Reading for Mercury Retrograde Oct 2020

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Last week, I stepped on my stove and broke it. Yup. Stepped on it.
I was painting my kitchen, trying to get in the big project before retrograde strikes. I was tired and the paint fumes may have been getting to me. I noticed a spot that needed touched up. I went right for it, and the crunch of glass with the burst of an electrical pop combined at my foot.

Luckily, I only endured the tiniest cut on my toe, when I could have been on the way to an emergency room with a permanently damaged foot.
Luckily, I was about due to replace the old stove.
Luckily, I had some funds set aside for this.
Luckily, this meant that I got to buy my new electric device before mercury retrograde struck proper.
You have to look on the bright side of these moments.

I am not an astrologer, but I pay attention to their messages and observe my experiences in relation. The thing I have learned about retrogrades is that they bring with them hidden blessings. As Mars has been in Retrograde in Aries, I have faced my anger around political differences. I have been more aware of how to avoid conversations, and have apologized when I started fights. These issues are underlying our lives anyhow, may as well face them.

During Mercury Retrograde, we are asked to slow down and pause long enough to realign with a better trajectory forward. Fiercely and stubbornly driving ourselves the same way all the time is not the best possible path in any situation. If I would have rested away from the paint for a bit, I likely would have been more conscious of where I was putting my foot down.

This week, take in a reading for us all around how to manage this particular Mercury Retrograde that ends on election day in the US (HA!) and then sign up for a 10% discount for your own reading.

Pause. Reflect. Listen. Realign.
Take it easy for the next few weeks, and don’t start any unconscious battles until at least mid-November when Mars goes direct.

Ruth Bader GInsburg Embodies Justice

Learn about how the life and legacy of RBG captures the message of the Justice Card

I rarely cry for the loss of someone I have never met. This week, I found true grief strike through my heart as we lost the grace and power of Justice Ginsburg from both her place on the bench, and her presence on this earth.

But then, with the gift of technology, I found solace in consuming her interviews through the years. I gathered clips of my favorite moments that resonate with the Justice card, and compiled them to share with others who also adore her vivacious brilliance. What an incredible blessing we have here, to keep the wisdom of such incredible people in our grasp through books and recordings. This week, I am also not taking that for granted.

We call Judges, “Your Honor”, or “The Honorable”. Ginsburg owned that title with the core of her being. She listened to her opponents, and spoke carefully to capture the key points that would unlock their differences to help them see the wisdom in her perspective. She was dear friends with someone she disagreed with politically, Justice Scalia. She celebrated nuance, and spent hours to seek out the full perspective of each case to make the best possible judgement on it. She was Judicious in her very being.

Treat yourself to her voice through her interviews on YouTube and explore beyond. Let yourself be inspired to stretch your own view of what makes up the essence of the Justice archetype.

RIP Honorable Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

March 15th, 1933 – 2020 to September 18th, 2020


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Ethics of Reading Tarot

For both students of tarot and those who want to receive readings from me, I want to share a bit about the tenements I hold dear. I believe that any quality colleagues would as well.

Confidentiality – Anyone you read for should be allowed the automatic assumption that it is a private reading, and you will not share their life’s information with anyone once the cards are closed. I have the benefit of not remembering readings very well until I open the cards again for that person. I presume this is because I am using a different part of my brain while in these liminal spaces. Nonetheless, I do not share the details of what I learned in a reading with anyone afterward. If I have a mutual friend who shares something in relation to information I have learned, I make sure that I am extra cautious to respect their privacy.

Permission to Pull Cards – It is best to ask someone for an agreement to pull cards for them. I might pull cards to know how I can interrelate or help someone without asking first, but that is still a reading for myself. I feel that it is inappropriate to find out what is happening for someone without their request or knowledge. This is especially true if someone is afraid of the cards, has a religious rule about them, or have asked you not to.

Future prophecies – Be considerate that you state things in an open fashion that let’s the person feel in control of their life, and their response to their life circumstances. The movies do a terrible job of this, please don’t mimic the scary doomsayer style in most performances.

You do not have to say everything you see. I had a friend getting married who was going through hard times with her partner right before. I saw that it was not going to get better for a while, and was going to get worse before the wedding. I felt it was not helpful information to share, so I kept it to myself. Instead, I gave her advice as to how to work with him, as I saw this in the cards as well. She’s been happily married over ten years now. A few years I told her what I had not shared, and she was grateful that I didn’t tell her, since it might have made her give up on the struggle pre-nuptials.

Ego – It can be a lot when people approach you after a reading and share what it did for them. They say, “YOU were right when YOU gave me that incredible reading.” You can let it feel good, and be grateful, but remember that you were in service with the gift to support.You were a channel for messages to come through. They made their own best choices and heard the reading to their best outcomes. You did a good job being open to hearing and speaking messages that aligned with the great mystery. Fine work.

Remember that this is a humbling art form that you are honored to be graced with the experience of sharing. That is the best place to come from, in my righteous, yet reverential, opinion.

Pears as Pentacles

Tarot Cards are reflections of real life. If you have a direct experience with any element, this can inform your readings. Learn a bit about my pear tree and how it taught me about the Pentacles suit.

A Reading for the new Normal

Enjoy this tarot reading to help each of us realign our focus toward our progress forward.

Enjoy this tarot reading to help each of us realign our focus toward our progress forward. Consider how you can begin to put yourself out there with confidence, consideration, and reflection.

Ask yourself:
How does my past inform my present in a helpful way?
Are my ego attachments holding me back from stepping forward in a new direction?
What can I plan to move toward at this point, even with the limitations of our current pandemic situation?

Intuitive Tarot Card Choice

Even after reading for decades, when I choose cards from a tarot deck, I often have that pause of doubt. Move through this and learn deeper trust with your instincts.
Also, some thoughts at the end on adapting your questions if the answer doesn’t satisfy.

Intention Setting in Tarot

Before I read cards, I ask clients to do a short meditation with me. This is what I am focusing on in my own mind during that.

A Calling in The Cards

I sit in silence across from a stranger. My eyes float across the symbols on the cards between us. The King of Pentacles Reversed. The Ace of Cups Reversed. Five of Pentacles. She is clearly having a rough moment in life. A flush of emotion washes over me, not quite mine. The sensation swells and warm tears pool at the edges of my eyes—just enough to release the feeling, but not so much that they spill out. 

“Have you been through a break up or a divorce recently?”

Her eyes widen, and she inhales deeply. Her chin locks under tightened lips. She nods quietly.  
“It looks like this might have come with some monetary setbacks and health challenges.”

The tears are hers now. She shares the details that align. I commiserate with sincerity. 

The cards continue to turn, offering compassionate guidance toward how she can love herself through this challenge. The messages reflect back to her the very thoughts she has already been mulling over in the past week, and builds up her trust to take the bold steps forward that she is ready for now. Hopefully, she can better attune herself to the part of her higher self that has been speaking to her all along.

It was not my plan to become a professional tarot reader. “Fortune teller” is not a title that leads to accolades of respect from the community. Yet, when I am reading, society’s judgments slip aside as I center myself in the magic of this strange art form. There is no doubt in me when someone sees their life’s path and their thoughts are spoken back to them from someone who had no way of knowing what they needed to hear. It enlivens me every time. I am humbled and grateful to have been placed in such a strange role. 

Kismet brought me here. After getting my first reading in New Orleans at 14 years old from a quirky character named Jerrick, I began learning the cards and dabbled through my 20’s. One summer, I stayed with a friend I met while teaching English in Taiwan. Her readings displayed a deeper understanding of how to interrelate all the parts of a spread and channel new meanings. I asked her to teach me in an exchange of knowledge. Our intentional connection created an electric resonance, and all my previous years of befuddlement with the cards dissolved away. I began to feel a sense of magical purpose in this practice.

Soon after, I set off on a road trip across the U.S. My then-boyfriend shared his intuitive prediction that I would read cards in New Orleans. The idea was intimidating. Then the first woman I had a conversation with in the Big Easy showered me with all the information I could possibly need to know about how to set up a table on the square without stepping on the toes of the locals or the legals. The eerie sense of a calling magnified. After hustling around only to find my usual doors to income shut, I decide to take the hints from the universe and head out to Jackson Square.

Setting out my table for the first time terrified me. I aim for Saturday, but chicken out. On Sunday evening, I knocked back a glass of wine, put on a silky top, and lugged my chairs and table to a vacant spot within the legal parameters. 

I set up my table and am immediately approached by a short, stark woman with thickly glittered, dark brown skin, wearing a bundle of bright clothes and decadently topped off by a shimmering golden headwrap. She talks and talks at a mile a minute, and then plops a few dollars on my table. I don’t know what for. Seeing my confusion at the payment, she replies, “Oh you know, that’s for listening—you know, for the time.” And continues her verbal marathon. 

I listen and nod. She finishes in a flourish, “Oh, you’ll do just fine here, girl. You’re pretty and nice. I like you. You’ll do just fine.” 

I offer her a reading, and she nervously pulled back, “Oooeee, I don’t know. Do I have to touch the cards?” 

Told she doesn’t have to touch them, she apprehensively agreed. “How about if you shuffle, and I go over there and come back. And then you tell me what’s what?” She circled a nearby column as I laid out the spread, and I gave my first reading for a few dollars more. 

After she left, I sat in a state of happy bewilderment. Soon after, a girl on a bicycle with a hot pink bobbed wig stopped in front of me.

“Hello. You’re new here.” I confirm with a guarded nod. “You’re in Jerrick’s spot.”

“What? Oh, sorry. I thought it was on a first-come basis”.

“No, no; he’s off on Sundays. This is just where he normally sits.”

“Wait, did you say Jerrick? Has he been here a long time?” 

“Oh yeah, he’s the oldest reader on the square. Been here like 35 years.” 

“And this is where he sits?” 


I leaned back, bewildered by the coincidence of choosing the exact same spot as the reader who gave me my first reading.

That’s when I let go.

Tarot has taught me to allow myself to be pulled along by a force beyond my own will whenever coincidences flow.  This has enhanced the sense of magic and wonder in my daily life. As I get older, I deeply appreciate how reading tarot still zings with youthful delight for the mystery of it all. 

Through sharing a laugh and a cry over life’s mysteries with others, tarot regularly overturns my presumptions about humans. It is truly an honor to share in their stories, and listen closer to the quiet voice that wishes us all the best possible future.

This was originally published on HerStory, a site that celebrates women’s personal stories.

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