Talkin’ Tarot with Ashley Oppon

by Theresa Reed on October 7, 2015

Talkin’ Tarot With is a monthly feature designed to introduce my readers to different tarot readers from our wonderfully diverse community!  Each month, I’ll be asking various tarot readers three questions about their tarot philosophy and style, plus pointing you to their websites and blogs so that you can learn more about them!  I like to hand pick tarot readers that I feel are talented and interesting.

Ashley Oppon, Dreadlock Tarot

There is a lot of fresh new tarot talent starting to make a name for themselves.  I was lucky enough to connect with one of those promising new stars at last year’s Reader’s Studio, Ashley Oppon of Dreadlock Tarot.

I was instantly drawn to her because her presence is powerful.  She emanates warmth like a bright light on a hot summer night.  Like a moth, I wanted to sit next to that flame. So I did.  We spent time together and during that period, I learned that Ashley is not only a force of nature but she’s also humble.  There is nothing pretentious about her…what you see is what you get.  And my favorite part?  She is 100% dedicated to tarot.  That part came shining through loud and clear.  (I love people who are hyper enthusiastic about the cards + the biz!)

Ashley may not know this, but she got the attention of her peers at that conference.  Little buzz words like “talent” and “wow” starting floating around when her name was mentioned.   She’s been getting more recognition from her growing legion of fans through her blog. With posts such as Myths About Tarot Card Readers and her awesome interview series, Dreadlock Culture Shock, where she talks tarot and divination with a diverse group of readers, she’s on the right track to becoming an influential tarot luminary.

If you’re looking for a new tarot flavor that is smart, fun, and knowledgeable about tarot, this is the gal you’ve been waiting to meet.  I can’t wait to watch this star rise.


Ashley Oppon is a intuitive counselor for people who are looking for clarity in all aspects of their lives. Through her work with Tarot, Lenormand and SRT (spiritual response therapy), she’s here to help people find solutions to their issues and live their best lives now. When she’s not reading Tarot, you can find her DIY-ing, crocheting, or flamenco dancing. Her passion for crafting has lead her to also open up her own Etsy Shop, Dreamer’s Annex, full of all kinds of handmade goodies. Meet Ashley and learn more about how you can reach your full potential at

If you’re in the New Jersey area, Ashley is starting a new meetup called Central NJ Tarot Group.

Phone: 609-630-0794


Check out her answers to my questions below:


Q: What is your philosophy about tarot reading?

Ashley: For me, tarot is all about healing and getting clarity. If you have an issue, a tarot reading will help you figure out details of what is going on and options for how you might want to handle it. I believe that when I pull out my deck and start shuffling, I am, in that moment, establishing my connection with Spirit. I believe Spirit puts the cards in the position they are supposed to be in, and I am just a vessel for interpretation. The way I look at it, getting a tarot reading is like getting advice from that friend who you know loves you, but will not let you go out looking like a fool. You may not always get the answers you want, but you will get the information you need and tips on how to manage what is going on in your life.

Q: How do you feel a client might get the most out of a reading with you?

Ashley: Come ready to have a conversation. I’m not the type of reader who is just going to sit there and tell you how to do things, everything that is going to happen in the next year and what the name of your first born will be. I take the more holistic approach to reading and believe that healing and empowering is the most important thing. I’m here to help you, but most importantly, I’m here to show you that YOU have the power to also help yourself. Sometimes you just need someone to show you all the possibilities without being biased, and then you realize the answers were in front of you all along.

Q:What is your best piece of advice for an aspiring tarot reader?

Ashley: Fall in love with your cards. Become so familiar with them that they feel like they are part of you. Get a deck that you connect with and look at those cards everyday. Even if you’re not doing a reading, just look at them and study the way each card looks and feels to you. Find the aspect of each card that you can connect with. When you start reading, journal about your cards and write down your observations. Also, learn all the important rules of tarot… how to do a Celtic Cross Spread, how you should shuffle, the textbook meaning for each cards… then break all those rules. Personalize your practice! Do what feels comfortable for you and keep finding new ways to do it. Becoming a great tarot reader is a journey so read the cards whenever you can, learn from those around you, and most of all… HAVE FUN!!!


Major kudos to Ashley for making some time to talk tarot with me!  Learn more about this mega-talent and get a reading here: Dreadlock Tarot.



© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2015

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Soul Proprietor – Don’t bring me down

by Theresa Reed on October 5, 2015

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Picture this: living on a remote, inhabitable environment with twelve strangers for forty days…with no clothes and scarce resources for food. Sound exciting and challenging? It might be.

In fact, it started out feeling just like that for the participants of the reality show “Naked and Afraid XL”. (I’m obsessed with this show.) As expected, things got tough pretty fast and some participants dropped out. Surviving in the wild without the bare necessities (and Starbucks) is no walk in the park.

But one person left the show for an entirely different reason: her group had became hostile and negative. How did this happen? Did she do something terrible? Not that I could see. Mind you, these reality shows are highly edited but they couldn’t edit out one factor: one of the participants was a bit of a “Mean Girl” and she infected the vibe of the whole tribe.

One by one, even the most jovial members began to act just like her. Rueful. Bitchy. Lazy.

Misery loves company and sadly, when one person is a bummer, it often brings even the best group down.

You don’t have to be naked and afraid to see this happen. I’ve experienced this in business, both online and off: a group starts out with a positive agenda, only to be overtaken by the Debbie Downers who begin to use these groups as a dumping ground. Suddenly, you’re no longer talking business, you’re doing group therapy – and no business is getting done. No one gets inspired in a gripefest.

For example, I found myself hanging with a group of fellow entrepreneurs. The mission: talk business and mastermind. In other words, my kinda shindig. We went around the table, sharing our recent business experiences. There were a few bright moments at the start but soon, things took a turn towards Sad Sackville.

Out of a group of fifteen, only about three of us seemed to be happy in our work. Everyone else…not so much. Instead of masterminding, it devolved into a tragic pity party with a side of the bitters.

Each story got worse as if there was a competition for who had the hardest time. One woman grabbed the chance to launch into a sour hate-my-business speech (complete with tears) that seemed to have no end (this was not the first time she did this by the way – these meetings seemed to be some sort of “open mic happy hour therapy” for her).

By the time she was done with her latest rant, I was done.

I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. All of that negativity left me feeling depressed…and guilty for having a business that I loved.

A mastermind should be a place where people share frustrations but also solutions and inspiration (mainly the latter). That wasn’t happening there, so I left, never to return.

I’ve learned that negative people will only see the glass as half full – and that mindset is a powerful one. You can’t lift those boats, no matter how high you splash that tide. They will always sink everyone else down to the lowest common denominator. They seem to want that too.

Misery is not good company, especially in business. Miserable people will make you miserable and this will taint your success. Surround yourself with positive, proactive people and you’re more likely to succeed because what we focus on grows.

As Jim Rohn says: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” That goes for business as well as personal.

Clear out the Negative Nellys in your biz world and surround yourself with uplifting allies that inspire you. Better yet: be an inspiration. Get rid of your sob stories. Be the kind of business person that successful people want to be around. Word.


© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2015

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