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I'm a Traditional Witch and a Occult Metaphysician. I've been reading cards throughout the Michigan area for over 15 years. I have a variety of tarot cards that I use which includes The Universal Waite, The Tarot of the Cat People, The Tarot of the Witches, The Witches Tarot, and The Daughters of the Moon. For those of you who follow the Left Hand Path and want a non traditional reading more suited to your own path I also read from The Mage: The Ascension deck, Gigers Baphomet Tarot and the Vampire Tarot. I specialize in past present and future events during your reading. My tarot readings are designed to focus on each individual need in your life. I will give you accurate information about all areas of your life which including love, money, career, family, and relationships. If you are interested in a reading contact me and schedule your appointment TODAY. You can contact me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/todd.richardson3) or through my Youtube account (http://www.youtube.com/user/MerlinRavenSong)

In person Tarot readings are $50.00 for a half hour.

Tarot Readings by e-mail is $45.00

Full Moon Circle (ACTIVE) members get a discount. Tarot readings for active members are $40.00 for a half hour

Readings by Phone is open to active FMC members only. They are $35.00 for a half hour.

Tarot reading revolves around the belief that the cards can be used to gain insight into the current and possible future situations of the subject (or querent). Some believe they are guided by a force, while others believe the cards help them tap into a collective unconscious. What do you think? Do you want to know what the cards have to say about your future? If so feel free to contact me.

Carl Jung was the first psychologist to attach importance to tarot symbolism. He may have regarded the tarot cards as representing archetypes: fundamental types of person or situation embedded in the subconscious of all human beings. The theory of archetypes gives rise to several psychological uses. Since the cards represent these different archetypes within each individual, ideas of the subject's self-perception can be gained by asking them to select a card that they 'identify with'. Equally, the subject can try and clarify the situation by imagining it in terms of the archetypal ideas associated with each card. For instance, someone rushing in heedlessly like the Knight of Swords, or blindly keeping the world at bay like the Rider-Waite-Smith Two of Swords.

More recently Dr. Timothy Leary has suggested that the Tarot Trump cards are a pictorial representation of human development from a baby to a fully grown adult, The Fool symbolizing the new born infant, The Magician symbolizing the stage at which an infant starts to play with artifacts, etc. In addition to this, the Tarot Trumps to be a blue print for of the human race in the future.

Do you want to know what the cards have to say about YOU??? If you are interested in a Tarot reading feel free to contact me here or on myspace so that we can discuss your reading in detail. Please do not contact me in regards to free Tarot readings. I do not give free readings.

TAROT CARDS

Playing cards first entered Europe in the late 14th century with the Mamelukes of Egypt, with suits of Scimitars, Polo Sticks, Cups and Coins. These designs rapidly evolved into the basic 'Latin' suits of Swords, Staves, Cups and Coins (also known as disks, and pentacles), which are still used in traditional Italian and Spanish decks. All evidence indicates that the first tarot decks were created between 1410 and 1430 in either Milan, Ferrara, or Bologna, in northern Italy, when additional trump cards with allegorical illustrations were added to the more common four suit decks that already existed. These new decks were originally called carte da trionfi, triumph cards. The first literary evidence of the existence of carte da trionfi is a written statement in the court records in Ferrara, in 1442. The oldest surviving Tarot cards are from fifteen fragmented decks painted in the mid 15th century for the Visconti-Sforza family, the rulers of Milan.

No documented examples exist prior to the 18th century of the tarot being used for divination. However, divination using similar cards is in evidence as early as 1540; a book entitled The Oracles of Francesco Marcolino da Forli shows a simple method of divination using the coin suit of a regular playing card deck. Manuscripts from 1735 (The Square of Sevens) and 1750 (Pratesi Cartomancer) document rudimentary divinatory meanings for the cards of the tarot, as well as a system for laying out the cards. In 1765, Giacomo Casanova wrote in his diary that his Russian mistress frequently used a deck of playing cards for divination.

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