I treat a spread of cards as a map of consciousness. The cards act as signposts or placeholders 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.
Divination, like any form of ‘magic’, has a dark side. Psychic readings can be an open portal for misinformation and put the subject in a position of unique vulnerability. People sometimes seek out readings at a point of distress and tacitly give away their power to unseen influences.
Foretold outcomes in this context can implant suggestions into the subconscious. Not only can this foster a fixation, but divert us from our organic path.
As such, 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.
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.
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.
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. Joanna
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. Conni
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.