The cards are signposts for an understanding that arises from our in-dwelling spirit.
What to expect in a reading
I treat a spread of cards as a map of consciousness. The cards act as signposts and as they are laid down on the map, we build a narrative. Not everything will be apparent or make sense immediately, though the theme or motif is often ‘hidden’ in plain sight.
This exercise is collaborative and I see you as a participant, rather than the passive subject, of a reading.
By working with these cards, we are summoning the various spirits of what they represent. They span mystical figures from different traditions, Andean energy medicine, plant-spirit medicine, the medicine wheel, mythology and art, celestial bodies, and natural phenomena.
I take a lyrical, story-building approach to a reading. It is less about quick and easy answers, and more about unveiling, layer by layer, the many elements of the narrative. When the map is in full sight, we are unlocked from fixed perspectives, and insight, emotion and a path forward can emerge.
I do not offer this tool as a means of predicting outcomes or interfering with the will and privacy of others. My readings are, first and foremost, about helping the client process difficult transitions. If anything, this means fostering a greater resilience to abide in the unknown, for it is in the very centre of our apparent powerlessness that liberation can be found.
The right question
Transition readings address the questions left unasked — and in so doing, liberate us from the limiting assumptions of the ones that are. By aligning ourselves with the higher perspective, we restore exploration and wonderment to our not knowing. Our questions become the articulation of a quest, and catalyze the very regeneration we were seeking.
Written readings offer a more lasting testament. As such, these readings remain relevant through multiple changes and can be returned to again and again to reveal new insight.
As a writer, I also treat these readings as art. I spend significant time deconstructing a client’s personal mythology to produce a self-contained yet dynamic representation of their soul map in relation to the querent’s question or issue.
This is a long-form investigation. Written readings run up to 4000 words and communicate beyond the rational filters of the mind. The map is not the territory but orienting oneself in the midst of change allows for a greater level of acceptance and grace to permeate the transition.
Justin gave me a reading a few weeks before my life underwent a huge change that had been coming for many years. Everything he said came true in the most unforeseen ways.
But that is hardly important.
The greatest gift he gave me was that of a guiding voice, a light, a light house that shone a crystal clear light into my darkness and not only started to help me find a mind map but also made me feel infinitely known, understood and not so alone as I traversed my life.
The gift of his reading and his power is that he presents an honest guide along the life path, he is not only incredibly intuitive but also full of integrity – a rare combination.
Wow! My first reaction was a mix of tears, goosebumps and lots of smiles! I then was speechless and wanted to read it over again. It has really blown my mind (in such a good way) and resonated with me so deeply. You are so on point and were able to put on paper what my soul and spirit knew on a deep level but didn’t know how to put in to words. I know I’ll be re-reading it many times and return to constantly as I step into this new chapter of my life.
This is the most beautiful reading I have ever received. I don’t even know how to thank you… Or how can I say that – you put in words what I feel more and more and what I start to realize. Beautiful. You are an amazing writer as well.
Three months later: This time, and with some time passed after I read your reading for the first time, it makes even more sense!! This is crazy.
Your reading is f***ing brilliant, Justin…you have to offer these readings to the world right now. You gave me so much, I’m so impressed. You are so capable, have so much knowledge and you are such a gifted communicator. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are so wise, and the way you are also “teaching” (not to be understood in a negative way) in your reading. Awesome, useful and inspiring.
Based on a map of consciousness provided by the medicine wheel, this spread charts where energy is flowing in all four quadrants (south: shedding the past; west: death and rebirth; north: destiny and timelines; east: vision, surrender and pure energy). It offers an opportunity to overlay present experiences on an original soul map and make timeline adjustments towards an optimal expression of destiny.
This spread travels to the lower and upper worlds to locate parts of self split off from consciousness, along with their gifts. It charts what is necessary to release and what is necessary to change or embrace to integrate these aspects of self. A new map is contrasted against an old map after the gifts have been claimed. The spread is not necessarily a substitute for a soul or destiny retrieval as practiced by an energy worker or shamanic practitioner, however, it can greatly facilitate the process.
This baseline spread addresses the current of energy from the known to the hidden, with an overarching perspective of the spiritual process unfolding. Specifically, it looks at what this process is asking to be surrendered and what action is required in a balance of feminine and masculine approaches. A question, issue or area is subject to an alchemical transformation through which a new order and understanding is born.
This spread presupposes there is no such thing as a ‘wrong’ choice. Rather, it presents the optimal flow of energy based on two paths (showing where there is stagnancy and where the highest vision is born), and asks the querent to recognize if an amendment is necessary. This spread is most closely modelled on Andean divination techniques with their focus on movement versus stagnancy, and path versus no path.