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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.

Want to know more about me? See my About Me page.

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

The Major Arcana In-Depth: III The Empress

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.

The Nurturing Empress

The Empress is the mother figure of the tarot deck. Most tarot decks (but surprisingly not the original Rider-Waite-Smith deck) depict her as pregnant, but that is not the only facet to her: She is also the female ruler, the companion to the Emperor card. The Empress can bring up “mommy issues”, and can point to a maternal influence or a need to be more maternal. She can also signify tremendous opportunities for growth and creativity. The Empress is pregnant with potential: this card can also signify giving birth to a project.Continue Reading

Tarot Reading Aftercare (from both sides of the table)


After I do a reading for someone, I sometimes give specific instructions to them about self-care after the reading (sometimes during a reading, especially if the card of the “wounded healer”, the 9 of Wands, comes up). Most of the things that I recommend I also do for myself after a reading to let the Universe know “hey, we’re done here” and to let my body and mind know as well.

The next time you get your cards, tea leaves, or palm read (or read them for yourself), make sure to take care of yourself afterward, and use the following list as a helpful reminder.Continue Reading

Book Corner: 365 Tarot Spreads

365 Tarot Spreads cover

Book: 365 Tarot Spreads
Author: Sasha Graham
Date of Publication: May 2014
Published by: Trade Paperback, Llewellyn Worldwide

There’s a lot of reasons why Sasha Graham is one of my tarot girl crushes. Every year when I show up at Readers Studio, she’s usually the one screaming, “My witches are here!!!” followed by a big hug. When I taught my class “Using Tarot for Spell-Work” at RS13, she was my TA, and her first book Tarot Diva was on my Recommended Reading list for my class. She’s a fun, bubbly, effervescent soul who is also completely down to earth and approachable… a hard combination to pull off with authenticity (but she succeeds!).

Tarot Diva (her first book, published in 2011) was a fun romp through the land of (what else?) being a tarot diva, full of great information and geared toward those that may not be familiar with tarot… in my opinion, it was a intermediate/advanced book about tarot, archetypes, magick, spirituality, and integration, disguised as a beginner book for the masses!

In her second book, 365 Tarot Spreads, she takes all of her sparkling personality and interweaves it into a day-by-day (yes, all 365 of them, based on the calendar year) spread odyssey. Continue Reading

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