Are you Going Through Life on Autopilot?

As I moved from my 30’s to my 40’s I noticed a specific pattern of well, patterns. I did the same thing most days and reached for the same vices repeatedly-all contributed to disengaging from my life. I spent too much time in a habitual rut and it was only through returning to my tarot practice six years ago that I recognized how much of my time was spent “sleepwalking” through my days.

Although I have used tarot for over 20 years, it was when I took the deep dive into the cards to form a relationship with each one and what I realized is that every single card illuminates a different aspect of our lives. Every card! That was 78 ways that I was potentially ignoring my needs, desires, and fears. I became focused on putting together a system for learning the cards that did not feel like a grind. I am proud to share this system through Tarot Essentials, my signature Tarot course.

Tara Brach says:
“Perhaps the biggest tragedy of our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns…We may want to love other people without holding back, to feel authentic, to breathe in the beauty around us, to dance and sing. Yet each day we listen to inner voices that keep our life small.”
― Tara Brach

I began to deepen my practice and use tarot full-time for healing and self-reflection. I studied each of the cards in order, sought out the recognized leaders in the tarot world and committed myself to a tarot practice in the hopes that I could return home to myself and my inner knowing.

Now I find myself:
• 13 years into my committed partnership and despite everything we have been through, we are more connected than ever.
• Using tarot to check in with myself regularly, before I burn out.
• Making strong decisions based on deep inner-knowing and self-trust.
• Working from a place of service teaching something that I love!

Finding ways to demystify tarot and learn the meanings without being overwhelmed is what led me to create my signature course, Tarot Essentials. I truly believe that tarot is for everyone! Some readers bring beautiful psychic gifts to their tarot practice but it is unnecessary to have anything other than curiosity and a desire to work with the cards. I often find that the people who have no experience with tarot tend to have the most profound observations. Young people, in particular, who do not doubt themselves often hit the nail on the head as far as traditional meanings go.

This Eight-Week online course will give you everything you need to read tarot for yourself and others.https://apothecarrietarot.podia.com/tarotessentials

When we learn to use tarot to self-reflect, rather than as a predictive tool, we open up a new line of communication within ourselves that can heal our relationships with ourselves and others. We can navigate blind spots in the privacy of our own sacred space, and we can find a way to contribute more positively to the world.

It never fails to amaze me to learn what a deck of cards can unlock in all of us.

Until our paths cross again…

Enrollment for Tarot Essentials will reopen in Autumn 2021. Please join the waitlist to secure your spot.

Embracing the Shadows: New Course Offering!

Whether you are new to tarot or a seasoned reader, chances are you have found yourself thrown off by some of the more dramatic cards in the deck. Perhaps the person you were reading for had a strong response to the images on one or more of these cards. The truth is, these dark or traditionally “scary” cards are some of our strongest allies!

I have spent years with these cards and have found ways to bring the light to them in your readings for yourself and others. This course was put together with my profound love for the special gifts within these challenging cards.

What is Embracing the Shadows?

Embracing the Shadows is a self-guided journey through ten of the most misunderstood cards of the tarot. Once you register, you have lifetime access to this course material including updates and improvements. Whether you are new to tarot or a seasoned reader, there will be something in this course for you. I have included a brief introduction to tarot to ensure accessibility for new tarot students.

This course will take you from cringing at the sight of these cards in a reading to celebrating the healing gifts that they bring to you and your clients. We will be looking at the Five of Cups, Three of Swords, Eight of Swords, Nine of Swords, Ten of Swords, Five of Pentacles, The Hanged Man, Death, The Devil, and The Tower. 

This offering is highly personal and I am so grateful to be able to share it with you. 

As someone healing from C-PTSD from severe childhood abuse, 8 years into recovery from addiction, and living with a host of brain chemistry issues, I continue to walk this healing road with you. I am passionate about sharing my favourite tool for this journey: the tarot. 

Tarot has the potential to bring us home to our inner knowing. Facing these ten cards from  this perspective helps to remove fear from the equation whether you are reading for yourself or for others. If you approach these ten cards with an open heart and mind, they have the most transformative potential to offer. They will help you learn to move through triggers and challenges with fluidity while still living your truth. 

This course includes:

  • Over 2 hours of recorded video with slides.
  • 4 Lessons covering why these ten cards are traditionally challenging and new ways to work with them.
  • A 12 page workbook full of information, definitions, journal prompts and tarot spreads.
  • Insight from an instructor with over 20 years experience. 

If you would like to gift this course to someone, please contact me after purchasing.

Notes on Shadow Work

What is Shadow Work?

The term “Shadow Work” gets thrown around a lot these days but often without an explanation. Perhaps it is because the process itself can look vastly different from one person to the next. The intent behind shadow work (sometimes referred to as underworld descent) is to uncover internal parts of ourselves that have been consciously or unconsciously repressed for any number of reasons. Essentially, our shadow is comprised of our blind spots: things we can’t see about ourselves. These often pop up in the form of triggers and/or very strong reactions to other people or situations.

Throughout our lives, we learn to repress parts of ourselves that society may deem inappropriate. Often, we do this to better fit in with family and our peers. This is important as our survival has historically relied upon our integration with our community. However, this stifling of our expression can lead to unwanted thoughts and behaviors, and over time can become quite destructive. It is in recognizing how these shadows affect our interactions and narratives that we begin to lessen our burden and gain emotional maturity.

Shadow work stems from the teachings of psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung. This work seeks to address the “negative” or “unflattering” impulses and aspects of our personality and learn how they came about. Often this can include jealousy, greed, rage, and sometimes unwelcome or troublesome desires. One of the more benign examples is if we were told as a child to be “seen and not heard,” the idea of public speaking as an adult can be paralyzing. Most of our shadows are born in childhood. As children, our capacity for joy, creativity, and curiosity are celebrated yet this is only part of our experiences in youth. We also experience anger, envy, and greed. Even expressing ourselves as silly or vocal in school was often met with negativity. These traits are experienced throughout our lifetimes, but it is in suppressing them as a child that they begin to take on a new shape. This reinforcement of reward for “good” behaviours and punishment for “bad” behaviours in childhood begins to take on the news shape: our shadow selves. 

As we work to accept and love all parts of ourselves, including those aspects that are contrary, we become further integrated human beings. Over time, we find that we are less sensitive to the behavior and comments of other people. This work is vital and a life-long journey. 

If you would like to find out how I mix shadow work and tarot, I invite you to my course, Embracing the Shadows.

Until our paths cross again…