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What is the Tarot?

The Tarot is a deck of cards developed in Renaissance Italy for playing games, and was first used for divination in the 18th century. There are many legends of the Tarot and its creation, but as far as fact is concerned, that is what we know. It has metamorphosized over the centuries in many ways, and today the archetypes and symbols found in the Tarot are wonderful touchstones which we can use to tap into our unconscious minds and delve deep into our souls for exploration and contemplation.

What is your style of Tarot reading and why do you call it Tarot counseling or a Tarot consultation?

I use a style of reading known in the Tarot community as Tarot “counseling.” This does not mean I’m a licensed counselor or therapist. It means that rather than using Tarot for fortune telling or for predictive, yes/no questions, I create a dialogue between you and the cards by asking insightful, open-ended questions to help you explore the path that is unfolding in your life at this given moment. I highlight the themes of your issue/question, and explore that with you through the symbology of the Tarot and your own personal symbology. And finally, I will help you discover any positive actions, affirmations or insights that will bring clarity and/or resolution to your issue.

Why do you read with the Gaian Tarot?

The Gaian Tarot is a deck that speaks to “modern sensibilities.” It is probably not as familiar to many of you as is the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, which I worked with for many years. And while RWS has a great deal of meaning for me, the Gaian Tarot has become my deck of choice, as it embodies the path of Earth-centered spirituality here and now…today. I liken the difference between working with RWS and working with the Gaian Tarot, to the difference between reading a book in Regency English, and reading a book in very well-written modern English [insert your own language of choice here ;-) ] Both are pleasurable, but for me, the latter is more accessible and works well with my spiritual path, and with my daily immersion in Tarot study. That said, the Gaian Tarot is also well grounded in traditional Tarot symbolism, seems very much an evolution, and in no way forsakes its heritage. Gaian Tarot has truly touched my heart and has become a part of my daily practice, serving as a book of prayer, a catalyst for meditation, and the voice of Spirit.

What if I see something in my reading that I don’t like, or which scares me?

Part of my code of ethics is to impart information to each client in a mindful, kind, and conscientious manner, and in a safe and nurturing environment. That said, honesty is also very important to me and I will always tell you exactly what I see. It is very important to keep in mind that the Tarot is not fatalistic; nothing is set in stone. You are the “Captain of your ship…” as the saying goes, and you have control over your own destiny. If you seem to be on a path which is unappealing to you or is leading you towards something unsavory, you have complete control to change that situation. And we can explore that together.

Are you a licensed counselor or therapist?


My Tarot Explorations are not a substitute for seeking care from a licensed mental health professional, counselor, doctor or lawyer, and if I sense that you need help from a professional, I will strongly urge you to seek that help.

Are Tarot cards evil?

No! Of course not. They are a very helpful tool that can help you explore your life in new ways and tap into your inner wisdom and your connection with the Divine. Tarot cards are no more evil than a hammer is evil. A hammer can build a house for Habitat for Humanity; a hammer can also bonk someone on the head causing great harm. It all depends upon who is using the hammer. The only evil associated with the Tarot is its use by unscrupulous people to take advantage of others.

Do you have more questions? Feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to discuss with you my Tarot consultations or the Tarot in general.


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