Discovering the Tarot
As an identical twin born under the sign of Gemini (sun and moon), I was introduced to the mystic arts at a very young age by my mother. She taught my sister and I deep relaxation techniques at the age of five to test whether we could communicate with each other telepathically. She also quizzed us with Zenner cards, so I grew up knowing I had Extra Sensory Perception.
In my 20’s I became curious about Tarot cards, when I received my first reading from a friend. I ended up going to the library to check out books to learn more, and then I bought my first deck to practice the Tarot with. Soon I started giving readings to co-workers on breaks, and one insisted on paying me. So that’s how I became a professional intuitive!
As an artist myself, I love reading the tarot for clients, telling their story with the illustrations. I’ve been working with the Tarot for since 1995 and with the Faeries’ Oracle deck by Brian Froud since 2007. Each have their own take on things, and I often call on the other deck to clarify a reading if my client has further questions.
Every reading is a guide to creating your path, bringing together the past and the future into the present moment. The cards are the key to unlock your personal story, and as a reader I take that very seriously. It’s my job to make sure the story that the cards tell is told is the true one. My purpose as a reader is to help my clients make the best decisions for a healthy and happy life.
My Passion for Energy Healing
Discovering Reiki & Pranic Healing
I had been practicing daily meditation for a little over a month, and loved working with energy to bring my hectic life into balance and harmony. While at my favorite Metaphysical store, Eye of Horus in Minneapolis , I was aware that Reiki services were offered every week. So I thought it was time to learn a little bit more about it, and I asked if anyone could recommend a good book. Reiki Master Maggie Sterba left a copy of Reiki by Carmen Fernandez for me to read. I took it home and read it cover to cover, the energy of Reiki seemed to shine through the words and the beautiful photographs. Reiki is a safe, gentle and amazingly effective hands-on relaxation technique that promotes healing. It is a way of magnifying the healing energy of the hands. Reiki works to compliment traditional medical care by using the same kind of non-physical “ki” energy martial artists use to nourish the body’s health and vitality. Filled with peace and joy, I knew that Reiki was for me. You could say I was drawn to Reiki!
Qualifications & Experience
Training in Healing Modalities
Pranic Healing Level I with Elizabeth Smith – 2004
This was a two day intensive workshop and my first experience with formal training in energy work as healing modality. Pranic Healing places a great deal of emphasis on clearing the aura and cleaning and charging the chakras.
Reiki I with Reiki Masters Maggie Sterba & Jaimie Zaugg – March 9, 2007
Here is my Reiki Lineage from this teacher:
- Mikao Usui
- Chujiro Hayashi
- Hawayo Takata
- Barbara Weber
- John Latz
- Dee Millard
- Maggie J. Sterba
- Jaimie Zaugg
- Beth Hansen
Pranic Healing Level I re-take with Bob Fisher – March 17th & 18th 2007
Thirsty for knowledge, I discovered I could re-take this class at a significantly reduced rate, so I signed up for a refresher. This really helped me integrate the training I had received three years earlier into my new Reiki practice.
Reiki I & II with Reiki Master Kristin Barton – May 13th & 14th, 2007
When it came time to get my Reiki II training, I decided to take it from Kristin Barton. Since she was offering a weekend seminar including Reiki I for another student, she suggested that I come both days and I’m so glad I did!
Advanced Reiki Training with Reiki Master Susan Aguirre – November 10th, 2007
This is the next step toward becoming a Reiki Master Teacher. In this class I was attuned to the Master symbol, and received training in Aura Clearing, Psychic Surgery, as well as how to work with a crystal grid.
Reiki III with Reiki Masters Maggie Sterba and Jaimie Zaugg – January 4, 2008
This completed my class training to become a Reiki Master Teacher. In this class we discussed the practice of reiki, advanced distance reiki techniques including Reiki Stacks, an attunement to the Reiki Master symbol, and training on how to teach Reiki and pass on the Reiju or attunement blessing. Hands on training continued over the next six months, and I participated in numerous Reiki shares, and was a teaching assistant to Maggie Sterba for Reiki I & II classes.
Living as an Intuitive and Reiki Master
Both Reiki and Pranic Healing modalities are wonderful, and since I’ve got Gemini for both my Sun and Moon, it makes perfect sense to me to have double the fun and expertise to offer as part of my services.
For myself, I keep on track by practicing daily meditations, yoga, and give myself Reiki. This training and practice has deepened my work as an intuitive reader in the following ways. First, I became aware of the flow of energy between the cards. This lets me know when there is something more to be revealed. Secondly, I began working with my personal guardians and guides, and they are present at each reading and help me to stay focused on the client’s immediate need.
While Reiki is a hands-on modality, it also can be offered at a distance. I’ve done Reiki sessions with clients in another town, and as far away as Australia! When I practice Reiki for a client at a distance, I use a pillow as a stand-in, and always connect via phone or email just before and just after the session. Reiki is not limited by time and space, as it is a vibration of the Universe itself.