Email Tarot Readings

pents10When getting a tarot, or any other kind of reading, we are often worried about what will be seen and what kind of shame will be exposed by going to a reader. If at any point you get to have a live reading in person, you quickly realize that those fears are unfounded.

Your reader is there to help you get an answer to a burning question, reveal available options that you might not be seeing, and to bring you some peace of mind. The last thing a reader wants to do is to upset you or to try and delve into a personal matter you don’t want scrutinized. We just don’t do that. Once you’ve been to an ethical reader it becomes a lot easier to have one done. Your fears are allayed and you can get in there and ask what you need to know.

And it’s even easier by email; you ask your question and wait.email

Electronically – there’s no visual cues to cold read with. This basically means that they won’t be able to make it up as they go along. No facial expressions and no body language to gauge your reactions from and to respond appropriately. General broad readings that apply to anybody can quickly be spotted.

Other upsides are that you don’t have to be clear your diary or wait to be seen. Send you email question and you’re done.

Any other bonuses? Variety. There are so many readers to choose from, you really can shop around to find the best fit. Get recommendations, find testimonials, ask friends who have had readings about their experiences and who to contact and who to avoid. There are many people who have been to bad readers and are very happy to warn you about the pitfalls that you may encounter. However, there will also be many people who have had wonderful experiences with readers – get them to give you names and how the experience was for them.

Take the plunge and have a reading with somebody that resonates for you.

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Mercury Retrograde

BronzeAs a Cartomancer, I start to get a noticeable increase in reading requests around the times of the planet Mercury going in, what appears to be, a reverse direction.  This happens about three times a year for about 22 days at a time.

There are many excellent resources explaining what Mercury Retrograde is and how it functions astrologically, (for an excellent detailed resource try PANDORA ASTROLOGY) but I’m not going to delve into the finer points of astrology here.  This post  is just a short piece addressing what we will be experiencing during that time.

When Mercury turns retrograde, we will have loads of adventures and then Mercury turns direct againFor about two weeks before and after M-Retrograde you will feel it – as it arrives and as it leaves: This is called the shadow period.

During this time, usually, I have many clients wanting readings.  Everything’s going wrong – their lives are all over the place… the good news?  It’s not you, it’s just Mercury retrograde.

What Happens?

You’ll start to notice an inordinate number of miscommunications.  In fact, everything ruled by Mercury in astrology seems to be a little topsy-turvy.  Aside from arguments, you’ll notice traffic and travel plans and actions are delayed.

A simple to read resource at CRYSTAL LINKS gives a brief overview:

Medical or Dental: Diagnosis made could be wrong, appointments rescheduled or cancelled.

Business: Problems with contracts, meetings, merges, paper work, etc. (Sign Nothing)

Telecommunication: Phones, satellites, computer systems and related

Travel: Lost luggage, flight delays, vehicle problems, getting lost even with a GPS system

Decisions: You feel indecisive

Relationships, friendships and partnerships: Changes made and reviewed (don’t marry now)

Written work will be redone due to errors or change of content.  Creativity could be stifled.  If you start a diet,you’ll quit when retrograde is over.  Emotions are heightened.  Purchases may be returned: They may be broken or you’ll decide you don’t like them.  Many things simply won’t add up!  If you play a trick on someone it will backfire on you.

During this period of heightened sensitivity Mercury is sometimes said to be entering the underworld, so don’t be surprised when your intuition is off the charts.

What Do You Do?

I find that when I avoid the basic pitfalls of Mercury Retrograde as stated above – I tend to coast through fairly unscathed.  I avoid starting things, purchases, travel and signing anything.  I tend to focus on doing things that have been piling up, reconnecting with old friends, spending time re-establishing relationships, suddenly reconnecting with old clients.  This is you “RE” time and I hope that it will be fairly smooth sailing for you.

Click HERE to check if we’re in Mercury Retrograde – or just to get the next dates.

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My Fortune in Tea

teaHere’s a bit of a change from card reading.

Many of us know of the concept of reading our tea leaves, but not quite sure what it’s all about.  Readings that require consulting that which is left behind in a cup or glass  includes tea leaves, wine dregs (oenomancy) and coffee grounds. Tea readings are referred to as tasseography, tasseomancy or tassology- and it is not considered unlucky to read for yourself.  The name is simply from the French word for cup “tasse”.

The tradition is often passed down in families and most people will know of an older female family member that reads the leaves.

This is of course a form of divination and as with any future preview, it’s to see what choices you have available.  Never take a reading as gospel – this often leads to self-fulfilling prophecies and heartbreak.

Coffee was introduced to Europe a century before tea and the first London coffee shop opened in 1652.  Coffee was for a long time a lot cheaper than tea which was considered a luxury item.

The dregs of herbal tea infusions used to cure illness was taken by the family Matriarch and used to divine the cause of the illness.

Some consider coffee grounds to be better for the inner world and a thick coarse Turkish-style of coffee is best for this purpose, however there are quite a few people who feel that reading coffee dregs for yourself is unlucky.

In the story Carmen, the Gypsy divines her death by coffee grounds, for the opera the story was altered and she uses a deck of cards.

For a quick WIKI on tea-leaf reading which includes some symbols, click here.

For a more detailed overview and to try it yourself  – go here.

For a great video link to do your first tea leaf reading, watch Amber McCarroll on Youtube here.

Fortune-Telling by Cards

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This is the short first chapter of Foli’s 1915 book on reading with cards.  The history of card reading is still quite contentious and there are many superb people diligently researching the rich and fascinating history of reading with Tarot and playing cards.  I find this book charming and fascinating and thought I’d share a bit here.

Fortune Telling by Cards, by P.R.S. Foli

CHAPTER I

How we got our Pack of Cards

Where do they come from?—The Romany Folk—Were they made in Europe?—Suits and signs—The power of cards—Their charm and interest—Necessity for sympathy—Value of Cartomancy.

Where do They Come From?

WHEN we take up an ordinary pack of cards to deal them out for a rubber, or to lay them down in the careful deliberation of Patience, or when we watch them being used as the inexplicable instruments of a something that, with a feeling akin to superstitious dread, we prefer to call coincidence, we do not often stop to think of the varied and eventful history represented by those smooth, highly-glazed playthings.

The actual and authentic history of playing cards only goes back about five hundred years, and various theories have been mooted as to the source from which Europe obtained them. It is an established fact that in past ages many eastern peoples, notably those of India, China, and Chaldea, possessed cards which differed materially both in use and design from those known in the West at a later date. It is impossible to trace these prehistoric beginnings of card-lore, but there seems little doubt that the Wise Men of eastern lands regarded their cards with none of the contempt usually bestowed upon them in the West. They held them in high esteem as mediums for the partial revelation of the Unknowable, and included them as a part of their mystic lore.

The Romany Folk.

It is thought by many that we owe our cards to the gipsies, who are supposed to have been the offspring of a low caste of Hindus, and who, driven from their own land, found their way, as fugitives, through Western Asia into Egypt, and from Northern Africa into Europe. It is certain that all kinds of fortune-telling, whether by Cartomancy or whatever method, are inseparably connected with that curious, fascinating, highly gifted and elusive people. They excelled in music and ail mechanical pursuits; they could learn a language, or distinguish themselves in metal work, with equal ease; but they had to live more or less on the defensive, as very children of Ishmael, and years of persecution only deepened their craftiness, sharpened their intuition, and rendered them more keen to assert their mysterious power over those who oppressed and yet inwardly feared them.

These Romany folk have preserved intact the ancient lore of the East, while incredulous Europe has turned the sacred pages of divination from the book of fate into mere instruments of amusement, and a vehicle for winning or losing money. The gipsy remains a past master in the art of Cartomancy, and though we may scoff, there are very few amongst us who do not feel a sense of disquietude when brought face to face with an instance of her uncanny power. We can afford to laugh when the sun of our lives is shining brightly and all is well in mind and body, but there come dark days in the lives of all, and then some are impelled to seek the aid of these weird sons and daughters of an unknown land.

By many, perhaps by the majority, this inexplicable gift has been vulgarised and debased to a mere means of extorting money from the ignorant and the credulous; but by some it is still held as a sacred faith—possibly no more superstitious than some forms of unenlightened or perverted Christianity

Were They Made in Europe?

Another theory separates the cards of the West entirely from those of the East, and holds that the western were originally made in Europe. This is as it may be. A writer of the latter part of the fifteenth century says that cards were first known at Viterbo in 1379, and that they had been introduced by the Saracens, who, with the Arabs and Moors, have the credit of planting the seeds of Cartomancy in Spain. It is certain that at first cards were called by the name naibi; and the Hebrew and Arabic words, Nabi, naba, nabaa, signify “to foretell.” It is also widely believed that the idea of playing games with cards was an after-thought, and that their original purpose was for the practice of divination.

The earliest cards were the Tarots, of which we speak in another chapter, and it is supposed that some one had the bright idea of adding the numeral to the symbolical cards, so as to play games with them. This addition was made about the middle of the fourteenth century, and at the beginning of the fifteenth century there was a pack in Venice composed of seventy-eight cards, twenty-two symbols and fifty-six numerals; with four coat (court) cards, king, queen, chevalier, and valet, and ten point or pip cards to each suit. The fifty-six numerals were subsequently reduced to the present number, fifty-two, by the rejection of one of the picture cards.

The Spaniards discourteously abolished the queens, but the French, true to their reputation, kept the dame and rejected the chevalier. The early German packs were the same as the French, but the queens again were cast out in favour of a superior knave called the Obermann. England accepted the Spanish or French pack as she found it.

Suits and Signs.

There have always been four suits, but there have been many changes in the signs used to mark them. The original quartette were:—Cups, supposed to be emblematical of Faith; Money, representing Charity; Swords, figuring Justice; and Clubs, typical of Fortitude. These signs are still retained in the Tarots, and in Italian and Spanish cards. Old German packs have bells, hearts, leaves, and acorns; and during the fifteenth century the French adopted spades (pique), hearts, clubs (trèfle), and diamonds.

There is some difficulty in tracing how we come by the word spade in this connection. It has been thought to be a corruption of the Italian word spade, meaning swords. It is not known why the French should have called this suit pique. Our suit of clubs is known by the French as trèfle, from their drawing the sign like the trefoil; and the Germans call it Eichel from its resemblance to an acorn. Our name is supposed to show Italian influence, though where the connection between the word bastoni and our sign is to be found, I am at a loss to say. The heart sign needs no explanation, and is found in French, German, and English packs. It corresponds to the Spanish and Italian sign of cups. By some curious evolution the signs of money and bells were squared into the French carreaux, our diamonds.

Many of the packs used in the fourteenth century were of the most artistic and costly nature, and in some cases the court cards were drawn so as to represent historic characters.

The Power of Cards.

Fierce controversies have ranged round these apparently simple pieces of glazed pasteboard. They have exercised such an irresistible fascination upon the minds of men and women of all grades and ages that others have risen in wild revolt against this power, which had no attraction for them, and which they longed to crush out of existence. There are still those amongst us who will not have a card in the house, and who, even if they do not use it, acquiesce in the term “the Devil’s books,” which has been applied to the pack.

With their use for gambling purposes we have nothing to do here. As the instruments of Cartomancy we give them our respectful consideration. We would urge those of a morbid and unhealthy turn of mind to beware of letting this practice take too strong a hold upon them. No reasonable being need be ashamed of confessing a certain fear of the Unseen and the Unknowable; but, on the other hand, no sane person would take a pack of cards as the rule and guide of life, the final court of appeal in any matters of moment.

Their Charm and Interest.

There is much amusement to be derived from the study of Cartomancy, and it is not to be denied that there are certain persons who appear to have the power of making the meaning of the cards vivid and convincing, while in the hands of others there seems neither rhyme nor reason in their manipulation of the most carefully shuffled pack. We may call things by what name we will, but strange coincidences meet us at every turn, and now and then there seems but the thinnest veil between us and the Future, which is so sedulously hidden from us.

There has been a great revival of interest in all matters relating to occultism in the immediate past, and if we are to believe what we read and hear, educated men and women of to-day are going to have their fortunes told as eagerly as did the great men and famous women of France during the stormy period of the Revolution, and under the sway of the great Napoleon himself. Many curious and convincing instances of accurate foreshadowing of future events are told with regard to the famous Mademoiselle Lenormand, and other cartomancers who held undisputed sway over the minds of society at a time when credulity was supposed to have been cast off with the trammels of a worn-out creed.

So when the fortune-tellers of the twentieth century take a pack of cards and proceed to read the mysteries revealed therein, they are following the example of the wise men of Chaldea, Egypt, and China, the Flowery Land of the East, to say nothing of their European predecessors.

Divination by cards, therefore, is of great antiquity and of world-wide popularity. Formerly it was combined with a knowledge of astrology; but now it is considered sufficient to follow the general rules laid down by one or two famous cartomancers, and to rely on intuition and experience for details.