I’m an Tarot reader and writer in the UK, and have been studying and reading Tarot, playing cards and runes for nearly twenty years, providing advisory services to individuals, organizations and businesses.
I aim to deal in workable information, using psychic divination for strategy, analysis, creative exploration, personal support and forecasting purposes.
What I don’t do is fortune-telling. The future exists, and maybe too, there is such a thing as destiny, but this is not to take away free will or personal responsibility, and while there are things we can’t change, like the weather or so called acts of God, it is not terribly helpful to view the future as a lump of concrete waiting to fall on our heads.
I ask my client to state the problem or ask a question. I expect to detect any pressing issue anyway, when I first look in my cards, but this may be in rather broad terms, and we are aiming to deal in specifics wherever reasonably possible. My focus is on delivering a useful, meaningful reading that makes sense from the start.
I am using my cards as tools. They function as a pictorial extension of my sub-verbal instincts about the person and their situation. They function as psychic antennae, if you will.
I’m a regular writer on astrology and Tarot sites. See my writing page. I’m a (long ago) Arts Hons graduate (History of Art and Design) and hold post-graduate qualifications in Business Studies, Marketing and IT and Education. I have City and Guilds Counselling certification.
I’m a qualified teacher in Further and Adult Education, and previously taught Business Studies, English and Design Theory.
Before this I worked in Marketing, PR, Telesales for the CBI, book shops and Museums, Recruitment in the private sector, and in the public sector, fronting government training and recruitment programmes, working with the long term unemployed.
I am the eldest of five children, and have been married for nearly thirty years with two adult daughters.
I became unwell in my early 30’s; a form of autoimmune arthritis. The origins of this, the causes remain a mystery, with suspected gene involvement, and presumably some environmental trigger event; a viral illness or bacterial infection. I was, for one thing, quite badly stung by wasps about eighteen months before the first onset of symptoms.
My right knee began to give way until one day I went down on my face in the street. I saw a GP who suggested exercises with cushions, but the systemic problem, a spondylarthropy of unknown aetiology, was not diagnosed for another three years.
Matters became progressively worse as I lost physical mobility, until I became so unwell I could no longer go out to work teaching in college.
The pain was both chronic and acute; unrelenting and the damage began to become visible. I had to dig ever deeper in coping, and psychic tendencies which I had long been aware of, but had resisted or ignored, not been interested in exploring began to express themselves more strongly.
Dreams of precognition for example, which later turned out correct, and poltergeist or telekinetic manifestations, and other kinds of haunting which were not sinister, but were nonetheless at times startling or unsettling.
We are not talking anything so extreme as the picture below, but still, events occurred which were unexpected, inexplicable in common sense terms, and on occasion witnessed by others.
I am not a religious person. I do not come from a family background with a psychic reading tradition. I’m not into occultism, or any spiritual scene or Wicca or the New Age scene. I have never taken mind- altering substances in my life.
I thought about all this for quite some time. A family member gave me a Tarot deck and I seized on it, drawn by the artwork and the stories embedded in it, and started learning to read the cards as a way to better understand these psychic or paranormal experiences, and to find out if I could train and direct my intuition for something useful or helpful – use on demand.
Psychic Reading versus Divination
Tarot Divination like all forms of divination is a study, It is learned. Psychic stuff happens when it happens. But divination taps into that innate psychic faculty, mobilizes it, and calls it forth.
I started out as many readers do, reading for myself, then family and friends until, after a few years I felt ready to read at a service level for people I didn’t know, and then one day I was contacted by a journalist, and, with some reservations, accepted an invitation to put myself to the test, doing two cold readings, taking part in a magazine feature called ‘How Did They Know That?’ in a national circulation magazine, ‘Fate & Fortune’.
Things developed from there.
Has Tarot helped me get better?
If I am any good at this stuff, has it made my problem go away?
Tarot is not medicine. No. I had a medical dream, was lucky enough at that juncture to have a sufficiently concerned GP (the only one who in more than 25 years has EVER rung me up to ask how I was doing) who ordered further tests on request, and the lab reports checked out correctly in line with what the dream had told me. You can be sure I did not push my luck, mentioning any such thing as a flaky dream to this kindly GP. I phrased my request for these tests in the most matter of fact manner.
I found this pretty astonishing. But it still did not mean this thing could be cured. How would it? Do I have the keys to a lab? Does the medicine even exist yet that might work for someone with this condition? REALLY work?
I can’t tell you all the things I have tried over the last 25 years, both conventional /allopathic and complementary medicine. Some approaches have brought easement or respite. I feel much better these days, not nearly so ill in general, and medicine has moved on too, but a lot of damage has been done by this point.
Tarot is not magic. Prescience is not omniscience. Readers don’t go around knowing more than other people, or fixing anyone’s problems. What they do is hold up a mirror, and they detect and point out the pros and cons of the various possible pathways you might take. One could take you to a sunny upland. Another could lead you into a bog if you don’t watch out.
Stuff happens. Stuff gets broken, which isn’t to say it can never be repaired. Maybe it can, maybe it can’t.
What my work with the Tarot has done for me, personally, is helped me cope with the various losses entailed in this illness, hovering over the problem rather than under it, and to stay in charge, clarifying my best options in a situation in which there simply are no answers as such, only avenues to explore, and my rheumatologist has acknowledged this, and said as much himself.
My work with the Tarot has meant that my world has only got wider, definitely weirder at times, but also more wonderful, irrespective of my own health problem and loss of mobility.
Long ago a very wise lady, an astrologer, told me I was a ‘wounded healer’. She said something about Chiron but I didn’t really know what she was talking about. Not back then. I was 26, young and strong, with an oddly stiff right knee, that was all, and I didn’t like the sound of that wounded Chiron gobbledygook one bit.
Ain’t Life strange.
We are part of Nature. But there is more in Nature than we know. There is more in us.
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy,” – Hamlet
Quite so, Mr Shakespeare.