Patti Woods, 49, has been a professional tarot card reader for over 20 years.
Although she stopped holding in-person sessions during the pandemic, she says people are still reaching out to her for virtual readings.
She charges $50 for a half-hour session and works out of a spare room in her home.
A reputable reader won’t tell you that someone in your family is going to die or that there’s curse placed on your love life — that’s a scam, Woods says.
Her goal with every reading is to make sure the client feels some sense of hope.
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I got my first deck of tarot cards when I was 18 years old. Even as a kid, I was fascinated by mysterious and magical things. My mother used to read our tea leaves for fun and I was always intrigued by how a few leaves bunched together could tell so much about a person.
When I discovered tarot at the age of 12 after my sister brought home some cards, I was immediately hooked. Now I’m 49, and I read the cards every day.
Some people refer to tarot reading as fortune telling, but I think of them as a tool to divine information about a person’s circumstances.
There are 78 cards in a tarot deck. There are four suits (just like playing cards, except the suits are wands, swords, pentacles, and cups; this is referred to as the Minor Arcana) and then there’s the Major Arcana, which are cards that are labelled things like The Fool, The Lovers, Death, and The Sun. These are the ones you always see in movies right before something ominous is about to happen, and is why the cards sometimes get a bad rap. There’s no reason to fear getting your cards read. A reputable reader isn’t going to tell you that anyone is going to die or that you have a curse placed upon you — that’s a scam. In a legitimate tarot reading, the cards that are pulled and the way they are spread out will create a unique message that your reader will interpret.
I learned by reading books and getting my own cards read.
This was, of course, way before the internet. I practiced on friends and family members, initially reading from the “LWB,” (little white book) that comes with the cards. It’s a lot like learning another language. Eventually you get to a point where the cards just seem to talk to you. You develop a rapport with them.
I started reading professionally in the 1990s.
I’m a freelance writer, which is a solitary profession, so reading cards allows me to connect with people. At first, I started out doing private readings and a few parties, but it wasn’t until the past five years or so when I really decided that this was my calling. Now I do more tarot and less writing.
I know that when I tell people I’m a reader, the first thing they think of is the …read more
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