spiritual path with Geraldine Amaral

    Geraldine Amaral is the co-author of Tarot Celebrations: Honoring the Inner Voice, creator of a Tarot instructional video, Tarot 1-2-3 and a regular columnist for the quarterly journal, Pathways Magazine. She offers Tarot classes in the Washington DC area, utilizing Jungian and archetypal psychology. In her classes, she teaches people how to apply the Tarot’s Read more…

  • Exploring Avebury with Steve Marshall

    There is now a definitive, ‘essential guide’ to Avebury, the world’s largest stone circle, situated in Wiltshire in the UK. Researched and written by Steve Marshall, Exploring Avebury, has received rave reviews since its publication in May 2016. Historian, Professor Ronald Hutton, says ‘Exploring Avebury is really excellent, being quite clearly the best current introduction Read more…

  • Madam Kali
    Sound healing with Madam Kali

    Earlier this year Brigitte Garvey bought classes from Evelynne Joffe’s Living the Tree of Life course to deepen her knowledge of the Kabbalah. Her reason for doing so is fascinating! Brigitte, or Madam Kali as she is known, is creating a spiritual system that connects sound healing with the sephirot and paths on the Tree Read more…

  • Exploring lunar rhythms with Andrea and Stella

    In 2013 the universe brought two people together on the Camino de Santiago, the medieval pilgrim route running east to west across Spain. They were astrologer, Stella Woods, from Australia and Andrea Trevisan, electrical engineer turned spiritual adventurer from Italy. As you follow their journey together over the past two years you come to see Read more…

  • Discovering your astronumerological DNA with Elkie White

    What happens when you combine astrology with numerology? You discover your Astronumerological DNA, says Elkie White, whose study of the two modalities started in the mid 1980s and culminated in the publication this year of Pan’s Script, her ground-breaking book on the subject. ‘In Pan’s Script I guide you through the process of discovering your astro-number signature, Read more…

  • The path to becoming universal humans with Todd Dearing

    I met Todd Dearing at a gathering of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids early in 2014. He radiated a sense of peace and calm, he was quiet but had a presence that commanded attention. We talk here about his path into Druidry. LINDA: You made an interesting switch in studies from physics and mathematics into Read more…

  • Linda Marson
    The joy of finding a spiritual path with Linda Marson

    Two years ago my life changed in wonderful ways, as I re-connected with a spirituality which had been a way of life for me in the Scottish Highlands 2,000 years ago. This is the story of how I embarked on the Druid path by joining the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD), a story Read more…

  • How karmic connections influence our lives with Sheilaa Hite

    Sheilaa Hite is a spiritual hedonist, a concept which immediately conjures up joy, abundance, inspiration and well-being. I met Sheilaa last year at Readers Studio in New York and, believe me, she exudes all those qualities! She was a keynote speaker, as well as  a vendor with a table stocked with her books and Tarot-inspired creations – shawls, jackets, vests, tote Read more…

  • Sexual symbolism in the Tarot with Katrina Wynne

    A picture is worth a thousand words. A famous masterpiece, a child’s drawing, a photo…they all tell a story without saying a single word. They do this through colours, a sense of movement and imagery that hints at more than the object or event they are depicting. The shape of a tree, a dusty landscape, a lush green Read more…

  • Tarot for self-empowerment with James Ricklef

    Moving through the pages of James Ricklef’s Tarot Blog is a journey through a Tarot Wonderland. You find yourself following a trail of Pithy Tarot meanings which lead to deeply spiritual and thought-provoking insights into the cards. The trail for the Page of Swords, for example, starts with:  Maintain a humble attitude of ‘I don’t know’ so you can Read more…

  • Tarot through Druid eyes with Philip Carr-Gomm

    One of the most popular Tarot decks on the market is The DruidCraft Tarot, created by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm along with artist Will Worthington. Why has a deck that brings Wicca, Druidry and Tarot together gained such a following  in the decade since its publication? To explore possible reasons for this phenomenon I spoke with Philip Carr-Gomm Read more…

  • Soul journeys through sacred landscapes with Jamie George

    Jamie George and partner Frances Howard-Gordon lay claim to some significant firsts in Glastonbury, the legendary Isle of Avalon in the time of King Arthur. They describe their shop Gothic Image as the grandmother of the many esoteric shops that followed in their wake. Jamie’s guided tours to the sacred and spiritual sites of Britain and Ireland were a first Read more…

  • The business of being an oracle with Katrina Wynne

    There is a rule of thumb in media production…for every second you see and hear on the screen, there is at least an hour of writing, recording, filming, mixing and editing. ‘So it is with developing your oracle business,’ says Tarot reader, teacher and mentor, Katrina Wynne. ‘You invest your heart and time into learning Read more…

  • The traditional method of reading Lenormand with Mary K. Greer

    From the number of new Lenormand decks and books on the market it’s clear that the groundswell of interest in Lenormand, which started a few years ago, has turned into a tidal wave! This is definitely more than a flash in the pan, so what does it mean? The deck first appeared in Germany in the late 18th century and came with Read more…

  • Linda Marson
    Tarot, Kabbalah and Druidry with Linda Marson

    How many ways can you explore the world that lies beneath the surface of the images on Tarot cards? ‘Infinite’, says Linda Marson, former President of the Tarot Guild of Australia. ‘The magic of the Tarot is that the images talk to you in different ways at different times in your life. And they can Read more…

  • Magically manifesting your dreams with Stella Woods

    Stella Woods  is an expert in astrology, tarot and all things magical. She lifts your spirits, makes you laugh, encourages you to widen your horizons and, best of all, inspires you to manifest your dreams! A few years ago Stella and I ran a two day workshop called In Your Element. I’ll never forget the rousing rendition Stella Read more…

  • Speaking the Lenormand cards aloud with Caitlín Matthews

    Caitlín Matthews is acknowledged as a world authority on Celtic Wisdom, the Western Mysteries and the ancestral traditions of Britain and Europe. In June 2014 I had the pleasure of taking part in celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) in Glastonbury. Caitlín was a keynote speaker in her capacity as a former Read more…

  • Ayurveda – the key to health and wellbeing with Anjani Helen Gregoriou

    What do you do when you feel constantly stressed or fatigued, when annoying physical symptoms such as skin rashes or indigestion persist? Do you soldier on, go in search of the miracle cure you saw advertised on TV recently, or visit your GP and leave with a fistful of prescriptions? Or are you joining the increasing number Read more…

  • Using astrology to make predictions is easy and accurate with Peter Burns

    Reading our horoscope for the coming week or month is something we all like to do from time to time. Sometimes the predictions are uncannily accurate, at other times totally irrelevant. Weekly horoscope columns with a few short lines for each Sun sign belittle the real value of astrology as a way of understanding human actions. As you Read more…

  • Linda Marson
    Looking at life as a learning experience with Linda Marson

    Linda Marson has more than 30 years experience in Australia’s vocational education and training industry. She also has a deep passion for what she calls the ‘two Ts’ – Tarot and travel. She brought the two together in her book and TV series, Ticket, Passport and Tarot Cards and in a partnership with Gothic Image Tours Read more…

  • What every Tarot artist needs to know about publishing a deck with Roxi Sim

    The number of Tarot decks on the market is mind-boggling. You only have to visit the wonderful Aeclectic Tarot website to see the stunning array of Tarot and Oracle decks that artists have created over the centuries, but particularly in the last 20 years or so. So what draws artists to the Tarot and what does Read more…

  • Mary Phelan
    Developing your psychic abilities with Mary Phelan

    When people stop by my tarot reading tent at the local market they often ask whether I’m psychic, as though this is something only a select few can lay claim to. My response is simple – everyone is psychic, it’s just a matter of tuning into our intuition or that part of ourselves which ‘knows’ things. Having a Read more…

  • Decoding the energies of the Tarot Court with Sara Gilbert

    Ask any Tarot reader what they found difficult when they were learning their craft, and  ‘court cards’ will be high on the list. When are they people? When do they represent an attitude or way of behaving? When do they signal an event? Where’s the guide to help answer these questions? Well, there’s no one Read more…

  • Becoming a professional tarot consultant with Katrina Wynne

    When can you confidently call yourself a professional tarot consultant? How do you know if the readings you offer measure up to what potential clients would describe as a professional service? Tarot is an area where many people start by doing readings as a sideline to a ‘mainstream’ job. Gradually they find they want to turn their casual tarot Read more…

  • Personal transformation through travel with Linda Marson

    I’m sure you know what it’s like to return from a special holiday with a sense of inner peace and renewal. Maybe you spent time in a dream destination or made a pilgrimage to the land of your ancestors. You’ve been on what I call a soul journey, one that opens you to a deeper understanding of who you Read more…

  • A counselling approach to Tarot reading with Jenne Perlstein

    Jenne Perlstein offers a ground-breaking course for tarot readers on Global Spiritual Studies. The course, Client Skills for Tarot Readers, is the only one of its kind in the world. It’s designed to help esoteric readers understand what makes people tick, what really lies behind the questions clients ask when they come for a reading or consultation. Armed with this Read more…

  • Linda Marson
    Using Tarot to shine a light on the past with Linda Marson

    Let’s do a Hanged Man on the Tarot! Rather than seeing it as a way of predicting what the future holds, let’s use it to look at how lessons from past events can be applied to shape the future. I believe the Tarot opens doors to new possibilities and new ways of seeing old issues Read more…

  • A guide to timing in Lenormand readings with Caitlín Matthews

    For more than three decades Caitlín Matthews has been the beacon to people drawn to the Western Mysteries, people who want to learn about ancestral ritual, shamanism and divination. In recent years the focus of Caitlín’s work has been the Lenormand Oracle deck. Her own Enchanted Lenormand Oracle was published in 2013 and her comprehensive practical guide to reading the cards Read more…

  • Evelynne Joffe
    Using the Kabbalah to find answers to life’s big questions with Evelynne Joffe

    It can be hard sometimes to make a commitment to a course of study.  You wonder whether you’ll have the time, whether it’s worth the effort and whether you’ll like the teaching style. I know this only too well from my own experience. In 2009 I finally decided to do Evelynne Joffe’s year- long course Read more…

  • Mary Phelan
    Unravelling the mystery of your dreams with Mary Phelan

    Only rarely do I remember my dreams, but when I do, I’m struck by the power of the images and the feelings they evoke to open doors into other realities, into other ways of thinking about things. So when Mary Phelan contacted me about doing classes, I jumped at the chance to introduce dreamwork into the mix of topics offered Read more…

  • Justine Alexander
    Using Tarot for life coaching with Justine Alexander

    If you think Tarot cards are just for fortune telling, think again! In her book, The Tarot Advantage, Justine Alexander demonstrates quickly and efficiently how powerful  the Tarot is as a tool for self-empowerment and personal development. Justine  is a Registered Professional Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counsellor with 18 years experience, so she’s coming to the Tarot Read more…

  • The rise and rise of the Petit Lenormand deck with Mary K. Greer

    Where did the Petit Lenormand deck come from? How was it used and why the phenomenal groundswell  of interest in it over the past few years? I continue my discussion with internationally renowned Tarot reader, author and teacher, Mary K. Greer, whose focus in the past three years has been on exploring the many facets of this deck. Mary Read more…

  • Changing gears between Tarot and Petit Lenormand with Mary K. Greer

    Are you a Tarot reader wanting to ride the Petit Lenormand wave but not sure how to navigate these two very different card systems? Who better to learn from than internationally renowned Tarot author, reader and teacher, Mary K. Greer who confesses to  giving herself over to a ‘complete Lenormand obsession’ about three years ago! The five classes in Read more…

  • Linda Marson
    Turning a bright idea into a business reality with Linda Marson

    In this post Linda Marson, founder of Global Spiritual Studies, puts herself in your shoes and asks some of the questions you might have about how she came to embark on this venture. “It’s a story about having an idea, about taking a leap of faith, about embarking on the Fool’s journey full of exciting Read more…