The writer Patti Woods during a virtual tarot card read during the pandemic.
Patti Woods, 49, has been a professional tarot card reader for over 20 years.Although she stopped holding in-person discussions during the course of its pandemic, she says people are still reaching out to her for virtual readings.She fees $50 for a half-hour session and works out of a spare chamber in her home.A reputable reader won’t tell you that someone in your family is going to die or that there’s curse placed on your love life — that’s a victimize, Woods says.Her goal with every see is to make sure the client feels some sense of hope.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more tales.
I got my first deck of tarot cards when I was 18 years old. Even as a kid, I was fascinated by mysterious and magical things. My mother used to read our tea leaves for fun and I was always intrigued by how a few leaves bunched together could tell so much about a person.
When I discovered tarot at persons under the age of 12 after my sister delivered dwelling some cards, I was immediately hooked. Now I’m 49, and I read the cards every day.
Some people refer to tarot reading as fortune telling, but I think of them as an instrument to divine information about a person’s contexts.
There are 78 cards in a tarot deck. There are four dress( just like playing cards, except the suits are rods, swords, pentacles, and bowls; this is referred to as the Minor Arcana) and then there’s the Major Arcana, who the hell is cards the hell is labelled things like The Fool, The Lovers, Death, and The Sun. These are the ones you always see in movies right before something ominous is about to happen, and is why the cards sometimes get a bad rap. There’s no reason to fear getting your cards read. A reputable reader isn’t going to tell you that anyone is going to die or that you have a curse placed upon you — that’s a swindle. In a legitimate tarot learn, the cards that are drew and the course they are spread out will create a unique message that your reader will construe.
I learned by reading journals and get my own cards read.
This was, of course, mode before the internet. I practised on friends and family members, initially reading from the “LWB, “( little white paper) that comes with the cards. It’s a lot like learn another language. Eventually you get to a level where the cards just seem to talk to you. You develop a rapport with them.
I started read professionally in the 1990 s.
One of the author’s decks of tarot cards.
I’m a freelance columnist, which is a solitary profession, so speaking cards allows me to connect with people. At first, I started out doing private learns and a few parties, but it wasn’t until the past five years or so when I genuinely decided that this was my calling. Now I do more tarot and less writing.
I know that when I tell people I’m a reader, the first thing they think of is the stereotype: A neon sign that says “Fortunes Told, ” a shiny crystal ball on the table, and someone telling them they can remove a hex for an extra $ 50. But that’s not how I control.
I read out of my home in Connecticut and at a few cases neighbourhood shops. A basic learning is $50 for a half hour. My learns are all about the here and now. The cards are a tool to help you determine what factors need to be considered when making a decision. They highlight possibilities, obstructions, helpers, and detractors. A good see can substantiate past decisions and guided by you in future choices.
I start every day by prepping my room, which is a spare room in my house.
Although I’m currently not hearing patrons in person due to COVID-1 9, I still just wanted to stir my room as sacred and still as is practicable, and cleanse it employing sage-green, palo santo( a medicinal timber) or a crystal-infused oil spray. I set up my desk with whatever cards and crystals I’m use that day, and then I do a reflection in order to be as grounded as is practicable, because often a lot of heavy emotional stuff will come up in learnings. I need to be sure that I don’t take on the emotional vigor of others.
Woods’ workspace is in the spare chamber of her residence.
I ever tell my clients that our reading is their time.
They can ask me questions and tell me as much or as little as they’d like. Some people come with a list of questions and others merely so wishes what comes up. I shuffle the cards and lay them out and one by one I turn them over.
Each card has its own meaning, but the real story happens when you see how the cards interact. Once some messages start popping up, the client will often start to make the connections and ask deeper questions.
The firstly two weeks of quarantine, I didn’t read for anyone, but then I realized that people needed the cards more than ever.
Clients were are to achieve me with questions like, “Will I get sick? ” “When will we be done with this? ” and “I don’t even know what to ask right now, I just need something.”
So, I decided to try virtual readings utilizing Zoom and FaceTime. I wasn’t sure if this system would work, because a big part of a successful reading is being able to tap into the client’s physical energy. Fortunately, it hasn’t been an issue at all. Since we’ve all had to adapt to a brand-new screen-centered lifestyle, I consider the technology doesn’t present as much of a psychological impediment as it would have in the past.
Tarot readings “ve always been” popular because people have a need for something less clinical( and cheaper) than therapy, and more objective than just talking to friends. A tarot see offers a safe room for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings and hopefully gain a little insight.
There is no typical patron — I’ve read for kids and grandparents, the physicians and lawyers, stay-at-home mamas and people who are unemployed.
The various tools( sage-green, palo santo, sprayings, selenite) that Woods uses to cleanse her decks and meeting space.
My clients include those who are completely open to the metaphysical and those who are 100% skeptical. I acknowledge their willingness to trust me with their narrative. I got to see 10 people a week for private learns, and try to limit myself to two a day, because the sessions can often bear a heavy energy and I want to be as present as possible for each client.
I also started doing merriment, more casual learnings once a few weeks on Facebook just to give the cards a chance to breathe. I are well aware that sounds, but the cards can get weighed down, too. I still have quite a few regular patrons that I hear from on a monthly basis. I enjoy getting the information received from people to be acknowledged that their sees manifested into their lives.
There are a few main questions I ever get from clients.
People want to know if they’ll ever find love, if their family members are okay, and what their chore situation looks like. I consider the hardest part of reading for me is when someone comes craving a definite answer, when they ask questions like, “Will I get back together with my ex? ” of “Will I country the number of jobs? ” or “When will COVID-1 9 intention? ” I don’t make absolute, set-in-stone answers, because we all have free will and the ability to change our situations at a moment’s notice. I ever say to look to the cards for guidance , not answers. My job is to present the options and explore the potential makes. The best sees start with the question, “What do I need to know about you and your current situation? ”
My ultimate goal with every learn is to make sure the client feels some sense of hope, intent, or some clarity. The cards may not necessarily say what they want to hear, but at least they can leave with a design or future directions.
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