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I’m Hilary Parry, and I’m a tarot reader. I believe in interactivity, tough love, and a no-nonsense approach. I do tell it like it is. I am simply the girl next door... that reads tarot.

You wouldn’t make a major decision in your life without consulting a few of your trusted friends for advice, would you? Probably not. Sometimes you need someone with more objectivity. I offer that objectivity, and then some, with my tarot readings.

I am based out of Westchester, NY. If you would like an in-person reading with me, you need to be in the Westchester area, too. For in-person readings, I do not have a home office and readings are by appointment only. If you are not in the area, I am also available through phone, Skype, and e-mail. Drop me an e-mail and we can make arrangements: tarrytowntarot[at]gmail[dot]com or see my About/Contact page and use my contact form.

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I read tarot like I write. And where I write about tarot is at my tarot blog.

Casting Love Spells: A Cautionary Tale

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Once upon a time, a young foolish teenager cast a spell.

She cast a spell at one of the many power sites in the world, where all the elements meet in one place. Air, water, fire, and earth … where the land meets the ocean. She found a pure white stone, and asked the Gods to bring to her a true love. She was tired of waiting, so she sought out a way to bring him to her. She held the stone in her left hand, and cast the love spell in the way that she was taught to cast it: without envisioning a specific person and without being unduly specific, because magic follows the path of least resistance, and magic often does not work in ways that humans understand or can anticipate. She held the stone firmly, and when she felt ready, she threw the stone out into the ocean, into the crest of a huge wave, and determined that the waves of the oceans constantly coming into shore would eventually bring love into her life.

It took three years and many relationships and coincidences for him to arrive.

How did she know that he was the one she asked the sea to bring to her?

His name means “from the sea.”

I wrote this little “fairy tale” story back in 2007, when I still was with the person in question whose name meant “from the sea.” Yes, that young foolish teenager that cast the love spell was me, and yes, the story above (though flowery in language) really happened. Why am I writing about it now? That spell taught me very valuable lessons in how spell-casting really works.Continue Reading

Deck Review: The Fountain Tarot


Deck: The Fountain Tarot

Created by: Jonathan Saiz: Artist, Jason Gruhl: Writer, Andi Todaro: Designer

Date of Publication: April/May 2015

Published by: Self-Published

The Fountain Tarot is the deck that seemed to come out of nowhere for me. I’ll admit: I have a bit of a problem when it comes to tarot decks. It’s no accident or coincidence when Theresa Reed calls me the Keith Richards of tarot decks… I see a new one that I don’t have and I have to snort… er… consume it.

When I attended Readers Studio this past April, there was a new booth that caught my eye… that of the Fountain Tarot. “The Fountain Tarot?” I asked someone. “What’s that? Is it bad that I’ve never heard of it before?” Truly, I thought I was on my game about new and upcoming decks. I had my list of decks I was looking out for to purchase, and Fountain Tarot was nowhere on it. This deck hit me out of left field, for sure.

I wandered over to their booth and looked at the art prints they had hung of the images from the deck. I poured over their sample copy. And I asked if I could buy one only to find out they had already sold them all the day before at the Tarot and Psychology conference. My covetous nature went into overdrive. Being put on the waiting list just wouldn’t do. My eyes had a gleam of avarice as I said, “you’ll sell me the sample deck by the end of the weekend.” I was so certain. The creators laughed at me, enjoying my enthusiasm. I wasn’t joking.

This interaction preceded a weekend-long stalking of the Fountain Tarot booth. Every so often, I even threw in the “I’m watching you” hand gesture with my fingers flashing back and forth from my eyes to their booth. Fellow conference attendees, sensing my overzealous enthusiasm, even put in good words for me with the booth without me even soliciting them.

Oh yes. I had turned into a tarot stalker. But my crazy nature triumphed, and by Sunday morning they relented and I ended up going home with the writer’s own deck. Did I mention I’m nuts? Friendly. But nuts. And thank you to Jonathan, Jason, and Andi for dealing with my particular brand of crazy.

But enough about my tarot cray-cray. Let’s really get into the meat of why I love the Fountain Tarot.Continue Reading

The Major Arcana In-Depth: VI The Lovers

This is an article in a series in blog posts…. the “The Major Arcana In-Depth” series! Every few weeks I will be featuring one card of the Major Arcana, from the Fool to the World. Come take a tarot journey with me!


To learn about the Major Arcana overall and the first card in the Major Arcana, The Fool, go here.
To learn about the Magician, go here.
To learn about the High Priestess, go here.
To learn about the Empress, go here.
To learn about the Emperor, go here.
To learn about the Hierophant, go here.

The Duality of the Lovers Card

Oh, the Lovers card. Quite a few cards that are considered negative cards at a glance are misunderstood, but this is a card I consider equally misunderstood, despite the fact that people believe it to have inherently positive qualities.
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