Ritual is key. I make this a big point in my Tarot classes — what happens before a session. In preparing myself, I protect and honor the reading. If it’s phone reading, I light a candle and have my gemstones nearby (moonstone, Shungite, rose quartz, smoky quartz and my “super seven” are what I use these days). I burn incense and swipe the deck through it a couple of times to cleanse it. I think about the particular client and get a mental image of what deck wants to be used. I have a cup of tea and do a few yoga stretches to relax. It’s really important to block out at least 10 minutes before a session to put my life aside and be fully present for my client. I had plenty of practice as a teacher in NYC when I faced 6-7 classes of students every day — to be successful is be fully present!
Once I’m with the client, we take a few breaths together as I shuffle the deck (if we are face-to-face, they shuffle while I close my eyes and center). These few seconds of silence are really important before diving in. I used to feel self-conscious about closing my eyes because it looked too ostentatious — like, “Let’s pray” — but now that I’m in my 40s, I don’t care. When I close my eyes, I imagine a circle of light that encloses both of us. I ask my “people” and my client’s people to join us, stating that only loving, positive messages are allowed and that I am open to speak them.
Then the fun begins!
Once the session is over, I wash my hands and then imagine a flood of white light that flushes through my body three times and wraps into the earth, then heads back up through my body and out the crown chakra. My friend Laurie Coombs — medium/reader — taught me this trick and I like the image, so I use it to release myself from the energy of the session. Being a “sponge” doesn’t mean I have to carry the burdens of the world. It just means I have to make sure to wring it out and keep walking!