If the Myer's Briggs had a category for cynicism/gullibility, I'd fall so far over on the cynical side, they'd have to build on an extension. I love science. I like facts backed up by research and studies. I check Snopes for everything.
So I'm the last person you'd expect would be a tarot reader. And yet I do it, and I do it well. I wrote about my misgivings and surprise successes with tarot in this post, titled "What's In Your Cards?" The main message is this: tarot shouldn't work. It definitely does though.
Want to find out for yourself? Here are a few ways to do that.
Private readings: If you'd like a reading and you live near me, send me an email (reticulatedwriter (@) gmail.com), and we'll get together and see what the cards have to say about you. It takes about an hour for a full reading. Cost: $50.
If you don't live near me, we can still do a reading over the phone. Same thing. Shoot me an email and we'll set up a time that works for both of us. I can also do a reading by email; expect those to cost a little more. Cost: $50.
Parties: Want to be the cool kid on the block? I can also read at your next party. Guests will receive a 10- to 15-minute three-card reading for an hourly rate. I can read for up to four hours before my brain explodes, and somebody has to clean up the mess. Yes, this has been tested. Obviously, if the party isn't in my local area, you pay travel expenses. I'm so worth it! Cost: $50/hour; 2-hour minimum.
Workshops: Workshops are a fun way to learn about tarot and to get a chance to practice with tarot games and exercises. I prefer to limit workshops to 12 participants, but I've never turned down the opportunity to go bigger. Rates vary.
Disclaimer 1: I won't do readings about someone else, because it's not ethical. I only do readings about you, although other people inevitably come up in the reading. Don't ask me to do a reading about your daughter or your husband or your mom. They have to get their own.
Disclaimer 2: I also can't make any guarantees about the future. If you want to know the exact date when you're going to meet Prince Charming, I can't tell you that. I can't predict the future that precisely, because you have control of your future after the reading. I can discuss possibilities and likely outcomes. And I can guarantee you will have either a fun or a meaningful or even a life-changing experience, especially if we meet in person.
: All readings are confidential. If you want to talk about it with other people, that's fine. I will observe standard rules for professional confidentiality. Of course those rules include telling someone if I come to suspect someone will be injured or killed. And no, that doesn't mean I'll call the cops if the Death card shows up in your reading.
What are you waiting for? Haven't you always wanted to have your cards read? Let's do it!