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As Parents, Caregivers, Teachers and Mentors, we strive to impart encouragement and the wisdom we've acquired, to our offspring. We want nothing more than to raise happy, well-rounded families in which every child comes to believe there is a "full world of possibilities" in front of them. Often "by the seat our pants", we're thrust into these tasks without an instruction manual, sometimes unsure if we're truly answering this "highest call to duty" effectively. We find ourselves saying things like, "I know what you're going through - I was a kid once, too, you know", or "You'll understand what I'm talking about once you're older and have a family of your own."
The fact remains, however, that we truly are "playing it by ear". The younger generation of today is living in a very different world than we grew up in. The social climate is much different, the technological climate is very different...even our environment and weather patterns are different. People as a whole, I think, are striving to move closer to the "basics" - the holistic approaches, the less dogmatic and more natural modes of living - and yet, communication between the newer and "older" generations remains one of the greatest challenges we face.
While we do share some basic understanding regarding the difficulty of physiological, hormonal changes and typical worries of the teenager, we have yet to fully "reach them" in communicative terms.
I am thrilled to share with you an innovative new resource due to be published next month (July 2013), authored by the brilliant Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin! Titled, "Tarot Edge, A Tarot FYI for the WTF Generation".
The book not only contains insights in reading the Tarot for those in the 8-24 years of age group, but gives young people a bit of insight and tools in order to discover "a full deck of possibilities" for themselves!
Based on hundreds of video and face-to-face readings with young participants (using traditional Tarot, Lenormand and Psycards) over the span of a year, this book contains insights and guidance for young people based on their "real" questions. Questions from the children range anywhere from "Are you magicians", to "What is the meaning of life".
Co-Author Marcus Katz says,
The results of our work has been surprising to us, and we hope it will be to readers.
We have included in the work several unique methods and spreads for online reading, "rapid reading", reading for young people, one-card reading, etc., that we have developed over the years and consolidated during the Tarot Edge campaign. We have also created various FAQs, deck recommendations and appropriate teaching methods in a very contemporary style and layout for young people wanting to discover Tarot.
The reactions we've encountered over the last year have been - "interesting". They've ranged from outright hostility to absolute curiosity and open-mindedness, just like adults. We reveal in the book the various online venues we've been using, none of which had tarot readers in them at all. We've been taking tarot out in the far frontier of the online world ... and only just survived to tell the tale and bring back the information The book is published by our own Forge Press, and will be available in paperback, Kindle and other e-reader formats.
I know, that for my youngest son who has truly been fascinated by the Tarot and has begun reading for himself, this book is definitely in cue for purchase as soon as it is published. It will be one of the most important gifts I give to him.
The book is based on actually re-connecting with the younger generation, rather than simply "our imagined ideas about them". Children were asked what they knew and believed about Tarot and, according to Marcus Katz,
...the results are more surprising to us than even we imagined.
He goes further to share,
The expectations of young people, etc., is something we tackle in the book - it sort of goes outside of just tarot and more about communicating with young people and their psychology. But we step back from that edge - although it was a fascinating one all in itself!
The whole range of questions, concerns and attitude is so unique for children, teens, and young adults. And we deal with how a young person may face reactions to their interest in tarot, too. Several we spoke to already read tarot, which was a delight!
|Cover: 'Fool' from Tarot of the Silicon Dawn (C) Lo Scarabeo and used with permission.|
As a Pagan Mother who holds great interest in the lessons and insight we can offer to ALL of our children, I can't begin to say how pleased I am at this innovative, inspiring and valuable tool coming soon! Watch this space/blog for publication launch and purchasing information and "May a full deck of possibility be yours"!
Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA. She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.