Vol. 12 #10 / September 1, 2020
In this Issue:
- Tarot Tip: Deck Clearing Rituals
- Tarot School Aphorism
- That's Cool!: Tarot Off the Cuff
- Diviner's Corner: Apantomancy
- Best Practices: Client-centric Service
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DECK CLEARING RITUALS
"I am unclear on clearing, and its
importance. I have been reading cards
(mostly for myself) for years. I've heard of
people 'clearing' and 'energizing' decks
frequently, but haven't bothered to with
my own. How is it done, and does it affect
That's a great question, Heather!
When it comes to rituals like clearing,
cleansing and energizing the cards, I've
always maintained that it's a personal
decision whether to do them or not. I don't
believe that the cards themselves are
affected -- when you come right down to it,
they are just pieces of cardboard after all
-- but the energetic link between you and
your deck can be. In fact, I lost the deck
I'd been using since Wald and I started The
Tarot School, and found the experience
emotionally wrenching to say the least.
That link was very strong.
For some people, being conscious of and/or
working with energy is not important. It is
entirely possible to read cards from a
purely intellectual standpoint. In fact,
once you know enough tarot, you don't even
need physical cards to do a reading. In this
case, there would be no deck to clear or
However, if you are the type of person who
is sensitive to unseen energies and enjoys
working with them, your personal energetic
state and the links you forge with your
sacred space and tools are often very
important and can certainly have an impact
on your readings.
I am personally energetically sensitive so I
like to clear my deck before I begin a
reading, and then again at the end before I
put my cards away. I do this very simply by
holding my hands over the deck, palms-down
and crossed at the wrists. I then pull them
apart with a forceful motion. That movement
sends a signal to my sub-conscious (and
possibly the deck itself) that renews my
connection with the cards and lets me start
fresh without any residual energy from a
previous reading session.
Another way to freshen your deck is to
include a favorite crystal in the bag or box
you keep your cards in. Clear quartz,
amethyst, selenite or black tourmaline
are good choices. From time to time, rinse
the crystal under running water to keep it
energetically clear as well. (This is not
necessary for selenite as it is "self-cleaning.")
Here are some other methods you might
like to try:
• Put the cards in sequence before shuffling
• Rap the edge of the deck on the table 3
• Fan out the cards and blow on them.
• Smudge the cards with sage or other
favorite herb or incense.
• Charge them on the windowsill under a
• Place your deck in or near a singing bowl
as you ring it.
Remember though that rituals are for you --
the cards don't need them. Your own state is
what will affect your readings most of all.
If clearing or energizing rituals support
that state then go for it. If they make no
difference and you don't feel like doing
them, nobody says you have to. :)
~ Ruth Ann
Tarot School Aphorism
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USING SIGNS FOR DIVINATION
By Lisa Boswell
Not everyone knows what Apantomancy is,
and yet, millions of people worldwide practice
it. In the UK, you practice Apantomancy
every time you avoid a black cat, magpie, or
refer to Doreen Virtues “Angel Numbers”
guidebook. So, what is Apantomancy?
Apantomancy is divination by omens you
come across by chance.
Apantomancy is a form of prognosticating
the future which you can practice on the go.
Say, you are on your way to an important
event, and you see a caterpillar on the way.
What is the significance of this animal? Why
is it in your path? Perhaps you keep seeing
the number three. Why would the number
three consistently make an appearance in
Like most fortune telling modes, Apantomancy
is personal. I feel that, to an extent, to be a
proficient Apantomancer, one must have
a good foundation of what certain symbols
mean to them.
I, for one, love magpies and feel they are a
good omen; it does not bother me to see
them. I feel the same about black cats
because my family refused to keep any other
cat than a black one while I was growing up.
(The sexy beast in this post is my cat Billy
Jean, who's a male cat, by the way).
By contrast, there are a lot of animals that
some people would deem adorable or a lucky
precursor, but I would see it as a negative
sign. For example, I hate monkeys (as do
many other Gypsies) and think they are
terrible creatures. If I were to ask my
spirits for a sign and then see a monkey
unexpectedly, I would view this as unlucky.
You can ask spirits for signs in your day to
day life. Say you are unsure if you are
making the right decisions, you can ask your
spirits around you (such as relatives) to
give you a sign. Then, go for a walk.
Anything that you see out of the ordinary
is a sign. If you think it is a coincidence,
ask for another sign, and so on.
While doing this post, I asked the spirits
if I should continue writing about forms of
divination or work on something else.
Previously, I had lit incense that I
accidentally placed in front of a statue of
Ganesh in my living room; Ganesh is the
Hindu God of opportunities that my ancestors
possibly worshiped. Anyroad, I looked over
to the statue and noticed that the burnt
incense had not fallen but risen, which is
rather odd. Was this sheer coincidence, or
were the spirits trying to tell me to
continue? I think it means I should
continue, and therefore I wrote this post.
Although my example was that of incense,
omens usually appear in the form of animals,
but they can also be numbers, objects, and
even the weather. You will know when
something is significant because you will
see it repeatedly or in a strange place. It
is not the norm for a fox to be running
through the streets of a busy town, for
example. Some commonly seen symbols are
the number one, butterflies, feathers, cats,
hands, and triangles.
The odd thing about this form of divination
is that the Apantomancer is sometimes the
only person who sees the sign. Often, they
will be with a friend, but the friend will
not see what it was that they just saw. I have
met people who, for instance, have had bats
swoop down and sit next to them then
fly away. Other people have been there for
these situations but not witnessed the
actual event in question.
I am unsure why it is the Apantomancer
is the only person who receives the sign.
I theorize that this adds an element of
‘special’ to the event that ensures the
receiver pays extra attention. Often, the
more people who witness prognostic symbols,
the less likely they are to notice any
individualized and personal significance.
If you know that a sign has significance but
are unsure what, a book on symbolism or
dream interpretation may be able to help
you. However, go with your gut; if you think
an omen is positive, but a book is trying to
convince you otherwise trust your intuition.
Here at Divination & Fortune Telling, I
advocate, a personal relationship with your
spirituality, so always listen to your own
inner voice and spirits before taking
outside opinions on board.
It is okay for you to be a little skeptical
at first and brush off an incident as a
sheer coincidence. There are no laws in the
universe that state that spirits cannot try
to convince you — seen one sign? Soon you’ll
see another. Thinking it is a coincidence?
Ask the spirits for confirmation.
Lisa Boswell is an
reading teacher who
currently resides in
Scotland. Through her
website, she teaches
both experienced and
would-be readers how
they can predict the
future of their love lives, relationships and
businesses using Tarot. In 2014, Lisa won
Tarosophy’s Young Tarosophist of the Year
Visit her website at:
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Best Practices for Professional Readers
By Gina Thies
www.tarotadvisor.com / www.facebook.com/tarotreaders
www.tarotcoupling.com / www.oraclesoup.org
Without clientele you won’t have a business.
It’s really that simple. All businesses, no
matter the size, that provide services or
goods have to offer the things that
consumers need and want. Considering
what it takes to get those customers and
keep them loyal cannot be overlooked.
One of the first things I bring up to
aspiring professional readers is an
understanding that this vocation is about
being of service. Being of service could
be defined as having a particular set of
principles and devotion to the craft. I
include that being of service comes with
the responsibility of being client-centric
and placing their needs at the forefront
of your business.
You will make an impact on your clients in
many ways. The way you engage with them
builds a connection of support, trust and
loyalty. In this time of online critiques,
your client experiences could impact your
Here are some things to look at or revise in
your business practices that will make your
clients the focal point:
Scheduling - Display a set of times slots
or availability wherever possible. Should
set times not be feasible, be sure to make
clear a “by appointment only” option with
a way to quickly contact you with their
availability. I use Vcita as my online
scheduling tool that allows clients to
propose up to three time slots and allows
me to choose what works best for me.
Show Pride in Your Passion - Good at
helping during times of crisis? Highlight
that or any of your special talents in your
content. Clients and other prospects want to
know how and why they would choose your
services, so shout it from the rooftops and
be proud of what you’ve accomplished.
Be Empathetic - Let’s make this one clear.
Your empathy is probably why you are on this
path of service. But empathy should not be
void of boundaries. It feels great to help
another human but won’t feel so good if you
feel taken for granted or taken advantage of
by someone. Putting the needs of your
clients first is important but your sanity
and business are also crucial.
• TimeTrade - This online scheduler lets
you post when you are available to take
appointments. Your clients then choose
which works best for them. Times are
automatically listed in their own time zone,
and clients will receive a reminder email
the day before their appointment.
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