TABI’s annual conference is coming up, and this time it’s online! In the weeks leading up the conference, we will feature a short interview with each of the guest speakers. Getting excited? You can register right here!
TABI Conference Speaker Profiles: Andrea Aste
Which card would you choose to describe yourself, and why? (If it is deck-specific, which deck would it be from?)
The first card that comes to my mind is The Hermit. A restless seeker meandering in the wunderkammer of the world, amazed by its beauty and magic. My destination is the path. I am always walking, looking forward to discovering what is hiding behind that bend of the road ahead, gazing at the horizon wandering about the land that lies beyond… I have a curious mind, I simply like to explore life in its different aspects and elaborate what I experience in my artistic work. Thus far I lived in different cities (Buenos Aires, Paris, Turin, London…) creating new important friendships every time, sharing ideas, emotions and visions, and always learning something new.
When, how, and why did you start to use the tarot?
Tarot came into my life quite early. I was a little kid when the fascination began. My mother used to read tarot to friends and, sometimes, I was allowed to watch her. I was observing her in awe while on the table complicated spreads were taking their shape and stories started to slowly unfold, “whispered” (as she used to say) by those strange cards with their mysterious images. For me it was like witnessing a magic ritual and I was absolutely sure that she was a powerful sorcerer, she was our Morgan le Fay and magic was real! Not all her readings were so fascinating, occasionally she would ‘trick’ me using tarot to make me be good: “Tarot told me it is time for you to go to bed” or “Tarot told me you quarrelled with your brother again”, and so on… Tarot was alive and I am very grateful for the way she made my childhood very special. Now, more than ever, I treasure those memories and with all the decks I have created I am trying to capture that sense of mysticism, mystery and magic. This is the reason why my Tarot decks are always connected to fantasy worlds, story-telling, and modern technology. I do not want them to ‘just’ be a deck of cards, but something to experience, the door to an enchanted world.
Please give a short bio of yourself. You could include family, hobbies, work, pets, achievements, favourite food/movie/music, tarot… whatever you think is good to know about you!
I am a multimedia artist, using words and images to create my parallel world, quirky exhibitions, visionary theatre shows…and more, far more 🙂 Like an alchemist, I love to seclude myself in my laboratory and invent my magic. I do not use “Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog”, but colours, stories and animations… My cauldron is my computer, you know I am a modern warlock! 🙂 I am the author and creator of The Book of Shadows / The Lost Code of Tarot, the first deck presented as if it were a real archaeological discovery, with the aid of a mockumentary and a full book of alchemy, decoded in a series of fictional short stories telling the adventures of an Alchemist and the way he ‘invented’ the tarot. This year is a pivotal one for my creations: Oracolarium (the first Oracle deck whose cards comes to life with Augmented Reality animations, created with Neil Kelso) and The Tarot of Light and Shadows (the first double deck of Tarot, created with John Matthews) will be published! I am really excited about the year ahead.
Please give a short summary of what you are going to speak about at TABI’s Online Conference!
Tarot: Road to KnowHere.
Tarot is a special and powerful language we can use to access knowledge; to make our ideas clearer, to better understand ourselves and the world we live in with its complex systems of relations, to find inspiration, to communicate, to tell stories, etc, etc…
There are so many different uses and so many different decks, but too often we impose the same set of meanings to every deck. It is like applying the meaning of Mayan glyphs to Egyptian hieroglyphs… quite odd isn’t it? 🙂 Different decks can share similarities and have important differences (cultural, historical, visual), so why not reflect those differences in our readings?
In this unique online workshop I would like to give you a new set of instruments to approach Tarot reading, sharing some techniques I developed inspired by my university studies on philosophy of language and logic.
In an easy and intuitive way, with the help of images, we will analyse:
-the different elements that compose the meaning of Tarot cards
-the evolution of Tarot meaning through time
-some cards belonging to different decks, looking for differences and similarities and the way they alter the meaning
-we will see how to use the knowledge and techniques we have learnt to combine several cards in a reading.
During the workshop I will use different tarot decks: Visconti-Sforza, Marseille, Rider-Waite, and some modern ones. Feel free to gather your decks around you, the ones you like to experiment with. 🙂 Let’s have some fun together.