What first drew you to Tarot?
I first got interested in the Tarot in the mid 1970’s when a boyfriend at the time bought me a Rider Waite deck. I was fascinated with all the images and spent hours learning the meanings. I had first become interested in Astrology, Palmistry and Graphology (hand writing analysis) a few years before as a young teenager.
What is your favourite deck right now?
My favourite deck is The Ancient Italian Deck, which I use for most of my readings now. This designer of this deck is not known, but dates to around 1890. It is a Tarot de Marseilles-influenced deck in that only the Majors and Courts have images on them, and the Minors just show e.g. 6 Cups or 2 Batons on them. They have a medieval feel to the designs and I found them just by chance.
Tell us about a card that means something special to you.
I had to think quite a while about this as all cards to me are special, but if I had to choose one, it would be The Star. This is always a positive card and brings hope and renewed faith and tells you not to lose sight of your goals in life. I am always pleased when this card comes up in a reading.
What is your favourite, or go-to spread?
I use a spread for most of my readings which is called the Ten Houses and is an amalgamation of several spreads which I have adapted over the years. I use 22 cards: two for each position, and then two final outcome cards which I place face down and read at the end of the reading. Each House has a specific area or topic and is based on numbers. So for instance, House number 1 is the current situation or the client themselves, House number 5 show the conflicts around them, House number 7 shows the choices and so on.
How do you think Tarot works best?
I use the Tarot as a counselling tool. I find that during a reading with a client, the message from the cards will get them to think about and focus on their situation, consciously and/or subconsciously. Very often a day or two after a reading, a client will often have a ‘light bulb’ moment when a thought or idea springs into their mind.
Why did you decide to become a Free Reader for TABI?
I joined TABI in 2007 and had not thought about becoming a Free Reader then, but in 2012, I found I had a bit more time on my hands, so decided I would like to become one. The rest is history as they say!
What do you like best about giving Tarot readings?
Over the years I have met many people from all walks of life, and have heard some often heart-wrenching situations. To be able to offer some guidance, advice and comfort to people and to see them leave without the heavy weight they had on their shoulders when they came in, is reward enough!