Working with Tarot

The Strength and Sun cards from The Builders of the Adytum Deck. photo Meagan Angus 2018

I have been exploring Tarot for 30 years.

I received my first deck, The Witch’s Tarot by Fergus Hall, when I was 15, from a Sister Witch. A surreal and obscure deck, I was puzzled by the images. A year later, another friend gave me my 1st copy of the Rider-Waite deck. I began doing what is now known as intuitive readings, going off what I pulled up from my gut, and from my life experiences, and what I felt when I looked at the symbols on the cards. I worked with Tarot of the Cat People, and The Morgan-Greer deck, finding comfort in the familiarity of their psychedelic, art nouveau design. My intuition was strong, and often pulled out a correct answer when I had no idea what the card meant. After a couple of years of this work, I wanted to know more. I began to read anything I could find, which was, in Las Vegas, NV in the 1980s, not a lot. But it was enough to show me I was missing out on layers and layers of meaning, hidden in the artwork. There was far more information to be pulled from the cards than simply what I could infer from my short years on Earth.

In my 20’s I found authors like Gail Fairfield and Catriona Kirkpatrick and pushed into working with groundbreaking decks of the 1990s like The Motherpeace Tarot, The Voyager Deck, and The Haindl Tarot, expanding my understanding of what the cards could potentially reveal. I began to learn about the universal language of magical symbolism, and how Tarot connected to other esoteric systems like Kabbalah, Alchemy, and Astrology. I read for anyone who would sit still long enough for me to pull a card, constantly testing theories and mystical hypotheses. Over time, with practice and the accretion of knowledge from all these different systems settling into me, the pathways began to lay themselves out, and I began to move through the Tarot, not simply reading the cards from the outside, but understanding them from within.

All of this eventually lead me to discovering the ties Tarot held with Jungian Archetypal psychology. For the next 10 years, I immersed myself in works by Irene Gad, Mary Greer, Sallie Nichols (and of Jung and his ilk) and other folks who were fearlessly exploring the psychological ramifications of working consciously with archetypal entities, both inner and outer. The idea that you could interact with these entities on a conscious level, or even step inside them, and speak and act out from with in the archetype fell right in line with the magickal ritualism work I was doing in my Pagan spiritual proactice. I felt like my many world were coalescing together. I began to see Tarot symbolism in everything, that language of symbols blurring with all the other magickal vocabularies I spoke.

I believe the Tarot to be an incredibly powerful tool for
self-exploration and invention.

One of the most powerful elements of working with Tarot is the elasticity of the deck. The cards can be used in a million ways, and for a million purposes. Invoke Goddesses and Gods, brainstorm solutions to problems, explore your intuitive powers, write poetry, open a dialogue with your ancestors, have a conversation with your unconscious, tap into Kundalini energy. This is just a short list of the type of exploratory and healing work Tarot can support and assist. Through simple methods like “card-a-day” pulls, even folks who are just beginning to explore Tarot can have a guided conversation with the Universe on the whos, whats, wheres, whens and most importantly, whys of life.

Further, I feel consistent work with Tarot can help create a mythical interpretation of your personal narrative. What does that mean? It means giving yourself permission to look at your life through the same lens normally reserved for characters like heroes, deities, and cultural icons. By considering ourselves on par with the “great ones,” we can unfold a sense of our own power–and responsability–to be co-creators of reality, removing fear and confusion, and restoring agency.

There is an even farther goal, beyond that of self-discovery, that I believe Tarot can guide us towards. It is a hard to reach place, available to anyone who is willing to do The Work. A Latin phrase from Alchemy, “Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem,” is our only guidepost. V.I.T.R.I.O.L. It means, loosely, “Visit the interior of the earth and rectifying (purifying) you will find the hidden stone.” Vitriol is the name for sulphuric acid, a caustic substance that could melt any metal, except gold. I believe Tarot can lead into and through tough experiences, and can help us develop an empowered vocabulary to describe those experiences, that can potentially help us descover our personal gold, the reason we are alive, the Message we carry, the Thing we’re here to do.

Tarot is like Yoga. It is something you take on, and it never ends. There is no goal. It is the story of you.

What story would you like to tell?

Get A Reading

I never know what’s going to come through for folks. Sometimes we start out talking about a co-worker and end up discussing a childhood trauma. Sometimes we begin with the meaning of life and wind up going over a daily routine, the big stuff back-burnered until the right time. I bring my lived experience, my natural intuitive abilities, and my life-long self-guided study of the occult and spirituality to bear on every reading I offer. I cannot guarantee you will get the answers you want–in fact, if I am being perfectly honest, it’s pretty rare that I tell people what they want to hear-but I sincerely believe you will get the information you needed to hear in every reading.

In raw details, my readings are expansive, philosophical, and exploratory. They can be abstract, with meanings revealing themselves over the days or weeks after the reading. While there are occasions that I can pull a date or time or first name out of a reading, I cannot guarantee that type of detailed information will always come up. At this time, I cannot address medical issues in readings.

1-hour reading: $90
We will dive deep into a single subject or take a shorter look at 2-3 areas of your life. Folks seeing me for the first time will have an extra 20 minute introduction.

1.5 hour reading with transits: $150
In this reading, we will look at the cards alongside your current astrological transits. This provides an opportunity for profound personal exploration, looking into a subject or aspect of life from several points of view, or looking at 4-5 different areas of life. You will need a copy of your natal chart or your accurate time, date and place of birth.

Please contact me through Madrona House Apothecary if you would like to schedule a reading.

Learn To Read The Cards

Part of my life’s Work is teaching. It is a great honor to help people develop a relationship with their own intuition, or deepen their capacity for understanding universal archetypes, or begin to build their own vocabulary for their own magickal work. I offer classes, workshops, and one-on-one coaching for the beginner, intermediate and advanced Tarot seeker

One-On-One Coaching

Let’s work together to help you flourish in your conversation with Tarot. Follow my original courses or create a unique study plan tailored around specific topics, and either way, we’ll go at your pace. Coaching sessions include follow up emails and Skype support.

I have two main approaches to coaching, based on where students are coming from. One approach is for folks who are more or less beginning their Tarot adventure, and another is for people who are pretty confident in their primary skills and want to focus on particular topics or go into “400 level” subject matter.

The Absolute Beginners Course
Created for people who have never read Tarot, folks who have been playing around but want to get serious, and for those who have been doing intuitive readings and want to add traditional meanings to their repertoire. This course is 12-16* hours in total, not including reading assignments, self-study, and homework. There are 12 lessons, 1 hour or 1.5 hours in length, depending on what structure you choose.

Students will receive a certificate of completion when they finish.

The ABC syllabus will cover:
The history of Tarot
The basic types of Tarot decks
The differences between Tarot and Oracle decks
Cultural Appropriation, Gender Bias, and other problems with Tarot
A basic overview of magical symbolism and its various sources
A basic overview of archetypal symbolism
The Suits
The Numbers
The Royals
The Major Arcana
Common and uncommon spreads

While learning these fundamentals, my core emphasis will be on helping you develop your own vocabulary for the cards, and learning how to synthesize all the information coming in during a reading to form a response to the questions being asked.

Continuum Course
For students who wish to continue their studies after the ABC, they can go further with the Continuum Course. This course is 12-16* hours in total, not including reading assignments, self-study, and homework. There are 12 lessons, 1 hour or 1.5 hours in length, depending on what structure you choose. Mixing and matching or expanding lessons into multiple sessions to create a lesson plan tailored to your specific interests is encouraged. Advanced students will set their own pace and depth of interest in these subjects. Feel free to suggest topics, not on this list. Let’s dive deep.

Students will receive a certificate of completion when they finish.

Topics in the Continuum Course can include:
The Fool’s Journey
Sacred Pathways through the Tarot to guide personal spiritual development
Other things you can do with Tarot beside “fortune telling”
The fundamentals of magical practice and ritualism – how to clear space, make sacred space, cleanse, bless and dedicate a deck, cleanse and bless a person (depending on the student’s experiences with Paganism and magical forms, this could be multiple classes)
The crossroads of Tarot and Astrology
Archetypal symbolism and Tarot
Tarot for Pagans
Tarot for Magicians
The Ethics of reading for The Public
Tarot Helpers-modalities that can assist your readings while supporting good self-care practices
…and more.

During this portion of classes, my core emphasis will be on helping the student develop their interpretation skills and becoming confident in their familiarity with the cards. I also hope to expand their understanding of what Tarot is in the larger metaphysical world, and what it can do. These classes can be taken in any order or combination.

All Students will receive a 3 ring binder at the first class with worksheets and homework(!) at each class, as well as a Skype call and 2 follow-up emails per hour.

Students can decide how they engage the courses. Choose the time structure that makes sense for you:
1-hour classes
1.5-hour classes
– these students will also receive a bibliography with reading assignments for each class, we’ll discuss what you’ve read along with that class. This option adds 4 hours to the course and comes with a separate certificate.

For example, the break down of the Absolute Beginners Course would look like this:
1-hour classes = 12 classes, 12 hours total
1.5-hour classes = 12 classes, 16 hours total

Students can book time with me in chunks of 4, 8, or 12 classes at a time. We can meet once a week, twice a month, once a month, or whatever works for your schedule.

I am currently accepting students through Madrona House Apothecary in Seattle WA. Please email for further information on pricing structures. Long-distance coaching is coming soon.

Classes & Workshops

Information for 2019 class schedule is coming soon!

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