My name is Spike Peregrine and I am TABI’s Free Reader Monitor. I was asked to write a blog as a “face of TABI” kind of thing, but I’m not really one to talk about myself and actually asked if I could be excused, (please miss), but I’m here, writing, so you can guess how that went?
Just like my style of Tarot reading, I’ll be succinct and to the point (sort of).
I read the Tarot, I have done for a good few years and I’m told I’m quite good at it, even though I don’t get the chance to read that often.
I drink, smoke (occasionally), and swear (profusely). Political correctness is not my forte, and if the cards contradict what a client is telling me, I’ll always side with my cards. If I feel that you are not getting the point of what the cards are telling you, an F-bomb will be delivered.
I live with my wife and soul mate (both the same person), and our four cats in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Andalucía, far away from the hullabaloo that is the Costa del Sol.
I taught my wife, Vanessa the basics of Tarot reading*, she then went on to do a course and is now a brilliant Tarot reader with a worldwide client base.
I love hiking, mostly around the hills near to our home, but I did the Camino de Santiago (route Camino Francés) the other year and I’m planning to walk the Pyrenees, west to east, next year.
Conversely, I am a couch potato who watches as many films as I can get my hands on. Sci-Fi and fantasy mostly, although I have watched Titanic over twenty times, and Fiddler on the Roof is just the best!
We try to live as green as we possibly can. We grow a lot of our own food, tomatoes, lettuce, beetroot, chillies, melons etc. We find uses for things that we find, things that the everyday folks leave behind. Reduce, reuse, recycle is the maxim we try to live by.
I try to live a spiritual life, I meditate most days, I am an Usui Reiki master, a novice Shaman journeyer, and I practice magic in the kitchen, (my paella is to die for).
I have never played Dungeons and Dragons. I prefer the Rolling Stones over the Beatles, but Bob Dylan is my hero.
The finca (Spanish farm) where we live is surrounded by orange, mandarin, lemon and avocado trees, with some almond trees further on down the valley. As I sit in the sunshine writing this, I can catch the scent of strawberries, orange blossom and jasmine on the breeze.
The Peregrine of my name is the archaic definition, meaning to come from another country; foreign or outlandish.
I handcraft wands from almond wood, and then consecrate them under a full moon, it’s a real hippy thing to do and it makes me happy.
I applied for the job of FR Monitor to pay my debt of gratitude for the TABI course that I survived in 2012. I was surprised that they allowed an oik like me on the panel though.
My “online presence”** is a bit dusty at the moment, I’ve not been to my website for a while, shame as I was half way through something that when finished, could produce a book. Finding me on Facebook is probably better though (at least more fun), especially if you live in the UK and you want to see photos of strange things, like the sun, and blue sky 😉
I read with the Rider-Waite-Smith and the Tarot Illuminati, and on occasion the Thoth. On a recommendation I am purchasing the Druidcraft soon. I have just started to venture into the world of Lenormand.
That’s all I can think of to say, can I go now?
I beg your pardon? My favourite colour? Oh good grief, it’s yellow.
*I gave Vanessa Marchetti’s Legacy of the Divine, a notebook and asked her to draw each card and write how it makes her feel and what she thinks the card means. I hid all my Tarot books away so that Vanessa couldn’t peek.