Whether you’re an old hand or totally new to tarot, here’s our pick of the city’s most mystical events, just in time for Halloween. Put your cards on the table and find out what 2020 has in store for you…
Mysteries of the Tarot Revealed
Curious about cartomancy (card-based fortune telling)? Try this beginners’ tarot course at Helgi’s, a rock music-blaring bar on Mare Street that’s covered in psychedelic art. Each week, the instructor will touch on everything from high magick to Jungian philosophy and astrology, illuminating the history of the cards. You can drop in at any point and pick up some tarot tips. It’s only £5 a class, so your future doesn’t have to be cash-strapped.
Helgi’s. London Fields Overground. Wednesdays until Nov 20. £5.
Night of Tarot
Superstitious Victorian Londoners were fascinated by fortune telling. So there’s no better setting to get your cards read than Mr Fogg’s Gin Residence, a bar inspired by Jules Verne’s adventure novel ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, with big Chesterfield sofas, upturned tea chests for tables and penny farthings hanging from the ceiling. On Halloween night, the nineteenth-century ephemera will be joined by mystics and magicians. Look into your future and watch sleight of hand with a champagne cocktail in yours. This is New Age mysticism with a vintage feel.
Mr Fogg’s Gin Residence. Green Park tube. Thu Oct 31. Free entry, reserve table in advance.
Halloween at Brew Club: Exhibitions and Tarot Readings
Spend Halloween at craft beer hotspot Brew Club, which is filling its Clapton warehouse with enough bone-chilling artwork and tarot antics to leave even Mystic Meg hot under the collar. Grab a themed cocktail and get spooked by the work of sculptor Taryn O’Reilly, whose past creations have included severed tongue ornaments and oozing ceramic heads. Follow it up with a free tarot reading from ‘mysterious Claire’ to find out what the future holds.
Brew Club. Hackney Central Overground. Thu Oct 31. Free.
Tarot Reading Halloween Party
For a more laidback tarot session, follow the pack to Deptford High Street where The Job Centre is holding a tarot-themed Halloween night. Visit a local mystic, who’ll be dealing decks to see into your future. Proceeds will go to local charity Deptford Action Group for the Elderly, so you’ll earn yourself some good karma, even if you get a bad fortune.
The Job Centre. Deptford rail. Fri Nov 1. Free.
Tarot at the Museum
Move over, Professor Trelawney. Divination guru Clover Peake was taught tarot, palm reading and psychometry (object reading) by her Dublin grandmother Biddy Black, and really knows her shit. Peake has been performing psychic readings for over 20 years. You’ll find her huddled away in the eccentric Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, which along with shrunken heads, erotica, skulls and taxidermy has its own occult temple, The Gnostic Temple of Agape.
Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Cambridge Heath Overground. Nov 7 and Dec 5. £20.
Tarot: Readings of the Past, Present and Future
Head along to a candlelit tarot reading from fashion designer turned-fortune teller Fiongal Greenlaw. He turned to tarot to escape from the pressures of modern life and reckons half an hour with the cards can help you renew your sense of direction in life. If you want to come at tarot from its newfangled ‘wellness’ angle, this is the one.
House of Hackney. Shoreditch High St Overground. Nov 10 and Nov 17. £25.
Tarot for Absolute Beginners
Don’t know The Hermit from The Hanged Man? No sweat. This occult boutique bookshop puts on regular tarot courses so you can get to grips with your major and minor arcana. This session, concentrating on the minor or lesser secrets, is led by professional tarot reader Sue Terry, who’ll give you the low-down on the four suits of the tarot deck, its symbolism and how to perform readings. Bring your own deck of cards and strap in for four hours of fortune-telling fun. If you’d rather dive straight into your own divination, the shop also offers in-depth one-to-one tarot sessions with its crack team of readers.
Treadwell’s. Goodge St tube. Nov 30. £40. Readings daily at various times. £40-£70.
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