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Tarot Readings with the Fenestra Tarot Deck!

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My tarot and oracle deck collection has been growing every week ever since I decided to set aside my trusty Original Rider-Waite Tarot Deck of over 10 years to explore the world of tarot deck art.  My collection has been expanding at a rather healthy rate for the last decade, and I’m still finding more and more decks to add to my list of future buys.  (For fellow tarot readers, it’s a Devil card moment, I know.) If you have been following over the course of the past month, I have introduced a few of my recently acquired decks, including the Dreaming Way Tarot Deck, the Tarot of Jane Austen, the Psychic Tarot Deck, and the Hansen-Roberts Tarot Deck (why did I wait so long?).  I will be following up with some tarot deck reviews of each of these and more in the coming weeks, as these have all been in my regular tarot reading rotation this past month, and I’ve had exciting revelations through my readings using each of these decks.

Today, I’m happy to introduce my newest deck, the Fenestra Tarot Deck by Chatriya, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.  As a traditional Rider-Waite tarot reader for many years, I’m always drawn to the various ways each tarot artist is able to capture and expand upon each of the original tarot images of Pamela Coleman Smith.  And the Fenestra Tarot Deck translates the Rider-Waite images into very warm colors, and exquisite details.  I’ve included a photo of the first spread casted with this deck in accordance with my personal traditions.  I will post a full review on this deck shortly.  For now, I just wanted to introduce this new deck in my tarot reading rotation.  If you would like  a reading using the Fenestra Tarot Deck, just let me know when you place your tarot reading order!

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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Enjoying the “Summer” slump and another new tarot deck for my readings

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I’m getting a late start on tarot readings by e-mail this morning. The weather has been gorgeous these past several days, now that summer is really starting to kick in.  Since my new pocket-sized Thoth Tarot Deck wasn’t arriving until this afternoon, I convinced Cole to take Mr. Kate Madison and I for a sail early this morning.  What a fine skipper he is becoming! It even brought Mr. Madison out of his “it’s too early in the morning” slump which was when I caught him in the photo above (right).

In other news, I finally received my pocket-sized Thoth tarot deck, which I cannot wait to use after it has been cleansed and prepared! My older Thoth Decks have been sitting on the shelves for years, unused, due to their large size. I read better and find that I get better accuracy and results with smaller sized decks that I can more easily shuffle with my smaller than average hands. However, when I read for clients in person, I find that the larger decks are easier for clients to see while I’m giving their readings.  One thing that I love about e-mail readings is that I can use smaller decks and I can include clear images of each individual card in their reading so that the clients can follow along.  That said, I plan to obtain smaller versions of my favorite decks for reading purposes, and use the larger ones for personal meditation. The other day, I stumbled upon my Thoth tarot deck laying there on the shelf, practically unused, and the images were just so incredibly compelling that I felt the urge to bring it back into my regular reading deck rotation. Hence, the pocket-sized Thoth tarot deck, which, as you’ve probably guessed, I’m quite excited about!

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

My experience as a tarot reader on Fiverr.

Well, it’s official – I’m finally a level 2 tarot reader on Fiverr! *throws confetti over my tarot deck collection* I expect some eye rolling from some of the Fiverr veterans, who have been at this for a while now, but this really is a milestone for me and my tarot reading service. You see, while I’ve been reading the tarot for more years than I can count with all of my fingers and toes, I just recently made the decision to take my tarot reading services online. Tarot reading services have been offered online for many years, and I have seen my of my colleagues offer their services online quite successfully. However, I was always a bit reluctant to stray from the direct and in-person reading style that I was taught, that I had spent most of my life practicing, and that has brought me some of the most meaningful and rewarding experiences I’ve encountered.  My father first introduced me not only to the tarot, but also the teachings and the ways of life contained within each of the 78 cards in the tarot.  And over the years, I learned to understand, teach, and read the tarot to others as a spiritual journey, a walk and a discussion with the universe, and a gentle guide for us in our life paths.  My tarot readings have always been “full” readings, because the tarot, to me, and each spread that I cast, whether it is a 1-card spread or a 13+ card spread, contains meanings, messages, and guidance that are whole and complete for that moment in time.  With that perspective, I’ve always offered my services with “full” and “complete” readings and at flat rates.  Because, how could I withhold these amazing messages because someone can’t afford additional time? And how could I address their concerns any less than what the universe has for them? For many years, I just couldn’t imagine taking my tarot reading services online.  I’ve seen others do it, and quite wonderfully, but for me, it was an unknown path and I needed it to work with my personal comfort level and beliefs about delivering through the tarot.

I knew that I didn’t quite feel comfortable charging people for the time it takes for me to meditate, shuffle, and prepare the cards. And I also didn’t quite feel comfortable with sporadic 1-2 minute question-answer style of telephone readings. From my experience, each reading is just too unique, as is each message that the cards convey. I read the spread as a whole, I feel the flow of the energies, the dynamics within the spread, the momentum, and I just don’t know any other way to read the cards. 

So when I finally decided to dip my toes into the online reading world, I decided to offer tarot readings by e-mail.  That way, I could offer a flat fee and I could provide readings the only way that I knew how – full and complete readings. I’d been reading within my community for years, but I was a fresh face in the online community. With that in mind, my goal was to share my services with as many as possible, tweak what works for online readings, what doesn’t, and get a sense for how I could best serve the online tarot community as a whole.

With that in mind, I found Fiverr, an online marketplace where everything is only $5. It’s been two months since I first launched my tarot reading gig, and I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience.  My clients have been wonderful, and the community has been rather friendly and it’s a young and lively group.  And because I send my reading reports in writing for $5, I don’t have to worry about my clients getting away without getting the full and complete reading.  And because I’ve been incredibly blessed in my life to be able to offer my time and services without personal financial repercussions, I don’t feel pressed to limit my time for each reading, or to fill any order quotas.  It takes me at least an hour, and sometimes up to 3.5 hours to prepare each reading from start to finish, but the satisfaction that I get from my clients, and the personal fulfillment, has been well worth it! *throws more confetti*

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Just how much should you reveal to a tarot reader?

Fortune teller Albert Anker 1880

“But…isn’t that the ending from last week’s episode of Downton Abbey?”

People often approach tarot readers with a bit of suspicion, and so they try to give as little info as they can during a reading. Because the tarot reader should be able to see it in the cards without relying on additional information, shouldn’t they?

This is the result of the sad reality that there are many dishonest, or untrained readers, and clients are often faced with the daunting task of determining whether they are receiving an honest, competent reading. Many clients believe that if they tell the reader as little as possible, they can determine whether the reader is providing an honest and accurate reading based on the cards, or whether they are given a rehashed version of what the client just told them plus whatever Carrie was up to on Sex and the City the night before (and perhaps sprinkled with a bit of Dr. Phil and Oprah).

The truth is, how much information, insight, detail, accuracy you receive is often based on how much accurate, detailed, honest information you provide to the reader. That is not to say that with only your question, a tarot reader will have very little to provide to you. However, it does mean that with additional information, your reading will be that much more precise, on point, and clear. I often provide a great deal of information to my clients based solely on one question and perhaps a sentence or two. For an e-mail reading, that’s usually all I get to work with, but I may need to pull additional cards to clarify what I see, which means that the reading will take longer for me to prepare, and the resulting information may not be as detailed and precise as I would prefer (but I am an absolute perfectionist, so I enjoy giving my clients every juicy bit of what I see).

So really, this is a double-edged sword (am I using this right? ugh.) because to have the best reading, you should ideally give more information to your reader than just a name and a 3-word question, but if the reader is dishonest, they may be handing you information solely based on what you’ve just told them.

My advice is this:

1. Listen to your gut.

First, if you don’t feel you can trust your tarot reader, if somehow something about the reader doesn’t sit well with your gut instincts, then listen to your gut and seek another reader. Ask friends or family for a referral, or contact prospective readers with some of your concerns, get a feel for how they communicate, how they read, and their style of reading before you request a reading. No two readers and alike, and you will find that each reader has their own style.

2. Allow your tarot reader to work with you.

Once you’ve found a reader that you feel comfortable working with, go into the reading with an open mind, and give the tarot reader some general information, provide some context to your question, and let the tarot reader go from there. Based on the cards, they may guide you through with what they see, and allow them to work with you on your reading. By doing that, you’ll get back much, much more.

3. Know that you are the ultimately in control of your reading.

And always, if you don’t feel comfortable telling your reader about something, don’t feel as though you must! And on a related note, do not ever allow a reader to pressure you with scare tactics! (I will discuss scare tactics in more detail in a future post.) This is your reading and your communication with your reader will allow your reading to be informative without breaking your comfort zone.

If you would like to know more about my tarot reading style, and the services that I provide, just send me a note through facebook! Or better yet, try out a full e-mail reading from me for only $5, exclusively at: http://www.fiverr.com/nineofpentacles/

 

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Does the Death card mean that someone will die?

Whether or not you’ve had a tarot reading, chances are that you have heard a thing or two about the tarot.  In my next few posts, I’m going to discuss a few myths about tarot readings that I’ve heard over the years from friends and clients. I’m only covering one of them today, so if there’s anything that you’ve heard about tarot readings that you’d like me to discuss in a future post, just leave me a comment or a message. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Myth #1: Getting the Death card in your tarot spread means that somebody is going to die.

This is the Death tarot card from my Robin Wood tarot deck. One of my all-time favorite decks.

This is the Death tarot card from my Robin Wood tarot deck.

This is absolutely not true and it’s one that I hear about often. Most people tell me that their first impressions about the tarot were gathered from movies or television shows. The character usually walks into a seedy looking shop in the sketchy part of town and finds the tarot reader seated in a dimly lit room. As the tarot reader casts the spread, we see the ominous Death card, and the character finds out that he is about to die. It’s dramatic, and that’s why it happens so much in films.

However, in real life, the Death card, like all 77 other cards of the tarot, is an image containing various symbolism that collectively represent an infinite number of meanings depending on each particular situation. This card, like the rest of the tarot deck, has almost an infinite number of possibilities. I recently pulled the Death card for a client who wanted to know how her career would change over the next 12 months. When I asked the tarot to tell me what she most feared about her situation, the tarot showed us the Death card. I asked her whether she most feared that her business would go under and that she would need to start all over again, possibly in a different field of work, and she said yes. So there’s one example of the ominous Death card in action.

And if you still can’t shake the thought of meeting the Death card anytime soon, ask your tarot reader if they could use a gentler deck. Most serious tarot readers own more than one deck and will gladly read with whatever makes the client feel more at ease.

For my readings, I offer at least 4 different decks at any given time: the Rider Waite (the classic tarot deck), the Dreaming Way tarot deck (lively, optimistic, and gentle images), the Golden tarot deck (classic renaissance art with beautiful gold foil), and the Robin Wood deck (beautiful, vibrant art, reminiscent of the 80’s, and full of energy).

 

It’s a tarot reading by e-mail day!

A photo of a tarot spread for a client.

A cinema-photo of a tarot spread  I casted today for a client’s e-mail reading. I accidentally had my camera on the video function instead of the photo function, so I was left with a video of this amazing ambiance I was surrounded by while I was doing this reading. Here’s my attempt to capture some of that moment.

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Uncategorized