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How does tarot work?


“We can predict the future when we know how the present moment has evolved out of the past.” —C. G. Jung

This is another post in the “Ask a Tarot Reader” series. If you have a question for me that you’d like to see featured here, please email me at, Subject line: “Ask a Tarot Reader”. Please specify how you would like your name to appear or if you wish to remain anonymous.

This topic of this post comes from Zen, who asked this question of me after her first reading with me. This is not the first time I’ve been asked this question!

Most of the time when I’m faced with this question, I give a quasi-psychological/counseling answer: that the tarot shows archetypes, situations and people that we are accustomed to seeing as we go through life.Continue Reading

Tarot Ritual: New Moon in Cancer for the breaking of bad habits


“A New Moon teaches gradualness and deliberation and how one gives birth to oneself slowly. Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe.”—Rumi

Habits. We all want them, need them, especially good habits. Some people just seem to wake up and say, “I’m going to completely change my life today and turn it all around.” I don’t know any such people, but I have faith they are out there, somewhere. Like leprechauns or the Easter Bunny. They’re real because I believe them to be real.

There’s a few habits I was trying to correct all at once:

☛ punctuality

☛ poor sleep

☛ consistency in writing

☛ physical activity

☛ procrastination

I saved the best (or shall I say the worst?) for last on the list, because it’s a biggie. The Goliath to my David. And I realized it’s a biggie because it is a “pivot point” habit: reframe this one, and all the other bad habit dominoes such as tardiness or inconsistency get knocked down.

No matter how much I would like to be one of those mythical people I spoke of above, I need to reformulate my habits one habit at a time. Multitasking is a myth… so too have I found this to be the case when reframing multiple bad habits into good ones. No seriously, one thing at a time. I need to be reminded of this… a lot.

If you are looking to knock a habit and need an astrological boost to help you along, the New Moon is one of the best times to set the intention to begin again. Even better is if you sync up which sign the New Moon is in to further help your intentions along.

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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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