Occult writers suggest tarot is 35,000 years old with links to ancient Egypt and the Qabalah (or Kabbalah). I’m a fan of this theory, however, no documented evidence of tarot (or tarocchi) exists prior to 14th century Italy.
what’s in a deck?
The Tarot is a pack of 78 cards divided into two sections:
The Minor arcana contains 56 cards divided into four suits, wands, cups, swords and pentacles.
The Major arcana contains 22 picture cards. These are defining symbols, or archetypes, of the human experience.
In short: the minor arcana deals with practical, everyday issues and the major arcana tracks the journey of the soul.
The evolution of the hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades, found in a modern pack of playing cards, can be traced to 15th century France. Today’s Jack is a merging of the traditional Knight & Page and the Joker, derived from The Fool, is the only remaining major arcana symbol.
what tools do you use?
I’ve acquired ten decks over the years so take your pick. Queers, goths and cat lovers all catered for.
I also work with Doreen Virtue’s Angel Cards, the Aboriginal Dreamtime Oracle and a particularly potent, Animal Medicine deck.
My personal journey with tarot began in 1996, drawing upon studies in numerology, Qabalah and the four elements through a Mayan map of the cosmos known as the medicine wheel.
Timing will determine my approach. Mammoth, 20-card spreads can weave together intricate themes and are great fun to try. Less is often more however and a single card can be enough to kickstart your process.
The theatrics of storytelling and mystic woo can be addictive, so there comes a point when it’s necessary to halt your questions and do the work.
My aim is to help you walk the walk by feeding the insights of tarot into a wider programme of support.
Much as I’d love a caravan on Brighton pier, I’m no Psychic Sue.
Gain further knowledge of the four suits of the tarot through the teachings of the medicine wheel.
get a grip – it’s just a card!
According to the great mathematician, Pythagoras, “all is number” and far from being meaningless accidents, all happenings across the universe can be reduced down to a specific numerical value or vibration.
So did you just pick that card, or did it pick you? Or both?
will you tell me something terrible?
Each card is a blank canvas for your projections, so steer clear of doomsday tarot clichés:
The Death card points to transition in all its forms, not always unwelcome, e.g. a new job.
The Devil doesn’t preach materialism is bad, but can alert us to unhealthy attachments, or even point to a great sex life.
A collapsing Tower can be a great leveller, clearing space to create opportunity from the rubble.
how long does it take?
A typical reading normally takes around 30-minutes.