Newsletter of The Tarot School
Vol. 14 #1 January 1, 2022
In this Issue:
- Tarot Tip: Reading Doesn't Make Sense? Try This!
- Tarot School Aphorism
- Meet the Reader: Gary Karp
- Diviner's Corner: Glossolalia
- Best Practices: How to Tell a Client You Can't Help Them
- Upcoming Events
Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
And a special welcome to our new subscribers.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
It's hard to believe we've entered the 14th year
since the Tarot Tips re-boot. (You'll find back
issues in the archives here:
just scroll down a bit.) We're glad you're here!
One of the design challenges I enjoy is
finding just the right images to go with the
articles. I particularly like the one above
because of the beautiful gift box that takes
the place of the zero in 2022.
The New Year is like an unopened present,
full of mystery. What gifts will the coming
year bring? What gifts can we give to each
other or to ourselves? Do we dare hope for
the gift of optimism that this year will be
better than the last two?
As you experience the coming days and
months, be aware of and grateful for the
small and large gifts that come your way.
They may come in the form of a smile,
laughter, new knowledge or the joy of
What's wonderful about tarot is that
there is always something new to learn
or discover. It is full of delightful surprises
and insightful self-understanding. Tarot is
a gift you can count on. Let us help you
A bit about this issue...
In this month's Tip, Gina offers us a way
to make sense of a muddy or confusing
reading. There's a new aphorism from
Wald. (I enjoyed designing this one!)
The Diviner's Corner explores spoken
prophecy, and Sharonah introduces
us to Gary Karp. Best Practices addresses
the uncomfortable situation when we just
can't help a querent, even though wish
we could. Enjoy!
There are tarot lovers all over the world!
It's one thing to know this on an intellectual
level, but seeing proof makes it more real.
New people subscribe to Tarot Tips all the
time, and we used to keep a list of the
different countries everyone came from.
That list has gone walkabout but there were
over 140 countries on it!
This month, we're happy to welcome
recent subscribers from Australia,
Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, Nepal,
Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, the United
Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom,
and the United States.
It's wonderful to know that no matter
what language we speak at home, we
all share the language of tarot!
Wishing you health and bright blessings
in the year ahead,
Ruth Ann, Wald and Gina
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READING DOESN'T MAKE SENSE?
by Gina Thies
It’s inevitable. You have studied and
learned the best spreads. You understand
what the cards mean, however once your
spread is done and you are ready to give an
amazing reading, it’s garbled or doesn’t
make sense to you or the querent. There may
be one or two cards that seem relevant but
what about the other 8 cards in your spread?
Instead of scrapping the whole spread and
starting over, look to the Aces or the Pages
for clarification. If they are not in the
spread, go through the deck and find the
Aces and Pages/Princesses or Knaves of
the four suits and place them next to or
on the side of the original spread.
Why? The simple answer is that these are
very accessible cards in terms of going to
the root energy of the suits that they
represent. The importance given to the Aces
and the Pages is not to be underestimated.
In the Western Hermetic and Golden Dawn
traditions, the four Aces are thought to be
placed on the North Pole of the Universe,
around which they revolve, and the Pages
(Princesses) rule over the Four Parts of the
Celestial Heavens, which lie around the
North Pole. They form the Thrones of the
Powers of the four Aces. Let us consider for
a moment how it is North that is associated
with the Throne of God. With that said, all
comes from a Source. All of the Aces are
titled “Root of the Powers” of the element
they correspond to: Wands-Fire; Cups-Water;
The Aces and Pages can be used to clarify
your readings by meditating on them
separately in the context of the reading or
dialoguing directly with them in a side
spread, posing such questions such as,
“What is the source of xxx?” or “What
do I need to understand about addressing
this issue now?”
Aces represent the start or genesis of an
issue while the Pages, being the last of
the court, would represent a newness or
beginning as well, but also a finality,
an Alpha and Omega.
Here are some traditional meanings and
correspondences for the Ace and Pages:
Ace of Wands: Force, strength, rush, vigor,
energy. New creative endeavors, new ideas,
Page of Wands: Brilliance, courage, beauty,
force, enthusiasm, sudden in anger or love.
Aries, Leo or Sagittarius.
Ace of Cups: Fertility, productiveness,
beauty, pleasure, happiness. Emotional
Page of Cups: Sweetness, poetry, gentleness
and kindness. Imaginative and dreamy.
Pisces, Cancer or Scorpio.
Aces of Swords: It symbolizes curiosity,
nobility, intelligence and order. It is
quick and sharp, bright and fresh.
Page of Swords: Wisdom, strength, acuteness,
grace and dexterity. Gemini, Libra or
Ace of Pentacles: Material gain, labor,
power, wealth, etc.
Page of Pentacles: Generous, kind, diligent,
benevolent, careful, courageous, preserving,
pitiful. Virgo, Taurus, Capricorn.
Getting to the root or source of the issue
can help clarify the reading. The Aces and
Pages can help!
Tarot School Aphorism
Meet The Reader
By Sharonah Rapseik, Ph.D., CMAP
Gary Karp, aka “That Tarot Guy,” lives in
Erie, Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Tarot
Reader (CTR) through The Tarot Guild.
Gary has been studying Tarot for over 30
years and has been reading professionally
for over 15 years for private clients, at
parties, new age bookstores, and psychic
As a Certified Life Coach, Gary uses Tarot
as a tool to help his clients gain insight
into themselves, helping them to understand
their situation and empowering them to move
past their challenges.
Gary, what makes your tarot practice unique
and how do you express it?
My experience with Tarot is of a practical
nature. I believe that sharing the wisdom
and guidance of the Tarot with my clients
without providing them with a simple,
actionable plan for them to execute is only
doing half the job. I bring my skills and
experience as a Certified Life Coach to each
reading to assist them in reaching their
Thank you Gary, it’s been a pleasure to meet you!
Follow Gary Karp here:
Sharonah Rapseik is an Artist / Designer,
Author, Tarot Reader, Radio Host and
Producer for Psychic Talk Radio.
Visit her at:
Glossolalists are practitioners who specialize
in speaking a language foreign to themselves,
that are divinatory or prophetic in nature
when interpreted. The method used is
Glossolalic utterance and/or speech-like sounds
that is believed to be a divine language.
Glossolalia, which is also called “speaking
in tongues” or “trance voice,” occurs when
the person is in a heightened state through
meditation, fervent prayer or induced
ecstasy. The utterances heard resembled
garbled words and sounds but researchers and
linguists have connected these unfamiliar
tones to pattens that are found in human
Glossolalia is commonly found in Christian
movements but is also practiced in
non-Christian religions. Speaking in tongues
is mentioned in the Christian Bible but
there are also references in antiquity where
it was believed that supernatural or divine
beings spoke different languages than
humanity. Other sources posit that all human
language comes from a divine source.
Glossolalic utterances are thought to be
associated with angels or the Holy Spirit,
and given to those deemed prophets or
Famously, Court astrologer and occultist
John Dee and medium Edward Kelley claimed
that while scrying, messages came to them
from angels in a celestial speech format.
The experiences of Dee and Kelley were
documented in Dee’s journals and became what
is known as Enochian language, although Dee
himself called them Celestial or Angelical.
The use of the Enochian “calls” is essential
in the practice of Enochian magick. Unlike
Christian glottologue, the Angelical
language appeared while experimenting with
contact with angels as twenty-one glyphs in
a vision reported by Kelley.
Angels are not the only intelligences
communicated with through glossolastic
means. Other ethereal (and some believe
channeled) messages are from alien sources
with languages unknown to the channeler.
Praying in Tongues, Speaking in Tongues,
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Best Practices for Professional Readers
HOW TO TELL A CLIENT,
"I'M SORRY, I'M UNABLE TO HELP
By Gina Thies
www.tarotadvisor.com / www.facebook.com/tarotreaders
www.tarotcoupling.com / www.oraclesoup.org
Perhaps it’s a new client, a referred client
or a long-time repeat client, but at some
point the querent may attempt to push past
your personal or professional talents and
boundaries. This business is one in which we
have answered the call to be of service and
to help guide others to their highest
potential –– at least it starts out that way
for many of us. However there are times when
you’ll have to tell the client that you are
not able to help them through your services.
There are a few circumstances that come to
mind where this may occur:
1) The request of the reading is beyond what
you are comfortable with or capable of.
2) The client/advisor relationship moves
into an arena where personal and
professional boundaries are blurred and
your readings are no longer objective.
3) The nature of the reading request is
questionable in terms of the purpose and use
of the information the querent is after.
In the age of access to all sorts of
personal information, privacy is a huge
concern and everyday protections for the
right to privacy and protected information
is discussed. You would not knowingly give
out your client’s personal identifiable
information or private going-ons with
anyone, but it’s possible that you’ll come
across seekers looking for information from
the “psychic” that you’ll have to ask why it
is important or beneficial to them.
In my own experience, prior to my knowing
the extent of my psychic and intuitive
capacity and its impact on the querent, much
incredible, accurate information was given
to clients about the people they were
involved with personally or intimately. The
challenges came when I was not able, willing
or comfortable with “psychically spying” for
the querent. In some cases the reading just
was not clear or did not address the issue
about which the client inquired.
The best way to combat this is to set the
direction and purpose of the reading early
in the session. Spend a little time
co-creating with the client why they need a
reading and what topics will be covered, as
well as an agreed upon start and stop time.
Sometimes the reading evokes more than the
client expected to know or it leads to the
client veering off topic and asking about
people that are not relevant to your helping
them. For instance, asking if an ex will be
happy with the new relationship partner and
what are they up to, will they get married,
etc. If they want this information, you
might want to ask why it is important to
their own life and what will they do with
The thing that matters is that you have a
right and in some cases an obligation to say
you can’t help them with this matter, topic
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