#7. UPDATE – Palm Reading or Tarot Card

“Divination is the quest to understand more about the past, present, and future. In other words, Tarot readings are an attempt to understand ourselves better and discover how we might live better in the future.” ― Theresa Cheung, Teen Tarot: What the Cards Reveal About You and Your Future

Me: “Are you picking me up for dinner tonight?”

Friend: “Yes, be there around 7.”

Me: “Have any extra time? I’ve got this thing I need to check off my list. Bring $35 cash, and pick me up at 5:30.”

Friend: “Cool.”

And so it went. While preparing for a friend dinner out at a local eatery, I booked us an appointment for a “basic tarot” card reading at a place I found locally via Google. $35 cash for a reading of approximately 30-45 minutes each. On our way I discovered my friend had never had a reading done, but was excited to try. And I was ready to check this item off my list by my deadline of Halloween.

Overall, I tried to be very practical in my approach to the reading – I had no major questions or issues I needed solving. Putting this item on my list was to overcome the fear of hearing things that I didn’t want to hear – health, child or marriage prophecies – . Even if it is all “garbage” as another friend described Tarot, hearing anyone talk about your life and what may (or may not) happen can be intimidating.

The Reading

I went first. My girlfriend waited outside on the steps per Tatum’s request. I was ushered into the dining room in her well-kept house. With the neon sign in her front window indicating “Tarot Readings”, I wasn’t sure what to expect (which seems pretty shallow of me now that I write this down officially). She explained the different services available – I opted for Basic Tarot versus Egyptian Tarot. And she gathered her deck of cards. I was to shuffle by way of sliding cards between my hands, NOT “thumb shuffling” or bending the cards, and clearing my mind of thoughts while doing so. I cut the deck in front of me, and then placed my right hand over one pile. This is the pile she read from.

She placed a number of cards out on the table and just went for it. It should be noted I gave her no information about myself prior to this (age, marital status – but I was wearing my wedding ring, where I loved, children, health, etc.). My husband reminded me that providing an email address and phone # via her online form is as good as giving her all my details, and after Googling my email address realized that he was right – Linkedin, Facebook public photo – some good quality insight. However, my friend did not provide anything and got some interesting results.

Tatum had a pleasant demeanor but was direct. She asked only for yes/no responses to indicate she was on the right path, getting the “right” information, and made lots of statements regarding all different aspects of my life and those close to me. When she appeared stalled with the first cards she laid down, she placed another layer of cards down on top of the first, and kept reading until all the card had been laid out.

Once she was finished, about 10-15 minutes later, she looked up and said, “Now, what questions do you have?”. My mind was blank. In order to remember everything for this blog post and to see if everything she said would come true, I worked backwards and repeated back to her the themes I heard. Only some of those I’ll share here. I also wanted to confirm my understanding of the reading. For example, if the cards say something is “so”, do I still get choice? Do I have a say? The answer: “We have a choice in everything.” Here’s the big BUT –  BUT, some of these events will happen – we have a choice how to respond, or how to make the most of it. Hmmmm. Ok.

Key Themes

  1. Career – In the next year I will have a new career. New title, new location but undetermined if a new company. My communication and management skills will be needed for this new job. I will always work. I like having a career, it is important to me. I will retire, but then my career will continue in a different way – likely I will work for myself. I take great care with decisions, big or small.
  2. Health – I will have a long healthy life. She sees me living into my 80s. However, there is something wrong with my stomach and my thyroid. I need to get those checked. I also need to drink more water, move (walk) to improve digestion, and carbohydrates are my favorite, but don’t agree with my body.
  3. House – We are not meant to stay in the same house or same area. We will move in the next six years.
  4. Vacation – Two vacations in the next year, one may be just 1-3 days, but they are needed for rejuvenation and connection.

There was more. But the above is enough for a glimpse at the broad strokes she drew, with small details thrown in. I’m glad that I went, and curious more about the art of Tarot. Not enough to learn to read them myself, but this experience did draw out the memory of the spirit guide from my first reading and I’d like to dig into that. After the reading I also, more thoroughly, enjoyed the podcast “By the Book” when they read Past Lives Future Healing by Sylvia Brown. Note: would highly recommend this podcast.

This post is being written after the occurance. The tarot card reading was checked off the list on October 21. As an update on November 9, it should be noted that:

  1. Career – I have a new job. As of last week I’ll be moving, within my current company, to a newly created role with new responsibilities.
  2. Health – When I was in the reading, I was having stomach pains. I had been for about 2 weeks following a trip to the UK. I have completed many Whole30’s before – removing food that can trigger inflammation or spikes in blood sugar essentially – and was thinking it was time to start another. Her comments ensured that I followed through and I started my 6th or 7th Whole30 2 days later. I am more open to living a lifestyle of Whole30-esque eating because I know how good I feel. I have also noted ‘thyroid’ on my list to ask my doctor at my next physical.
  3. House – In late October my husband and I started planning some renovations/updates to our house. Tatum’s comments helped frame for me the question of “will this investment be worth it if we ever move?”. Not that we have a plan to move, but thinking of that as a possibility – what work will ensure pay off if the house was sold?
  4. Vacation – No major updates here except that I know our entire family needs one. Time to focus on this planning and prepare for some fun excursions.

INSIGHT              

#7 – Palm Reading or Tarot Card

“Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.” – Charles F. Kettering

You may wonder why a quote from a famous engineer and inventor preceeds a post about palm reading and tarot cards. I do too. But having had my palms and tarot cards read in the past, I know an open mind is how you need to approach either of these experiences.

Note that I wrote “open mind”, not “sense of belief”. Unless you are Wican or roaming soul looking for something to believe in, having your palm or cards read can provide you with possibilities – things that you would never expect to happen, different ways to approach problems or see opportunities where they aren’t obvious.

When my husband and I first started dating we went with another couple to have our tarot cards read by a credible reader. She worked in a holistic wellness collaborative owned by a friend’s aunt. The collaborative included massage, yoga, reflexology, and tarot. We did our reading separately. I sat down, and met the reader’s inquiring eyes with as much deadpan as possible. I kept thinking “I’m not going to give her anything!”. As we went for entertainment purposes, I wasn’t necessarily looking for a specific answer to my life’s questions. That made it fun, and not fatalistic. What followed in the reading was a fascinating discussion about her approach to tarot. Our spirit guides can give insight into our lives, or as said by Tarot Pug, “Spirit guides have a purpose to help you stay on track with your soul’s purpose in your current life.” Fascinating, right? This world is hard enough to manage solo, knowing there is a specific spirit guide out there to guide is comforting. At this time in the post I should note that I do not practice any religion formally. Raised agnostic,  I have attended Catholic church services for most of my life for holidays, however was never baptized into any particular religion. Back to my reading. She talked a lot about who my spirit guide was. She was Irish, she lived on the coast of Ireland, and was surrounded by horses.

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That was it. I don’t remember any else specific about the reading, just this insight into my spirit guide. I have traveled to Ireland many times, lived there for a short stint in 2002. It has always felt like home. Always. A strange sense that I was supposed to be there. But I could never reconcile this feeling. I’m 1/8 Irish via my father’s mother, and while I have freckles, I’m not overly Irish looking. And yet I’ve never had that feeling of belonging, of home, anywhere else I’ve traveled.

Point of the story is, that without going through that tarot experience, my sense of belonging would continue to remain untethered. And despite spirit guides and all they represent being ethereal and difficult to wrap your head around, it works for me.

Approaching a milestone birthday is a great excuse to get another dose of interesting perspective. I’ve been hesitant to experience palm/tarot since I had my girls. That the cards would foresee something awful happening. Then I saddled up and said “Stop being so ridiculous! It is all about perspective.”

Given the approach of All Hallows’ Eve (which has roots in Celtic history), I am setting myself a deadline of completing this checklist item by 10/31/17. I think the mystery of the season will add to the experience. To see how it all went down, read this post.

SPIRITUALITY

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