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Vidracco Tarot Lesson
by Lynda Martin,
ATH Co-Editor of Tarot
Our world is a living tarot card that will speak to us if we listen. Tarot cards were inspired by the colors and forms that teach us every day. They are a formalization of the riffs, the improvisations, that are gifts of wisdom from the natural world. Designed by people wise in the ways of the Divine, the Natural and the Human, they can train our eyes to see and our ears to hear the transformative messages that surround us. Here, in a small garden on a village street, the yellow of divine mind shines in the orange of illumined activity. We each have this glory unfolding within. The way the light was catching the flower made me stand still and just bask in the gentle beauty – now it helps me remember to pause and bask in the light of my own soul. See how fragile the edges of each petal look? There are times to wander within ourselves as if we were a garden, to appreciate the more fragile, yet vibrant, places within us. Flowers remind us.
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About the Author
Lynda Martin, MS began her Tarot studies by painting cards designed by her teacher, Ruth Blighton, whose tarot training included BOTA. Lynda was part of a Hermetic Christian Order for 12 years. At the age of 42, she traced and painted a teaching set of Mother Ruth’s cards, meditating on each one. It took seven years. At the end of that time, she was ordained a priest, then a teacher, in the oral Christian tradition. She and her husband, who is trained in the same tradition, live in Atlanta, Georgia and have their office in a part of town know as Brookhaven in the oldest house in the metro area. Their company, Goodwin Growth Works, is named after the builders of that house – Lynda’s great-great-great grandparents. Both Lynda and Jim are spiritual directors; he is also a psychotherapist.
Lynda earns her living as a business coach, helping business owners grow their companies sanely. She considers working so directly with the world of business as a rigorous spiritual exercise. The wisdom of the Tarot infuses and informs that work. Her business background includes marketing and sales in the staffing industry, as well as project management for technology implementations.
Her masters’ degree is from Georgia State University in Human Resources Development. Undergraduate studies began at Wellesley College and were completed at the Holy Order of MANS seminary. She has practiced and studied with Hindu, Buddhist and Sufi teachers. Most recently she completed a four-year apprenticeship in The Order of the Red Hand, Star Clan, Eastern Branch of the Muskogee and is currently part of AMORC.
Her vision is to introduce Tarot to people who have seen it only as a fortune-telling tool or even as demonic and have them understand its deeply balancing gifts. This is especially important, she feels, in the deep south. Recently she lectured to a standing-room only crowd at a local university; she has also taught a series of classes at an Episcopal church and to several groups that included evangelical Christians.
Visit her blog: www.tarotfriend.wordpress.com
Visit her coaching site: www.GoodwinGrowth.com
Atlanta, Georgia USA