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.
Some tarot readers are on Twitter all the time (like me). Others not so much. Yet some of those folks leave a lasting impression. People such as Rash Tramble of Stay Woke Tarot. I began following her a while back and have been a fan ever since.
Rash is smart, outspoken, and thoughtful. A combination I adore. Her tweets might be about tarot one minute, politics the next. And although she doesn’t post a ton on her blog, the stuff she does is always gold. Posts such as Please Don’t Let Anyone Buy You Your First Tarot Deck or Queen of Swords: Kill Your Story are great reads. When she posts: I pay attention. You should too.
According to her bio, she first discovered tarot about twenty years ago when she was working as a reporter for a television station in the States. At that time, she was doing a story on alternative therapies and one of the people she interviewed read tarot – and insisted on giving her a reading. She soon purchased her own tarot deck and has been slinging the cards ever since.
So why Stay Woke Tarot? Rash says this on her site: “We’re in a time of revolution: globally, locally, personally and politically. All of these factors are connected. Remaining aware and observing these connections on a continuous basis is a matter of “psychic survival.” In my opinion, by using Tarot to tap into the collective unconscious, we can do that.” Let the revolution begin – and let Rash Tramble lead the way!
Rash Tramble is a US immigrant currently living in Zurich, Switzerland. She’s been reading tarot for 20 years, but she’s been saying that for about five years so it could be longer. Rash has a BA in Film, an MA in Creative Media Practice and is a member of Mensa. You can find her over at Stay Woke Tarot.
Check out Rash’s answers to my questions below:
Q: What is your philosophy about tarot reading?
Rash: My philosophy is that tarot helps you become and remain aware – to be “woke”. It helps you understand the “why” behind your thoughts and actions. For example, I may ask myself, “Why did I buy these expensive shoes when I know I can’t afford them”? If I pull the Two of Pentacles, I interpret that as I’m juggling too much at work perhaps and putting myself under pressure. My knee-jerk reaction to all of this is to reward myself – hence the shoes.
I’ve also found that issues that come up in readings can be linked to a bigger societal issue. Take the “reward” shoes I mentioned above. What am I reading during my morning commute? If it’s a magazine with ads, how do the ads affect me? I ask and pull a card. I get the Nine of Pentacles, which suggests in this case issues with discipline and impulsive behavior. Do I have the discipline to ignore those ads? If not, how can I work on that? Can I make changes at my job so that I don’t need such an expensive “reward”?
Q: How do you feel a client might get the most out of a reading with you?
Rash: Be present, open and engaged during the reading. Take what you need and leave the rest behind. And don’t forget to relax.
Q: What is your best piece of advice for an aspiring Tarot reader?
Rash: Learn the basics of the cards, then find your own path and way of reading. Also, remember that social media is a highlight reel. It’s fine to admire other readers you follow on Instagram, but don’t worship them. We’re all human and filters do a hell of a job.
I so happy that Rash took the time to chat with me. You can learn more about her right here.
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2019