I used to make fun of people who do what I do now — the Tarot readers and healers in the “woo” world. Certainly that belief was in part from my evangelical Christian background but I was also afraid. Afraid of my sensitivity (vulnerable), insight (vulnerable), being seen as a weirdo (vulnerable). I spend many years building up an image of a somewhat “normal” woman — working in Manhattan, teaching in the South Bronx, traveling wildly around the country.
Yet the Tarot kept showing up; friends, coffee tables and Catholic nuns who handed me decks. Why the Tarot out of all the modalities I could have chosen? It struck my artist’s eye. The symbols drew me in, encouraging me to build a story from them. As I have a love of words — and degrees in English — it was a natural fit. However, it took many years before I even considered the exploration — simply because I didn’t know how. All kinds of people would walk up to me and say, “You’re a healer” and I thought they were crazy. Then another reference to healing would pop up and I’d wonder how to enter this mysterious world.
When I moved to Vermont 12 years ago, that’s when the real teaching began. I would throw cards with my friend Karen for hours after her waitressing shift. It was an easy, relaxed flow — because anything more intense would have scared me off. Somewhere inside, I still believed that dabbling in the occult equaled a visit to hell. She helped me see the cards as a friend, available whenever I needed her. To be an effective healer / reader is to find your tribe and let them support you. I’m lucky enough to have many gifted healers in my world — because I wouldn’t be the person I am without them.
That’s why I’ve developed a monthly Tarot circle via live webinar. Think of it as that old coffee table where Karen and I would sit. A warm, easy, relaxed flow so that you can be with people who understand your unique sensitivities and gifts. I hope you’ll join us on Saturday, 11/19!