30 Day Tarot Challenge (Questions 26 – 30 + BONUS)

(26) Have you ever regretted a particular reading, either for yourself or another? Yes, I did a reading for my sister-in-law many years ago. I was visiting and ran across a little shop that carried the Medicine Woman Tarot deck. I was so excited to use it I asked if she wanted to pick a card. She was concerned because her boss had scheduled a meeting with her the next day and she wasn’t sure what kind of news to expect. I shuffled the cards but must have used a washing shuffle so the cards got really mixed. I had not planned to read with reversals but the reversed 10 of Wands (I think?) came up. It shows someone being honored for their work. I told her she might be congratulated & possibly promoted. She was happy to hear that and went in to work with high expectations. I really should have paid more attention to the reversal because just the opposite turned out to be true. She was getting reprimanded NOT congratulated. Boy did I have egg on my face. That taught me a valuable lesson on setting intentions about how you will read the cards BEFORE you shuffle.

(27) Do you have a special time and/or place that you use your Tarot? If so, do you reserve the deck specifically for that purpose? No special time and/or place. I do a brief ritual now — the Wayne Cook Posture Donna Eden describes in her book, Energy Medicine.

Here’s a video on the Wayne Cook Posture: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIORgKOHMes

(28) Does anyone you know not agree with your Tarot practices? LOL, at least half of the people I know do not agree with this practice so I don’t share it with them. I’m waiting for the day when I can come out of the broom closet.

(29) Do you have a Tarot mentor? I consider every Tarot reader my mentor….you can always learn from others’ practices and methods. I find it fascinating reading other sample readings to find out what decks they choose, how they interpret the cards and their conclusions about the reading.

(30) Do you practice any other forms of divination? Do I? I have a compulsion to turn everything into divination and self-discovery (did I mention I was doing handwriting analysis and dream analysis at age 12?

If so, what is it, and do you use them alongside the Tarot as to gain more insight or as something separate entirely? I think each tool has a specific purpose. I don’t use Tarot and playing cards the same way, for example. If someone really wants a direct, bottom line answer to a question I use playing cards. For a more subjective, self-discovery reading I use something with evocative images. I also have systems for reading dice, crystals/gemstones, and dabbled a little w/tea leaves and runes in the past. My fav is still cards, though, so now I’m creating a variety of oracle decks: The Cinderella Deck for love/relationship readings, Over the Moon Tarot deck, Soul Awakening Archetypes Cards, and The Flower Children Cards for spiritual/healing purposes.

BONUS: If you could create one card to add to your deck, what would it be called and what would the card’s meaning be? I wouldn’t be able to create just ONE card…I would probably create an entirely new deck!!


30 Day Tarot Challenge (Questions 21 – 25)

(21) How do you feel when you do readings? I guess it depends on who I’m doing the reading for. When I do readings for myself I really enjoy the process of discovery and interpretation. I still get a little nervous doing readings for others because what I’ve learned over the years is that no one is a better reader for you than you. I know there are lots of superstitions about NOT reading your own cards but I believe that the truest message can only come from the seeker. When I read cards for you, I’m only a translator and there’s always the potential that something may get lost in translation.

(22) Do you charge money (or other ways of compensation) for your readings/services? Most of the time these days, my readings are experimental so I like doing readings for others to help me figure out a new deck or concept. In these cases, I give complimentary readings in exchange for feedback. And not just basic feedback (that was good) but specific feedback on the process, etc.

(23) What question do you most often ask the deck (or, ask on behalf of another)? I am always seeking the underlying issues, the root of the problem or conflict, and the solution or next steps to take. So, most spreads I create have these components.

(24) How accurate do you believe your readings are(or, do they accurately convey messages from spirits/deity)?
Very accurate but only as accurate as your question is specific.

(25) What was the most dramatic/meaningful reading you ever did? (Not necessarily the most accurate). Two readings come to mind:

(a) When I first started working with the Wheel of Change deck by Alexandra Genetti, many years ago, there were so many symbols in each card that I quickly became overwhelmed trying to do a Celtic Cross or other spread. So, I started answering all of the questions using just one card. That revolutionized the way I read visual decks and led to a method I call SoulStory readings. You can do your own SoulStory reading for FREE: One Card Celtic Cross Readings.

(b) I was reading playing cards when I discovered I can accurately predict what someone looks like (hair, eyes, complexion, physical build), instead of just using the standard terminology of “a dark man” or “a fair-skinned woman” which is common in tarot readings. You can see an example of this in the post, SAMPLE READING: Will I Find Love Again?

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30 Day Tarot Challenge (Questions 16 – 20)

(16) Do you ever use the Major Arcana without the Minor Arcana or vice versa? About 15 years ago, I just got tired of looking at the Major Arcana. I started to see the tarot deck as two very different decks — The archetypal majors and the descriptive minors. I found that I could give very specific readings with the Minor Arcana alone so I started just using it to read. This is what brought me to reading playing cards — it’s basically the minor arcana.

(17) Do you do readings using reversals? Why or why not? I don’t read reversals anymore (read this post to find out why: Interpreting Energy Blocks in Card Pairs) but the best book on reversals I’ve read was Exploring The Tarot.

(18) Do you feel a “connection” to your cards? Yes!

(19) Do you feel/think the cards “think” or have their own consciousness? What do you believe makes the cards “tick?” I don’t believe there is any magic in the cards themselves but there is a magical connection between your psyche and the cards. What I mean by this is that I can assign meanings to my cards and that method will produce true and accurate readings. However, the card deck will also have inherent meanings….I mean that on some deeper level my Higher Self has already decided what some of the cards mean unbeknownst to my conscious mind that is assigning meanings. So, when I get a new deck, I go through the cards and give my own meanings, write them down in my journal, then I start performing readings for myself and others to see what the deck chooses as meanings for the cards. Again, even though I’m referring to the deck choosing meanings I really mean my Higher Self using the deck to bring more symbols into play.

(20) Do you read for yourself and/or for others? Why or why not? I read mostly for myself, for insight and problem-solving and when I read for others that’s always the goal–problem solving and insight. I found it really balancing and centering to journal all of my personal readings so I’m trying to get back to that practice. The process really helps you evolve and stretches your spiritual mind by leaps and bounds.

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30 Day Tarot Challenge (Questions 11 – 15)

(11) What spread do you use most often/prefer and why? I’m just realizing how important spreads are to readers. Each time I do a reading I create a new spread so I don’t really think in the mindset of spread most of the time. The spread is just the questions I ask to get a clear picture of what’s going on so even if I begin with a set spread, the position meanings usually change each time I work with it.

(12) Have you ever created your own spread? If so, how effective is it? (feel free to show spread) I have created (or thought I created) quite a few spreads that were effective enough to use repeatedly: The 6-Card Linear Spread, The Process-Direction Spread, and The Business Snapshot Spread. These are on my old Twelve Of Hearts website.

(13) Is there a card that continuously stumps you when it is drawn? Why do you believe this to be so? The World…SEE Question #6 in 30 Day Tarot Challenge (6 – 10).


The World from The Classic 1910 Tarot – Image courtesy of Fool’s Dog

(14) For what purposes do you usually use the Tarot? I use most divination tools for self-discovery and guidance. When I created my original Twelve of Hearts website and posted my meanings, some complained that they were too “psychological” in nature. Well, that’s my nature so of course that’s always going to be my perspective for divination. But I went back to the drawing board to see if I could create a more predictive system that still resonated with me and I did. But I think the WAY everyone reads and the purpose of their readings is always a reflection of that person.

(15) How much emphasis do you put on the textbook meanings for cards, and how much stress do you place on the “feeling” you get from cards through their artwork/symbolism, etc. Do you do both, or one or the other? When I first started reading tarot I put a lot of emphasis on book meanings. I had some very helpful tarot guides so when I would get confused about some aspect of reading the cards I’d go the bookstore and the book I needed at that time would kind of fall off the shelf. Now I read almost anything with pictures on it, visually. I just say what I see. I started doing this when I first got my Tarot of the Ages deck which is visually part Rider-Waite and part Thoth so it’s hard to find a book to explain the images. So I just started to say what I saw. I also found it helpful to literally use the word, SEE….”I see you out in the desert alone with your children…” or “I see you rising above a group of people and they are all trying to get your attention.” I also realized after that the importance of finding a deck that featured descriptive images of characters performing actions. These actions are the actions of your querent/client.

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30 Day Tarot Challenge (Questions 6 – 10)

(6) What was the first spread you learned? I don’t remember but probably a Past, Present, Future and then the Celtic Cross since that’s what’s usually included in most LWBs.

(7) What is your favorite card (both in terms of deck’s artwork and divinatory meaning)? The Tower. To me The Tower means a sudden and destructive change but one that clears away all the old sh*t you’ve been hanging onto that is really holding you back from reaching your potential. So, in that light, it’s positive. It’s like ripping off a band-aid — it will hurt at first but then you’ll see how much you healed and you’ll feel better. I talk about The Tower experience in my soul coaching classes….where the Universe has been sending you messages that it’s time to change, release some baggage, move in a new direction, and you simply refuse to do so. When you have ignored this message for too long, you get a Tower experience, where your whole world or foundation is shaken in order to shake you up and encourage real change.


Over The Moon Tarot images courtesy of OldBookArt.com

(8) Which card do you dread pulling the most? The World because I still don’t know how to interpret it. Yes, I’m saying that in over 20 years I haven’t found a meaning that really resonates for me with this card. Many meanings make sense but none “feel” right so I pull it I have no idea how to interpret it. It’s also the card I’m having the most trouble finding an image for my Over the Moon Tarot deck. I’m sure there’s some shadow work I need to explore with this card.


Over the Moon Tarot images courtesy of OldBookArt.com

(9) What card do you pull the most often? Why do you think that is the case? I’ve found that this varies with each deck and during different time periods. I kept pulling the 9 of Swords in the Ramses Tarot of Eternity deck and it disturbed me so bad I just gave the deck away. I’ve learned since that this tarot card stalking is bringing some more shadow stuff up for me to see so I’ll be more patient in trying to understand the message in the future. READ: Tarot Card Stalkers.

(10) What card best represents your personality (or, is most often pulled to represent you in a spread)? The Hermit…I’m a reclusive seeker so this card sums me up perfectly.


Over the Moon Tarot images courtesy of OldBookArt.com

READ: 30 Day Tarot Challenge (Questions 1 - 5)

30 Day Tarot Challenge (Questions 1 – 5)

I’m participating in Ree’s 30 Day Tarot Challenge but I’ll be answering 5 questions with each post. You can see the list of 30 questions here.

(1) What introduced you/got you involved in Tarot? A friend just gave me a deck for my birthday (I think I was about 18). After she handed it to me, I thanked her and then, not having any clue what it was, I asked her why she was giving it to me. She replied, “It just seemed like something you should have.” I had been doing handwriting analysis and dream interpretation since I was 10 so she probably thought this other weird thing was right up my alley. I really feel like Spirit led her to give me that gift because it wasn’t even on my radar at the time and I’m very grateful for the introduction.

(2) What was your first deck and why/how did you get it? My first deck was the one the friend gave me, The Ukiyoe Tarot. She was into that type of artwork. I can’t remember the name of the first deck I bought for myself. It was based on Southwestern Native American designs. I remember the cover art was shades of blue and turquoise. Anybody know what deck I’m talking about?

(3) Do you have more than one deck that you use and if so do you have a favorite? If not, why do you like the deck you have chosen? I have given away or sold more than 175 decks so that gives you some understanding of how many tarot decks I’ve obsessed over. My favorites include: The African Tarot, Wheel of Change Tarot, Whimsical Tarot, The Hanson-Roberts deck, Tarot of the Ages, The Mythic Tarot, Universal Goddess Tarot and Ancestral Path Tarot. My favorite favorite is Tarot of the Ages. I love the realistic and detailed artwork, its evocative and sensual nature,  and the fact that it is a well illustrated multicultural deck.


(4) How long have you been reading the Tarot? More than 20 years.

(5) When and where did you give your first reading? In college but I had no idea what I was doing. I just followed the LWB (which I don’t even look at anymore) and read the meanings from it. Those readings were really sh*tty but I was hooked on the visual symbolism.