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: Maria Macontre
Which card would you choose to describe yourself, and why? (If it is deck-specific, which deck would it be from?)
I have asked Tarot to tell me what card would describe me best. The answer is: King of Swords (Money Tarot by Eugene Vinitsky). Depicted on this card is Denis of Portugal. He was a good administrator. During his reign he improved the economy of Portugal; he established the first university in Portugal and encouraged construction across the country.
This card pretty accurately describes my current state of mind and the functional stage in my personal and professional development as I am intently investing a lot of time and efforts in my self-development.
When, how, and why did you start to use the tarot?
I came across tarot for the first time about 30 years ago when I was at the Uni and my friend asked to accompany her on a tarot reading appointment. I was astonished at how accurately a reader described my friend’s situation including some details that she could not possibly know. At the time I felt shy and did not ask more about tarot. I had been drawn to tarot ever since, and every time I got yet another Masters’ I would buy a deck with an intent to learn how to use it only to give it away because other projects would take priority. It took me about 20 years to get to learning tarot.
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 Russian by birth. While at the Uni I worked part- time as a translator and interpreter. At that time I withdrew my membership in Komsomol (the Young Communist League) and turned down a career in KGB.
I have a full set of Masters’: MA in English, MSc in Construction Management and Master of Laws.
I am specialising in Contracts Law and have a corporate career in Contracts Management. I have worked on projects ranging from the Arctic Circle to Egyptian deserts, from the Sakhalin Island to Iraq. Contracts Management is still my primary profession.
About seven years ago I started applying tarot as an analytical tool in my work to get ‘insider’ information. Currently I divide my time between my corporate career and providing tarot consultations. I assist my international clients to solve their problems at work and in personal life.
I am one of 40 certified teachers of Personality Portrait in the world.
I write for ‘Tarot Chronicles’ (a Russian specialist tarot magazine) and I conduct master classes and workshops on tarot in Russia.
I am not a party animal, and I would always prefer reading a good book to any party. I am currently reading ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini.
I am lucky to have a loving understanding husband who unequivocally supports all my projects. He is also the first one to test-drive all new methods and techniques that I learn.
Please give a short summary of what you are going to speak about atTABI’s Online Conference!
The topic of the workshop is ‘Personality Portrait: reading Tarot without touching a deck’
Date of birth is one of the very few things in life that we cannot alter. When we substitute the numbers in a date of birth by corresponding Major Arcana, we can see tarot and numerical image of a personality. This is an immensely powerful tool that helps to uncover person’s capabilities and talents; see stumbling blocks to individual’s creative potential.
Personality Portrait shows which energies would help us succeed, and which energies let us down (and what we can do about it). What professional areas may be most favourable for an individual to fulfill oneself, be creative and financially successful. Personality Portrait also shows what type of partner is preferable for a person depending on type of relationship.
During the workshop I will show how to calculate the Base Portrait (the ‘pot’) and all participants will have a go at analysing their own Base Portraits.