I’m an intuitive consultant in the UK, reading remotely for individuals and businesses. I use Tarot cards, playing cards and old Norse runes for strategy, analysis, creative exploration, personal support and forecasting purposes.
What I don’t do is fortune-telling for entertainment purposes, though I really hope a reading will be entertaining and enjoyable. These are high mysteries. But my focus is on delivering a meaningful exchange that the other person can validate immediately in real time, while investigating any concerns as detected by my cards, evaluating possible ways ahead, different options and scenarios with a weather eye on specifics and likely future outcomes.
I use cards, runes and other divination tools as a pictorial extension of my non-verbalised instincts about the person and their situation. These function as psychic antennae, if you will.
I’m a feature writer at various astrology and Tarot sites. I’m a (long ago) Arts Hons graduate (History of Art and Design) I paint and draw. I’m a qualified teacher in Further and Adult Education, previously lecturing and tutoring in Business Studies, English and Design Theory. Before this I worked in Marketing, PR, Telesales, Recruitment, book shops and Museums. I have had short fiction and poetry published here and there.
I became unwell in my early 30’s; a form of autoimmune arthritis. The cause a mystery, though there was suspected gene involvement, and presumably some trigger event, possibly a viral illness or bacterial infection. My right knee began to give way under me without warning, until one day I went down on my face in the street.
I saw a GP but it was not diagnosed for many more years and became progressively worse as I gradually lost more and more physical mobility, until I became so unwell I could no longer go out to work, teaching in adult college. I couldn’t walk the distance of the corridors any more, or climb the steps to the podium to access the whiteboard in the lecture theatre, or carry my gear.
The pain was both chronic and acute; unrelenting, sharp, stabbing, fiery and aggressive. I became almost frightened to move, the pain could be so savage with even the slightest movement. I had to dig ever deeper in coping, and certain psychic tendencies which I had long been dimly aware of, but not particularly interested in encouraging or addressing, began to express themselves more strongly; dreams of precognition which turned out correct, poltergeist or telekinetic manifestations, and other kinds of haunting which were not sinister, but were nonetheless at times startling or unsettling.
Though not this extreme, except once for a cuddly toy Peter Rabbit and a Moses basket.
I am not a religious person. I do not come from a family background with a psychic reading tradition. I’m not into any spiritual scene or Wicca or the New Age scene. I am sceptical, rather, I came to this late, and always look first for the common sense explanation. Likewise, in a reading, I am always looking for the ‘so what?’ in the reading. What is the takeaway here? People want specifics wherever possible.
Nor am I a medium. I do not know what ghosts are, to know if they are sentient presences or memories pressed in the ether, or if they may be either. But I have had experiences during readings and also completely separate from readings, suggesting to me the possibilities of some enduring sentience, or pheromone outputs on the part of people who have died at least in the immediate aftermath of their death before they finally depart ‘through the valley.’
‘Poltergeist’ experiences over a number of years, were on occasion witnessed by other people. These were nothing like the fictional experiences in ‘Carrie’.
They were not under conscious control whatsoever, and seemed purely external in origin, and mostly benign, even benevolent. Some might describe such incidents in terms of spirits or angels. Well, possibly. Who knows, but I wondered if they were due to the effect of some disruption of the body’s physical energy -its electrical field This apparently may extend a distance of up to six feet from the body.
What if, I began to wonder, my disquietude and pent -up physical energy, because by now I was struggling to walk, was finding release through other avenues. As if, while losing physical capabilities I had always taken for granted, other capabilities, previously dormant, were making themselves known, driven by a need to understand what was happening and deal with it, when the doctors had so few answers.
One night I had a medical dream, diagnostic, which checked out correctly in the lab after a helpful GP ran extra tests, and this provided information which had not been available during 12 previous years of medical investigations, and which now, I could use, but years too late sadly, to stop or reverse the damage done by the arthritis.
I later discovered the work of the classically trained archaeologist and (sceptical) paranormal investigator TC Lethbridge, who wrote about these phenomena and other ‘supernatural’ phenomena, in his book Ghost and Ghoul and other titles.
I thought about all this for quite some time, until one year I was given a Tarot deck one Christmas, and seized on learning to read the cards as a way to find out if I could train and direct the intuition for use on demand.
Psychic stuff happens when it happens. It is a ‘wind that bloweth where it listeth.’
We have no control over those kinds of experiences, but Divination, in whatever field, Tarot, astrology or whatever, is something different. It is a system, a discipline. You have to work for it, trying to tap that same place where the psychic experiences come from, but it places you in the driving seat.
I started out as so many readers do, by reading first 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.
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. So, has Tarot reading helped me get better? Has it made the problem go away?
How could it? It’s not magic. It’s not medicine, and I can’t tell you all the things I have tried over the last 25 years, both allopathic and complementary medicine, nothing sufficient to halt the damage. I do feel better these days, not nearly so ill, and medicine has moved on somewhat too, but a lot of damage has been done by this point.
Stuff happens. Stuff gets broken, which isn’t to say it can never be repaired. Maybe it can’t be, maybe it can but it’s never good as new either. Everything has its price. What Tarot has done for me, personally, is clarify my own best options for approaches to the problem, or possible treatments, in a situation for which there are no answers as such, while staying active, engaging productively with the wider world, and the horizon keeps widening, not getting narrower, irrespective of physical limitations and some loss of mobility.
Ain’t that a silver lining.
I do forecasting, not predicting. What’s the difference? Prediction presents the future in terms of impending fact. It’s practically a done deal, as in, the sun will rise tomorrow (which it will, until it dies its natural death) Forecasting on the other hand presents the future in terms of what seems most likely, looking from here, dealing in probabilities, while suggesting the reasons. The future is not a lump of concrete waiting to fall on our heads, as prediction would seem to suggest. Nor is it completely within our personal control, which is why forecasting is something humanity has always done, in seeking to plan its next step while seeking to avoid false steps.
Prediction can place people into a position of passivity, helplessness, waiting to see if the prediction comes true. Forecasting validates or own understanding, or highlights a blind spot, supporting our own agency and sovereignty of action.
As for the psychic question, we are part of Nature. But there is more in Nature than we know. There is more in us.
Thank you for your visit.