What is Tarot?
Tarot is one form of divination: the practice of accessing deep levels of wisdom for the purpose of advice and guidance. Traditional decks are comprised of 78-cards that are visual, symbolic representations of what we experience during life as human beings. There is a great deal of mystery around them, as the creator is unknown. Some people believe that sages of the three primary religions in 11th Century France and Spain foretold of a separation of their faiths and they worked together to create this deck for the sake of maintaining a dogma-free connection to spirit. Others believe that it was an revolt against this separation of community for the personal gain of those in positions of power. Regardless of the source, these cards strike fear and wonder in the hearts of those who use them.
Why use Tarot?
Life is messy and complicated. We experience everything on multiple levels: physically (science), emotionally (reaction), mentally (psychology), and energetically (spirit). All of these realities happen simultaneously and can be nothing short of overwhelming. Sometimes we need a little extra help.
The cards are a tool of both separation and unity. Readers lay them out with an intention or question, see each individual factor that is contributing to the situation and serve as interpreters for the seeker. The images of the tarot access deep levels of truth that ignite conscious awareness. The information from these readings allow us to pull everything apart, while also witnessing a glimpse of the big picture.
How does it work?
There are infinite ways to use this form of divination, and readings are as diverse as each reader. I use tarot cards wielding the philosophy that all of the answers that we need lie with us. I do not use prophecy, nor do I deliver non-negotiable outcomes in my readings, as there is no use in giving up our agency. There is power in the present.
My intention as a tarot reader is to empower the seeker. I believe that we are divinely capable beings that are able to create the change we need to have the lives that we truly desire. In a reading, I listen to my clients first. Then the cards are laid out and a discussion begins about the elements present, how they apply to the current situation and potential options for working the energy. Tarot triggers emotions, which serve as a personal system of guidance: your feelings from our reading allow you to give yourself the best advice available in the moment. From there, it’s the seeker that applies the information as they see fit.
Are readings guaranteed to fix my life?
As it goes with our fair Universe, nothing is guaranteed. I am not a doctor or therapist and should not be utilized in lieu of medical or therapeutic advice. I cannot be held responsible for any actions taken or not taken based on our time together and there will be no refunds.
Although there are no guarantees, I am willing to participate in this Work with you. Together, we can use the cards and our awareness to get a closer look at the situation you bring to the table. Where there is willingness to See what is, there is potential for change.
How do I book a reading?
If you have any questions about the process, want to book a reading or feel like talking about tarot over a cup of coffee: contact me. I am currently taking appointments at Arts & Crafts: Botanica and Occult Shop located in Pittsburgh, PA. If you cannot physically attend a reading in person, I am also available via phone or Skype.