A couple years ago, a young woman named Gabby Petito had gone missing in the U.S.
It was a big news story here. People were obsessively following it online.
At the time, I was mentoring a few tarot students who were following the story, too.
They were particularly interested in seeing other tarot readers, psychics, and astrologers trying to crack the case through readings and divination on platforms like Instagram and TikTok.
“I find these videos really interesting to watch,” one student admitted. “But is it ethical to do readings like this?”
There is a history of psychics helping to solve crimes, but this practice has a controversial past and uneven results.
Psychic medium Kristy Robinett famously helped police in the cold case of Ashley Howley of Ohio, who was murdered in 2004. The story of Robinett’s assistance later became the subject of a documentary called Restless Souls, produced by the Discovery Channel.
This is one example of how helpful this...
The spiritual community at large (including the tarot community) often has a poor relationship with money.
This isn’t a blanket statement, of course: There are always different ends of the spectrum in any situation.
But having been working in this industry for years now, I’ve heard and seen enough critiques of money to know that this problem is pervasive and ongoing.
I’ve even seen some practitioners who are running businesses of their own complain about having to pay for someone else’s course, training, or book.
You’d think business people would want to support each other, right? Apparently, that’s not always the case.
But why does this matter, and why am I bringing it up in my tarot newsletter?
Because tarot readers’ attitudes towards money can influence those they seek to support.
Whether you read professionally or just for fun and practice, the reality is that the people you read cards for have financial concerns.
Your querents might...
If you've been following my blogs for a while, you might have noticed some big changes around here since 2020...
I used to write about astrology. A lot. Maybe you used to check in for new and full moon tarot spreads from me, or to learn about upcoming Mercury retrogrades...
But not anymore. Why?
I’ve been concerned about the impact of online content and social media on practices like astrology for some time now. As a result, I decided to re-evaluate my role and impact as an astrologer who also shares information online.
Until next time,
Please allow me to go on a little rant for a minute.
The spiritual industry has a problem with instant gratification.
I see it all the time in courses and workshops that lure you in with quick certifications, or that promise you spiritual attainment or mastery over a specific skill set in just a matter of days.
What am I talking about?
Beginner tarot programs that promise to give you the basics of tarot and teach you how to start charging for your readings…
Reiki classes that fast-track students through levels 1 and 2 within the span of a single weekend…
Priestess trainings in a matter of hours…
The list goes on.
Before I start to sound like a gatekeeper, I’ll say this: Taking a quick class or weekend workshop to get a taste of something is fine.
If you don’t have the time to commit to a longer training, or you’re not sure you’re ready to make a long-term commitment to a divination practice or spiritual path, there is nothing wrong...
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,...