Today's blog is from a very special guest blogger, India Holden. India is at Spa Eir every Wednesday from 2-7 pm offering Tarot Readings, guidance and her divine light.
I once believed that the Tarot is total baloney.
In my first encounter with it, a girl is about to give me a reading. I’m sixteen, she’s eighteen with her own little apartment above a record store. I’m impressed with the gypsy décor. Some candles flicker along the edge of a beat up tallboy dresser. Colorful batik covers the windows. She bends over the cards laid out on a moldy steamer trunk she’s using as a coffee table. I sit on the edge of her red velvet camel back sofa. I feel scared. I want to be friends but I don’t want my fortune read. I’m worried she’s going to put a spell on me or tell me when I’m going to die.
On impulse, I sweep a hand through the cards and scatter them. My heart pounds. I feel like I’ve just escaped something, I know not what.
I thought the tarot was an occult thing and, therefore, I absolutely didn’t want anything to do with. The occult scared me and still does.
So what on earth happened that now, not only do I read the tarot, but I feel like it’s my ministry? Simply put, I met someone who showed me a different side to the tarot—the sacred side. An old lady, crazy like a fox, a tarot reader in a long matrimonial line of earthy readers. If you have the good fortune of meeting her, you’ll know her by her magenta hair and booming voice and by her kind eyes that say, “I see you.” Her name is Gaia Hawkin, my teacher.
She taught me that, in some hands, the tarot can be meant as an occult tool. But in other hands, it can create a glorious divine connection. That’s how my readings are—the divine in me connects with the divine in you. As a result, what previously lay just outside your awareness becomes part of your understanding. You reconnect with your the deep inner wisdom. What needs healing begins to heal. What needs answering is illuminated, showing you the path forward that is right for your soul.
India Susanne Holden is an author, public speaker and presenter, workshop teacher, tarot reader, certified life coach, spiritual guide, Reiki master, and a genderqueer feminist who believes in activism that leads with love. Her motto is “How can I apply love here?” Her favorite saying is by the 14th Century Christian mystic and theologian, Julian of Norwich: “All is well, and all is well, and all manner of things shall be well.” You can connect with her via her website and on social media at alldivineglobal.