It was a beautiful hot, windless day in May 2020. I was sitting in my garden, reading a book when a passer-by stopped and declared that they would like a tarot reading right there and then. Well; you can imagine my surprise. Not wishing to break the rules of social distancing or tempt the universe to send my cards flying with an ill timed gust of Easterly wind, I politely said no and went back to reading my book. Immediately, my drinking glass fell off the table. I grazed my hand trying to stop the glass from shattering all over the concrete paving slabs and my peacefully slumbering cat was loudly screeching her discontent at the sudden disruption. As a person who’s in the business of interpreting signs, I promptly called the stranger back and agreed to read for him. At an acceptable social distance of course!
And so I find myself, now in the middle of my own, spiritual dilemma. Am I ready to come out of the tarot closet to sit here, unashamedly visible in my front garden. Exposing a well-thumbed Radiant Rider Waite tarot deck, earth magic oracle cards, animal tarot cards, super moon charged crystals, smudging stick and sandalwood incense for all and sundry to mock and to gossip and to judge? Or do I embrace the opportunity as a spiritual ‘sword on the shoulder’ and ‘come out’ of the tarot closet as the confident, competent tarot reader that I am. Naked. Exposed. Society’s darling turned dark arts devil worshipper *laughingly inserts a giggling face emoji*.
I have just faced my own rite of passage. An acceptance of self that was cruelly disguised as an imaginary public flogging. I am part of the silent, tarot revolution that has been taking place in the bedrooms, living rooms and front gardens of homes all over the world. The hippies, mystics and sage’s that we once thought of have been replaced by the level headed, business background, meat eating, sugar loving, alcohol drinking, free spirited, empathic, high vibrational, transformational, pioneering, tarot card wielding readers of our time. You might be living next door to one right now!