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I’VE MOVED TO WWW.YOURSTRULYTAROT.COM

I’ve moved my blog to my new website at http://www.yourstrulytarot.com

There, you’ll find future blog updates, tarot card reading lessons, advice, tips, and online tarot card readings!  See you there!

xoxo,

Kate

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Posted by on June 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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

 

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