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The person crazy enough to volunteer for this hop is Morgan Drake Eckstein.
He asked us to think about moments when our understanding of the Tarot radically changed.
For me, there are several but one stands out in particular.
I was living in Denver in the Five Points area, right across from the park on Champa to be precise. I was single. I was teaching at the now defunct College of Wicca and Old Lore. I was in a very happy place in my personal life.
One of the things I taught at COWOL was Tarot. Quelle surprise, right? Because of that, I read a lot of people’s cards. I also worked with, and taught, the magical uses of stones. I did a rather popular workshop at a local store as well on that subject.
My stone work deals with the Chakra system. It occurred to me that I could use Tarot as well with that system. And that’s when I created my first spread. I remember reading for a friend up in my upstairs apartment. We were sitting on the floor. As I laid the cards out, a very big, bad thing showed up–in her root chakra.
ASIDE: This next bit could be a bit trigger-y so I’m posting the lovely Nine of Fire from Joanna Powell Colbert’s Gaian Tarot to put in a spacer. Besides, this is one of my favorite Chakra and Tarot combo cards.
As a reader, I am committed to reading the cards as I see them. I work with my clients to have conversations around the cards that fall. But this one? This one told me she had a past history of sexual abuse.
We worked through it. There were tears, hugs and anger at what person of power had done to a child. She also went back into therapy (I am not a therapist and don’t pretend to be one.)
But what hit me then was the power of Tarot within the framework of the right spread. Since then I’ve developed many spreads. I have a small collection of the Fairy Tale focused ones here.
I don’t do that Chakra one as much any more. It’s one of the few that I prefer to do in person or via SKYPE. It’s just not the same in email for some reason. Not sure why that is.
But, here’s the thing. I really love that spread. I’d like to do it for one of you via SKYPE or, if you are in the Austin area, in person. So leave me a comment letting me know why you would like to have a consultation with me using my Chakra spread. I’ll pull a name and email the winner. I’ll also post the winner here on September 30th.
Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.
Nine of Fire, Gaian Tarot, Joanna Powell Colbert