Meet the Healer - Rachel
How did you come to practice Tarot?
While living in the East Village of New York City over two decades ago, I received a series of incredibly accurate readings from a tarot master who encouraged me to develop my intuitive senses and work with tarot.
For a hobby, I began reading for myself, friends and friends of friends. Later, in the mid-90s, I moved to Los Angeles to work on a film. When not acting or auditioning, I devoted energy into going deeper with my cards. Soon after, I found out I'd booked the feature film The Craft by receiving a basket of candles and tarot cards from Sony Studio. Serendipitous timing, indeed. I worked on many films during this time and always brought my cards on location.
Years later and after a film shot in South Africa wrapped, I traveled to Zimbabwe where I did a lion walk. This is the kind of beautiful, amazing and dangerous thing where you sign a paper saying no one will sue if you're eaten and it was a very profound moment for me. A picture from that day became my own Strength tarot card, reminding me that the symbols and archetypes that speak our human tapestry are real within us all, not just abstract concepts on cards.
Over the years, through a combination of study, practice, tapping into what Jung called the collective consciousness and tuning into the intuition we all possess, the symbols of the tarot began to reveal subconscious patterns to me and show paths opening up possibilities.
The symbolism and archetypes are a mirror for today and a compass for the future. They help clarify what's happening when you can't, and what that future might look like for different potential paths you may choose. Tarot sheds light on the grey areas, in a way similar to a psychology session.
Tarot shows you the here and now, and future options based on present choices. It gives insight as to how to shape the future, which by nature, is in a constant state of becoming, its fluidity influenced by our actions or inaction.