Spring Conference 2022

Pagan Phoenix Spring Conference
12th March 2022

New conference venue, the Parkhouse Centre in Bude.

“Twenty-First Century Tarot”

The day will feature three talks on the tarot from, Rachel Pollack (live online), Robert Ansell, and Julian Vayne. There is a choice of workshops of ‘Running a Tarot Business with Anna Shepherd, or ‘Court Cards and Elements’ with Judith Noble, or ‘Past Life and Ancestral Tarot’ with Michele TW.
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Speakers at the Conference

Rachel Pollack (live online)

Rachel Pollack (live online)
Bio. Rachel Pollack is the author of 41 books, including two award-winning novels, Unquenchable Fire, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and Godmother Night, winner of the World Fantasy Award. She has also written a series of books about Tarot cards known around the world, a book of poetry, Fortune’s Lover, and has translated, with scholar David Vine, Sophocles’s “Oidipous Tyrannos,” ( “Oedipus Rex”) under the title Tyrant Oidipous. She designed and drew her own Tarot deck, The Shining Tribe Tarot. With artist Robert Place she has created two more decks, The Burning Serpent Oracle, and The Raziel Tarot. She has taught and lectured on four continents. For eleven years she taught in Goddard College’s MFA writing program. Rachel lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. https://www.rachelpollack.com/

Robert Shehu-Ansell

Robert Shehu-Ansell
Bio. Robert Shehu-Ansell is a publisher, curator and independent scholar. An experienced public speaker, he occasionally lectures on his field of expertise – esoteric art of the 20th century with a specific focus on Austin Osman Spare. Through his publishing company FULGUR PRESS he has represented esoteric artists in book form since 1992. Robert is also the publisher of several series publications, including Black Mirror and Abraxas Journal, which has been described as ‘today’s pre-eminent voice for the serious study of occult and esoteric expression.’ https://fulgur.co.uk/

Julian Vayne
Transformation of the Tarot

Julian Vayne Transformation of the Tarot
The tarot beautifully illustrates how magic can be discovered in everyday life.  From its literal origins to its mythical ancestry Julian will explore both the back-story of cards and their future in the digital age.  A tarot practitioner for over 40 years Julian discusses how to use the deck magically as well as what happens in the process of divination.  A presentation featuring humour, history and cutting edge magical ideas is definitely on the cards!
Bio. Julian Vayne is a British independent scholar and author with over three decades of experience within esoteric culture: from Druidry to Chaos Magic, from indigenous Shamanism through to Freemasonry and Witchcraft. Julian is a senior member of the Magical Pact of the Illuminates of Thanateros and widely recognized as one of Britain’s leading occultists. https://julianvayne.com/

Workshops at the Conference

We are very pleased to announce that for the first time, we will be including workshops at the 2022 Pagan Phoenix conference. Audience members have often asked us to provide workshops as part of the conference but this has been impossible up to now because there was no suitable space at our old venue, Penstowe. Our new venue, the Parkhouse Centre in Bude, has well-equipped workshop spaces and we hope you will enjoy the workshops that we will provide.
Workshops will be included in the conference programme from 2-3 pm. There will be three parallel workshops and you will be asked to choose which you wish to attend and sign up when you arrive at the venue. The spaces do have fire limits, so we will allocate places on a first-come, first-served basis, and if your first choice is full, you will be asked to choose again. We think all three of the workshops are equally interesting and lovely so we hope you will be happy with the choices you make.

The three workshops are:

Anna Shepherd:
Running a Tarot Business

Anna Shepherd: Running a Tarot Business. Working with commercial Tarot companies 
Bio. Anna Shepherd is best known as the amazing Sacred Trust chef, but she is also a renowned tarot reader of 30 years experience who has created her business Ditchwitchtarot to help people navigate through the tangled web of life. She offers private, personal consultations with the tarot for those who are in need of guidance via email, pre-recorded or live video link, according to individual preference. Working with the wisdom of the tarot for the client’s highest and best good is the sound base from which all Ditchwitchtarot readings unfold. https://linktr.ee/ditchwitchtarot

Judith Noble:
The Court Cards and the Elements

Judith Noble: The Court Cards and the Elements: Tarot for creative writing and other artwork.
The court cards are often considered to be one of the more difficult aspects of Tarot.  In this workshop you will learn about the elemental attributions of the various kings, queens, knights and princesses/ pages and how to work with them not only in readings but also in creative work.  They can be used as the basis for creating characters for stories or film scripts, and in other kinds of art and creative work.  The workshop will include some practical exercises and you will find it helpful to bring a notebook or sketchbook and something to write with.  You will be provided with tarot images that you can take away and use in your own work.
Bio. Judith Noble who writes under the name of Levannah Morgan, is a witch and experienced Tarot practitioner.  She has worked in the film industry and higher education for many years and has developed methods that teach screen-writers, novelists and other creative people how to use Tarot as the basis for character and story development.

Michele TW:
Past Life and Ancestral Tarot

Michele TW: Past Life and Ancestral Tarot.
This workshop explores the self through the medium of tarot and unconscious memory.  Tarot is the language of the human condition; it is an excellent pictorial and symbolic vehicle to explore life’s more philosophical and profound questions.  Our souls evolve over many lifetimes and each personality gains insights from multiple points of being.  By tapping into these messages and stories, we can tackle issues in our own lives without needing to experience them firsthand.  Ultimately, we can work towards being the best past life or best ancestor for our descendants to connect with in another time and place. Participants will be able to access an online PDF after the workshop.
Bio. Michele TW is a Pagan, a Shamanic Practitioner, and holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.  She first met the tarot in her teens and has studied the discipline in-depth for over 20 years along with other divination techniques.  Michele has been involved in community-focused Paganism in Devon and Cornwall since 1999. https://journeysinotherworlds.wordpress.com/