In The Cards

Tarot readings will not tell you exactly when you are going to meet your soul mate.

If you meet a Tarot reader who tries to sell you on the concept that the cards will tell you or that they are negative and you must come back for more advice is part of the smoke and mirrors that makes true Tarot readers, like Jackie Major here in Portland, cringe a little bit.

As I walked into Others! coffee shop I had but one mission in mind.  To ask the Tarot cards if I was going to fall in love in the next year.  With someone who would love me back.  And create a healthy relationship with me.  And be easy on the eyes.  And love bacon as much as me.  I have heard how this Tarot/Universe thing works.  If you are not totally specific in your question it will backfire on you.

Like if I ask “Will I fall in love in the next year” it might say that “Yes, you will.”

It does not mention, however, that he is not going to love me back.


Jackie and I sat down at the table, and before we began the reading she told me a little about herself and how she reads Tarot.  Jackie has been a Professional Clairvoyant and Tarot Reader for over 20 years.  Which was awesome, because I am not going to put the outcome of my future love life in just anyone’s hands?  Most importantly, she explained the way she reads Tarot.

First of all, she doesn’t ask a lot of questions or get information from her subjects right off.  So none of that “I’m seeing a family member who has crossed over with the initial M.  Do you know any family members with an M in their name?”  She merely lays out the spread (her own variation based on a few different ones she has used in the past) and interprets the cards as they fall.

Jackie doesn’t believe that what the cards say will absolutely be your destiny or fate.  “The future can only represent your potential,” Jackie told me.  “But humans possess free-will.  It is up to you to self-empower and create the reality you want.”

I like this chick, I really do.

Now that I’ve told you all the details and how-to of my Tarot reading*, I know you are dying to know what it said.  Remember, we went through the whole reading with her just telling me things, and then me interpreting and clarifying afterwards.

So here goes:

Tarot Reading by Jackie Major at Others! Coffee Shop

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The Spread/Throw Explanation

The first two cards thrown illustrate Your Interior Life: What Is Going On Within You (What You Are Healing.)   They include a Focus card and a Desire card.

The next two cards illustrate Your External Life: People & Situations Around You.  They include an Unexpected card and an Others card.

The next three cards illustrate your Default Energy.  The more you resist these cards, the more they will persist in your life.  They include a Special Guidance Card, a Best Course of Action Card and a Probably Outcome card.

The final card in a standard reading is your Key Card: Use this to amplify or clarify the meaning of any of the cards.

My Very Personalized Tarot Reading*

My first two cards thrown were Participation (Focus Card) and The Burden (Desire Card) – Meaning I have a deep desire to be included and “participate” in things, but that I also find it a lot of work to be open enough with others to let that happen.  Her exact phrase, something I’ve talked to friends a lot about recently, was “Being intellectual can be very isolating.”

Creepy how the Tarot picked up on recent conversations.  Creepy creepy creepy.

The next two cards thrown were Abundance (Unexpected Card) and Going With The Flow (Others Card) – Meaning that I have an abundance of people (like I’ve never had before) rushing in to accept me for who I am.  It is with them that I am going to learn to embrace and live in my emotions, not just facts and details.

Seriously…has this woman been tapping my cell phone and email?

The next three cards were The Hermit/Aloneness (Special Guidance Card), Moment To Moment (Best Course of Action), and No-Thingness/High Priest (Probably Outcome) – Meaning that I don’t need a lantern or some external source to figure out what I want.  I already know.  So I should stay the current course and let things unfold naturally. I should not focus on what I don’t want but instead what I do.  And finally I need to find some spirituality or deeper meaning in my life.  “Religion is the politics of God, spirituality is the manifestation” Jackie told me.

Ok, kind of ambiguous but pretty on point.  I’m curious if I’m projecting it to be on point or if it really is.  Darn analytical mind…

The final card was The Outsider (Key Card) – Meaning that I’ve generally felt unaccepted or like I didn’t quite fit in for most of my life.  I’ve always felt value and comfort being outside the box and looking in, but I need to remember that locked does not always mean locked.  Sometimes we need to allow ourselves ways to facilitate what we want to happen.

My Clarifications

I explained to Jackie my question coming in and what answer I was seeking.   Based on this new information she was able to provide me insight on what the future could hold (all those fantastic cards over to the right like Traveling and Friendliness and Breakthrough and Courage.)

The Reading Outcome

The chance of my love life changing sooner rather than later seems to be a good possibility.  Mostly because I have created that space in my own life.  Jackie was even able to help me pin down what kind of companion I am looking for, based on my energy in the cards and my clarifications.

Basically, if you are a world traveler who is multi-dimensional (an intellectually stimulating individual I can talk to for hours; emotionally open and will challenge me to be the same because you accept my quirks and outsider-ness as adorable traits not annoyances; physically adventurous and playful because I can get bored very easily but am very affectionate once I cross a certain threshold; and as spiritually curious as I am) then we should probably chat.

A lot.

Over coffee.


* Jackie uses the Osho-Zen Tarot Deck, which is not a traditional Rider-Waite type deck.  The names of many of the cards are changed, but have a correlation to the original Tarot deck.

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