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Tarot Readings

A Tarot reading is a divination (intuitive) practice using a deck of Tarot cards.  These cards are divided into 2 main groups:  the Major Arcana cards and the Minor Arcana cards. 

 

The Major Arcana consists of 21 cards which, when laid out sequentially, tell the story of The Fool's Journey through one cycle of life.  This is the archetypal journey that we all take.  These cards are often the more symbolically rendered in the deck and carry more weight in a reading than the Minor Arcana cards.  They are also often referred to as the Trump cards.  (No, no relation to Donald.)

 

The Minor Arcana is broken down into four smaller suits, much the way our traditional poker playing cards are done.  The four suits, as they are most commonly represented, are Swords, Wands, Cups and Pentacles (Coins).  Each suit begins with an Ace and increases sequentially to Ten, followed by the court cards.  Court cards are most commonly represented as Page, Knight, Queen and King.   Each suit has its own set of correspondences, the most universal being that of the elements (air, fire, water, earth).

 

The reading of Tarot cards relies heavily on both symbology and intuition.  There is a bond that often develops between a reader and her/his cards that makes for a sort of shorthand during readings. There are many, many styles and variations of Tarot decks available.  Some tarot readers will remain loyal to one particular deck indefinitely, while others will develop relationships with a number of decks.   There are no absolutes when it comes to reading Tarot.

 

Tarot cards are read in what is called a spread.  A spread is simply a pattern in which cards are laid out to determine the order and the significance in which they are interpreted.  Spreads come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are very simple and others are extremely complex.  Some use one card and others use the entire deck.  There are no limits to what kind of spread can be concocted and used by a reader.  It is simply the key to reading the map of information that lies within the cards.  

 

Many people associate Tarot reading with fortune telling.  This is flawed thinking.  Human beings have the great gift of free will.  This gift means that we are able to actively participate in the shaping and creating of our destinies.  The Tarot is merely a tool to help connect us to the Divine Subconscious, also known as the Akashic Records, where all knowledge resides outside of time and space. 

 

If this language is a little too 'out there' for you, we can use quantum physics to help make it a little more scientific.  Quantum physics tells us that everything is connected.  We are all energy.  Our thoughts are all energy.  Our actions are all energy.  Anytime we think a thought or perform an action, we affect the fabric of the entire Universal energetic web.  Butterfly wings make hurricanes, and all that.  All that energy just exists.  It exists separate from time and place.  Time and place are merely constructs we've created to help us understand how to exist in and navigate the mortal experience.  We can, if we can expand our minds enough to allow it, connect with the 'all that is' to gain insight and information on our current life trajectories.  The Tarot is one tool to help us do this.  It can help us to tap into that Universal information to learn more about how the path we are currently on might be likely to unfold should we do nothing else to change it. 

 

It can get a little heady, for sure.  The good news is that you don't need to understand all that stuff to benefit from a Tarot reading.  It's a great way to touch base with how you're doing in your current life situation.  It's a good way to help make decisions, as it can get you thinking about possibilities that you may not have considered otherwise.  If you're feeling stuck in a certain area of your life, you can receive information on how to move through your blockages.  These are but a few of the ways that Tarot readings can be of benefit.  Most importantly, in my opinion, Tarot readings have a beautiful and mysterious way of helping us to learn more about ourselves.  

 

I use the term Evolutionary Tarot to describe the style of Tarot I practice.  This is akin to the branch of Evolutionary Astrology, in that these readings are tools to help the querent (person receiving the reading) navigate the path of their Soul’s evolution through this lifetime.  There is a supposition in this style of reading that the Soul is on a journey from lifetime to lifetime.  On this journey, lessons are learned in order to progress to higher states of fulfillment.  Though, really, it’s much more of a spiral dance, as once the Soul ascends to these higher levels, it then cycles back around to Ground Zero to begin again.  (This is mimicked in the Fool’s Journey as represented by the Major Arcana.)  The Soul is always in the process of learning a particular lesson in order to complete a particular mission.  The Tarot can help us decipher what that lesson is, what is the biggest obstacle keeping us from ‘getting it’, and how we can best bridge the gap between where we are and where we’re trying to go.  (It’s kind of like a Divine coaching session, if you will.)

 

My Tarot readings are fairly simple. What I mean by that is that the spreads I read from generally do not use more than two to twenty cards.  In my experience, this makes the information more accessible and less bogged down with nebulous particulars.  It also means that there is more responsibility on the part of the querent to participate in the process.  If the querent has to help interpret some of the subtext, she or he is given more opportunity to get to know the Self and the Soul more intimately.  This puts the power (or, more accurately, the recognition of power) into the hands of the querent.   The querent is, after all, the only one who can really make any changes to her or his own life.  

It is important to note that every reading is unique, just as every moment is unique, and every individual is unique.  No two readings will ever be exactly the same.  So, if you find yourself needing more clarity on an issue as you progress through it, it's perfectly appropriate to have another reading done for the same question.  You will likely be given new information as pertains to where you now find yourself in the situation.

 

Click the button below to purchase an individual Tarot Reading, or click the third eye icon above to learn more about the tarot subscription services.  Once you've placed your order, you will be directed to fill out an intake form with your name, contact information, and other information pertinent to the reading.  (Click the link on the ORDER page in the SHOP.)   Please keep in mind that the more information you share with me, the better I will be able to tailor the reading to your specific needs.   But, it is always absolutely fine if you prefer to keep things vague, allowing you to then interpret my interpretations for your Self. 

 

Once I receive your intake form, I will perform your reading in a sacred space.  I will then email you a beautiful workbook including the following:

 

  • a full breakdown of the reading with individual card interpretations + summary of the big-picture story being told

  • journal prompts + affirmations to help you process + integrate the reading more fully

  • information on yoga asanas and crystals + gemstones you can use to harness some of the energies of your current situation to your benefit

  • rituals to help you assimilate more completely into your current situation

  • other activities to help you more successfully navigate your Soul's current lesson

I look forward to sharing the beautiful gifts of the Tarot with you.  The cards have helped me through many situations along my life path.  I truly believe they can help you, too.

 

Cost per reading:  $70

 

If you have any questions about tarot cards or readings, please feel free to contact me directly.  I'm happy to help answer your questions as best I can.  

It’s my great desire to make tarot readings available to everyone who wants one.  If you are interested in a reading, but are unable to afford the cost, please message me with a brief description of what your current circumstances are, and we’ll try to find a way to make this work for the both of us.  Everyone deserves a happy, healthy life!

Melanie Hayes
NCLMBT #4875, E14883, CYT

Email: experiments.in.bliss@gmail.com