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 3 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.
I enjoy reading blogs from my fellow tarot readers and one that I have found to be very interesting is 78 Notes To Self: A Tarot Journal by Ginny Hunt. I discovered her blog when I started to poke around on Twitter a few years ago – and it was love at first site (pun intended).
What I love about this blog is the variety of content. Sure, there is all kinds of tarot goodness (spreads, notes about the various cards as well as stories for professional readers) but some times, Ginny steps into personal territory with thought provoking posts such as The Darker Side of Empathy. There is always a bit of a tarot slant to those posts too because like me, Ginny sees the world through a tarot lens.
Ginny has been reading tarot professionally and blogging all about it since 2006 (plus juggling four kids at the same time!). She has been a practicing counselor, both professionally with adolescents and para-professionally as a volunteer with abused women. This busy tarot wonder never ceases to amaze me with her crisp writing, frank approach to life, deep compassion for others and strong ethics.
If you are looking for a well rounded blog with tons of tarot insights, 78 Notes To Self is the one you cannot miss.
Check out her answers to my questions below:
1. What is your philosophy about tarot reading?
Ginny: My philosophy on tarot reading is “Ether, meet Earth.” Tarot, for me, is foremost practical and useful for one’s day to day life. As a stand alone oracle, it does not require being rooted in any spiritual tradition, belief, or practice, although these things can enhance reading tarot, if one is so inclined. While the musty, dusty historical origins of the symbolism inherent in tarot decks fascinate me, I don’t expect random historical knowledge to have any relevance to anyone unless one translates the meaning and significance to one’s experiences and life today. So I see myself as a kind of time traveler and tarot is my vehicle with which I bring nuggets of wisdom and insight back to the present time. Using tarot to predict outcomes is like examining a stream of consequences. The subconscious mind can analyze the probabilities in a wink of an eye and reveal the most likely path a situation will take. If, in the event of a reading, something psychic happens, it’s delightful. But a wholly useful reading can be had without it.
2. How do you feel a client might get the most out of a reading with you?
Ginny: A client seeking a reading with me would probably want to read my “About My Readings” page on 78 Notes To Self. I detail my perspective and approach there. I also request that they email me beforehand so we can discuss what they are looking for and what I can reasonably deliver. We might examine how to frame their query for a more useful result from the cards. Mostly, they should feel free to ask questions and if something I say doesn’t resonate with them to speak up and say so. The main limitation to email readings is that it’s not done in person in real time and both the client and I cannot make use of immediate feedback. However, much can be accomplished with a back and forth conversation before and after the reading.
3. What is your best piece of advice for an aspiring tarot reader?
Ginny: Trust your first impression. Don’t over analyze. It’s ok to consider there could be other messages coming through from the card(s), but try not to second guess your first, and usually strongest, impression. If you don’t get a strong first impression, wait. It will come. Don’t rush yourself. Believe in your own intuition. Also, don’t let a stinky reading discourage you. We all have duds. Tarot reading is a skill and like any other skill you get better with practice. And finally, interact with other readers. The wisdom, insight, and support to be found within the tarot community is incredible.
Big love to Ginny for making time to chat with me (not an easy feat given her schedule!). Learn more about Ginny or purchase a reading from her at 78 Notes.
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2012