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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Tarot Tip Tuesdays - Designing A Self Care Package

Whether you are new to Tarot and in the throes of building a connection with your Tarot cards or an advanced Tarot reader diligently honing your Tarot reading skills, I am putting out a Tarot tip a week to help you to consistently make Tarot a part of your everyday life. This Tuesday's tip is focused on using your cards for advice about designing that "Self-Care Package" that Tarot readers might find useful.


In the last few weeks, I decided to give myself a break from writing my weekly Tarot Tip Tuesday posts.   I made a little readjustment to some of my commitments to give myself permission to take a break in between.  This is the self care I kept writing about because I truly subscribed to the notion that psychic empaths like myself, who often take on the emotions and other energies of others within our environment, need to frequently recharge and surround ourselves with healing energy. I was terribly exhausted, trying to do so much with so little time, and the amount of readings that I was doing in the last few months suddenly spiked to an extent that I could sometimes take in 4-5 face to face readings in 1 night, then get home to continue with Skype or email readings. I definitely needed to take stock of how I was managing my time, and I needed to step back to take a breather for awhile.

Just before I took that break, I felt so guilty about leaving my Tarot cards for awhile.  it had always been a part of my life, almost an extension of my limb and I never left home without it.  If I truly relied on my cards to provide my clients clear advice and direction, then I should rely on my cards to do the same for me.   The following is a spread I had created to design my "Self-Care Package" that I sorely needed.  

If at anytime you feel that you need to recharge yourself but not sure when, how and what would be the best way to do it, I hope this Tarot Spread helps.  This spread is meant to provide advice on how best you can take care of yourself when it gets all too much.



Caring For My Physical Self - Queen Of Wands

The Queen bodes so much positivity around health. It is a card charged with vitality. Looking at the Queen of Wands from my Radiant Rider Waite deck, I saw passion, radiance, beauty, confidence, and energy.  It beckoned me to do what I can to revitalize myself, bring back the energy into my life with a rigorous fitness regime and a sound diet. So that was what I did.  I made a conscious choice to not just "go to the gym ever so often to do my thing" but instead,  to focus my time on Muay Thai (Thai boxing) training.   I made arrangements with 4 coaches specializing in their respective areas of expertise who could help increase the intensity of my Muay Thai training with the goal of competing in the ring perhaps next year when I am ready.    I spent 6 days a week in the gym going through rigorous training sessiojs of boxing drills, strength conditioning, pad work and heavy bag exercises.  The Queen of Wands approaches life with passion, so like the Queen, I developed my passion for Muay Thai and gave it 100% commitment.  I got fitter and stronger as a result.  Most importantly, because I was fitter and stronger, I had more energy everyday!

Just last week, I paid a visit to my cardiologist for my regular checkup that I did every 6 months.  He was amazed at the weight I had lost and how toned and fit I looked.  The results of my medical tests also improved so much that he reduced the dosage of my hypertension medication even more.

The Queen nudged me wth her wand to remind me that if I wanted to extract the full benefits of an activity I had chosen to support in my health and fitness goals, I had better  be passionate about doing it right.


Caring For My Mental Self - The Empress

The Empress was an interesting pick.  It threw me back a little because I often associated the Empress  as a card associated with fertility matters when it came to a health reading. However, this was not a health reading! I reminded myself that this was about the advice the Empress was trying to provide to help calm my mind.  I realized then that she was telling me to take some time off to spend time with myself, enjoy the great outdoors and get in touch with nature again.  So I did that with long walks along the riverside, not purely for physical fitness but to enjoy the lush greenery around me, the sights of dragon-boaters rowing their boats along the river, lying on the grass to decipher shapes from the clouds and sinking my feet into the earth to feel the healing earth energy coursing through my body.  

The Empress also represented creativity.  So I focused my time on writing.  This time, instead of writing about Tarot related topics, in tandem with my recent love for martial arts,  I chose to write about sports!  I started re-using my skills learnt from my University days when I took up English Applied Discourse as a minor subject, focusing on journalistic writing.  Due to my love for Muay Thai and martial arts in general, I had decided to focus my writing on mixed martial arts.  I enjoyed it so much that I started writing for various sports media and was also invited to cover mixed martial arts events as a sports writer.  I even got my own byline with Asia Sports Network! I was so chuffed  because I was doing something I love - writing, about another topic that I truly enjoyed over and on top of Tarot.

Now that certainly was the best care I could give myself to enhance my mental well-being.  I deployed creativity through my writing skills to stimulate my mind around a topic I never was an expert in but learnt so much about.  It brought me so much happiness when I could chat on end about a sport that I loved.

Caring For My Spiritual Self - Knight of Swords

 This was a classic manifestation of the issue I had been dealing with right from the start.  I had so much going on in my life, juggling between a full time career in a fast-paced industry of finance, heading up a marketing and PR team.  At the same time, I was managing a Tarot business that was growing beyond my capacity.  I was engaged in private readings, corporate events, workshops and talks.  I was not managing my schedule  and not pacing my activities well enough that I started to lose touch with my spiritual self.  As a psychic empath, not having time to meditate and offload the. Negative energies that I absorbed during my readings led to my being extremely exhausted  and swaying precariously through mood swings.  I was badly in need of some semblance of stillness and solitude so that I could reconnect with my spiritual self.  

The Knight prodded me with his sword to do something about it quickly.  So I made the conscious choice to limit my face to face readings to only a couple of days a week.  Email readings were allocated  only one night a week.  I taught Tarot and Numerology lessons only a weekend of a month and I accepted reading engagements at corporate events only once a month.  I also decided to write my blogposts when I am creatively guided to share a topic and not because I was pressured into delivering on a schedule I had set myself on. These activities alone were already plenty for me to work with but the way I paced them  gave me time to meditate and reconnect with my spiritual self.

As I started to unshackle myself off my own expectations of who I was as a marketing and PR professional and an owner of a Tarot business, I threw myself into a Devotion To Self  course conducted by Jen Saunders from Wild Sister Magazine and a 30 -day Chakra Bliss Challenge conductive by Danielle Dove.  As the weeks went on, there were times I could not follow the pace of the course of the challenge, but I forgave myself  because I wanted to take my time and let my spirit lead me to whatever I needed to do to get me to be more connected with my spiritual self.

Eventually, i felt so grounded and my intuition was switched on whenever I needed it to do so, even to the extent of tuning into my clairvoyance during a hectic business trip, and providing the right advice when a friend hollered for help.

 How Can I Unite My Body, Mind And Spirit? - Temperance 

So now that I knew what I needed to do to recharge my body, my mind and my spirit, how could I ensure that I supported these 3 pillars of my life to get me back to a happy place?  I picked the Temperance, and I was not surprised by the message from the card. The Universe was very clear about the fact that whatever I pursued to help myself physically, mentally and spiritually, I had tocreate balance and moderation in order to achieve a sense of purpose and fulfillment with everything I put an effort towards.

I revisited my interpretation of the Queen of Wands, the Empress and the Knight of Swords and saw what pulled the three together - my spiritual path as an intuitive. 

 My effort and commitment into Muay Thai would be critical in helping me "offload" all that negative energy I absorbed as a psychic empath.  At the same time, by building my fitness and my strength, I was able to have more energy to take on more challenges as I continued to serve my purpose.  

 My foray into sports journalism was an alternative outlet for creative self expression which revitalized my love for writing again. I had spent months before suffering frequent writers' block with both my Sun a Goddess Tarot blog and my personal blog.  Now that I had regained my energy and passion for writing, I started an unconscious ideation of topics in my head that I wanted to write about within my Sun Goddess Tarot blog.  

I also gave myself permission to slow down, turned down some reading requests, took a short 'vacation' from writing my Tarot Tip Tuesday posts and generally just 'took a chill pill'.  

Temperance reminded me that the ultimate way to caring for myself, was to balance all these elements as I juggled my priorities.  This Self-Care Tarot spread is very small, and quite simple, but it empowered me to make positive changes to my life.  When I can learn to love myself and take good care of myself, then I can take good care of my clients.


May your Tarot cards provide you with a full deck of possibilities throughout your day.

If you like this blogpost, do follow my blog at http://sungoddesstarot.blogspot.com and LIKE my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot

About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and an intuitive reader by accident who deploys the combined modalities of a Tarot, Numerology and Astrology overlaid with her Clairvoyant and Clairsentient skills to deliver her readings with authenticity. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SunGoddessTarot






Muay Thai training with my Thai coach in Phuket, Thailand.
Photo courtesy of David Ash, www.singaporemaven.com

Meditating at the beach.  The ocean speaks to me.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Tarot Tip Tuesdays - More Ways To Use Your Tarot Cards Beyond Readings

Whether you are new to Tarot and in the throes of building a connection with your Tarot cards or an advanced Tarot reader diligently honing your Tarot reading skills, I am putting out a Tarot tip a week to help you to consistently make Tarot a part of your everyday life.


Last week, when I wrangled an international community of Tarot bloggers for the harvest festival of Lammas, I tasked them to write about their inspirations from the Queen of a Pentacles.  I surprised myself by using my Tarot cards to come up with recipes for a 3-course dinner.  I wished I had more time to unleash the domestic goddess in me on a daily basis, but as I juggled work, business, teaching Tarot and Numerology and kickboxing, I would cook for the family only ever so often.  However when I set my intention to channel the Queen of Pentacles last week with a virtual dinner party, Tarot became my tool used to guide the creation of these recipes.  My Tarot-inspired recipes can be found here.

And while on this note, my friends Joanne Sprott and Karen Sealey came up with a nifty idea to develop a contributory cookbook inspired by Tarot cards!  Now, who is up to join us in this fabulous project?

Aside from dreaming up delectable recipes, today, my Tarot Tips for this Tuesday are meant to help you think of more creative ways to use Tarot beyond the usual Tarot readings that you did. 

1) Meditation:
Tarot is one of the best tools for meditation.  I often pick a card at random and use it for meditation by centering my thoughts on how the images within the cards could relate to my life at that moment, to a specific circumstance or even an intention.  Brigit Esselmont from Biddy Tarot wrote a fantastic article about Tarot Meditation which should be made a basic practice for any Tarot practitioner.

2) Writing:
I learnt about this from a friend Arwen Lynch of Tarot By Arwen. She runs a course for writers and teaches them to use their Tarot cards for inspiration as they write their books. 

3) Poetry:   
 Writing poetry can be so therapeutic.  It comes easily for some experienced writers and career poets.  However, for people like me, who often need that extra dose of inspiration, Tarot can be a very useful tool to draw on your deepest emotion to create the theme, and the lines for your poetry.  I wrote a poem completely through the guidance of my Tarot cards earlier this year.  Check it out here.


4) Ritual Work:
Some of my friends swear by using Tarot for ritual work.  My friend Bonnie Cehovet wrote a book called a Tarot, Rituals and You, where she explains how rituals can be used to manifest the life that one desires. Within the book, she advises on the different ways to use Tarot in rituals for example, to honour the moon cycles or to do shadow work.

5) Tarot Deck Creation:
When I put the question out there asking what else could Tarot be used for, my friend Joanne Sprott said she used it for Tarot deck creation. What  a fabulous idea!  The images in a Tarot cards often carry inspirational messages to kick one's creativity into action.  In fact,  closely linked to this point is the fact that some a Tarotists used Tarot to create exquisite paintings.  Examples are Cathy McClelland and An-Magrith Erlandsen


See how versatile Tarot can be? You could create recipes,write poetry, write a book, and meditate with it.  What else have you used Tarot for beyond Tarot readings?

May your Tarot cards provide you with a full deck of possibilities throughout your day.

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About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and an intuitive reader by accident who deploys the combined modalities of a Tarot, Numerology and Astrology overlaid with her Clairvoyant and Clairsentient skills to deliver her readings with authenticity. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SunGoddessTarot





Friday, 1 August 2014

A Dinner Invitation Inspired By The Queen Of Pentacles


From The Kitchen Of The Queen Of Pentacles

This blog post was written as my contribution to the Lammas 2014 Tarot Blog Hop of which I felt very proud to be the wrangler.  I chose to wrangle this particular blog hop because I wanted to celebrate Lammas by inviting all of you to dinner to celebrate my birthday which also fell on the same date, 1 August.  


Coincidentally, this Lammas 2014 Tarot Blog Hop would mark my 2nd year of being part of this community of beautiful, generous and talented Tarot bloggers.  I would love to have you explore the contributions of the other Tarot Blog Hop participants by following the links below.



Blog Before        |             Master List              |               Blog After

Lammas – The First Harvest

For those unfamiliar with the festival, Lammas celebrated the first harvest.  It honored the bountiful crops, the first gathering of grains and the first plucking of fruits and vegetables, and a table full of food brought in from the garden well-planted in spring. As the season allows for even more opportunities for growth in the next few months,  Lammas reminded us to not rest on our laurels but to continue to work towards even more growth whilst being thankful for the blessings of abundance that surrounds us.  This was significant for me as I took a moment during this Lammas to say a prayer for more creative inspiration around my work at my consultancy,  Sun Goddess Tarot.  At the same time, I whispered my gratitude for the many blessings I got like the ardent support of my family for what my husband jokingly termed, “ another level of weird”.

Queen Of Pentacles

That was why I had decided to look to the Queen of Pentacles as my muse this Lammas.  She was the epitome of the nurturing earth mother, providing the family with warmth and love whilst managing  a productive career too.   She taught me the importance of striking a fine balance between my continuous efforts to reap a bountiful harvest of more knowledge, experiences and skills whilst being present for my family and my friends.

Like the Queen of Pentacles, I was inspired to balance my love for Tarot with my desire to be present for my family and friends.  So, I would like to cordially invite you over for dinner.  You will be treated to a 3-course meal with recipes personally designed by me and guided by my Tarot Cards.

My Dinner Menu Inspired By Tarot

Clearly as the Queen of Pentacles was my muse, I used her as a “significator” for my meal planning so she inspired my main dish of The East And West Harvest Pasta.  The dish was designed to reflect my managing that fine balance between my 2 careers as a marketing communications professional and a professional Tarot reader, that dainty juggle between my family life and my work life and the even more intricate complexities between my Eastern culture and my husband’s Western culture as expected in an inter-racial marriage. And in every aspect of these priorities, I had every desire to bring 100% of myself into everything and everyone that I touched nurturing these with lots of diligence, attention, commitment and love.

For the starter,   I picked the 6 of Cups to inspire my recipe.  Wow! That was a difficult one.  How do I come up with a recipe that reflected appropriately the 6 of Cups in Tarot?  While mulling over the possibility of  using  6 cups for presentation or stealing my son’s jello from the fridge because the card had image of kids in it, I then remembered that it was a card that represented good old familial memories.  So I had decided to create an appetizer inspired by my Mum’s version of prawn cocktail.  I loved prawn cocktail and I remembered that when I was very young, the first chi-chi dinner that the entire family got invited to was a grand wedding dinner of a relative who had invited 1000 guests from all over the world to attend that event. We were served prawn cocktail as the starter.  I felt so grown up eating it.

The last dish was of course the dessert!  My favorite! I hoped to pick a court card.  It would be easier to match a personality to a dish.  However, I ended up picking the Sun instead. Perfect.  Not wanting to risk serving you sunflower petals sprinkled over ice-cream, I had to think doubly hard about this one.  The Sun represented happiness, joy, positivity, vitality, zest, energy.  I had to create a dish that had a burst of energy in it.  So, my dessert, inspired by the Sun Card was a Fruit Salad With Orange Honey Dressing And Creme Fraiche.

I have appended the recipes below this blog post, but allow me a paragraph or two to mull over this menu that I had put together with the help of the Queen.

A Lesson From My Lammas Muse, The Queen Of Pentacles

When I re-evaluated this meal that I had put together with my Tarot cards, I saw a special message within it. To help me channel the Queen of Pentacles in my life, I was reminded about the happiness that I had felt with the wonderful memories of my childhood ( 6 Of Cups + The Sun).  No matter how busy Mum and Dad were, they always made sure they involved me in everything they did, they took me everywhere, they gave me as much room to explore my creative potential as they could.  They were present for me.  The Queen had just told me that the best way to channel my inner Queen of Pentacles, was to be present for David and Joel the way Mum and Dad had been for me.

Below are the recipes created and shared with love.


The Starter
Prawn and Mango Cocktail With Kaffir Lime Leaf Dressing
Ingredients:
2 Cups of peeled and deveined blanched prawns
1 medium size mango, sliced.

Dressing:
1 tablespoon finely chopped spring onion and red onion
Extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons Kaffir lime juice
Chopped kaffir lime leaves
2 Tablespoons lime juice
2 Tablespoons orange juice
1 red chilli de-seeded and chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon sugar

Whisk dressing ingredients together and mix until the sugar has dissolved. Spoon over the prawns and mix well. Spoon marinated prawns over mixed lettuce leaves. Garnish with some mint and coriander, and decorate some mango slices around it.


The Main Course

The East And West Harvest Pasta - Inspired By The Queen Of Pentacles
Ingredients:
1 cup roasted pumpkin pureed in food processor
1/2 cup roasted aubergine sliced
1/2 cup roasted zucchini sliced
1/2 cup chopped bok choy blanched in salt water
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
1 cup toasted pine nuts
Dash of Olive oil
1 cup cream
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 leek, white part only clean and sliced.
1 teaspoon whole coriander
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 chilli de- seeded and chopped.
salt and pepper to taste
1 pack pasta, cooked to package instructions
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 leek(s), white part only, cleaned and sliced
1 teaspoon whole coriander
a pinch of ground cinnamon
Chopped basil


Method:
Pour olive oil into a skillet or large sauce pan and sauté garlic until aromatic. Add the leek and tomatoes. Stir in the coriander and cinnamon and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add white wine and raise heat to reduce volume by two-thirds. Add cream and then puréed pumpkin, then simmer. Set aside.

Add the penne to the sauce and warm thoroughly. Toss with the zucchini, aubergine, bok choy, chilli, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Then serve.


The Dessert
Fruit Salad With Orange Honey Dressing And Creme Fraiche - Inspired By The SunIngredients:
1 cup blueberries
1 cup cubed pineapples
1 cup cubed cantaloupe
1 cup strawberries
2 bananas sliced

Dressing:
Juice from 1 orange
2 tablespoons honey
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon of chopped mint leaves

Method:

Whisk all dressing ingredients till honey is dissolved and pour dressing over the fruits. Toss, spoon into individual bowls and serve immediately with a dollop of Creme Fraiche. garnish with a sprig of mint.


Do remember to explore the contributions of the other Tarot Blog Hop participants by following the links below.


Blog Before        |              Master List               |               Blog After


If you like this blogpost, do follow my blog at http://sungoddesstarot.blogspot.com and LIKE my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot

About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and a tarot card reader by accident. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a Tarot consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SunGoddessTarot 



Thursday, 31 July 2014

Lammas Tarot Blog Hop 2014 Master List



The Lammas 2014 Tarot Blog Hop Master List

Hi! You are probably visiting this particular post because you are a participant of the Lammas 2014 Tarot Blog Hop.  If you are not part of the Tart Blog Hop community, I welcome you to the Lammas 2014 Tarot Blog Hop and hope that you will spend some time hopping through the 21 blog posts appended below, when they go live on 1st August at 11am EDT/4pm BST as we celebrate the festival of Lammas which honors the first harvest.


For this blog hop, I had picked the Queen of Pentacles as the “Lammas Muse”.  I saw her as the epitome of a nurturing earth mother and a capable career woman providing financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually for the family and the people around her.  I am inspired by the Queen to bring abundance to my home and work life.  So the theme for the Lammas 2014 Tarot Blog Hop, was  “How Do You Channel Your Inner Queen Of Pentacles?”


What was Expected Of Participating Bloggers:



  • Be inspired by the Queen of Pentacles and share with us how you are celebrating Lammas with your family. What rituals do you practice? How do you decorate your table, and your home?
  • If you feel you are already channeling the Queen of Pentacles in your everyday life, share your experience to inspire readers who would love to bring abundance to their home and work life in a fine balance.
  • Use the Queen of Pentacles as a significator and create an advice-centric spread to help others balance family and career commitments.
  • If you had been putting so much time and effort at work and desire to be more present for the family, share how you could use the Queen of Pentacles to inspire your resolve to do just that.
  • Be creative and dream up a poem, a song, a drawing or even a recipe that is inspired by the Queen of Pentacles.

Lammas 2014 Master List:
1)      Stella Tarot  http://wwwusgamesinc.com/tarotblog/tbhcomfort/
3)      Ania M  http://aniam.co.uk/blog/a-good-crop/
4)      Maria Luisa Salazar  http://misteriostarot.blogspot.com
5)      Christiana Gaudet  http://tarottrends.com/content/dancing-queen-pentacles

Monday, 28 July 2014

Tarot Tip Tuesdays - Establish Credibility And Trust As A Tarot Reader

Whether you are new to Tarot and in the throes of building a connection with your Tarot cards or an advanced Tarot reader diligently honing your Tarot reading skills, I am putting out a Tarot tip a week to help you to consistently make Tarot a part of your everyday life.

I chanced upon a very disturbing news in the newspapers on Sunday, about a supposed "psychic" who was arrested for her attempt to cheat a client.  The article has been appended within this blogpost  for ease of reference. 

I lamented often enough about skeptical people who thought metaphysical matters like Tarot, Numerology and Astrology were vestiges of quackery conjured by charlatans who coined the word "mystical" to describe spiritual matters in the hope of robbing you off your month's earnings at fairgrounds.  I was often spurred by these skeptics to demystify the subject matter. I had also been helping my protégés and other Tarot newbies get comfortable with dealing with skepticism by writing at length about this

That was why when I read that article in the newspapers, I was so filled with rage that fraudulent people like these had made my job even harder.

A Social Experiment On Close-Mindedness  

I performed an experiment once, to understand perceptions of others to my intuitive skills.  I registered to join an exclusive business women's group in Singapore a few months ago, using my Sun Goddess Tarot credentials.  This group had strict membership policies and membership approvals were granted by an executive committee.  Membership criteria included requiring one to be a female entrepreneur or a mid to senior level corporate executive.  Fabulous! I was both.   Its purpose was to foster learnings and networking opportunities between like-minded women who were achievers in their own right.  I loved to meet more professional women and gain new knowledge from them. I still have yet to hear from the group's membership coordinator.  

The next thing I did was to register for a membership to that group using my credentials as the head of Marketing and Communications for a financial MNC.  I recieved an email a week later confirming that my membership request had been accepted.  I declined the opportunity very kindly as I was not sure I wanted to be part of a group run by close-minded people. It just saddened me that this group of close-minded people were women.  I thought women, through their multiple roles as wife, mother, daughter, and careerist who were open-minded enough to fight for equality in the workplace, adequate maternity leave, education against spousal abuse and other causes, they would have been open-minded to one who had a business that was a little different from the norm yet based on skills that were part innate and part nurtured through years of studies...much like Communications.

I acknowledged that such perceptions might have been fueled by differing opinions about metaphysical matters, lack of understanding about the subject matter or  differing view points about what should be deemed  a "proper job" and what was not.  

Although I got quite annoyed by such close-mindedness, and would attempt to educate them as best as I could, it made me even more upset when I chanced upon news about fraudulent psychics who gave genuine ones a really bad name.  I could not blame anyone for being skeptical about my gifts when there are such disgustingly fraudulent people who would prey on the superstitions of innocent people.


So today, my Tarot Tips for this Tuesday are meant to help new Tarotpreneurs establish trust and credibility with your clients. 

1) If you are about to meet your client for the very first time, prior to that meeting, do start a conversation  to know your client better.  Ask your client how he or she had found you, was it via a random google search,  your other social media platforms or word of mouth.  Ask your client what he or she was hoping to get out of a reading with you. This would show how genuinely interested you are in your client's needs.

2) Before meeting your client, share your blog so that your client may understand your style, your skills and experience better.  You might also want to share a list of client testimonials describing the positive impact you had on them.

3) At the start of the Tarot reading session, ask your clients if it was their first time visiting a Tarot reader and if it was, what their fears or worries were.  Then allay your clients' fears by explaining the purpose of a Tarot reading, demystify the skill by explaining the reading process as clearly as possible, and allay his or her fears that you are not dabbling in anything sinister.

4) Do not rattle a bunch of misguided myths to your clients.  An example would be  telling them that Tarot cards could only be read by psychics.  That would be absolutely untrue. Anyone can learn to read Tarot cards.

5) As a Tarot reader, you would be governed by a set of ethics which established the boundaries within which you operate. Explain these code of ethics to your clients upfront.  You might also belong to  a professional Tarot Association like the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI) or the American Tarot Association (ATA).  They always have a code of ethics by which  members are expected to follow.  

6) Establish your credentials, be it certifications, your years of study, years of experience and even a ball park number of clients that you had been reading for.

7) Always do a check on the comfort level of your client, and clarify what he or she might not understand.  Before you pick your cards to another Tarot spread, always ask for permission to read beyond the original question asked.

8) Assure your client that you took confidentiality very seriously, not only about the content of the reading but also about the fact that he or she had visited you at all for a reading.

9) One of the biggest hallmarks of credibility would be the acknowledgement of your skills by well-known, acclaimed and highly experienced Tarot professionals within the community. So do share any write-ups or references from these Tarot professionals about you should you have any.

10)  If you had contributed articles to Tarot-related publications or spoke at a Tarot conference, do ensure that you make reference to these in your conversation with your client as well.

I hope these tips can help you build a relationship of trust between your clients and you, and over time,  you could manage skepticism with ease as you build your credibility as a Tarot professional.

May your Tarot cards provide you with a full deck of possibilities throughout your day.

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About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and an intuitive reader by accident who deploys the combined modalities of a Tarot, Numerology and Astrology overlaid with her Clairvoyant and Clairsentient skills to deliver her readings with authenticity. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
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From The New Paper on Sunday, 27th July 2014

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Tarot Tip Tuesdays - Try Not To Piss Off Your Tarot Reader

Whether you are new to Tarot and in the throes of building a connection with your Tarot cards or an advanced Tarot reader diligently honing your Tarot reading skills, I am putting out a Tarot tip a week to help you to consistently make Tarot a part of your everyday life.

This week, I thought to turn the tables and use this blogpost for Tarot Tip Tuesdays as a resource for advice to clients seeking a meaningful reading from a professional Tarot reader.  

Sometimes, I might meet clients who had visited me for the first time and have never obtained a Tarot reading before.  The smart ones would be upfront with me about the fact that they were "Tarot reading virgins" and would openly and honestly ask for advise on what type of questions they could ask and how should they ask these questions.  I loved such 2-way engagement with these clients and they always leave my table feeling happy, empowered and less stressed.   

Conversely, I have also met clients who turned our Tarot reading session into a complete disaster either due to their prejudice, misguided expectations or obnoxious behaviour   Tips for Tarot readers who  had been through such experiences could be found here.


Today, my Tarot Tips for this Tuesday are meant for clients intending to seek a meaningful reading from a professional Tarot reader:

1) Have an open and honest conversation with your Tarot reader about your expectations from the reading and what outcomes you hope to derive out of the reading. Be clear with the details of the background and other necessary information that could help your reader connect with your situation.

2) Always ask your questions in a clear and focused manner.  If you are not sure how to ask a focused question, your reader should help you to frame these questions in a way that will help the cards provide a clear and focused advice.

3) Be realistic about your expectations of a Tarot reading.  Tarot cards are not meant to predict the future.  They are meant to guide you and provide you advice with which you can use to make the right decisions to effect your desired outcomes.

4) Be respectful to both your Tarot reader and the Tarot cards.  Do not throw your tantrums at the reader just because you did not like what you hear.  Do not rant about your reader by calling him or her a charlatan or a quack and definitely, do not throw the cards callously on the table in frustration.

5) Do not take your husband, wife or partner to a Tarot reading, and ask awkward questions while pointing an accusatory finger at him or her about any misdemeanor, imaginary or otherwise.

6)  Ensure that you keep within the boundaries of the Tarot reader's code of ethics when you ask your questions.  If you are not sure what these codes are, do ask your reader.  Some Tarot readers will not read on subject matters related to health for example, so establish that boundary upfront and respect it.

7) I know it is nice to have moral support from a friend or friends when you arrive at your reading hoping to get advice on a relationship issue for example.  However, please respect that the space between your reader, the Tarot cards and you is sacred, so you might want to refrain from having a group of friends whooping and cheering on from behind you while you are having your reading.

8)  It is flattering when you find your Tarot reader quite super but please do not attempt to flirt with your reader or ask him or her out on a date.  Keep the relationship strictly professional.

9)  Do not arrive at your reading reeking of alcohol.  You would like your Tarot reader to provide advice with as much clarity as possible so you had better be sober enough to ask clear and focused questions.

10) A Tarot reading requires a lot of energy and effort put in by your Tarot reader. Paying him or her for the session is a rightful exchange of energy so please do not threaten not to pay for the session just because you did not like what you have heard. 

I hope these tips ensure that your Tarot reading session is a meaningful one.  So, try not to piss your reader off if you want the session to help you steer your decisions towards the right outcome.


May your Tarot cards provide you with a full deck of possibilities throughout your day.

If you like this blogpost, do follow my blog at http://sungoddesstarot.blogspot.com and LIKE my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot


About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and an intuitive reader by accident who deploys the combined modalities of a Tarot, Numerology and Astrology overlaid with her Clairvoyant and Clairsentient skills to deliver her readings with authenticity. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SunGoddessTarot