The Complete Guide to Reading Tarot Cards
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The Complete Guide to Reading Tarot Cards

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Belleville - Tarot card reading looks for hidden answers

Freda Crake is known by the name Freya when she reads Tarot Cards. 'The energy of the name brings in more balance,' she explains.
Freya is an intuitive and has been reading cards for over 20 years. Born in Belleville she has just moved back to the area and is glad to be home. She does readings at Green Willow at 240 Pinnacle on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and across the river at the Hair Team at 256 Coleman on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
'I span the water,' she smiles. 'I want to help revitalize Belleville. I am here to help.'
She said when she first came back and saw Front Street she cried. It wasn't the way she remembered it when she was a girl growing up here.
She has spent 50 years at the corporate level in major corporations and has a very diverse background. She has been intuitive since a child and has used that psychic ability to read energies in people.
'I got fired from five major corporations,' she admitted. 'I was outspoken about the treatment of females.'
Freya reads three different kinds of Tarot cards and has been trained by the Grand Master of Tarot in Canada. She is certified by the Canadian Tarot Network. She reads from the Gilded Tarot, the Daughters of the Moon and the Rune Tarot with Celtic symbols. She is working on her masters degree in Tarot. The name Freya comes from the Norse goddess and is used as the oracle to help her do the readings.
'Freya will accept any question,' she says. This could be about your life journey, your finances, loves, relationships, making choices, self-improvement, health, the future, wish fulfillment or karmic connections. She also does Tarot parties in your home.

The Heart of Tarot

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Cartomancy, or fortune-telling with Tarot cards, is an art as old as the hills. There are many theories tracing its origin in history. One claims that the practice is derived from a group of gypsies, while another assumption insists that the Chinese introduced the Tarot, which they brought from the east. Although both ideas are plausible, experts agree that the Knights Templar, an ancient military order, was responsible for the worldwide spread of Cartomancy.
A Tarot deck looks similar to a regular pack of playing cards. It has four suits numbered from ace to ten, but instead of clubs, hearts, spades and diamonds, the Tarot suits are wands, cups, swords and pentacles. In addition to these Minor cards are the Major cards also known as the Major Arcana. They do not belong to any suit and they possess their own numbers.
The principle behind card reading is not complex. If there are more Minor cards than Major, then the person's destiny is in his hands. If the opposite shows up, then the person's future is governed by fate. Each card has a specific meaning. For example, the death symbol represents transformation. It can be seen as signal of a great change in life or perspective. A skilled Tarot reader knows all cards by heart and understands the importance of corresponding combinations.
A number of these skilled readers work at different levels, but all of them are referred to as a counseling center for people in search of fulfillment. Today, numerous tarot card readers, not to mention skilled ones, offer a plethora of services, including dream interpretation and self-help workshops.
High school junior, Tiffany Mae Esponilla shares that she is interested in the field of psychotherapy. Tiffany discovered fortune-telling when she was only 12 years old. She admits that, as a child, she found the intricate cards attractive. Though the unusual hobby did not sit well with her mother, she pursued her love of Cartomancy and remained an avid supporter of the Tarot. It is her fascination with the cards' beauty that inspires her to believe in its so-called power until now.
In Tiffany's opinion, the success of a reading depends as much on the one seeking answers as it does on the reader. 'You only use the cards as a trigger, I do not let it control my life. I still believe in the power of prayers,' she says.
The primary purpose of the Tarot is to stimulate thought and inspire insight. A deck staple, like the King of Swords, can have multiple interpretations. A reader's job is to decide which interpretation works best for a client. Once this is achieved, a free-flowing discussion eventually follows. A single session can cover a myriad of topics. It's ultimately up to the client to resolve how far the cards will go.
The goal of every reading is to reach a certain level of enlightenment. The cards, through their symbolisms, can tell a lot about people, making them more aware of themselves. It is this self-awareness that spurs change. A reading can be productive regardless of the outcome of a shuffle, because even a bad omen can serve as mechanism for improvement.
Tiffany believes that everybody possesses the potential to be readers, she herself would want to be one. "The only prerequisite in learning the secrets of the Tarot is the desire to do so. It takes a lot of passion to comprehend the cards that some people spend their entire lives trying to master," she shares.
'Our mind has the ability to affect things,' says Tiffany. She assumes that all human beings possess a special form of energy also known as aura. A person's aura determines the result of every draw from the deck.
Her philosophy is that cards are not just random variables. Instead, Tiffany believes that they are symbols influenced by our thoughts. Tiffany herself, dismisses the notion that Tarot readings are absolute predictions of the future.
According to her, a reading is more an assessment of one's life rather than a disclosure of things to come. She likens the cards to tiny pieces of mirror which, when put together, reflect a person's life and state of mind. "Among all the many sessions I have been into, the readers usually do not specify by giving descriptions of dates, people, or events. The only thing they can offer is advice based on the session and their client's reactions," she says.
In the end, Tiffany hopes people will get rid of all their discriminations toward the Tarot. She understands the controversy surrounding the practice, especially when placed alongside religion. Tiffany is Catholic and she swears that her interest in the Tarot does not collide with the Christian faith. 'You always try to be connected with the Almighty because they are the ones guiding you,' she says. 'He is the one guiding me, not the reader.'
Sofia,* a political science major changed her outlook on the Tarot. She had always been afraid of divination because she found the concept too mystical and pagan-like. Luckily, Sofia's curiosity won over her fear and she finally decided to go to participate in a card reading. After the procedure, Sofia realized that no magic or evil was involved in the activity. It was simply a counseling session with a man trying to help her figure things out. She discovered that her energy was supposedly attached to her chosen cards and for a moment, everything made sense.
The reader gave her an affirmation card with words she was supposed to recite every morning. She realizes that the reading may have actually helped her out; she felt more in control of herself. 'I feel empowered,' she says.
This feeling of empowerment is exactly what all readers want their clients to feel. It is with this belief that the world is not beyond a person's control. Indeed, there are incidents that cannot be avoided. But these accidents should not derail people from reaching their goals in life. While the Tarot and its practitioners may never be accepted in society, they will always be around as long as there are those who believe.

A psychic and tarot reader on how we can use everyday objects--and our imagination--to illuminate our lives" name=subtitle

We're all born psychic, with a keen sensing system. Watch a one-year-old seeing something new and it's like she's seeing with every fiber of her being; it's more like beholding. As we get older, though, we're taught to ignore and even reject this ability, often becoming like the kids in the e.e. cummings poem: 'down they forgot as up they grew.' Fear and doubt creep in, erasing our knowing of our knowing.
But psychic-ness is an intrinsic part of us'almost every indigenous culture has a tradition of psychic perception, from Greek fingernail divination to the Labradorean Naskapi puddle scrying, from the African Azande termite divination to Navajo star reading. They teach us that we don't need tea leaves or crystal balls to divine soul-revealing metaphors: Humans have used everything from llama dung to rocks to bird sounds to crackling fire to see beyond their everyday minds. The world around us is a vehicle for divination, with billions of 'texts' on new ways of reading the world.
Let me be clear, though: Psychic abilities don't allow you to know the future. If they could, I would have been a lottery winner many times over. But they can offer insight, clarity, and fun. Especially because when we exercise our intuition, we engage the imagination in such a full and wonderful way. When playing with the divining activities below, don't worry whether you made something up or if it's "true."
First, it's a good idea to relax before any kind of intuiting. Before I do readings for other people or myself, I like to close my eyes to tune out distractions. Then I take a few deep breaths'slowly in through the nose and out the mouth. It's all about altering our routine to see the world in a non-routine way. Now we can help our senses get a little more acute while activating that all-important imagination. Close your eyes and breathe. Then imagine that you're you, but an ear. An organ with curves and crevices designed specifically to hear. Take in all the sounds around you'the hum of the fridge, the sound of birds, a TV in another room, whatever. After a few moments, come back into you, leaving the ear-body behind.

Female Athlete of the Year: Competitive spirit fuels DeLuca

The Tarot card reader at Hillsborough High School's Project Graduation party pegged Ali DeLuca to the letter.
"You're a very intense person, aren't you?" she said to DeLuca, who nodded in agreement.
"You're a very competitive person, aren't you?" Another nod.
"You like to win?"
Yeah, you could say that.
Maybe the Tarot card reader saw DeLuca attacking the various activities at Project Graduation like it was Armageddon eve. She dusted a few friends in HORSE. She flung herself around in volleyball. And then there was the joust, in which two rivals try to knock each other off platforms with huge padded sticks.
"If she fell down, then she HAD to get back up and go kill whoever knocked her down," said good friend Danielle Iwanechko. "And she did."
That was par for the course for DeLuca, who led the Raiders' girls basketball and lacrosse teams to a combined record of 39-9 this year. As a point guard in hoops, she was Somerset County Tournament MVP and played in the statewide North-South All-Star game. As a midfielder in lacrosse, she tallied 118 goals and 57 assists and earned All-America status.
"She's very aggressive, has a big heart, plays with a lot of energy and a lot of pride, and obviously she's physically gifted -- she's very quick, very fast," Hillsborough girls basketball coach Jim Reese said. "But the mental part of the game -- she has a tremendous desire to win, and she approaches everything that way."
DeLuca pleads guilty to this trait.
"I feel like my competitiveness is just instinct in everything I do," she said. "I'm probably the most competitive person you'll ever meet. Sometimes it gets a little intimidating, and my friends are like, 'Oh man.' "
Iwanechko, who played lacrosse with DeLuca for five years, knows that feeling.
"We always play pingpong and she needs to win in pingpong," Iwanechko said. "Any game you play or anything you do, she has to be No. 1."
Chalk up one more No. 1 today, because DeLuca is the Courier News Female Athlete of the Year.
Bad elbow? No problem
All you need to know about Ali DeLuca is visible on her right elbow, which has been bruised and bumpy since the beginning of basketball season in December.
"I just kept banging my elbow every game, and every game it kept getting worse," she said. "Now I have a huge bump on my elbow that won't go away."
The bump doesn't hurt anymore, but it hurt like crazy during the winter. That didn't stop her from diving to the floor for loose balls. It did limit her shooting ability, but she still managed to put up 12.9 points, 5.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game.
"The trainer would wrap it and put a pad on it, but before warm-ups even started, I had to take it off," she explained. "I'd go over to Mr. Reese and say, 'I can't play with this,' and he said, 'We had a bet that you wouldn't last 10 minutes with that thing on.' "
It's no coincidence that once DeLuca's elbow starting feeling better, the Raiders ran off 12 straight wins, capturing the Somerset County Tournament title in the process.
Perhaps most impressive, however, was how DeLuca seamlessly juggled the demands of the long basketball season with those of an All-America lacrosse candidate.
"It takes up a lot of your time, but I'm just crazy about sports," DeLuca said. "I thought about quitting basketball and just focusing on lacrosse, but in reality, basketball kind of prepares you for lacrosse. If I played in a winter league (in lacrosse), it's still a competitive game, but it doesn't have the intensity of a high school-level game."
DeLuca played in summer leagues in both sports. She attended the team camps and did the individual work.
"Even though basketball was her second sport in terms of her future, she never acted like it was her second sport," Reese said.
Leaving her mark
Ali DeLuca picked up lacrosse in eighth grade, and in her first game, she scored three goals in a 3-0 victory.
"She barely knew what she was doing on that field, but her athletic ability took over," said Hillsborough girls lacrosse coach Beth Murrin, who coached the middle school team that year. "Instinct is totally, 100 percent on her side."
DeLuca flourished as a junior, posting 101 goals and 57 assists as the Raiders went 20-2 and won their first Somerset County Tournament title. This season she kicked it up yet another notch, finishing as the third-leading scorer in New Jersey history with 320 goals and 150 assists.
"She plays at a different speed than any other player we've gone up against," Murrin said. "She's got incredible ability to change direction and explode with power. And she works equally hard at developing both her left and her right hand. Teams that try to guard her by taking away her right end up regretting it."
DeLuca's finest moment came in the sectional semifinals against West Morris. Hillsborough trailed 11-7 with six minutes left in the game, but DeLuca scored a goal -- her seventh of the contest -- then assisted on four others to lift the Raiders to a 12-11 triumph.
"Our confidence was down a little bit and we just needed to regroup," DeLuca said. "We didn't want to leave that way."
Instead, DeLuca leaves one of the most decorated female athlete in Hillsborough history -- and with a 3.7 grade-point average to boot. She will play lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania next year, and don't be surprised if she makes big splash there, as well.
That was in the Tarot cards, too.
Staff writer Jerry Carino can be reached at (908) 707-3247 or at

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Meet the world's strongest clown State fair comes to the

"All you little kids who want a clown nose can some see me after the show," Buffo said, looking out at a sea of laughing young faces. "You just better have your cash up front!"
Buffo's joke in many ways set the tone for the attendees of this event. They may have been at a state fair, but they were still in edgy New Jersey.
The Jersey version of the state fair, which goes on until July 9, is not unlike others around the country. There are hot sausage and lemonade stands, Ferris wheels, pig races, petting zoos, acrobats, lions, tigers, and soon-to-be Fourth of July fireworks. But one of the things that make New Jersey so unique is the quirky people that it attracts. The state fair is no different. Mike Phillips is a Weehawken native who now lives in Rochelle Park. He has been working the classic test-your-strength event where fairgoers can slam a sledgehammer down on fixed point in order to hopefully ring a bell twenty feet up in the air. The results are both predictable and amusing for him.
"Some big muscle guy came up here and got a 32 out of a possible 150 point score," he said. "His friends were really ragging on him. It was pretty humiliating."
A visit to a tarot card reader can either be humiliating or exhilarating, depending upon your level of belief in the supernatural. Sandra Ristick has been reading palms "forever", growing up in a Gypsy family that immigrated to New Jersey from Romania over 30 years ago. "I tell people how long they are going to live and things like that," she said. "People seem to accept what I say. I guess that's what life brings."
Life brought Frieda Tobin and her husband Maurice up the New Jersey Turnpike from Willingboro in south Jersey to the Meadowlands for the fair. "We came to see the fair for the first time this year," she said. Her husband, a state employee, saw the fair advertised on his pay stub. "It mentioned that if you went online to get tickets, you could get some good hotel deals," he said. "So here we are. It's a great deal, and it's a good way to spend quality time with my little girls."
His little girls Matrice, 4, and Tierra, 7, agreed. "We love it!" they said in chorus before they ran on to another ride.
In order to truly take a ride on the wild side at the state fair, a trip to watch the Mohawk-wearing Buffo in action is absolutely mandatory. Buffo knows that he is a clown on the edge.
"That's right I'm the world's strongest clown," he said. "There's not much competition. The rest are just a bunch of sissy clowns. I've been kicked out of all of the clown organizations as a result."
Buffo, whose real name is Tommy Toman, has been before bright lights before. He was a professional baseball player in the organizations of his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox, and the Houston Astros. After Toman finished a baseball career that included marrying his high school algebra teacher at home plate, he taught blind and deaf students for seven years, obtaining a masters degree in special education. During that time, Toman performed by chance at a school event and found his true calling. Buffo has now been a clown for 27 years. He performs around 500 shows a year, and has taken his act as far as the White House three times. "They told me there that I was so much better than all those clowns that just make balloons."
In his act, Buffo does whatever it takes to make the crowd happy. He will tear telephone books in half. He will juggle bowling balls. He will lie down on a bed of nails. He will walk with lit matches stuck between the toes of his bare feet. But for Buffo, the best part of the job is when he can take some of life's pain away.
"Sometimes parents come up to me after the show and tell me that they just got their kid out of the hospital," he said. "They say that I took them all to some place where they didn't have to worry about anything. This is a great job."
Buffo acknowledges that the New York/New Jersey area can be a tough crowd. After the last show of the day, a group of teenage fairgoers arrived to question Buffo's true strength. "We'll bust you up," they claimed.

Students seek star marks of a different kind

With competition increasing, a growing number of students are running to tarot card readers and astrologers to foresee their prospects. The two most common queries are 'How much will I score' and 'what should I do next'.
Eugenia Ramaney, a professional psychic and a tarot card reader, says tarot reading also involves a lot of counselling. 'A number of students have been trying to know what their percentage would be. They also ask us which career is best suited for me and so on. With tarot card reading, I can come to know their vibrations and since I also do aura reading, I give them accurate results,' she says.
Tejaswini Mirji, also a professional tarot card reader, has collegians at her doorstep too. 'Students wanted to know which stream they should opt for, what their CET results would be and which will be the most rewarding option for them,' she said.
Meena Shah, who has been practising tarot claims she has transformed many a career. 'One of the students who came to me for a reading wanted to do fashion designing, but through tarot, we came to know that an MBA would be a better option. The girl took up the course and is doing really well today,' she said.
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The Cards of Destiny: Gambling, Luck and Magic

Heritage Malta will be exploring tarot cards and their mystical explanations of life and destiny in an exhibition at the Inquisitor's Palace in Vittoriosa. The exhibition will open on June 17 and the agency is expecting its magical and religiously-tabooed theme to attract a large number of visitors.
Titled 'The Cards of Destiny: Gambling, Luck and Magic', the display will be divided into six sections, namely Playing Cards, Tarots, The Allegories of the Tarots, The Game of Tarots, the Book of Thot and Cartomacy. Besides exhibiting a wide variety of playing cards, incisions of famous artists, rare books on the subject and other material related to card games, Heritage Malta has also put together illustrations on the history of this mysterious and intriguing ritual.
The exhibition is being organised in collaboration with the Italian Associazione Culturale 'Le Tarot' under the patronage of the Ministry for Tourism and Culture of Malta and the Ministry of Culture and the Environment of Italy, with the cooperation of the Biblioteca Classense of Ravenna. All displayed material forms part of an immense collection that the Associazione Culturale 'Le Tarot' collected throughout the last 25 years.