I’m a professional Tarot reader, intuitive consultant and writer in the UK. I have been reading Tarot, playing cards and runes since 2002, reading professionally since 2006. I started this blog in 2010 with the aim of showing the Tarot at work, dealing with real life questions, and with a focus on illustrating ‘how’ readings are done.
I’m a writer on astrology and Tarot sites, with other writing published in magazines, online digital publications and anthologies (flash fiction, short fiction and poetry. )
I’m a (long ago) Arts Hons graduate with post-graduate qualifications in Business Studies, Marketing and IT and Education. I have worked as a lecturer in Further Education,teaching Business Studies, Design Theory and tutoring in English Language and English Literature.
I have worked in Marketing for the CBI and for a Chartered Building Surveyor. I have worked in book shops and Museums, and in training and recruitment, both private sector and public sector, working with the long term unemployed.
Becoming a Tarot reader
I became increasingly unwell in my late 20’s/early 30’s; a form of autoimmune arthritis. Matters became progressively worse. The pain was acute and unrelenting. The doctors had few answers or treatments that worked and the damage began to become visible. I had to dig deep in coping, and psychic tendencies which I had long been aware of, but had previously resisted or ignored began to express themselves more strongly.
I am not a religious person. My father was an academic lecturer, book author and artist. He had powerful ESP but we never spoke of it. I do not come from a family background with a psychic reading tradition. I’m not part of any spiritual, Wicca or New Age scene. I have never used mind- altering substances. I tend to be curious but sceptical.
One day someone gave me a Tarot deck. I was drawn by the artwork and the stories embedded in it, and began to play with the cards, asking questions, drawing cards and trying to understand the answers. It occurred to me to study the Tarot to better understand my occasional psychic or paranormal experiences, to find out if I could direct my intuition for something specific, useful or helpful.
I started out as readers generally do, reading for myself, and then for family and friends until, after a few years I began to read at a service level for people I didn’t know. One day I was contacted by a journalist, and, with reservations, accepted an invitation to do two cold readings under test conditions as part of a magazine feature. Things developed from there.
Tarot does not have all the answers, just as the latest, state of the art medicine does not have ‘cures’ or all the answers for any health problem.
What the Tarot can do, is put us in touch with an understanding based on a collective human experience far more ancient than ourselves. Working with the Tarot, the world has only got wider, weirder at times but only more wonderful.
‘Be thine own palace, or the world is thy prison.’ -John Donne.
The Supernatural is natural. We are part of Nature. But there is more in Nature than we know. There is more in us. All of us.
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy,” – Hamlet
Quite so, Mr Shakespeare.