Hi, my name is Hope and people have a tendency to tell me their problems. Strangers in line, on the bus, or even at the doctor’s office spontaneously spill their guts and I am here for it! I love to listen, happy to offer reassurance and no-nonsense guidance. Perhaps I should have gotten my BA in Psychology instead of English, but decades of therapy are surely a comparable substitute, right? I’m kidding of course – I am not a licensed mental health counselor or medical professional, and this is a newspaper style advice column using the tarot (for entertainment purposes only.)
I am a life-long student of the tarot, but my spiritual gifts opened up in a new way after my husband died in 2013. Since then, I’ve sought out more formal training in esoteric studies. In my past life I had a career in financial technology, but it came crashing down on the morning of September 11th, 2001. That sent me scrambling in a different direction, literally and metaphorically.
I packed up my cute NYC apartment and moved to Maui for a few years where I went to massage school, applied essential oils liberally, and became a Reiki master. It’s where I learned I was an empath, though there was so little written about it then, it was mostly compared to being a highly sensitive person (HSP). But it helped me understand how I somehow left massage clinic with my clients’ back pain, got headaches seemingly out of nowhere, or why I had to choke back tears when in certain company.
I’ve had some amazing opportunities and experiences while trying to rebuild my life, endured additional trauma and loss (who hasn’t?) and met many wonderful teachers and healers along the way. My intention is to share some of that wisdom with you in response to your questions, and undoubtedly learn more about myself since I’m still trying to figure it all out.
Outside of classes, I have mostly done readings for family and friends but am ready to use my intuition and mad writing skillz in a more public way. I’d like to teach classes myself one day, but for now I’m creating the blog as a channel for self-expression and as a way to continue practicing my craft. There's no charge to write in and ask questions, but my responses will be published on the site for anyone to read, though initials and pseudonyms will be used to protect your identity. Think Dear Abby meets the Tarot with my personal flavor and style.
I also want to mention here that anyone at any time can begin a spiritual practice and start accessing their intuition-- whether it is tarot or tea, meditation or prayer, poetry or yoga, walking the dog or playing in the garden, cooking a delicious meal or even washing the dishes afterward. Finding mindfulness and connecting to Source energy is something you can learn to develop. It’s like a muscle – the more you use it, the stronger it gets. And Tarot is a powerful tool to guide you there.
Please reach out to me by clicking the Ask Hope tab on the Home page, or via email @email@example.com. Ask me anything, tell me everything! I hear you.
aka Dear Queen of Wands
Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since that morning we ran from our desks on the 80th floor of 2 World Trade Center. I remember thinking, “I can’t die today, I’ve got so much left to do!” I still feel that way but to be honest, I’ve really struggled with my footing. So many fits and starts, anxiety and depression, small victories, colossal failures. People would tell me I must be destined for something great because I survived, but I’ve spent the past two decades striving for some enchanted success that never came to be. Recently a dear friend sent me this quote he saw circulating on social media: "The world does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds." Maybe I’m finally on trend!
TINY BUT MIGHTY
2.1.22 Today’s #tinytarotadvice: Setting boundaries takes practice and persistence; when people in your life push back, remember that healthy relationships include mutual love & respect💛🌻
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the #tarot #haiku 2.1.22
falling back to earth
a swift unexpected change
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