On vacation

A main subject we discussed was the tarot reader’s responsibility to read the cards and pass on the information. Everyone feels both a bit fascinated and spooked out when meeting a clairvoyant who can just look at you and start talking about your life, perfectly describe a “man /woman” you love or warn you that someone in the family is going to die.

I miss my blog… my virtual absence will be properly compensated – I promise. I was not on vacation, but at the moment I’m traveling and I had the opportunity to see my old tarot classmates.

Whenever we see each other, we have long conversations about the consultations, reading techniques and eventual experiences when interpreting the spreads. A main subject we discussed was the tarot reader’s responsibility to read the cards and pass on the information.vidente

Everyone feels both a bit fascinated and spooked out when meeting a clairvoyant who can just look at you and start talking about your life, perfectly describe a “man /woman” you love or warn you that someone in the family is going to die. Card and tarot readers may also tell you bad things that have not yet happened, influencing the person’s life negatively.

I have recently talked to some people who, unfortunately, have gone through such incidences. A middle-aged woman told me that about thirty years ago, a fortuneteller said that she had a spell cast on her to make her whole life go south. She confessed that she still thinks about it to this day.crystal-ball- tarot

Another acquaintance told me a terrible story. She went to a tarot consultation in which the reader said that she was in a bad relationship and saw that she was going to break up with her boyfriend. Then her boyfriend also consulted with the same person, who made that same prediction for him.

In short: this “prophecy” undermined their relationship. It got weakened and they ended up splitting. However, here’s a detail: they loved each other, they got along very well and suffered a lot from all of this. And in the end, what the reader predicted really happened, but to other relationships this woman had throughout her life. Now, some twenty years later, this couple still like each other but are still estranged. This consultation left them with a very bitter taste in their mouths.

I’m not saying that every time you have a consultation it will always mean good news. But there are ways to pass along the information. A seer, tarot reader, fortuneteller, astrologer and the like must help the person to make better decisions according to the trends and opportunities that the spread presents. That is the responsibility I am referring to. Or, if the spread shows a difficult period, at least prepare and calm down the client, because everything goes by.sharman-caselli-02727 10 of cups

Life goes by in periods, just like the seasons of the year. Perhaps till your early twenties, it was just a beautiful summer (mild, hopefully!). But once you reach forty, fifty or sixty years old it’s uncommon not having been through any winter. Almost everyone has had some struggle.

But if you’ve NEVER been through any of that, congratulations! You are one of the few who came to Earth on vacation.

Enjoy!

I bring your lover back in 3 days!

However, the curious thing that I have found is that when the tarot tells a client on the spot that he/she will fall in love, the person usually doesn’t believe it.

When I started this blog, I received some criticism regarding the name “Tarô da Rô” (which better translates to “Rose’s Tarot”). What to me seemed like a fun rhyme in Portuguese (sounds like tarow-da-row), to some sounded more like a fortune teller’s post on the wall, like “I bring your man back in 3 days”*. I accepted the suggestions to include my full name and place a “tarot reader” description instead. The comment made sense, because one thing is magic, the other is an oracle.trago a pessoa amada

It may be that using magic may attract your love faster. Instead, an oracle like the tarot often predicts that a new love may arrive as part of a new cycle, organically, without demanding you to cast a spell on someone else (like brewing coffee in the guy’s underwear, or writing the poor guy’s name on a piece of paper and leaving it in your freezer to conquer him)**.

A lot of people really want to get good news about their love prospects, but sometimes the person’s cycle indicates a period when they have to pay greater attention to other areas, such as work, money and stability. Once life’s priorities are taken care of, your path is open to find new love.

However, the curious thing that I have found is that when the tarot tells a client on the spot that he/she will fall in love, the person usually doesn’t believe it. Like in one of the consultations that I gave… the client was in a relationship that led nowhere. When I told her that she would soon find new love, she said, “Impossible! I’ve been with this guy for the last seven years and I doubt that I’ll meet anyone else.” A year later she returned with a smile on her face and told me how she met her new “King of Cups” when she least expected and that she was totally in love.

Another client had endured a marriage that had lost its sparkle a long time ago. She consulted the tarot from time to time for about two years to see if she could separate and start a new life, but the tarot wouldn’t give her a break. One fine day the Heavens gave her an ok. She got the oracular permission to finally get a divorce. The tarot also indicated that she would soon meet a new guy and start a serious relationship right away. “What do you mean? I’m going to meet someone else? I doubt it…”, she said. Well, it happened just like that!star wars lovers

There maybe a reason why people hesitate trusting these good news. Sometimes that same person has gone through so much that it’s hard to believe in love again. It reminds me of a Woody Allen movie in which a woman goes to a fortune teller who only predicts wonderful things. That same woman desperately complains to Woody about it. He tells her that instead of a card reader she really needed a good shrink, because she was so negative.

But if it’s through tarot cards, magic or simply life, the point is that no matter where the good news come from, when they come, open your heart. Because there is no better antidote to this crazy world than love.

* “I bring your love back in 3 days” is a sign that can be found in many places around Brazilian cities that fortune tellers /people who “cast spells” advertise. So they say, if someone breaks up with you, they may cast a spell on that person to come back and make up with you within 3 days from the consultation.

** Yes, some people do these crazy things!

*** Also, my blog believes in equality for men and women. Due to practical reasons, I wrote in the masculine, but I understand that everybody wants to find out things and fall in love with everybody: men+women, men+men, women+men and women+women.

Trauma-free tarot

And it was during one of these encounters that I came across a dear health professional that asked me, “So you’re a tarot reader? My mother also reads tarot cards.”

Some people think that tarot readers check their cards all the time to know every single thing in life, even to replace the weather guy and ask if should/ should not take a coat when leaving home. Housewives_Tarot_8That’s because in these climate change days the weather report may not be enough… a little help from the cards can increase the forecast accuracy. It never hurts caring a jacket though, since air conditioning can freeze your bones too.

But back to the subject tarot and its futilities… Can you believe that a number of close friends ask me to check over the simplest things (because they’ve obviously had already done a complete Mandala reading), while I – and some other readers I know – hardly ever consult the tarot? The reason being is that it’s better to have a colleague read the cards for me and give me a decent prediction, than having me open my own tarot spread only to manipulate my own future according to what I want to happen.

There was a time when I was studying to get a public sector job (with the Brazilian Government- which is almost as hard as passing a Bar Exam) that I would constantly consult with the tarot: “Am I going to pass this exam and get the job?” The answer was always yes. If it was that easy to read it for myself, according to those answers, by now I could be advising the President! Does that mean that tarot cards are a waste of time? Of course not! It only means that when you are emotionally attached to the problem, you’d better ask another reader to answer your question. It’s like a surgeon who does not operate his own son, but asks another very good doctor to operate him.

And then you ask me: so you NEVER check anything with your cards? Yes, but rarely. And that’s where our story begins… Since my blog is still a 3-month-old baby, I go around doing some advertising with people who I know (and who I don’t too). And it was during one of these encounters that I came across a dear health professional that asked me, “So you’re a tarot reader? My mother also reads tarot cards.”

housewives-queen-of-wands“Oh, that’s so cool”, I replied, “you probably ask her everything, right?” She quickly answered: “No! And I’ve never had anyone read it or me. Can you believe that when I was a teenager, one day I arrived home late at night, only to see my mom waiting for me, very angry, holding her tarot deck?

Her mother was sitting at the kitchen table, waiting for her to arrive. When she stepped into the house, the mother was already shuffling the cards and, in a dry tone, demanded: “Sit here! Now! Pick three cards!” The poor girl sat down, drew the cards from the deck. The mother read the spread, looked at her with a very nasty face and finally said: “That’s all I wanted to know!” And spent days without talking to her!

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I asked her if she had really done something “wrong”. She replied, with a cheerful smile: “Of course!” Anyway, I thought she hated tarot cards, but she actually loved the idea of me reading for her.

More than a reading, I freed her from a tarot trauma!

Domestic Impeachment

Lately, some leaders (from countries that we all know) are facing rumors of an eventual ejection from power. This is something we can’t ignore at all. Likewise, let’s talk about when YOU ask the tarot if it’s the right time for a “domestic impeachment”… better known as a divorce.

Lately, some leaders (from countries that we all know) are facing rumors of an eventual ejection from power. This is something we can’t ignore at all. Likewise, let’s talk about when YOU ask the tarot if it’s the right time for a “domestic impeachment”… better known as a divorce.morte

As I mentioned earlier, the tarot analyzes your current life and future trends. You can ask it if certain choices are best suited to a particular moment and get a very direct orientation. However, the tarot can also show a different option that you haven’t imagined before.

At a certain stage, you may have opportunities to find love. Other times, your love life can lead to commitment and finally to marriage. But once you get married and live with someone, a lot of things may change: mostly you and the other person. And a tarot spread can show you if the time is right to rock your boat.Klimt Lovers

It turns out that instead of rushing to call it quits, sometimes it’s more important to get financially fit first. You keep married; invest in your career and save money. This leads to a more structured situation that will allow you to choose if you still want a divorce. Just the fact that you’ve invested in your career and made some money can already improve your self-esteem. You’ll become more confident to make a crystal clear decision if it’s still worth it to “break the chains of love”. Maybe now you’re more upbeat, you have more fun. You’re no longer a burden to your partner because now there is another source of income. This creates less conflict, less pressure and you may restore your relationship.

In some other stage of life, you’ll definitely get a divorce, however, not as fast as you want, maybe a year later (for example). “Heaven” makes you wait to mature and learn something in the process. Once you divorce, you may even find a new love very quickly. But having to wait is always hard when you’ve lost all emotional ties and still have to live under the same roof for a while. In this case, it would be best to try to learn from this period. Somehow you’ll find out that the wait brought you insights that you didn’t have before. And when it’s time to really move forward and sign the divorce papers (or just leave the house), you can look back and understand why life made you wait.Three Gustav Klimt

A totally different matter is when you want to get a divorce because you believe that you’re being cheated on. You ask the tarot, “Is he /she cheating on me?”. Looking at your situation, the tarot just replies: “How is your relationship with yourself?” and advises you that instead of thinking of betrayal and divorce, you should focus on yourself. You think, “What does this mean?”poderosa

This means that the greatest betrayal is not liking yourself, not trusting yourself and not respecting your own needs – when the divorce between who you really are and how you’re living you life has already happened. You’ve distanced yourself from your very essence and now you’re paying a very high price.

As you go back to listen to your own heart, your own intuition, maybe the world around you remains the same, but you won’t need to change anything because your perspective on things has changed. You’re happier inside. And that will change everything around you, naturally, for better.

Digital Journal

One day, a friend wrote on Facebook: “Only here, that a such a bad year seems to have been so spectacular!”.
As a tarot reader, it’s very interesting to see what a person posts compared to what they tell me during a consultation.

One day, a friend wrote on Facebook: “Only here, that a such a bad year seems to have been so spectacular!”.four of cups

When we get into any social media, we notice that many people look gorgeous and “happy ever after.” As a tarot reader, it is very interesting to see that, for example, the same person who is trying to get a divorce, posts a picture with her/his partner on their anniversary, toasting with champagne glasses.

Other people, in difficult times, show themselves at wonderful parties, as if life were always flowers – “La Dolce Vita.” Then they have a consultation with me and tell a very different story. On the other hand, a lot of people complain that social media is a center of envy, a door to bragging great travels, expensive restaurants and a jet-set life that doesn’t always correspond to reality.

But how about changing this perspective? Now your social media becomes a list of gratitude to yourself, and not a means of comparison with others. Now, your Facebook forces you to look at your best moments, your family, your partner, … making you rethink that life is really made of ups and downs.

ten of cupsBetter register the ups in an Instagram, so that when we’re down, we have beautiful trips, good friends and celebrations to remember and boost our spirits.

Better register a party on Facebook, so that you receive likes from friends that are far away, but still love you, even though they don’t have time to call.

Better give a virtual “Happy Birthday” to that person that you are not that close, but even so, just that short note already brings her/him a smile on such a special day.

From this new angle, if today you’re sad, look again at your own timeline and review your pictures. Lift your head up high, take a refreshing bath, put on some perfume, make yourself gorgeous, take another selfie … and post it!

… now on your own “Digital Gratitude Journal“.

Just out of curiosity

What happens when you think that you came for a tarot reading “just out of curiosity” and instead the cards give you a very important message? This happened to a client who was unhappy with work and felt that the tarot could shed a bit of light on some of her issues.

What happens when you think that you came for a tarot reading “just out of curiosity” and instead the cards give you a very important message? This happened to a client, Marcela*, who was unhappy with work and felt that the tarot could shed a bit of light on some of her issues. So she came to get clarity on what to do regarding her job, but there was nothing really serious about it.

Analyzing her astrological mandala spread for the coming months, the tarot showed that she had to start investing in courses to expand her career options. No real changes would happen in terms of work for that specific period.

However, a big red flag appeared in another area of her life that she did not even expect: Paul’s * health. In the 7th House of the “other” (partners, companions, boyfriends, husbands…), the letter NINE OF SPADES combined with the MOON alerted that her partner Paul was very worried about something that he was not sharing with her. From the observation of other cards, the problem was clearly just with him alone.Nove de Espadas

I told her: “Keep an eye on Paul, because he is having some serious trouble. This has nothing to do with you two. Your relationship is great. It’s like he’s in a depression or he has some health problem that he’s not telling you. ”

She didn’t get why that card appeared, because his routine was that of an athlete. In addition to giving tennis lessons, he used to work out and play soccer every weekend. “But he looks great, with perfect health!” she replied.

“Well, we’re looking into predictions for the next months. There may be a problem. This warning is not meant to scare you. The only reason something like this would come up on your tarot spread is because somehow you’ll need to HELP him”. She hesitated, thinking that this was a bit surreal … until …

A month later she called me and said, “Rosane, you won’t believe it! Paul told me that he’s been having short of breath when he plays tennis”. Since she was already on alert from her tarot reading, she paid attention to a comment that would normally pass by unnoticed. And then she insisted that he go get a medical checkup.

Paul started to take several blood and stress tests prescribed by a cardiologist. All results came back normal with nothing to worry about. Then one night he felt very sick. Marcela insisted that he go to a different cardiologist.

The new physician asked him to take additional imaging tests and a cardiac catheterization procedure. After this last procedure, which was more invasive and required hospitalization, the doctor entered his room said: “Paul, you’ll only leave this hospital after you have an open heart surgery! Your arteries are clogged and you are lucky to still be alive, because you could have had a heart attack a long time ago”. And he did have a heart surgery in that same week.Betty Boop Enfermeira

Marcela stood by him through the entire process helping with his recovery.

Was it really chance that led her to this appointment? Or were her Guardian Angels that wanted to save her companion’s life?

And they did save his life, because now he looks great! The two of them are still together enjoying life, with one detail: after this episode, she confessed that at the beginning of that year, during Mardi Gras, the couple partied dressed as a nurse and patient. Finally, she confessed: “I’ll never use that costume in my lifetime ever again!”

* The names were changed to preserve the couple’s identity.

BFF tarot

At the end of a consultation, a client wanted to know if she would speak again to her friend, because they had had a fight.

At the end of a consultation, Thelma*, a client, wanted to know if she would speak again to her friend Vivian*, because they had had a fight. The two were neighbors and went everywhere together, like “super twins activate!” **. One had even helped the other to find an apartment in the same building.

After a while, Vivian’s former colleague, Naira, decided to move back to Rio. The most practical solution found was to become roomates, so while one would make a little money, the other would have a place to stay. The duo became a trio. Thelma, Vivian and Naira turned inseparable… But NOT so much …

Deep down, Thelma resented a little that the other two stayed together most of the time. But, of course, since sharing an apartment, they became almost like sisters. But she also had her own life, and one fine evening, she decided to host a dinner party for her work friends.

Beer goes, beer comes, and the laughter grew louder, to the point that the neighbors Vivian and Naira noticed that there was some activity going on in Thelma’s apt. They called her, but she did not answer, busy with her friends. They tried again. No answer. The “sisters” were intrigued: how could it be? So much noise, and Thelma was not be there? Had someone broken into her friend’s apartment ?? Was their friend in trouble? They decided to move fast.

They rang the bell, and to Thelma’s surprise, the neighbors were carrying two huge knives, ready to protect her friend from any harm. It was a very weird situation, almost like “Here is Johnny!”. Thelma’s co-workers found it surreal. The neighbors were embarrassed and felt a bit awkward that they had not been invited to the party. And Telma was fuming, finding her friends’ attitude ridiculous, blaming them for being jealous because they were left out of the party. In sum: they stopped talking to each other. A total inconvenience at the lobby, the elevator, and the near market when they crossed a path.

And back to our question, the tarot showed the story right … but the side of Vivian, who had actually thought that someone strange had come into Thelma’s apartment and went there, with all the courage, to rescue the other. Worse, she felt that her effort was in vain. She was very upset, thinking that Thelma ignored her, therefore no longer deserved her friendship. Telma had to understand that Vivian had really tried to help her.

“What is this face?” I said, “Didn’t I tell you that you guys will be friends again? You’ll be happy with that.” Thelma looked at the tarot cards with a long face, worried that she had to be the one to take the first step to make up with her friends.3-of-cups

Every story has two sides, but when you ask for a tarot advice, you have to know that the truth will not necessarily be yours. Worst of all, the oracle could ask you to do something that you’re not ready, like calling someone to sing “I just called … to say … I’m sorry!” In the end, it’s a win-win. The humility of apologizing is worth it. A good friendship can last forever, but we have to deal with the ups and downs.

And what happened to these creatures, you ask me? Of coooourse they are super happy, probably bar hopping together and enjoying an intense agenda during this Carnival!

* Names were changed to preserve the identity of those involved.

** For you, who did not understand, “super twins activate!” refers back to the Super Twins, a couple of alien twin siblings (from the cartoon “Superfriends“) who could turn their powers “on” or “off” when they join hands.