Guest Author - Karen Artino
Deanna is our editor for the Dreams/Spirituality site. The reason that I had chosen Deanna for this interview was because she has a strong aura about her. She is truthful about what she writes and is honest with all that she does. I like the quality of her writing as she keeps it real and interesting. Deanna is an amazing woman.
I asked all the same questions to each of the ones I interviewed so there would be no mistakes, also to show you how the same questions can produce different answers. Now lets look at the interview.
1. When did you start to read the tarot?
When I was in my early 20s. I received the Morgan Greer deck as a birthday present from a friend, and found myself immediately drawn to its images.
2. In what way did you learn to read the tarot? (Intuitively or book learning)
I read a couple of books - but honestly felt as if each time I'd do a lay out I'd have to spend way more time with the book than I wanted to! I couldn't seem to "memorize" the cards. Then a local tarot reader was kind enough to spend some time with me, and we did layouts together and discussed the images. That's when it started to fall into place for me.
3. How was the way you learned to read the cards beneficial to you?
I think it was beneficial because it introduced me to the idea of symbolism. I'd already been working with dreams for several years, and to work with the tarot the same way made more sense to me - so I was able to more easily understand the cards.
4. Is there any regrets about the way you learned to read the tarot?
None. Every moment of my journey with the tarot has been wonderful and amazing.
5. Is the a particular ritual you perform before you read the tarot?
I start by grounding myself, then calling on the angels. I ask to be a channel for the Divine, for the highest good of the person I'm about to read for.
6. My question for the reading... Just a general reading, what is going on in my life?
Again I am not going to give detailed information here but I will give a quick synopsis to the reading.
She was dead on; She gave me things to think about such as when one part of the reading came up that I am meant to be spreading light, through my creative expression, and helping others to awaken to their potential, and a deeper understanding of themselves. Through my ability to trust, my patience and my compassion, I walk the walk, and provide inspiration to those who cross my path. It also came up that I need to trust myself; I have stated before that I always second guess myself. I will learn to trust myself as I will work hard on this.
Another thing that came up that goes right along with this is she said Struggle only happens because we fight against the plans the Universe has for us! Ask for help if you need it; donít try to struggle through anything on your own. Guilty; I always have done things on my own and it is very hard for me to ask for help, I will eventually figure it out but I know now that it is ok to ask for help when I need it.
Many thanks goes out to Deanna.
Karen Artino - Tarot Editor