Is This Yours, Or Mine?

growth self-help May 11, 2020

 

 

I was feeling a little bit sad recently. 

The sadness didn’t come from anything specific – it was just there when I woke up one morning.

So I asked it what it wanted, and the sadness told me it wanted to take its time. To not be rushed away or brushed off to the side, which is so easy to do with work or chores or other tasks.

I decided to listen. There have been many times in my life when I have not honoured my feelings, and those are hard lessons that I continue to work through. Some of those moments are wounds that are still healing. They come in the form of tiredness and resentment and burnout that flare up when I have taken on too much or ignored myself too long.

When I was a kid, my mother was so afraid to call in sick to work that she never did. She was afraid of losing face, or being seen as unreliable or being judged as flakey. She came from a different generation where you sucked it up and went in no matter what.

And because she never took...

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How To Transition Your Tarot Business Online

tarot business May 05, 2020
 

Do you need to move your tarot business from in-person to online? Here are some tips to help you get going. 

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When the Earth begins to speak

Last week, I had a dream.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a brief mention of it there.

I am sharing it here today, and elaborating on some thoughts I’ve had since.

Before I get into it, let me say that I acknowledge that there is a lot of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty in the world right now.

I am going to be speaking truthfully here. I know you don’t come to me for the “good vibes only, love and light” stuff.

But I also know that many of us are tender right now. Tired, worried, and burned out from checking the news all the time.

So if you need a break, bow out now. You can always come back to this later.

Here’s what I have to share today:

I have had a long relationship with the dream world and believe that when you are called to something in a dream, you need to pay attention and act upon it as best you can.

Last week I had such a dream and was asked to deliver a message.

The Earth spoke to me in my dream.

And She was pissed...

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How to Stay Healthy as a Tarot Reader

 

Staying healthy as a tarot reader can be tricky, especially if you do a lot of in-person work at parties, events, or one-on-one.

A lot of us readers are often working in public spaces like stores, coffee shops or fairs.

Here's what I do to stay healthy when I'm working out in the public.

(Note that I am not a health professional and can only speak to what works for me. ALSO - follow local health guidelines during Covid!)

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You Don't Have To Work With Every Lunation

Is it just me, or is everyone talking about lunar cycles these days?

Over the past couple of years, it seems like every mailing list I’m on and every Instagram account I follow has started doing posts for every new and full moon.

I think it’s awesome that so many people are starting to synch up their lives with nature’s rhythms, which the moon is part of.

I’ve been working with lunar cycles since the mid `90s and I know how powerful they can be. 

For me, following the Moon is a spiritual practice. And like anything else, when the popularity of a practice rises, information can get diluted, confused and distorted.

Especially these days when there is so much pressure to have something new to post on social media. Or when there is already so much to do, keep up with and talk about.

When we’re rushing through our daily lives, our spiritual practices can be affected.

When you start working with the cycles of the moon, one of the first things you...

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The questions you ask in a tarot reading matter. Here’s why.

“Asking the right question can change your life.”
- Wald Amberstone

Think about that quote from Wald Amberstone for a second. We’ll come back to it.

When people first come to me for a reading, I always ask them if they have a question, or a topic they’d like to focus on.

“Should I tell you what it is?” People often ask.

“Of course!” I say. Being clear about what someone wants to know helps me to deliver a clear, relevant reading. It also helps me to ensure you get the most out of the experience.

But this is also where communication can become a challenge for tarot readers, astrologers, and other folks who are doing this kind of work.

Not everyone is willing to put a question on the table – even if they have one. I think part of this comes from still viewing tarot as a parlor trick. People want to test the reader to see how good they are, which can turn the reading into a guessing game.

But why waste your time and money...

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Five Ways to Read a Court Card

Are you struggling to connect with the court cards? You’re not alone. They are some of the hardest tarot cards to interpret.

But once you start to click with them, you’ll see how layered their messages can be.

“What are the court cards supposed to be, anyway?” A student asked in a tarot workshop I ran earlier this year.

The truth is, they can be many things, just like any other card in the tarot.

Here are five different ways to look at a court card. I hope some of these inspire you to see the courts in a new way:

1. Read the court cards as people. Traditionally, this has been a standard interpretation for the courts, and it’s completely valid. We are constantly engaging with other people. One thing I do stress, however, is that the courts are not necessarily tied to gender and appearance.  Instead, look at the cards for the energies they bring.

2. Read the court cards as aspects of yourself. We all have different sides of who we are. We all...

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Do You Need To Be Certified to Read Tarot?

So you want to learn tarot – great! Personally, I think everyone can benefit from learning how to work with the cards, or from exploring other divinatory systems. It all leads to deeper self-awareness and unexpected awakenings.

As an aspiring reader, you might be wondering if taking a tarot workshop or course will be a good investment.

The short answer is: Yes. Taking tarot classes with the right teacher can absolutely improve your skills. 

But do you need to take a tarot certification program specifically? My short answer on that is NO.

Here's why:

There are a lot of options out there to help you learn. But like anything, it’s smart to know who’s teaching the class, and what they’re promising you’ll get from it.

There is no one, true governing body for the tarot world. Unlike academic institutions that can create standards and processes, tarot is different. This is work that has been handed down through the centuries. It’s intuitive,...

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Building a start-up tarot business: What to expect in your first year

tarot business Nov 18, 2016

I’ve been reading tarot since 2008, but it took me a long, long time to realize I wanted to build a tarot business.

In fact, when I first got into tarot, I never had the intention of doing this professionally. I was so focused on my writing career that I just never imagined that life might have something different in store for me.

Since going full-time with my business, I’ve had a lot of questions from other folks are curious about to expect if they do the same. Some of you may even already have taken the leap, and are wondering if you’re “where you should be” at this point.

So I’ve put together some of my key learnings here. I should note that tarot isn’t my first foray into self-employment. My first entrepreneurial plunge came as a freelance writer and journalist when I was in my twenties.

There have been parallels between the two for sure, and you might even find that the tips I share here are relevant to you even if you’re not...

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Building a start-up tarot business: What to expect in your first year

tarot business Nov 18, 2016

I’ve been reading tarot since 2008, but it took me a long, long time to realize I wanted to build a tarot business.

In fact, when I first got into tarot, I never had the intention of doing this professionally. I was so focused on my writing career that I just never imagined that life might have something different in store for me.

Since going full-time with my business, I’ve had a lot of questions from other folks are curious about to expect if they do the same. Some of you may even already have taken the leap, and are wondering if you’re “where you should be” at this point.

So I’ve put together some of my key learnings here. I should note that tarot isn’t my first foray into self-employment. My first entrepreneurial plunge came as a freelance writer and journalist when I was in my twenties.

There have been parallels between the two for sure, and you might even find that the tips I share here are relevant to you even if you’re not...

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