A trumpet blew loud,
Like a call from a cloud,
And Billy awoke with a start!
He looked overhead,
Then under his bed,
In search of the source of the blast.
I see the Judgment card, what about you? The narrative of the poem follows Billy, a young boy who awakens with an aspiration, cannot fulfill it at home, and so journeys outdoors in search of what he’s looking for. Won’t give away what it is he’s looking for. It’s cute, though.
In crafting this course, I started with the objective to teach copyrights to a fellow lawyer who might not have work experience in copyright law. What do I think would be everything a lawyer needs to know about copyright basics? That’s what I got down in reference text form first.
Then I went back in and made sure it was written in plain English so anyone would be able to read and understand the text. Finally, I applied the principles specifically to what a tarot reader should know.
Within the scope of my day job, I’m a lawyer who has represented individual artists on copyright claims against companies such as Warner Brothers and Estee Lauder, and prevailed in the artists’ favor. I’ve reviewed publishing contracts for writers entering into deals with the major mainstream publishing houses (and also the boutique metaphysical publishers). Finally, as an in-house attorney, I frequently encounter and have to resolve copyright issues, whether that’s licensing or sending out C&Ds, or its negotiating a work-for-hire or collaboration.
In addition to being an intellectual property attorney, I’m also a professional tarot reader, have written and published a tarot book, and worked on publishing tarot decks as well. I’ve also worked with many individuals in the tarot field on their copyright matters. So I think I’m in a unique position to be teaching tarot and copyright law.
By the end of this course, I believe you will know more about U.S. copyright law, how the Berne Convention applies, and basic duration differences between the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia than the average lawyer who isn’t experienced in copyright law. And so that means you’ll definitely know more than your average joe about copyrights.
If you’re a professional tarot reader, get this course to make sure you’ve been covering all your bases in terms of copyright, making sure you’re not infringing on people’s copyrights, how to spot copyright infringement, and copyright infringement defenses, including how to determine what is fair use and what’s in the public domain.
I’m writing this post mostly for my own benefit because I get the question asked so often and I’m kind of getting to the point of laziness where I dread typing and rehashing out my answer. Now in the future I can link to this post.
Everything I share….everything…is set with the intention, the hope, and aspiration that if you’ve found it, resonate with it even when it’s not your culture or even anywhere close to what ordinarily enters your personal path and craft, that you will nonetheless feel an untainted, anxiety-free freedom to integrate it into your path.
The Money Tarot pulls art from actual bills of currency around the world and superimposes actual money art onto the tarot deck structure. The accompanying little white booklets–and there are two of them–tell you the bill that each tarot card image comes from. Also, loving the reversible card backs.
In Episode #29 of “Bell Chimes In,” I talk about the Saturn Return. I also make reference to the Decisive Age and how it may relate to your Saturn Return. (What is a Decisive Age? Find out more here.)
A Saturn Return is a period of time, typically within a year, when the transiting or present Saturn’s positioning is at the same degree in the same zodiac sign as it was in at the moment of your birth. In other words, if Saturn was positioned at 3° in Capricorn when you were born, and currently Saturn is at 3° in Capricorn, then you, my friend, are in the throes of one of your Saturn Returns. Typically, there are three: the First Saturn Return, the Second Saturn Return, and your Third Saturn Return.
For the general population (there are a few astrological exceptions, which I get into in the video), Saturn can create a large weight or obstacle that holds you back. People cross a major threshold in their lives during a Saturn Return. You’ll hear astrologers talk about the First Saturn Return as a coming-of-age, when the process of growth may be difficult, but is the necessary rite of passage that must be crossed in every person’s life path.