Lucky me. The doctor sent me home for a day of rest. As I sit here at the computer goofing off, I realize that a particular thought happens upon me more than I realize regarding the Tarot. This is a thought that I've wanted to explain to my subscribers, clients and readership for a long time. Perhaps, today is the day I set it in stone.

We humans have five senses: sight, touch, smell, hearing, tasting. If developed, we carry six: intuition. Let's pretend that I invite you over to my house. We're standing in my front yard, and I say, "Isn't this the most beautiful yard?" My expectation would be that you lift your head (thus lifting your eyes and nose and ears), glance up and down and around, using all of your senses, and say, "My Dear Lord above. It truly is an amazing yard."

Just having you stand for a moment in a singular spot, you'd be reading the world with all of your senses. Imagine moving like walking or running or jumping or skipping or driving along, and you'd be scanning the world as you go with all five or six of your senses. The concept isn't hard to imagine because you're very adept at doing this particular function every day of your life. Life, and better put, the absorption of life is spent at a breakneck speed.

Now, step into the Tarot with me a moment, and see what I see.

You've heard it all before, "Ask ONE question at a time......" Yes. As a Tarot reader, the cards will only answer one question at a time, unless I'm actively engaging my intuition. I'd like to emphasize that idea one more time. The cards will answer only one question at a time......unless I'm using my intuition.

When you come to me, as an inquirer, you're banking on the hope and wish that I'm engaging BOTH my reading skills and my intuition. It's true that there are times when my intuition kicks in and overrides what I see in the cards. I do have great days where my intuition is very awake on your behalf. In this article, though, I'd like to remove the discussion of my intuition. It will help make my point.

Let's step back into the world of pretend. I invite you into my home. We sit at the table, and you ask me to lay the cards on your behalf. You have a question. Assuming that my intuition is having a bad day that day, let's remove that from the equation of the story. I accept the plea for help and take my cards out. You ask your question. I shuffle the cards and breathe. After I lay the spread, I take a moment to see what the cards have to say, and you wait to hear the answer.

Of course, what you can't see is that the cards can only answer one question.......

Let's step back outside in the yard again. Let's take away five of your six senses. Let's pretend you have the abilities of our precious Helen Keller and only give you touch. Sincerely, you can stand in a beautiful yard not knowing the light and colors, the smell of the water and grass and flowers, the sound of the birds in the trees or the traffic in the far distance. You wouldn't necessarily know that I was anywhere near you. You'd feel alone, quiet, anticipatory and on edge.

When I lay the cards, this is how that moment looks. I see the answer to the singular question. There is no more information than that.

But, to get to that point, we have to strip away all other senses involved, all other questions involved. We have to slow down life at a break neck speed and bring every sense into alignment using a focus towards singularity. We can't look at everything else in the yard. We must only choose one thing using one sense.

Therapists, counselors, pastors and teachers use this method. Each person slows you down to focus. The Tarot does the same thing. Tarot cannot answer a million questions at once. It is impossible to read the Tarot at a break neck speed. It is also impossible to truly understand an experience in our lives at that rate, either. To truly connect with an experience, a moment, an answer with a question: we must slow down life into singularity.

Maybe this is why meditation is so important. Maybe this is why it's important to sit with a friend and open ourselves to our individual vulnerabilities. Life is lived at a breakneck speed, but we cannot glean life in that manner. Slowing down to experience moments is how we truly attain awakening within our experiences.

Many folks come to me and ask for readings. In 60 minutes, the client's expectations are sometimes further out of range than I can possibly do. The questions will come from every arena of their world: Where is the love of my life? What about my career? Will I have more money? How can I save my children?

For those of you that have sat with me before, you already know - I slow the process down. If the experience is in your life, we answer these questions one at a time. The art of Tarot isn't a slot machine at a casino in Las Vegas or Lake Charles. It's not a microwave in the kitchen heating meals in 30 seconds. Tarot is not an ATM spitting out answers like dollar bills.

My hope is that when any of you see one of my YouTube videos or sit with me in person, the mutual agreement is that we will slow down a particular moment together and share in that experience with a comprehension that encompasses the ability to take in one sense at a time as we steep ourselves in the present while still seeing how a situation will unfold where we can make better choices for our future.

This method works miracles. In this way, the Tarot helps us to ground ourselves, meditate on the present and become singularly focused in a way that can benefit our world.

"I believe everything that happens in our life has meaning, that each experience brings a message, if we're willing to hear it." ~ Oprah Winfrey

"How do you know that the cards you lay are the right ones?" ....Client #1

"But, what if you do (shuffle) it wrong?" ...Client #2

"How did you see that??" ......Client #3

How I wish you could sit with me in the room while I shuffle the cards. Preparation for that moment takes me hours, especially knowing that my focus must remain at its highest peak for roughly 9-10 hours just to cover the readings.

Focus for me starts with a good night's sleep. Without that, I'm not at my best. Focus includes eating a meal before I start and having ready-made food close by so that I can remain on task. With any home, there are chores at every corner and things that seem important, but when I'm doing the readings - all of that must fade into the background, which means all of my immediate needs must be close by with chores done, house cleaned and errands taken care of through the week.

In the morning of the day I choose to record, I light candles throughout the house of different shades and colors. Somewhere in one of my past lives, I was a priest. I can tell by some of the traits I have towards ritual. Lighting candles works for me. I use different colors to represent different blessings I ask to meet me through the day. The simple act of lighting a candle while praying brings me peace.

The rooms around this little apartment are peppered with crystals of various kinds. There have been some clients that have found me who have the art of speaking to nature, harnessing the power of the crystals and knowing their energies like understanding the colors of the rainbow. Sadly, I do not have this gift, but it does not mean I do not believe. Thus, I keep these friends close by and at hand, learning how to carry them with me and use them with readings.

Using sage, I will burn and cleanse throughout the room before lighting a stick of incense. I pray. I go outside and stand in the sun, and I pray. I release the day to my Higher Power. I offer Him the floor. I welcome Mother God to sit with me, and ask for my Spirit Guide and ancestors to come.

I lost my faith in Christianity in 2007. At the time, it shook the very foundations of my identity. I lost almost everything in that year that gave me identity, but after so many years of walking without that structure I am settled in my own faith. It is a faith in knowing that I am not in control of anything.....but something is.

I choose to call it God - partly because I'm comfortable with the vernacular, having used it since childhood, but also because I can feel my inner focus shift when I call on His name. At once, the relationship with Him will fly to the front of my focus. There is no one else in the room but He and I. It's as if we've had this love story for so long, I can never bear for it to end. I can smile that particular smile and can feel Him smile back. He is my oldest friend, my strongest yearning and sometimes just the thought of his presence brings me to tears.

In the moments that I choose to close the door and begin, the strongest part of surrender must occur. I must put myself, my wishes, my dreams, my identity to the side and call on the voices from the Other Side. I must float while He becomes.

That's probably the hardest part for people to do in this business of laying tarot cards. They must put themselves aside. It goes against our basest instincts. To fade out, blur, silence the mind with its thoughts, the heart with its emotions, the soul with its desires - Surrender.

For me, the magic in the tarot begins at Surrender. Sweet, sweet surrender. Let me seek you out, find you, keep you and know that you are slippery, and sneaky and not altogether willing.

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