Free Tarot Workshop 3/25/15

I will be conducting a tarot workshop at the John C. Hart Memorial Library in Shrub Oak on Wed., March 25, from 7:30-9:30PM. I hope to see you there!

Here is the promotional description for the event:

Join a professional psychic for an intriguing exploration of the tarot. This 2 hour workshop will delve into the process of choosing a tarot deck, formulating your own questions, completing the Celtic Cross spread, and interpreting the cards. Guests will have the opportunity to look at several tarot decks and ask questions about divination and metaphysical topics. Feel free to bring your own tarot deck if you have one. During the workshop, several volunteers will be randomly chosen for a free reading (a $20 value). This workshop is free to the public.

Ace of cups from the original tarot deck, the Visconti-Sforza, from the 15th century.

Ace of cups from the original tarot deck, the Visconti-Sforza, from the 15th century.

Freedom to Respond Instead of Reacting

Frankl Response Freedom

What an inspiring statement! Being free to choose the next step and to create something positive no matter the stimulus in our life is the essence of what it means to be human, aware, and a force for kindness in the world. In choosing to react in a way that inspires others and keeps us focused on a positive outcome for everyone involved, we are not only improving our own lives, but we are also literally making the world a better place, one interaction at a time. We can stop the snowball of negative responses and express a willingness to receive and enact something better and more affirming. This is key to manifesting happiness, abundance, and opportunity in our lives.

What’s more, when we stop to pause, we permit the possibility of a more positive, new perspective of the situation. At the exact moment we receive the stimulus (such as information, a feeling, something breaking, pain, etc.), we may not be able to see another view or a way out, but the time we take to consider can allow us to receive a new view. Take those moments to walk, pray, look at something beautiful, create, read poetry, light a candle, whatever inspires you. Focus on something positive and give yourself a moment to receive what you need to see the benefit in a situation. Those moments are not only a gift for yourself, but for those around you as well, because they help us to manifest what we truly want.

I hope everyone chooses a positive way today. Even if that path should lead you through some piles of sodden snow, may it lead you to a place of peace, happiness, and inspiration.

Purple Egg Deer

St. Patrick’s Day, Green Beer, and the Fairies

We’re all Irish for one day.

Many of us share in rituals that show our love and support for the Celtic community, such as drinking green beer, attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, or even dying our hair green.  The same zest for life, stewardship of nature, and boundless joy that we celebrate on March 17th also comes through in the Irish belief in the fairies. No, I’m not talking about fabulous, flamboyant men in sparkly shirts– I mean the tiny little people with wings who according to Celtic folk belief take care of the environment, our animals, and our homes.

Also known as the “Little Folk” or the “Good People,” the fairies offer an inspiring antidote to this era of electronic isolation and cubicle living.  The great Irish poet, W.B. Yeats captured the joyful nature of the fairy folk in his words:

“Come fairies Take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you
Upon the wind and dance
Upon the mountains like a flame.”

We as busy, worried adults can take a lesson from the kids who recognize the value and wonder of the fairies. Through a connection to the beauty and joy around us, we feel better, and we get in touch with our childlike hope for the future. The concept of the fairies is a powerful reminder that worry does not help to improve any situation, and through excitement for life and nature, we can tap into a powerful vision of healing and abundance in our lives.  The positive energy we experience in drawing inspiration from the fairies helps us to bring about happy changes in our life. Happiness, play, and wonder are not only good for children– they are important for adults, too.

Their ecological mission to care for the planet is a powerful part of their message: in order to keep enjoying the beauty of the environment, we have to do our part to protect and preserve the world we live in. It is an investment in the future and in our current comfort and happiness. Besides, the grass feels good on your feet.

 

My friend Barbara dressed up as a fairy princess.

My friend Barbara dressed as a fairy princess.

 

Benefits of the tarot

Garth Stein wrote, “That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.”

This quotation captures a dilemma that we face as human beings. How can we know which aspects of our life are outside of our control— simply part of destiny— and which can be changed according to our personal goals? Especially in trying times, it can be very difficult to understand the direction of our life path. When life gets tough, matters of career, love, family, and health become extra important and demand our attention.

Since the beginning of time, people have sought out the help of those who are somehow able to read the intentions of fate, to help people to understand the world around them. Carl Jung, one of the fathers of modern psychology, added further that “When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside us as fate.”

Whether or not one believes in the existence of destiny, supernatural forces, or psychics, or sees the world as a projection of our psychology and cognitive function, I can offer services that help you access additional perspectives about your life and your true desires that will bring happiness and clarity.

Have you been feeling stalled in your life path? Being spiritually and psychologically aware can make the difference between taking initiative in your life or watching everything and everyone pass you by. The tarot can help to uncover new information that may help you to progress on your life journey.

Whether you would like my help to access the supernatural, or to find someone patient and understanding to talk with about a situation that is troubling you, or to entertain your friends with stories about their future, give me a call. If you are interested in learning more about the tarot or other esoteric topics, I can construct a workshop to fit your group’s interests, size, or time constraints.

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The Wheel of Fortune from the original Visconti-Sforza tarocchi deck.

The Wheel of Fortune from the original Visconti-Sforza tarocchi deck.

Biography of a Psychic (Part One)

There are two biographies to include here, the spiritual biography and the mundane one.  These are the two threads that run parallel and intertwine throughout the days of my life.  However, they both begin in the same place, a small town in northern Illinois, near where the country meets the city.  It was a completely average childhood for anyone in the same place, with lots of watching cartoons, bike riding, school banquets at the tiny community center, and driving along the corn fields while the sun set beautifully in the background.  In that land of 1970s fabulous split-level ranch homes with wall-to-wall shag carpeting and avocado colored refrigerators filled with homemade, hand picked mulberry pies, and three layer jello molds, there was a more mysterious side that few could see.

From the age of 3 years old, I saw spirits.  Like old friends, they came to see me in my playpen.  I talked with them. I asked my mom about them, but for her, they were imaginary friends (Isn’t that cute?).  People in small towns in Illinois don’t have that kind of imaginary friend, so I learned early on that it was best to forget about it.  In the meantime, I was good at school, and I was curious about other people, places, and cultures.  I studied hard, and I knew a lot about the material we were studying.  However, I also knew a lot of information we weren’t studying, for instance who “liked” who, who was sad, who was sick, who was going to die.  It was sometimes a lot for a kid to know.

It was also at this time that I started noticing that people I scarcely knew would strike up conversations with me about their private struggles.  I was flattered that older people, adults even, would want to talk with me, but at the same time, I wasn’t sure how to help them.  What did they need to hear?  How could I understand what they were going through?  When you’re 12 years old, how can you understand what it means to lose a loved-one or go through a divorce?  I had lots of sympathy, but the experience to really understand and encourage people came later, through my own learning and suffering.

In the meantime, I studied hard and participated in as many drama and choir extra-curricular activities in high school as possible.  Our school, which was on the national historic register has an amazing theater, with a beautiful carved ceiling, seats for over 2500 people, several musical practice rooms, and a huge balcony.  Of course, there was always some practice for some performance to attend, which meant many late-night rehearsals in the huge theater at my school.  Unbeknownst to most of the other students or the coaches, we had spectators at those performances.  I had more “imaginary friends,” who liked to sit and listen to the music.  Fortunately, for me, this time, there were others around who could see our guests, too. Some of us would see them in the balcony. It helped me to see that it wasn’t all in my head, that I was only first to see what others could also witness.

Around this same time, my mother, who has never been terribly spiritual, decided to buy me a tarot deck.  She never saw it as some mysterious way of talking with the spirits or some creepy occult paraphernalia. Her reasoning was that since I was going away to college in the next couple of years, it would be fun for me to have something to entertain people in the dorms.  I am sure she never thought it would lead to me sitting with groups of friends of friends, with me reading an entire room of giggling strangers, who would fall silent as I suddenly touched on facts that were known to everyone in the room but me.

I entered the University of Illinois with a major in political science/pre-law, but I learned soon enough that languages were my gift.  French was soon followed by Russian and German, then literature, then film, then religious studies. For me, each of these fields became an intriguing new way to express meaning and unite us all as human beings.  The connections between different people and different cultures became my passion, and I was fascinated with the ways that people conveyed meaning through languages, both spoken and through visual signs.  After completing my degrees in French, Russian, and Political Science, I went on to study comparative literature and Russian literature.  Because of my experience with literature, I am able to connect visual signs and create a story to help people to understand their own stories in a new way. The symbols of the tarot or from my contact with “spirit friends” connect in my mind to uncover meaningful information that helps clients to understand themselves and their lives more clearly.

Future is plain to see