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The stories we tell ourselves and the power of denial

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The cards were out on the table, her friend was nodding assent in the background, urging me to go on: the writing was on the wall… to everyone BUT the client sitting in front of me.

Don’t get me wrong: I LOVED this client (still do!). I hated to see her in such pain. She’s a good person, believing that what you put out there you get back in return. But someone had taken her for granted, big time, and the only thing to do in the situation (at least according to the cards that were coming out) was to cut the cord.

My client shook her head. Made excuses. Made LOTS of excuses. Said she felt sorry for them and that she pitied them. Denied that this situation was affecting her life in a very heavy way, dragging her down to where even her joys felt weighted with the situation that she was avoiding dealing with and hoped would get better on its own.

I tried. I tried really hard, pulling card after card for clarification, not heeding my own lessons I’ve learned that tarot REALLY doesn’t like that when it’s already told you everything it knows and you don’t like the answers you’re seeing.

After awhile I said to her, “Listen, I know you don’t want to hear this….Continue Reading

The beauty of beginner’s mind + new FREE e-book!



“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.”
―Shunryu Suzuki


The word beginner is fraught with the stigma of naivete, and the synonyms for the word often have negative connotations:

Synonyms abecedarian, apprentice, babe, colt, cub, fledgling, freshman, greenhorn, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, novice, novitiate, punk, recruit, rook, rookie, tenderfoot, tyro, virgin


Really, who wants to be called a novice, newbie, greenhorn, or tenderfoot? Not me! We live in a society that doesn’t revere the beginner… in fact, we try and get to that “expert” status in whatever we do just as fast as we possibly can, forgetting that most of the profound lessons learned are in the journey toward mastery of a skill. Mastery is a vanishing point on the horizon that we all strive for, but never are meant to attain. This could be a depressing thought for some, especially for those that consider themselves perfectionists. But we all know that perfection isn’t possible.

Beginner is starting to sound pretty darn good, isn’t it? Because being a beginner ain’t a bad thing.

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Book Corner: The Tarot Activity Book

Tarot Activity Book


Book: The Tarot Activity Book

Author: Andy Matzner

Date of Publication: March 2013

Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

PLEASE NOTE: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.



“A book should serve as the axe for the frozen sea within us.”—Franz Kafka

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”—Lao Tzu

So starts Andy Matzner’s The Tarot Activity Book… a book that endeavors to crack open a person’s layers to get to the heart of themselves to the answers they seek… this book is the proverbial “axe” that Franz Kafka spoke of in the above quote.

I have found that many tarot readers shy away from the fortune-telling aspects of divination and tend toward a more counseling approach… already facilatating a reading in much the same way a psychotherapist would counsel using Rorshach tests or allowing a patient to journal or artistically express their emotions.

Sometimes I will approach a reading in much the same way, not only reading a card but prompting my client to do similarly: “What do you see in this card? How does this card make you feel? What do you think is happening in this card? Tell a story about this card. How does this card to relate to your situation?” This deepens the reading and strengthens the bonds of trust and safety between reader and those being read.

This book can only help tarot readers that read in this way in that regard!Continue Reading

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