Mad Hookups – October 2015

by Theresa Reed on October 8, 2015

mad hookups for tarotpreneurs

Got a tarot business or trying to get one started?  Wondering how to maximize your potential without killing yourself (or spending a fortune)?  Looking for info that will actually help you elevate your biz?  I’ve got the Mad Hookups for tarotpreneurs and aspiring tarot pros.  Whether you are new to the game or an old hat, check out my latest recommended posts ‘n classes ‘n tools just for you:

My friend Ethony just started offering business coaching for Tarot readers who are ready to go pro!  If you’re looking to start your own tarot biz and want a lot of support from a pro who’s been at her game awhile, Ethony is your woman.  Get the details here.

Melissa Cassera nails it in this post: “Work” is not a dirty word.

Super useful: 20 Free Stock Photo Resources.

Great advice over at Big Brand System: Your step-by-step guide to writing more in less time.

More smart advice about writing faster from Problogger.

Check out this fun instagram challenge from Hilary Parry.  This is a clever way to build community.

This is a fabulous service for those of us who hate technology but need to get a business up fast: First Five Things.

Rachael Cook is one of the smartest business coaches I know.  Loving this post: The Scoop on Taking Your Offline Business Online.

Rachael also spits some big time truth in The Misleading Myths of Passive Income.  The next time you get lured by the people who promise six figures through passive income, refer back to this.

Can tarot be used for mediumship?  Christiana Gaudet has a good answer.

Sometimes we can get in over our heads. Shenee Howard writes a raw post about what happened when she did.

The one secret thing that all successful people do.

HOT TIP: If it’s not working, drop it.  Look through your business carefully.  What’s working well?  What’s not?  If there is an offer or a strategy that doesn’t seem to be doing a darn thing for you, drop it.  Don’t hang on to services that bog you down or time-wasting activities that bring zero return on investment.  Clear out your business clutter so that you have time for the services and activities that pay off.  (I do this regularly.)

Newsletters to read: Amber McCue has a fantastic newsletter that I have subscribed to for years.  If you’re looking to grow your business in a sane way, this is one you don’t want to miss.

Listen up: this month, Bri and I are talking about podcasting with the one and only Jessica Kupferman!  If  you’ve always wanted to hit that mic, don’t miss this show on October 28th at 8PM CT.

On my beside reading stack: Rising Strong by Brené Brown. This is a thoughtful book about failure.  Well worth reading, especially if you’ve ever done an epic biz fail. 

Don’t forget: I have sweet little business ebooks just for you.  At only $15 a pop, these gems will give your mystical biz a mega boost.  Check out the ala carte biz goodness at Professional Mystic’s Guides.

Do you have trouble charging for your mystical services?  I’ve got an e-course to help you out: Get In Charge.

Go on and succeed wildly, hot stepper!


© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2015

PS very soon, I’m going to have a comprehensive list of smart biz resources, carefully curated just for my fellow tarotpreneurs!  Stay tuned….

Got a Mad Hookup I need to know about?  Shoot me an email and let me take a gander, homeslice. 

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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