Nancy Antenucci of Between The Worlds LLC (www.betweenworlds.us) is a seasoned tarot reader as well as a teacher and negotiator of creative thinking. Her book “Psychic Tarot – Using Your Natural Abilities to Read the Cards” is a compilation of 25 years of her work. She founded Twin Cities Tarot Collective which produces a successful, annual tarot conference – The North Star, an innovative monthly Meetup and training for readers. For the last 10 years she has served on the creative teams as a presenter, staff, reader and performer of other Tarot conferences such as New York’s Readers Studio and California’s Bay Area Tarot Symposium. She is currently branching into creative strategizing for start ups and mid sized businesses such as the Plaid Penguin based in North Carolina.
A living tarot oracle
North Star Muse: As co-director of Theater and Ritual for the Reader's Studio each spring in Manhattan, what are you planning to engage in this upcoming year? How does this resonate with and branch out from how you've incorporated theater and ritual with tarot at past Reader's Studios?
Nancy: I have hung up my crown as co-director at Readers Studio. I learned the most amazing things there trying new ideas out in front of one of the most appreciative and knowledgeable audiences a girl could ever have. I move deeper within as others shine brightly at RS.
I have great memories but my favorite was embodying the May Queen for very nervous newcomers to RS during a late night initiation ritual.
I am now working on surfacing a way to embody the essence of Tarot. I’m still kind of in the mad scientist stage. It takes a lot of alone time in a studio. I go religiously every Wed afternoon and do a number of things to see what manifests. I have always loved the world of Tarot. I am now bringing my body there. I think it goes far beyond the cards.
I will be leading some Major Arcana embodiment training for Julia Hesse’s Living Tarot Oracle project this Spring in Portland. I also have my own form and structure of the Major Arcana as portals that will hopefully be posted online in 2017 . God knows our world could use mystery and magic that creates effective change.
Learning to be human
North Star Muse: One of the reasons you thoughtfully provide to get a tarot reading with you, on your website, is "to break up a chronic problem or pattern." How much of the readings that are given with this end goal in mind rely on practical advice, inspiration from your experiences with theater and ritual, and intuition?
Nancy: I firmly believe that we are spirits having a human experience. We aren’t here to learn how to be spirits – we are here to learn how to be human. We incarnated into this one of a kind form. The essence of theater and ritual for me is the same. It is the exploration of an incarnation and expression of a particular form. We will never be here again…or this again.
Spirit has no baggage while human beings inherit centuries of patterns of behaviors and beliefs of our own self worth. Most of us before the age of 11 have learned ineffective ways to either be truly loved or to love. Add to this mix that the game is rigged - gravity, taxes, death and neighbors. Hearing one’s own spirit can get lost or buried under all of this weight.
I witness one’s spirit as best as I can. This listening has evolved into a structure of having one enter their House of Soul and speak to their various psyche selves.…the daughter, the lover, the high priestess, the assassin, the addict, etc. These are such strong energies that I perceive them as various actors. “They” can’t really talk to me but they can point to a picture or send me images. It is a sacred theater that happens within an inner landscape.
I sometimes can’t believe what I get to do for my work. It is such an honor to see and support people connect to their true source of love. The imagery of Tarot helps me see the patterns, the pain, the old beliefs that need to be addressed.
Naming, claiming, and other muses
North Star Muse: Who or what inspires you to create (theater and ritual, tarot, spiritual mentoring, or what helped you complete "The Psychic Tarot Book")?
Nancy: First and foremost, I really love Earth. I mean I have a total thing about Her. She is always muse. I think she kind of likes me too.
I truly love to discover new ways to name and claim things. I love the pattern that is underneath the pattern. The only thing I like better than doing this process is sharing it with anyone who could use it as well.
I had great hesitation in writing my book since I really didn’t think I had anything to add to the number of books out in the world already. I am grateful for my co-writer Melanie Howard. She was my student at the time. We kept each other going with lots of good Vietnamese food and laughing. Also I knew deep inside that the book would fly to the one person that really needed it.
I secretly believe Ellen Lorenzi-Prince to be my human muse. I learn continually from Tarot of the Crone and the Dark Goddess Tarot.
I’m about to embark on my next book which will be more about Creativity Spirituality. As you can tell, I’ve got a number of theories.
Dog walking as creative divination
North Star Muse: I define creative divination as inspiration via tarot, dreams, tea leaf readings, symbols and such, that ignites one to think, act, or create in a way that promotes contentment. That zen moment may be found in writing a new blog or poem, composing a new song, choreographing a new dance, or the revision of or return to an every day task. What is one way you find creative divination, and how do you think others can experience something like it for themselves?
Nancy: Walking my dog. It is the best. She does her business and I slow down and talk to trees.
I would highly recommend “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. It’s an oldie but a goodie in terms of excavating a true flow of creativity.
And don’t behave.
How does the Earth inspire you?
Please let me know what gives you inspiration, as spring awaits around the corner.