If Miss Cleo prophesying your fate in a fake Jamaican accent isnt your idea of a good fortune, The Living Tarot Oracle might have the answer (and perhaps a few more.)
Last years interactive tarot reading will return for another shot at divining love interests and job prospects this weekend at the historic Mancos Opera House.
Since the 15th century, the beautifully illustrated trionfi cards have fascinated fortune seekers for better or for worse. In The Living Tarot Oracle, the Magician, the Empress and, yes, even Death literally come to life. The interactive theater event casts actors as the Major Arcana, the 22 main tarot cards, and offers patrons a chance to ask advice of these ancient archetypes.
In most English-speaking countries, tarot cards are associated with mysticism and the occult; although there are several games common to central Europe that have little to do with divination. The Major Arcana is essentially a metaphor for life. The Fool, fittingly, represents the person seeking advice of the tarot and the remaining cards are the phases and obstacles one must go through on his or her journey.
I find the tarot is a great tool for accessing parts of ourselves that may not be on a conscious level. Tami Graham, the producer of The Living Tarot Oracle said. (It) provides great insight into our own psyche.
Even drawing the Death card is no reason for panic. As ominous as that skeleton galloping on a horse might look, Death generally represents an end to one part of our life, making way for a new beginning.
Shuffling the deck, Graham recast returning Oracles, about 11 of them, to give the actors a chance to connect with different archetypes. While a number of the cast members are students of tarot, many were new to the concept.
To prepare for their roles, the actors bought tarot decks and consulted practitioners about the interpretations and meanings of their card. And because the Fools Journey is so important to understanding tarot, Isa Fallows, who plays the High Priestess, led her fellow Oracles on an interpretive musical movement workshop through the Major Arcana.
The experience later was recreated as a public event Oct. 28 at Yoga Durango.
Were not trying to sell anybody on the tarot; its just that we have found its a great tool. And we want to keep it alive in our little corner of the world, Graham said. Believing in the tarot is not a requirement of attendance by any means. They can just enjoy the theatrical side.
While most of the cast is from Mancos, Graham encourages Durangoans to make the trip.
We consciously decided to have this event in Mancos. Its a great opportunity to get out of Durango, and you might need that 30 minutes on the ride home to digest your reading, she said.
Margaret Hedderman is a freelance writer based in Durango. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.