Newsletter of The Tarot School
ISSN: 1529-0565 
Vol. 15 #11 November 1, 2023

 In this Issue:
- Welcome 
- Tarot Tip: Advice vs. Interpretation
- Wald's Words of Wisdom
- Meet the Reader: Ellie the Moonchild
- Diviner's Corner: Dream Interpretation – Numbers
- Best Practices: Tax Deductions – Travel / Lodging /
                            Car Expenses
- Book Review: The Cards You're Dealt
- Upcoming Events
Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
And a special welcome to our new subscribers.

🌎 This month you came from:
Australia, Italy, Slovenia, the United Kingdom,
and the United States. We're glad you're here!

'tis the season to be thankful

I am still recovering from my recent knee
replacement surgery so this will be relatively
short. In this season of gratitude, I am
especially thankful for the the skilled doctors,
nurses and hospital staff who took care of me,
and for everyone who sent me healing energy.
I have a ways to go before I'm where I want to
be but I've been making progress.

I tend to Hermit (one of my Birth Cards)
when I'm going through difficulties so if you
were hoping or expecting to hear from me,
please don't take it personally if I haven't
been particularly social. 

There's some really good stuff in this
month's issue. We hope you enjoy it! 

And one more thing...

Unlocking the Secret Language of Tarot by Wald Amberstone and Ruth Ann Amberstone

The official pub date for the 2nd Edition
of our book is November 6th! We don't
have it available on our website yet but
you can find it on Amazon or at your
favorite local bookstore. Wald and I are
grateful for your support!

Wishing you joy along the tarot path,
Ruth Ann, Wald, Gina and Sharonah

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Tarot Tip


Where do you draw the line between advice
and interpretation? I know what advice I
would take for myself from what I can see in
the cards but is it being too judgmental to
pass this often personal leaning on to
people you read for? Is it best to just
describe what you see and leave it at that
or take it one step further?

This leads to my second question which is
about reading for friends. How can you
separate out what you know about the person
from what you see in the cards? I know what
advice I would offer to my friends without a
reading and this gets muddled with what the
cards are saying, I find. This is also true
at the interpretation level as well.

Any advice? What is the professional stance
on separating these things?

Thanks for your time,


Well, Linda, since you asked for my advice,
I'm not going to do a reading to answer your
question. ;)

You're right in intuiting that there is a
fine line between the two and learning how
to recognize that what you have in mind to
say is not necessarily coming from the cards
is an important skill to develop.

This does not necessarily mean that you can
only say what you see. It really depends on
the querent and the situation. In cases
where you have strong personal opinions,
it's best to stick with a straight
interpretation and keep your own views to
yourself. However, there are a few ways that
personalizing a reading can be useful:

• Sharing Personal Anecdotes –

If you've gone through something similar (an
illness, a breakup, a job-loss, etc.) and
have learned something useful from the
experience, you can ask the querent if you
may share that with them. If they agree,
this can help establish an empathetic bond
and build trust with the querent.

• Sharing Information –

If you've read a relevant book or article,
know of another source of information,
or have a referral for appropriate services,
ask if they would like to know about it.

• Suggesting a Common Sense Approach –

Sometimes, I'll discuss options with a
client before the cards have even been

"What have you tried so far...?"
"Have you considered...?"

This is squarely in the "advice" category
but it's obvious because there are no cards
on the table. It can be useful to have this
type of pre-reading discussion but it should
only be a prelude to reading the cards ––
and be aware that the cards may contradict
what you just said. If that happens, go with
what the reading says.

The most important thing to remember when
adding a personal element to your reading
session is that you should ALWAYS preface
your remarks with a "disclaimer" something
along the lines of:

"From my own personal experience..."
"What I would do is... but that's because..."
"I'm not seeing this in the cards but it
seems to me..."
"I may be projecting here but..."

Combining the personal touch with an
intelligent reading is what I personally
like to do. But it's ultimately your
decision. (See what I mean?)

Keeping all this in mind, you shouldn't
worry about knowing the person for whom
you're reading. The more you know them, the
deeper you can go. Find the meanings that
apply best to them. If you're emotionally
involved in the matter, take a deep breath,
clear your mind and read what you see. If
you don't feel you can do that, don't do the
reading or find a time when you're feeling
more objective.

As always, the more you practice, the better
you'll become. Recognizing that you're
projecting your own stuff onto a reading and
admitting to the querent that you may be
doing that is the sign of a professional.
Spouting your own opinions without
clarifying that they are just your opinions
is not.

Asking this question in the first place is
the sign of a pro. Keep up the good work!


 Wald's Words of Wisdom
            To follow the path of Death in tarot to the end is to be born, and born again, and again. It is the specific journey from the heat of nature to the light of spirit, from passion to glory, from victory to beauty.


Diviner's Corner

Dream Numbers

Dream interpretation and numerology are
ancient practices deeply rooted in
religious, mystical, and philosophical
traditions. The quest to unravel the
mysteries concealed within our dreams has
captivated human curiosity for centuries,
while the use of numbers to comprehend the
essence of humanity dates back to the dawn
of mathematics.

In various forms of numerology, numbers are
assigned to alphabets, offering a unique lens
through which to explore the depths of the
human psyche. For example, in Kabbalistic
numerology, numbers are linked to the 22
letters of the Hebrew alphabet, akin to the
22 Major Arcana cards in Tarot.

One of the pioneers of numerology,
Pythagoras of Samos, who founded
Pythagoreanism in the 6th century, is not
only renowned as the father of modern
geometry and mathematics but is also
credited with laying the foundation for

Although there exist multiple variations
of numerology, the primary numbers from
1 to 9 are considered the bedrock of this
esoteric science. Each of these numbers
provides a unique insight into an individual's
personality, motivations, and behaviors.
It's interesting to note that when numbers
appear in dreams, they can carry both
symbolic and deeply personal significance,
offering a window into our innermost
thoughts and emotions.

Here are some common dream interpretations
for these single-digit numbers:

Number 1: In dreams, the number 1 often
represents new beginnings, leadership,
independence, and the self. It may suggest
that you are embarking on a new chapter in
your life or taking a leading role in a situation.

Number 2: The number 2 in dreams typically
signifies partnerships, balance, harmony,
and duality. It could imply a need for
cooperation and balance in your life, or it
may indicate a significant relationship or

Number 3: Dreaming of the number 3 often
symbolizes creativity, self-expression, and
communication. It may suggest that you need
to express yourself more openly or that
creative opportunities are on the horizon.

Number 4: The number 4 in dreams is
associated with stability, structure, and
foundation. It may indicate a need for more
order in your life or a focus on building a
solid foundation for your goals.

Number 5: In dreams, the number 5 represents
change, versatility, and freedom. It could
signify upcoming changes or a desire for
more excitement and adventure in your life.

Number 6: Dreaming of the number 6 often
relates to family, love, and responsibility.
It may suggest a focus on domestic matters,
relationships, or caregiving.

Number 7: The number 7 in dreams is
associated with spirituality, intuition, and
inner wisdom. It may indicate a need to
explore your spiritual side or trust your
inner guidance.

Number 8: Dreaming of the number 8
typically symbolizes abundance, success,
and achievement. It may suggest that financial
or material success is in your future.

Number 9: In dreams, the number 9 often
represents completion, spirituality, and
humanitarianism. It could indicate the end
of a phase in your life or a call to focus
on helping others.

It's important to remember that dream
interpretation is highly personal, and the
context of the dream and your own life
experiences play a significant role in
determining the meaning of these numbers.
Additionally, some dream interpreters
consider the sum of multiple numbers or
their arrangement in a dream for a more
nuanced interpretation.

For those who are familiar with Tarot, the
connection between numbers and symbols
becomes even more intriguing. In the Tarot
deck, numbers 0 to 22 correspond to the
Major Arcana cards. If a dream features a
number higher than 22, it can be reduced to
a single digit by summing its individual
digits. For instance, if the number 302,000
appears in a dream, the reduction would be
calculated as follows: 3 + 0 + 2 + 0 + 0 + 0
= 5. In Tarot, 5 corresponds to Key V – The
Hierophant. To delve deeper into the dream's
meaning, you can cross-reference the
traditional interpretations of this card or
draw from your own insights.

To embark on the journey of dream
interpretation, begin by journaling your
dreams. Recording the details of your
dreams upon waking is crucial, as it helps 
preserve the subtleties of the dream world.
Keeping a dream journal by your bedside
is a practical habit that enhances the accuracy
and depth of your interpretations. 

We’d love your suggestion or submissions
for this column! If you have an idea or would
like to contribute, please contact us at


Meet The Reader

By Sharonah Rapseik, Ph.D., CMAP

Ellie The Moonchild

Ellie is a Certified Professional Tarot Reader
who also loves to collect decks. She uses
oracle cards, numerology, and astrology
as well as the tarot to help empower and
support others on their journey by intuitively
delivering messages that feel like a cosmic
fist-bump! She is dedicated to helping others
find guidance in areas such as career, self-care,
and reclaiming personal power.

Ellie also enjoys creating tarot and
oracle-related content, and shares deck
un-boxings and flip-through videos on her
YouTube channel, as well as the occasional
pick-a-pile reading. She also loves creating
content for her Instagram account, where she
shares her own personal practice and journey
with the tarot.

She is currently a student of Joe Monteleone's
Tarot Mysticism Academy, where she is diving
deeper into the mystical traditions the tarot
draws upon. Ellie is also a Certified Angel Tarot
Reader, as well as a Certified Professional Tarot
Reader and staff member of The Tarot Guild.

Based in San Diego, California, Ellie works
by day as a web developer and dives into the
cards any other waking moment.

Sharonah Rapseik:
Ellie, what makes your tarot practice
unique and how do you express it?

I think what makes my tarot practice unique
is the blend of gentle and nurturing, but
"tough-love-when-needed" tone of the
messages that come through. They're like
talking to that one friend who is sweet and
comforting, but will not sugar-coat things
when you need to hear it.

I love working with Divine Feminine
energy and tapping into that power to help
clients have that moment of clarity and
rekindled passion for manifesting their

Thank you Ellie, it’s been a pleasure
to meet you!


To Follow Ellie the Moonchild:





About Sharonah:

Sharonah Rapseik 

Sharonah Rapseik is an Artist / Designer,
Author, Tarot Reader, Radio Host and
Producer for Psychic Talk Radio.

Visit her at:


Best Practices for Professional Readers

By Gina Thies  / /

Your business may not just operate in the
confines of your home office or a specific
brick and mortar space. My reading practice
takes me all over. Depending on your role as
a sole proprietor and the purpose of your
business-related travels, you may be 
eligible to deduct expenses that are both
common and necessary while you're away from
your "tax home" for business purposes. Your
"tax home" typically corresponds to the city
or general area where your primary work
activities are based, which does not have to
be where your family home is located.

Expenses that are commonly used and accepted
for your trade or business are considered
"ordinary," while "necessary" expenses are
those that contribute to the functionality
and benefit of your business. If you are
traveling to a client who hires your for
services, you have the option to include
travel-related expenses in your overall fees
or negotiate them separately.

However, navigating the process of deducting
travel expenses can be tricky. For a 
comprehensive understanding of what can be
deducted, it's a good idea to consult the
official IRS resource at

Also, when it comes time to file your taxes,
talk to a qualified tax professional to
ensure you make the most of available
deductions while staying compliant with tax

Book Review

By Theresa Reed

The Cards You're Dealt by Theresa Reed

Reviewed by Sharonah Rapseik

The title of this book says it all!  As
tarot readers, we definitely need this book
in today's difficult and challenging times.

Thank you, Theresa Reed for bringing much
needed light to those difficult topics that
most tarot readers often shy away from by
sweeping these tough subjects under the rug
and often injecting false and useless positivity.
Theresa has written a wise and compassionate
guidebook that is a "must-read" for tarot
beginners and expert practitioners alike.
Here is an invaluable resource for learning
how to read your tarot deck at those difficult
crossroads moments that eventually come for
each one of us.

I was impressed with the note in the front
of the book. It serves as a important
reminder that while tarot should not be
viewed as a substitute for therapy, grief
counseling, legal guidance, healthcare, or
other professional services, it often
emerges as the first choice as a source of
comfort, healing, guidance, and a deeper
connection to a higher power beyond our
own selves for individuals grappling with

The Cards You're Dealt is a 218-page
"step-by-step" guidebook focused on using
the tarot for finding the wisdom to heal
yourself and help others to examine life's
tough and difficult topics... death, illness,
divorce, job loss, global tragedies, and grief
and loss in all its forms.

The book provides new, modern-day card
meanings for each tarot card along with new
tarot spreads, practices, rituals, mediumship,
journaling prompts, and even the "right" words
to say to empower yourself and others to find
hope and purpose. It is written in a style that is
easy to understand and follow, and gifts the
reader with the tools to handle very delicate,
highly emotional issues. It is one that I highly
recommend, and advise all tarot practitioners
to keep on hand for quick reference.

I'm sure that tarot readers and lovers will
want to come back to this valuable guidebook
over and over again!

Theresa Reed

Theresa Reed ("The Tarot Lady") is a
world-renowned tarot reader and expert
who has been reading and teaching tarot for
close to thirty years. Theresa is the host
of the popular online podcasts Tarot Bytes
and Astrology Bytes. She is the author of
many excellent books including:

• Twist Your Fate: Manifest Success with
   Astrology & Tarot
• Tarot, No Questions Asked
• The Tarot Coloring Book
• Tarot for Kids
• Astrology for Real Life
• Tarot for Troubled Times (co-authored 
with Shaheen Miro)

You can find Theresa Reed online at:


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Our popular Monday night classes are
now online so you can attend no matter
where you live.

Classes are recorded and all levels
of experience are welcome!

November 2023:
  6 - Name and Number
13 - 5 of Wands and Cups
20 - 5 of Swords and Pentacles
27 - Mood, Magic and Mystery of Color

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Readings with Ruth Ann

Readings with Ruth Ann

Running The Tarot School with Wald keeps
me pretty busy, but I still love giving readings!
My specialty is using your Birth Cards and
Elemental Array (techniques Wald and I have
developed) in conjunction with random draws
to give you an extremely personalized and
powerful reading. 

If you have a working knowledge of the
Tree of Life, you may request a Birth Cards
Synastry Reading
. I will compare your
Birth Cards with those of one or two others
to give you a deeper understanding of your
relationship with them.

I excel at giving Readings for Readers so
if you're always giving readings to others,
let me help you with some self-care for
a change!

Click Here to book your private reading
with me over Zoom.


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