Tarot Gives Financial Guidance

So, of course, disclaimer disclaimer, I am NOT saying that you should use the Tarot for your financial guidance. If you have a financial or money-related question, you should go to a licensed professional. However, I would just like to share a story about how that could actually work.

I went to a hot spring in Nagano, North Japan, with my cousins a few years ago. One of my cousins is what you could call an in-the-bone socialist, she has lived on a beach in Thailand in her bikini for 5 years, for example. So when I gave her a Tarot reading, I was shocked, yes shocked to see the 4 of Pentacles, Queen of Pentacles and King of Pentacles all there on the table. I told her that I thought her reading was wrong, but she said: Just go ahead and tell me what you see.

So, I said: “Turns out, you’re a money-grabbing whore after all!” No, that’s not what I said, nor even what I thought, but I just slipped that in the story, in case it gave you a bit of a laugh. What I actually said was: “Looks like you have some financial issues on your mind, you are thinking about saving and investing for the future, maybe budgeting and making financial plans of all sorts.” She agreed, and said that that was why she had asked me for a Tarot reading, because she was thinking of getting investments and a retirement plan, now her daughter was getting older and she was planning for the future.

Incredible, I thought, that the Tarot can be that pin-point accurate, that we can get answers to even our most worldly questions using the Tarot. And THAT’S when I decided to become a professional Tarot card reader, in case you were wondering.

Talking of which, yesterday this happened:

Thank you as ever to my super-sweet Tokyo Tarot Meetup Group. We completed Lesson 5 of 8 of our Tarot course yesterday. I asked my students for a reading about a rather scary letter from my local council in the UK, and what I should do about it. Should I call and confess all, or should I try to brush everything under the carpet?

What’s your interpretation?

Tokyo Tarot Rocks My World

It’s official: My Tarot students are the absolute BEST! They are funny, insightful, intelligent and supportive. Thank you to everyone who came to the second lesson yesterday, and see you soon I hope.

 

Beginners’ Tarot Course Starts This Week

Hierophant card from The Mythic Tarot

Yes, my friends, it’s Autumn again – no, really – and as such it’s time to learn stuff! If you are in Tokyo or surrounding area in the next few months and would really like to learn the meanings of all 78 Tarot cards, and (what’s more important) exactly how to use them to get a real ass-kicking Tarot reading, now is your chance.

View the Tokyo Tarot Meetup group’s Autumn schedule for more information.

Tarot Dialogue: Friendship Gone Sour

About 12 years ago I moved from the UK to Japan and let my house out to my friends for a very reasonable rent, in exchange for them taking care of the place and keeping the garden nice, etc. As everyone predicted, the deal has gone south, for a whole array of reasons, and so now I need some guidance.

Not only that, but of course the outside is inside and the inside is outside – see the 9 Axioms of Thoth for further info on that – and so of course dealing with this, or rather not reacting to this in the old, predictable Elise-like ways is really key here. It’s a test, of course it’s a test. *Sigh* If only I had some way to connect with my Higher Self and get the guidance I need. Oh, wait, I’m a Tarot card reader.

Question 1: My first urge is to call on our mutual friends and / or some heavy dudes we know and enlist their help to get the person in question to cough up. I really need the money, dammit! Does the Tarot think that’s a good idea?

Mystical Tarot by Giuliano Costa, published by Lo Scarabeo

Answer: Giving in to urges like that keeps you enslaved to the victim mentality that led you into this situation in the first place. See how it would be the end of your friendship? There is still much to be saved here. The outcome is hidden (I always keep spare cards in the deck to show that the answer is hidden). Unchain yourself from this reactive mindset.

Question 2: All right then, if calling on our friends / the bailiffs to get the person to give me the money that he damn well owes me is not the right move, should I just trust to God, and turn this situation over to HIM, that all of this will end up working itself out? There’s not much else I can do from this distance.

Answer: You’re going at this with a pneumatic drill. The money is here, the money is safe. You’re fine. It’s fine.

So when will I get said money? My air conditioner has just broken down and I had to pay a ton of money for a new cooker and blah-blah-blah…

As you know, because the Tarot is so perfect, we can even make predictions of when that happy event might take place, using the Chaldean Decans. Because the signifier in this spread is the 10 of Disks, we see that the Tarot predicts that it will all be over, red rover, in mid-September. That’s quite far away! but as long as it happens, so much the better.

Question 3: So in the mean time, because I’m the soul of impatience (which is why I always look at the spoilers for Game of Thrones, and also why I use the Tarot for prediction) what can I do to hasten this event?

Answer: Seeing this situation as just one more battle to be won, and allowing yourself to get into petty conflicts with people who are essentially on your side, is what led you to this disaster in the first place. Just accept what’s happening, get out of the way and let events roll on without your meddling.

So that’s pretty unequivocal. Not exactly the answer we were looking for, wouldn’t you agree? But hey. Tarot knows best.

Question 4: What, if any, is the silver lining around this large, black lightning-filled storm cloud?

Answer: The King of Wands has always been the Tarot’s card for my partner. So I should listen to his advice (“Don’t call your friends, silly. Peer pressure would be counter-productive.”) and leave shit to him. Ok, boss.

Are you shocked that the Tarot is happy to talk about such petty topics as money and buying new cookers? Think about it: one quarter of all the cards in the Tarot are Earth cards, which are related to money. The Tarot is an excellent tool for analysing your relationship with money and finance. Try it now, and let us know what the outcome is.

Wounded Healer

Peleus entrusts his son Achilles to Chiron. Source: Wikicommons.

Jung said that in order to be a true healer one has to be wounded oneself. I read the article about that on Wikipedia (see it HERE) and they state that:

“73.9% of counselors and psychotherapists have experienced one or more wounding experiences leading to career choice.”

Is there an adult alive over the age of 40 who had never had a wounding experience? I only wish that more adults had the same caring urge as therapists and healers.

Also I strongly believe that you can’t be an effective healer if you haven’t really lived pain, in whatever form. How would you be able to understand what the other is feeling without having been down that hole yourself?

I have Chiron in my 10th house which I fancy means I’m seen as a healer, whereas other Astrologers have said that it’s the wound that defines me. Huh. Let’s see what the Tarot thinks:

Tarot de Jacques Viéville

And as usual from the Tarot: what elegance, what subtlety in this answer. The central card – 2 of Wands – is the card of yearning and urges without sense or foundation. The left-hand card is the 10 of Wands, someone who has fought and lost or at least fought and suffered. On the right is the 5 of Disks, someone who is outside society, who struggles with paranoia and feeling ostracised.

I yearn to be a full-time healer, and behind me is the experience of having healed myself from Crohn’s disease – find out about all of that HERE – which was probably the catalyst for my wanting to be a healer, and before me is still this feeling of never being able to be accepted or successful. So the Tarot says that it’s the wound that defines me. Not exactly the answer I wanted but certainly very enlightening.

But also we could see something more general, an urge to heal coming from and feeding back into difficulty and stress. So then, I’m both seen as a Healer and define myself as wounded because the two are the same for me.

What do you think? What brought on your urge to heal? Do you agree with my Tarot reading interpretation? Can young people with no real life experience heal? Start the conversation below.

How I Got into Tarot

How did you, dear reader, get into Tarot? When was the first time you saw a Tarot deck in action? People see Tarot as vaguely illicit, bordering on sinister or even downright evil so usually it’s in a secret room somewhere, there may have been drawn curtains or even some candles, about on the same par as smoking dope in the naughty stakes.

When I was a child, my sister was my biggest hero. To me, she seemed to be the epitome of everything a person could hope to become: she  had a lot of silver rings and wore eye-liner, she had tons of friends, she was tall, beautiful, with the best grades in her year and frequent comments on how long her legs were. She was great at sport and she had a horse. Second to my sister in the hero stakes was my cousin, who used to come from Brittany and stay with us nearly every summer. To my 11-year-old mind, there was basically no-one to top those two icons, those pillars of cool, my sister and my cousin. And one year, my cousin bought a Tarot deck with her when she came to stay.

Looking on in awe – because I was never allowed to participate fully – and as I remember, I think they asked questions like: “When are you going to die?” “Is your future husband going to be rich?” And: “When and how are you going to lose your virginity?” After a few tries, they realised that the Tarot wasn’t going to give them the answers they were looking for, and they put the cards away. I then stole them.

Years later, I remember finding them and trying them out for myself and realised how incredibly accurate they were. It was about 5 years later, when I was in my late teens, we were having a dinner party at home. My parents had invited some posh friends, an Admiral in the French Navy and his incredibly well-dressed wife, and I asked if anyone would like a Tarot reading. They all said:

“Oh, what fun! Let’s do it!”

There may even have been some polite clapping.

So I laid the cards out on the bridge table for the Admiral, who had shuffled. I was looking in the little white book and saying: “2 of Disks, this one is you, you can see you are on the water, you are facing your responsibilities, but it’s tough going.” Everyone laughed. “Tell us something we don’t know!” they shouted.

“OK,” I went on, “now we see your wife, she’s, she’s, she’s…”

“She’s what?” Called out my parents in unison.

“Yes, what is she?” asked the Admiral.

“I can’t tell you.” I said.

“Tell us!” Everyone shouted.

“She’s having an affair.”

There was a silence then my mother said:

“I think it’s time for dinner, don’t you think? Come and help me, Elise.”

So I put the cards away and didn’t say another word all evening. The Admiral’s wife was having a very scandalous and public affair, and they were in London trying to patch up their marriage. A few months later, they were divorced.

It was at that moment I realised for the first time that the Tarot wasn’t just some parlour game, and it wasn’t just for over-imaginative, gullible little girls, as most people think. I bought some books and investigated a little more deeply. I found that the answers I was getting to my questions were about 80% consistent with what was actually happening in my life, and recording the readings showed that the predictions were just as accurate. Not only that, but the guidance was shockingly apt. The Tarot would say things like: “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” “You’re totally out of control with your emotions.” or: “Sex magick is a false road for you. Develop what you’ve got going on now.”

I moved to Japan, my sister is now living in London, and my cousin is based in Thailand. Because she never regarded money or possessions as important, she lived on a beach for many years. She came to visit us a few years ago for Christmas and we all went up to Nagano and had a wonderful hot spring break. I reminded her of the Tarot cards, but she had no recollection of them whatever. I said: “Whatever, I learned the meanings of the cards, would you like a reading?”

The cards that came up for her were ALL about the money: Queen of Disks was her signifier, 4 of Disks, Knight of Disks, you name it, they were all there. I said: “Sorry, but I’m not sure this is a very good reading. It’s all about savings and investments and pensions.” She answered: “That’s my question: should I take out a pension and life insurance to protect my daughter, in case anything should happen to me?”

That’s when I knew that the Tarot is pretty much infallible, and it was during that holiday, while sitting in the outdoor bath one evening, with the Nagano snow piled up all around, and the Moon and Venus shining down upon me, that I made a vow to become a Tarot professional.

So, what about you? How were you introduced to the Tarot? What was your first deck? Do you give readings to other people? When did you realise just how insanely accurate the Tarot is? Comment in the box below.

Is Tarot Evil?

In the Tarot there are 78 cards, some of which are very gentle and sweet, some of which are extremely harsh and scary. So why would anyone want to use a system that has frightening images? Could the Tarot be evil?

Devil card from Lady Freida Harris and Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot

Firstly, let’s get the facts straight. The Tarot was devised by the Visconti-Sforza family of Milan in around 1420, as a catechism tool for the young ladies of the house. It was designed in the same way as flashcards, to teach Higher Christian Virtues, such as Temperance, inner Strength and the value of quiet meditative prayer. So if you are thinking that the Tarot comes from a place of paganism and heresy, allow me to disabuse you.

Tarot for Cats – image from aeclectic.com

So we hear about Tarot of Cats and Erotic Tarot decks that are available now, how does that relate to early Renaissance christianity? Basically, the format is the same, it’s the delivery style that’s different. So what do we use the Tarot for?

Think about what you would say if you knew that your best friend’s boyfriend was a scumbag. Would you tell her? Would you say: “I really dislike that guy. At the risk of sounding clingy and possessive, I think he’s a total tool and you should get get away from him as soon as.” See, the Tarot would say that, and that would be news she would listen to, because the Tarot is obviously impartial. How could it not be? If you lay it on the line to your friend, she might think you’re jealous of her romance, or that you secretly fancy her bf and can’t stand to see the two of them together, in fact a whole array of possible bad things might cross her mind. But if she sees the Knight of Swords rushing away from the Queen of Disks, now that might well change her mind about him.

Knight of Swords from Tarotverbatim.com

But now let’s imagine a different scenario, one in which a friend is herself behaving like a jerk, and you know that her destructive habits and mind-set are actually slowly ruining her, and impacting badly on the people around her. Just how many times could you point that out to her, no matter how gently, without sounding like a complete pain in the tushie? I think very soon she would start ignoring your texts and that would be that, she would be out of your reach and on her own. But if she saw the Devil card laid out in front of her in a Tarot reading, chances are she’s going to sit up and pay attention. That sucker looks EEEEVILLL!

That’s why we have some strong cards in the Tarot, to show us who we really are, and what a jerk we are being at the moment. What a gift.

I fancy myself as quite intelligent, in that I think I’m not stupid, and if you read a few blog posts on this site you might agree with me. Also, I feel that I’m not a deluded person. I make judgements based on actual, concrete, physical evidence that I test for myself. I’m also really, really not evil. I pray several times every day. I reject and repel the darkness, negativity, shadow. I’m a healer, I channel only the Light. Check MY HEALING WEBSITE for more info on that. I use Tarot cards because they work. They give the best guidance and prediction for individuals. I would never use a system that hurt or harmed anyone.

Image: http://pyreaus.com/tarot/pyreaus_tarot_majarc_the_Hanged_Man.htm

And after over 25 years of Tarot practice, I can tell you that the Tarot has never, ever advised anyone to do something immoral or something that would harm them. For example, once a woman asked me if she should divorce her husband and move in with a new guy. The Tarot said that she should think seriously about her long-term future plans, for both her and her baby, and stick with her present guy, the one that was going to give her the stability that she needed for the time being. See, that’s perfect guidance, right? And it’s always right, consistently.

The Devil card, the Hanged Man, the Tower, they are all hard bitch-slaps to tell you to wake up to what is going on around you and within you.

I strongly believe that the Tarot is an excellent hotline to your higher self. I seriously think that people spend years in therapy to get the answers that the Tarot could give them in an afternoon. Your higher self is constantly trying to guide and steer you, but hearing it’s voice is kinda tricky in this era of Candy Crush Saga and Game of Thrones. Actually, I’m a huge Thrones fan, so that’s no criticism, it’s just a way of saying that nowadays there is so much mind-crackle to contend with that it’s hard to find that quiet space inside ourselves and just listen for a damn minute to what our inner voice is saying. The Tarot cuts through the interference like a hot knife through butter. It’s up to you what you do with that information.

So, what have we just said? We said that the Tarot is probably a clear line for the voice of your Higher Self. We said that it consistently gives guidance and prediction based on what is right for you, aligning you with the fastest, clearest, most loving and light-filled channel for growth and healing. As to how it could possibly be up to 80% accurate in every reading, you’ll have to wait for another blog post to read my opinion on that.

So if Tarot was so great, why doesn’t everyone do it? I guess you could say that it’s slightly embarrassing to be doing Tarot. People of all genders and walks of life, of all ages and beliefs, have asked me for a Tarot reading. People do get Tarot readings, they just don’t talk about it.

What has your experience of having or giving Tarot readings been? Have you ever experienced darkness or guidance that wasn’t in line with your highest good? Or have you, like me and all other Tarot readers I’ve ever met, only received the purest, most helpful guidance and prediction? Leave your comments below.

Udemy Course – the story so far

Instead of running the beginners’ course directly from this site, I’ve decided to post it on Udemy. The advantage is that my newsletter and blog subscribers can get it free, because you can get vouchers and the like, apparently.

The slightly sad and sorry news is that it’s taking me a lot longer than expected to get that thing up and running. I thought I would be able to just transfer files from the Beginners’ Tarot course that I ran earlier this year. However, looking back on that I realised that in fact I pretty much had to re-write the whole thing. But that’s ok, I love talking about Tarot. ETA is about mid-July at present.

So if you want a really amazing (!) comprehensive beginners’ Tarot course, subscribe to my blog! There’s a link in the side-tab on the right.

Third-Party Readings

To 3rd-Party read or not to 3rd-Party read? It’s when the person asks to know about someone who has not given permission to have their cards read.

Questions can include: Is my wife having an affair? Is my boss ever going to promote me? What’s he building in there?

A few years ago a woman client asked me to do a reading for a guy she had a crush on. It was in a café, and all the other people in the café knew both her and the guy involved, and everyone was listening in to the reading. Kind of tense! The guy in question wasn’t present, he was married and had a successful career as the drummer in a rock band. I told my client that she could get a reading about the relationship between her and this man, but his private life was his own business. She was obviously disappointed but short of putting a gun to my head, there was nothing much she was going to be able to do to change that.

To my amazement, the Tarot reading was all about him, his wife, his mistress, his manager, his career, his fans, they were all in there.

The Tarot showed him to be extremely stressed and unhappy, pressurised by the conflicting demands of so many people riding on the coat-tails of his career. My client sat through the reading in total silence, and at the end she said that she was going to just love him from afar, and stop stalking him like a beast.

It’s happened a few times that people have asked me to do a third-party reading, and I always say no, but you know that if the Tarot thinks you need to know about someone’s life, because that’s going to help you personally, then that’s the information you’re going to get.

To show what I mean, here’s a reading I did this morning. I asked the Tarot to help me illustrate my point with a fictitious office crush situation. The cards are from the Tarot de Jacques Viéville.

So obviously, thinking about the visual language of the Tarot, the very clear message is: “get your nose out of this person’s life. The way is closed, buster!” We see someone waving a big truncheon in our face, then the way is barred, then it’s super-double barred with an extra padlock. From a more traditional interpretation: He’s having a lot of sex and he’s partying a lot. Notice the numbers? It’s 1 – 2 – 4, multiplying the Wands exponentially. How does that help the client? It just makes them feel more left out and vulnerable than ever. However, check this:

See, now that’s better, isn’t it? A woman wrestling with her lust, looking back on past events and feeling even more left out and sorry for herself, while over on the other side the door is locked like Fort Effing Knox.

Just leave the dude alone, already, and attend to the matter at hand, which in this case is your beautiful pet lion, which has to be a metaphor for everything that’s beautiful and wild in your life. Stop pining over some guy who is ultimately going to ostracise you and leave you out in the cold.

Basically, it’s the same reading twice in a row. However, in the second reading, the message is a lot more personal and useful, don’t you think?

What do you think about 3rd-party readings? Some people say it’s tantamount to psychic spying and totally out of bounds. Others say: “Well, if I don’t get paid to do this, someone else will, so I may as well go ahead and do this thing. Who cares, anyway?” The difference is an ethical Tarot reader who feels honour and professionalism, versus someone who doesn’t care about you or the person who you’re stalking. Which person is going to give the better reading?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this controversial topic, so please comment below.

Timing Events with the Chaldean Decans

Tokyo Tarot Meetup rides again, at Denny’s Restaurant, Shinagawa, and this time we focused on  the magnificent Chaldean Decans, or decanates, whichever you prefer.

This system is based on the Chaldean calendar. The idea is that you can time events in the future using Tarot cards. I love this kind of fortune telling, because you get prediction and timing together.

Coming up soon, I will be offering a Chaldean Decan mini e-course, which will be FREE to Star Tarot Blog and newsletter Subscribers, and Patreon supporters.

If you want to see a much more beautiful version of the Chaldean calendar, see THIS blog post. In the reading on the table above, the member asked when she was getting married. Based on what the Tarot said, and looking at the calendar, what do you think?