M is for Mind Your Manners #atozchallenge

I’ve been thinking about tarot etiquette, and I think I’m extremely lucky in this department.  Other than just a few incidents, people have been respectful of me and my cards.  Just in case, though, here is a list of bad tarot manners. Don’t touch my cards without asking me first.  It makes me stabby. Please don’t get food or drink near my deck.  It’s not just a deck of cards, it’s MY deck of MY tarot cards and I LOVE THEM.  A lady spilled a glass of wine on my deck a few years ago and jokingly asked if I …

D is for Don’t Tell Me Anything Bad, Ok? #atozchallenge

One of my favorite movies is called “French Kiss”.  The main character, Kate, has to face a lot of her fears, and her knight in (slightly dented) shining armor is Luc.  This is one of their first conversations: Kate: Do you believe in love? The kind that lasts forever? Luc: I loved my mother. Kate: No, everybody loves their mother. Even people who hate their mothers love their mothers. The question is, one man meant for one woman. That is the question. Luc: But it is not an interesting question. It is the question of a little girl who believes …

What the what? – Liz Lemon

So, I got an email this morning from a guy who was not a client, who hasn’t ever been a client, and who found me online.  I get these every now and again.  Sometimes people are telling me I’m going to hell, some are telling me that because I like The Gays I’m going to hell, sometimes strangers want to touch my parts inappropriately…and well…. This one.  It was short, but memorable.  “Hey, I noticed your cut your hair.  Don’t you think you’d be a more credible psychic or whatever with long hair?” I have a couple of responses to …

If you think a professional is expensive, wait ’til you try an amateur. ― Paul “Red” Adair

Jamie asked why my readings are so expensive, and why I discounted readings last month (and I’m going to again this month).  This is a fair question, with a couple of answers, so I’m going to be as thorough as I can. 1.  Why are my readings so expensive? Well, honestly, it’s because I’m good at what I do.  I’ve been doing readings for twenty-five years.  In the first decade or so, I didn’t charge a lot – I bartered.  I practiced.  I used my book for every reading.  Then, I got better.  I started charging about $20 per reading, …

He is the cheese to my macaroni. ― Diablo Cody

Bill asked me if I could do readings for couples.  I can, but as I’ve gotten more experience with readings, I usually don’t. When a couple calls for a reading – and it’s a planned thing- they’re usually on the same page in their relationship.  I’ve done readings for anniversaries and birthdays, and the couples for whom I’ve read have been looking in the same direction.  I can do one reading for both people, or a reading for each and they are generally in sync and oftentimes have some of the same cards.  Those readings are super.  Some of my …

When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it – Charles deLint

I love this time of year – my friend Will talked about the time between Christmas and New Year’s as being shapeless and un-managed energy.  Anything can happen and you won’t be surprised.  The dates are all wonky and your time is kind of unchecked except for the mundane responsibilities.  The huge rush of the holidays gives way to the potential for a new beginning.  I love the ‘in-betweens’.  I always think of this time of year as a cocoon of sorts. That formative, squishy time where you get to shed the parts of you that aren’t working and try …

There’s a hell of a distance between wise-cracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wise-cracking is simply calisthenics with words. – Dorothy Parker

A few years ago, in a quest for John Stamos’ internet lovin’, Christina Majaski and I threw down the “I’ve loved him since Full House!” and “Oh yeah?  I’ve loved him since Blackie Parrish was a thing!” gauntlets.  We soon realized that we were entirely too silly to fight for real, and that John Stamos should probably remain a gorgeous, Greek ideal instead of a reality.  Damnit.  We became friends instead. Anyway, Christina is not only funny, she’s smart.  She writes what she knows, and does it in such a way that makes you know what she knows.  She makes …

You should treat a muse like a fairy – Paulo Coelho

Karen asked how information came through when I do readings.  I’ve been thinking about this for a few days, and I think the best way to explain it would be with stories.  All names were changed to protect my clients, as well as identifying information.  Once upon a time, I was giving readings at a corporate event, and a woman with long, long dark hair sat down.  For the briefest of seconds, I *saw* her with a shaved head.  It surprised me, and I asked if she was getting a haircut.  She started crying and told me that her hair …

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away. ― Elvis Presley

  Maybe the dark things that live in the corners of my brain aren’t so scary after all?  Maybe I can take them out and let some light shine on them. That’s the Sun card.  Everything is moved into the light.  I get an image in my head of the sunshine reaching into the darkest, deepest corners of us.  Burning away the sadness, the lies and distortions, the broken trusts and broken hearts.  The sunshine illuminates and enlightens us, and shows us that when the shadows and dark and twisties go away, it’s not so scary out here after all. …

Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules… – Tom Robbins

The Lovers.  Aw, come on.  What a gorgeous image.  The sun is shining high and bright, the Angel of Outlandish Headgear is giving a blessing, with its own fog machine, The Tree of Knowledge (complete with serpent) one one side and a burning bush on the other.  Hello, overt Biblical references!  How ya doing.  You gotta love Rider Waite. That’s this card.  It doesn’t even have to be romantic, although that’s most often the case.  Some people who walk around on this Earth are Tribe.  They’re yours.  You might take a couple of decades to find them, but once you …