I saw this questionnaire over at High Priestess J and thought it was an excellent way to introduce myself.
1. Were you mentored or self-taught?
I am an autodidact and therefore, self-taught. I learned tarot while in college after realizing that I was an atheist (as opposed to the agnostic that I believed myself to be). Even more so, I was an anti-theist, meaning that not only did I not believe in a god, but that I was vehemently against organized religion. Yet, I was very much connected to the Earth, finding spirituality in Nature and the Universe. I had a strong intuition and could sense when something was off in a room or with people. I avoided a lot of trouble by listening to that intuition, but I wasn’t actually sure what it was. Additionally, I found myself easily drained when interacting with large groups (read, more than 4 people) or entering spaces that were very crowded. My emotions were all over the place, and random strangers loved stopping me on the street or on the train and telling me all of their songs of woe. I listened and noticed that while they seemed happier, lighter, less burdened by the end of our conversations, I was increasingly drained and saddened. Learning Tarot was an attempt to understand these energies and what they meant.
2. Are you a psychic or a tarot reader?
I am an Empathic Tarot Reader. I am not a psychic. I don’t predict the future, or see what is coming. Not in that way. I decipher messages of energy based on Tarot cards.
3. Are your predictions accurate and is accuracy important to you?
I don’t make predictions. I read energy. I help clarify choices and situations by understanding the energy surrounding behaviors, thoughts, events, and ideas. I don’t aim for accuracy per se; I strive for honesty. I believe that if I am honest about what I sense, feel, understand, and gain from the cards, accuracy is a given.
4. Is there anything you can’t predict in a Tarot reading?
Geeze! Y’all are really focused on predictions. I cannot predict. I give you choices, options, and show you paths. I help clarify energy. So, if you are looking for me to tell you that you will get a promotion, find the man of your dreams at Starbucks on July 12, or how long you will live, I can’t do that. But if you are asking if it is the right time to ask for a raise or promotion, or now is an excellent opportunity to dive headfirst into a new relationship? Then yes, I can help you sort through the energy surrounding those questions.
5. Do you only use tarot or are you multidisciplinary?
I use Tarot and meditation. While I draw on different energies, I read Tarot cards and pretty much stick to them. I often use multiple Tarot decks in one reading as I find that they provide insight into different energies.
6. Is the message in the cards or in your head?
The cards help me to decipher the energy that I feel in my body. My head/brain is what helps me communicate those messages.
7. Are you a priest or a fortune teller?
Neither, but I have been called a witch. I wear that proudly as I understand the power of Nature and I use the Earth and its energy to help heal and guide me. I am also an outspoken, honest, womanist. I enjoy reading, making herbal remedies, fermenting veggies and brewing Kefir and Kombucha.
8. Are you a fixer or a looker?
I am a looker unless I need to also be a fixer. I try to explain the choices and the paths that lie before me querent, but I do like to help them make plans or at least have enough information to begin to make plans.
9. Do you read for free or for a fee?
Will I didn’t always offer readings “professionally,” I do, now. I do not work for free, and due to bad experiences, I no longer barter readings. See my Tarot rates to learn more.
10. Is there anything you won’t predict in a reading?
I don’t predict anything. See above.