I didn’t have a chance to go to the session Carrie Paris ran at BATS, but I heard it was great. I’ve heard her present before, and have been very impressed. No surprise, as she is one of the first people to ever receive a Masters in the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination from the University of Kent, UK, is creator of the Magpie Oracle, and co-creator of the Lenormand Revolution deck. This woman knows her stuff! And, she’s really nice.
I had a chance to ask her to do a little predicting about what BATS might look like in 2025 and I loved her response:
BATS in 2025 is an irresistible sight as she has reinvented herself. The outstretch of her wings is no longer limited to one area— she now reaches far and wide. You may wonder how this can be. It’s simple really. Attendees will be given the option to attend the Symposium in person or via BATS outstanding live webinar platform where all presentations are streamed to a group of eager global participants. Where tarot was once the foundation of BATS, divination, in all its forms, now serves as the conferences umbrella, but this is not all. Participants will also have the option to attend what’s known as the Extended Experience— a series of launch classes that don’t end when the conference is over. Instead they serve as an introduction to each presenter’s continued curriculum that extends throughout the year. Students of the Extend Experience will have the option to meet quarterly to practice their divinatory art. These satellite gatherings, also referred to as Mini BATS, build magical communities and therefore re-enchant the world.
The idea of using technology to let people who can’t otherwise be there in person is great! I also think the Extended Experiance is a good idea and would eagerly sign up for something like that. Just think about it – you spend the year doing full moon readings with people all over the world under the direction of someone like Ms. Paris. Or, you join a support network for people creating their own decks with a mentor like Holly deFount or James Wanless. Or you commit to reading with a very old and traditional deck exclusively for a year and exchange ideas and notes with others in preparation for a future BATS session. Perhaps I’m a giant tarot nerd, but that sounds like so much fun!