One of the most common questions I get from other tarot readers is, “Do you read reversals?”
It comes up whenever I teach a class, whether it’s to a group of beginners or advanced readers.
(And for anyone not familiar with reversals, it’s when a card is upside down in a reading.)
I don’t read reversals – but I used to. I picked up the technique when I was studying tarot, and used it regularly by the time I started reading tarot professionally.
But I gradually stopped reading reversals.
Why? It’s not because they don’t work – they do (if you’re clear and consistent in how you’re using them).
The reason reversals dropped out of my tarot practice is that I just didn’t need them anymore. I had started to develop new styles of card reading and the way I was working with tarot didn’t require reversals anymore.
I started to see that the way I was looking at a reversed card – whether it was a challenge,...
Whenever there’s change in the air, such as talk of important astrological transits, it’s normal to wonder: “How will this affect me?”
We often turn to tarot, astrology and other divinations to predict what’s around the corner. It’s not unusual to worry about whether you are making the wrong decision, or to worry about where your future is headed.
I find that whether you’re clear on your own direction, or you’re still trying to figure out your life’s path, uncertainty will always be a companion to some degree.
One of the main reasons why we turn to divinatory tools like tarot and astrology is because we want certainty, clarity and confidence in what we are doing.
Knowing how things will turn out can help alleviate some of the stress of the unknown.
After all, wouldn’t you go ahead and head back to school, start that business, or write that book if you knew for sure that you would be successful?
It would also be so much...
Should spiritual leaders “get political”?
Should your favourite tarot reader, astrologer, or witch share their political views on their platforms?
Some people believe the two should be kept separate.
But it’s not always so easy to figure out where the lines can be drawn – and whether they should be drawn in the first place.
I mean, what is considered “political” anyway?
I’m not just talking about elections and political parties – that’s just one part of it.
Sometimes I think that everything is political. Maybe that comes from living in a woman’s body: From day one, my appearance, my choices, and my lifestyle have been politicized no matter what I do.
But then I challenge my own belief on that when I encounter an opinion on what is political that I hadn’t considered before. Like what we’ve seen this year in regards to the pandemic.
Suddenly, hygienic practices are seen as political. Some people see masks,...
In the spiritual and self-help worlds, we often hear encouraging words to strive for more, to change for the better, to edit out our messes and flaws...
But – and this is a big BUT… it’s important to remember that not everything needs fixing.
And not everything is a teachable moment in the cult of self-improvement.
I had to remind myself of this the other day.
I was out at a store. I saw something I wanted to buy for myself: It was something that I very much wanted, but did not need.
And as I picked that item up off the shelf, a very clear thought went through my head: “I really should work on buying myself fewer things.”
And then I followed that up with a big why: “Why should I stop, when it makes me happy?”
Why is it a problem – or perceived as one?
There is a major tendency to pathologize our behaviours these days. To self-analyze, and over-analyze. To self-diagnose ourselves as problematic.
To decide that everything about...
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...
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...
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!)
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...
“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...