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Some new moms might relate to the housewives tarot deck.

Online tarot class targets new moms


For many women, new motherhood – albeit joyous – is a daunting and exhausting new role. Lots of people want to give novice moms advice, and yet most of these good-intentioned suggestions aren't valuable because every mom has to figure out parenting for themselves.

Like so many aspects of life, no two moms are alike.

Honing and trusting one's intuition can help a lot of new moms feel more confident about themselves and their relationship with their baby. With this in mind, Theresa Reed developed an online course called "Tarot for Brand New Moms."

The class is a three-part, live, virtual workshop. Each session is 60 minutes and includes the opportunity for moms to ask specific-to-their-situation questions. The class dates are Monday, Feb. 20, Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Monday, Feb. 27. All begin at noon.

If moms cannot make the classes live, they can listen to the recordings at their leisure via a link that will get e-mailed to them.

"As a mom-to-be or current mama, your life is riddled with life-altering dates, dramatic physical and energetic changes and daily decisions that continually shape your family's destiny," says Reed. "Tarot can ground and anchor you in your intuitive wisdom, empowering you to make the best possible choices for yourself, your partner and your kidlets."

Reed says the mission of the class is to teach moms how to raise emotional intelligence, parent consciously and actually choose ideal dates for conception and birth. Imparting tarot confidence is also part of her teaching goal, as is making tarot an accessible, down-to-earth experience.

"I have found tarot to be one of the best tools to navigate through life's ups and downs," says Reed. "Many people feel they aren't 'gifted' enough to work with tarot. I'm here to dispel that notion."

Students will receive an mp3 of each workshop, an audio transcription, a 15-minute one-on-one reading with Reed, a companion workbook of tarot exercises designed for mothers, a list of recommended tarot decks and three bonus interviews with three other tarot experts.

The workshop costs $195, or three payments of $65 can be made if preferred. The class is limited to 25 moms. Mothers of kids of all ages are invited, not just new moms. And dads are invited to attend as well.

"That is the beauty of a digital classroom: there are students from all over who have wanted to work with me and now they have their chance. I love teaching tarot. It's a wonderful self-development tool and great fun," says Reed.

Tarot can be approached as a game if a person wants a lighter experience. According to Reed, tarot cards were, originally, a game.

Reed, who lives in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, has been reading tarot cards for 30 years. This is her first series of digital online classes but she created e-writings in the past such as "How To Create A Sustainable Tarot Business" and "Social Media For Tarot Readers." Reed is an avid social media user both on Facebook and Twitter.

"My teaching style is direct, simple, interactive and clear," says Reed. "No complicated systems to learn, no cryptic rituals – this is tarot for real people with real lives."

Talkbacks

littletinyfish | Feb. 16, 2012 at 11:12 a.m. (report)

While I can't say I believe any of the mystical nonsense behind Tarot, as a game it can be fun and provide new connections to problem solving issues in your life. The card illustrations are always pretty badass, too.

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btjx | Feb. 15, 2012 at 8:54 p.m. (report)

How disappointing, that new Moms presented with one of the real world's great joys would be encouraged to retreat into a world of mystical woo. I hope no serious queries are being taken by Ms. Reed, and if a new Mom asks something serious about her baby's health or welfare that Ms. Reed has the decency to direct her to genuine resources. Since the article didn't say it, let me say it here in the talkback- all Tarot experiences are "light". Tarot reading is fake. Please, please, get answers about your baby from qualified professionals.

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simplemom | Feb. 15, 2012 at 4:01 p.m. (report)

I would rather find a place to get have a tarot reading / my palms read or physic reading.

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milwmom | Feb. 15, 2012 at 3:13 p.m. (report)

Seems like a weird demographic - How many new moms have 60 minute sessions open in their day? I'd skip the tarot, learn from my baby directly (which will happen naturally) and take a nap.

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