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Full Moon Blog for October

One of the things on my mind this fall is darkness and shadow, within our own psyches, reflected in the events we are witnessing in the world around us. Working with the symbols and imagery in the tarot deck, shadow and the unknown are both fully present, and on a regular basis I have the opportunity to talk to my clients and students about the ways in which shadow shows up in readings, and our lives. And yet, taking on the uncomfortable job of self examination can be challenging. How do we deal with the parts of ourselves that we do not normally take time to consider? How do we allow ourselves to be vulnerable to fully dive into our own darkness and less than heroic aspects of our own personality? How do we forgive ourselves for these human faults, and work to change our behaviors, however unpleasant the motivations or actual behaviors? And even more difficult, how do we cope when our worst fears are playing out in the world arena? 

I do not have the answers to any of these questions, but I am interested in exploring them in my own life, and in the lives of those in my community. What questions are you interested in now? What areas of your life are you taking the time to explore this fall as the days shorten and the nights grow longer?

Blessed be,

Nell 

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Full Moon Blog for September

24 September 2018

The apples are ripened and the school has begun for many of us. Fall Equinox has tumbled us into cooler days, and even cooler nights. I find myself torn between soaking up whatever warm sunny days we still experience before winter weather sets in, or breaking open the books, and diving into new areas of exploration. 

Community tends to be on my mind this time of years, and I have had some wonderful opportunities to gather with a wide range of interesting people and groups recently. One experience that stood out for me was this past weekend spent in Rochester, Minnesota at the Women & Spirituality conference. It’s an event that I have been to a few times during it’s multi-decade history, but this was the first time I have been since it moved from Mankato and the University of Minnesota, Mankato’s auspices.

I admit that I wasn’t at my best when I arrived at the conference with a well developed head cold, but it was an exciting, engaging couple of days rubbing shoulders. Sharing tables, and conversation with many, many women (and men) who are exploring the territory between women and spirituality.  I presented a short tarot session (365 Tarot) and had a delightful time talking tarot with a lovely attendees, great questions, tarot talk, and lots of laughter and learning all the way around.

Take the time to find some good company, old friends, and new, talk about what matters to you, and build some community. I think we can always use more authentic conversation and warm community in our lives.

Blessed be,

Nell

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Tarot 365 Session at the Women and Spirituality Conference

Sunday, September 23 1:30-3:00pm
(Session 6)
Room: Riverview B

Please Register for the conference today

PHOTO BY GRACE DOKKEN

This session is Experiential and Open to All. 

Tarot has been used for centuries for divination and foretelling the future. But it is also a remarkable tool for self reflection and creativity. We will explore using tarot cards and images for personal uses in our daily lives through exercises and discussion. Bring a favorite tarot deck if you wish, or use one of mine for the workshop.

For me, tarot has been a doorway into Mystery. I grabbed hold of a deck at 11 years old and I have never stopped exploring. I has been a professional reader and teacher in the Twin Cities since 1979, and co-owner of Evenstar Bookstore for almost 30 years, I now teach and read out of my own space Beltane Studio in St. Paul.

Please join me for my Tarot 365 Session at the Women and Spirituality Conference, at Rochester, MN, on September 22-23, 2018.

Nell Morningstar
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Full Moon Blog for August

From Thought Catalog by Leena Sanders

There is a full moon in Pisces on August 26th, 2018. This is a very intense time as we have seven different planets in Retrograde, as well as have had three eclipses this year compared to two like we typically do. Not only do we have so much conjoining energies, but the sun during this full moon will be in the sign of Virgo.

When planets are in Retrograde it is said to be a time of going back and analyzing our life, which is also part of Virgo nature. Retrogrades are for reflection, it’s a time to really look at yourself and your life and make sure everything is how you want and need it to be. However, the energy that a full moon brings is energy pushing forward. Full moons are a time for change. This energy may seem conflicting, but not if you engage with it appropriately.

Now is a time to shed your layers. Get rid of absolutely everything that does not serve you and your greater good.

Now is a time for questioning every area of your life, especially your spirituality, relationships, creativity, and work.

This is a time where you are being asked to take a leap of faith, to welcome transitions, and to let go and allow things to fall into place.

What’s meant to stay, will. What’s meant to leave, will.

You are being called to your new chapter. You are being encouraged to fully mold into you who are truly meant to be. This is a time to set down your fear, your anxiety, the people who hold you back from your own evolution, and any belief system about yourself or your life that doesn’t serve you.

This is the prelude to your next chapter.

This moon is a time to ask yourself some questions:

  • Who am I?
  • Who do I want to be?
  • How can I be more open?
  • What do I need to release?
  • What’s holding me back?
  • What are some positive changes I can make to really step into my dream life?
  • How can I protect my space better, how can I create healthier boundaries?

This energy is intense, so be easy on yourself.

This is the time to become the person you want to be, to ask questions and receive answers, to be spiritually curious, to end and begin relationships from a wholehearted space, and to really reflect on the things you need and want in your space.

The Virgo nature will assist you on your quest to realization and the Pisces nature will help bring forth your truest visions for yourself, the Truth you need in your life.

Welcome to your next chapter, the beginning of the self you’ve been longing for. Welcome to the space of new knowledge, new answers, and new meaning. This is your next chapter.

Blessed be,

Nell

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Tarot Majors and the Kabbalah Class

Please join me in on Saturdays starting March 14, 2015, for 5 classes exploring the  Tarot Majors and the Kabbalah!

All the rich symbols and archetypes associated with the 22 trump cards will be discussed and correlated to the  Tree of Life as well as the paths and transformative changes in our own lives.

Both esoteric and practical day-to-day meanings will be explored.

Bring a tarot deck that you like, and note taking materials.

When? 5 sessions from 3 to 5:30 pm on Saturdays March 14, through Saturday April 18, skipping April 11.

How Much? $20 per session.

Pre-registration is required but no payment is required until class.

To register please  email me at Nell@BeltaneStudio.com, with your first name and phone number

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Creative Kickstart, Sun Feb 8

Dear Friends,

Please join me in early February for a Creative Kickstart!

Whether you are feeling burned out, overwhelmed, stuck in a rut, blocked, or just under productive, this workshop will tickle your motivation, sweep away the excuses and find the time, energy, and resources to reignite your creative life.

WHEN: Sunday, February 8, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
COST: $20
WHERE: Beltane Studio, 2500 University Ave W, Studio F-7, St. Paul, MN.

[Get directions via Google Maps]

If you have any questions about the Creative Kickstart, or if you would like to reserve a seat, please do not hesitate to email me at Nell@BeltaneStudio.com

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Tarot Minors Classes start March 15!

Tarot Classes Start March 15!

 

Dear Friends,

This spring I am offering my traditional set of Minors and Majors classes, as well as a new one-day class devoted to Tarot spreads, beginning with the Tarot Minors classes starting March 15!

I am looking forward to reconnecting with students from the past as well as meeting new ones.  I hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about the classes, or would like to reserve a seat, please do not hesitate to email me or check out my website for additional classes and workshops being offered this spring!

Nell Morningstar Ubbelohde

Tarot Minors

Basic Kabbalah and elemental knowledge presents the students with an understanding of the numbered cards of the suits and insight into how the meanings of each card were derived. Bring note taking materials and a tarot deck if you have one to the first class.

4 sessions – Saturdays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm beginning March 15  through April 12 (skipping March 29th).

$20 per class/$80

Email Nell to reserve a seat for the class!

Beltane Studio

2500 University Avenue West

Studio F-7

Saint Paul, MN 55114

(See a larger map and street view in Google Maps)

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Welcome!

Dear Friends,

Over the last few years I have been busy with finishing graduate school, sending my children off into the world, and changing careers. Between the closing of first, Evenstar Bookstore and then, Sacred Paths Center, I have not been teaching many classes, although I have continued to study and explore areas of interest to me including tarot, kabbalah, shamanism, spiritual and energy systems, myths and archetypes, and the creative process.

Now, I am reestablishing a more regular curriculum of tarot and other classes out of my studio space on University Avenue, a few blocks away from where Evenstar and Sacred Paths used to be located. I am excited to open this space up as a classroom, open studios and creative incubator through classes, workshops and other activities.

I am looking forward to reconnecting with students from the past as well as meeting new ones.

Nell Morningstar Ubbelohde