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February 2016

10 Questions for Tarotist Machelle Earley

Machelle

What’s your favorite breakfast food? Strawberry Crepes

Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

What makes you laugh? Babies laughing and my puppy

Song that never gets old: "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac

Drink of choice: Diet Coke

Would you rather be hot or cold? Cold

Mountain, beach, desert or forest? Beach

Favorite color? Green

Best movie line:I’ll have what she’s having.” from When Harry Met Sally

Last thing you splurged on? Pre-release Tarot of Prague deck

Bonus Q: What animal do you feel is most like you...and why? I'm going to say an owl because I spend a lot of time observing people and my surroundings...taking it all in. Plus I prefer the night.

My name is Machelle Earley and I am a Tarot Consultant and Reiki Practitioner. We all have a vision of what and who we want to be in our lifetime, but sometimes reality is far enough from that vision that we often give up on it. As humans, we are not perfect and each one of us has work to do on ourselves in order to become an enlightened being. As a tarot reader and a Reiki healer, it is my goal to provide you with insight and healing to assist you on your path of personal development and enlightenment. My past life and shadow readings can provide insight as to the areas of your life that require some extra work and care to help you release from particular situations and behaviors in order to better your life. My readings can help with the process of delving deeper into your self to begin to answer why you do the things that you do. In conjunction with readings, my Reiki sessions can help you to heal these areas of your life. Many of these areas take time and effort to repair so a certain amount of commitment is required in order to reach your goal, a commitment by you and a commitment by me. I am committed to working beside you on your journey.

I am an empathic and intuitive tarot consultant who uses my gifts to guide others in a straightforward and compassionate way. A lifelong student of metaphysics, my love of tarot deepened in 1999 when I began supplementing my natural abilities with classes to further understand the mysteries and complexities of this remarkable tool. I truly enjoy helping others gain insight into their lives in order to help them overcome obstacles and clear a path to a healthier, body, mind and spirit. I discovered Reiki in 2004 when I was introduced to it by a close friend, feeling an immediate attraction. It was then that I decided to help others with this tremendous gift and began my studies.

Visit Machelle online at Ray of Light Tarot and Reiki here.


10 Questions for Tarotist Noah Boyer

Noah Blue Shirt
What’s your favorite breakfast food? Waffles with maple syrup and butter.

Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

What makes you laugh? Crazy stuff that does not happen in real life.

Song that never gets old: Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag".

Drink of choice: Coffee with French Vanilla 1/2 and 1/2 and sugar.

Would you rather be hot or cold? I would rather be cold.

Mountain, beach, desert or forest? Forest.

Favorite color? Blue, green, and purple.

Best Movie Line: Stay home and eat all the freakin' chips, Kip! (Napoleon Dynamite)

Last Thing You Splurged On: Kiss 40 CD for my Mom's Christmas present.

Bonus Question: What's your favorite movie? Napoleon Dynamite

Noah Boyer is the son of Ron and Janet Boyer. He served as the model for both the Calling and 10 Emoting card in the Snowland Deck, created by his parents. Noah enjoys playing the piano, participating in musical theater at the Center for the Performing Arts, designing vests, reading, playing with his cats and hanging out with his family. His favorite Tarot decks are ones that his parents have created: the Snowland Deck and the Coffee Tarot--and he sometimes gives readings to his Mom, especially about writing projects. 


10 Questions for Tarotist Paris Debono

Paris

What’s your favorite breakfast food? Coffee and a croissant if I'm having a sexy day. But oats if i want to be disciplined.

Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? Fiction: The Harry Potter series. Non Fiction: Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life.

What makes you laugh? Oh lots of things. Funny people mainly. Laughing at life and how absurd it gets sometimes.

Song that never gets old: So many great songs. Depends on the mood. Probably anything by Aretha Franklin. Soul or pop music.

Drink of choice: Water.

Would you rather be hot or cold? Hot.

Mountain, beach, desert or forest? Forest.

Favorite color? Red.

Best movie line: I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way. -- Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)

Last thing you splurged on? Study courses and shoes.

Bonus Q: What is your favorite cartomanic system? At the moment, Lenono. Fun to teach, too.

About Paris Debono: It was a James Bond girl who set me on the road to being “The Fortune Teller”. When I was a young child I watched the 007 movie Live and Let Die with my father on TV. When the beautiful Solitaire (played by English actress Jane Seymour) appeared on the screen, I was mesmerized, both by her beauty and her mysterious tarot cards. I was amazed at how she could foretell the future. There, watching that movie, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. The very next day I saw a packet of tarot cards in a bookshop. I went in and bought them with my pocket money. Although I knew my strict Catholic mother wouldn’t approve, I was compelled to have them. However, I had no idea how to read them. Coinciding with this, I experienced a spiritual awakening and psychic encounters with my spirit guides and the beyond. But these visions and visitations scared me and I didn’t know what I was supposed to do with this knowledge and information that I was receiving.

Sometime later, I found myself at a crowded market, looking on as a flame-haired mystic woman gazed at a man’s hand, read his cards and made predictions about his life, loves and career. I wondered if I would ever be able to foresee future events like she could. Would I ever be able to tell people about their lives and destiny? Eventually, in my later teens, I went to that very same mystic woman and asked her to do a reading for me. I was in awe — the way she held the cards, the way she laid them out on the table, he way she read them, the way she seemed to know about me and my life. A whole new, yet strangely familiar world had opened up for me I was thrilled when she predicted that I myself would become a famous psychic reader one day. And before long, she became my mentor, teaching me how to tune into my own psychic abilities powerfully and to deliver these messages through the cards I had bought so many years before I had entered a magical world — a world of secret symbols and a new way of looking at life. 

Other fine teachers followed. I studied astrology, palmistry and other forms of divination and soon I was reading cards, palms and astrology charts professionally. Finally, I was doing what I had dreamed of so long ago. I became “The Fortune Teller”. In my late 20s, I travelled and lived in Europe for a few years and there I appeared in my own very popular weekly television segment, radio shows and newspaper columns and horoscopes, talking and writing about diverse esoteric subjects such as astrology, numerology, tarot, superstitions and other forms of divination and fortune telling. I returned to Australia to further my studies of fortune telling, psychic readings and the esoteric arts. I also worked in the leading new age shops in Sydney- Living Energies, Penny Moon and Inner Harmony, to name a few. In 2006 I opened my first shop, The Fortune Teller, in Erskineville, Sydney and in 2010 my second shop, The Fortune Teller in Darlinghurst, Sydney. I also developed, produced and designed many of my own fortune telling gypsy cards that I teach classes and workshops with to help other people open up their psychic powers.

Visit Paris online at this link


Sore Loser

As a youth, I played in a girl's softball league. My Dad, a universally respected bloke, often umpired either behind the plate or at first base.

Janet Softball Pics

Yep, that's he and I in the above pictures (I was an all-star first baseman with a pretty darn good batting average). 

Recently, I was pondering the Tarot cards that has to do with team sports, sore losers and good sportsmanship--especially since our son just finished auditioning for a role in the musical Shrek.

Noah--and, really, the rest of the whole Center for the Performing Arts Musical Theater troupe--are very supportive of one another. They congratulate one another and if one loses a lead role, he or she is just as enthusiastic to play a smaller role.

Noah would love to land the role of Shrek, but if he doesn't...he'd be just as happy playing Lord Farquaad or someone else. 

One of the things my Dad drilled into my brother and I as kids is "Be a good sporstman. ALWAYS." Even when I had my foot run over by a bus and had to sit out a season, my Dad insisted I dress for every game (with crutches!) and shout support to my Greene Mechanical teammates from the dugout. 

It was a valuable lesson, one that's helped me as an adult and an author. 

You cheerlead your colleagues and become genuinely happy for them. 

The key to that, though, is having a strong ego and healthy self-esteem--being confident that you tried your best, and the rest is out of your hands for the most part. And, that if others outshine you (either in reality or in the perception of others), you know it doesn't diminish your efforts or talent.

The Tarot card I associate with team sports and friendly competition is the 5 of Wands. (It's also the "all fun and games until someone loses an eye" card--like when your husband and teen son wrestle in the living room. But that's another post...)

5 of Wands
Universal Waite + Snowland Deck

And the "sore loser" card? Why, that SOB, the 5 of Swords.

5 SW
Universal Waite + Snowland Deck

So who's the "good sportsman" of the Tarot? In my estimation, it's the 4 of Wands. (4 indicating stability, Wands indicating self-esteem/passion/exuberant play/confidence). It's an "we're all in this together" card, one that celebrates the accomplishments and milestones experienced by a team, tribal or family member.

4 wands
Universal Waite + Snowland Deck

 So what about you guys? What lesson did one or both of your parents instill in you that you still carry with you today?

Do you agree about the team sports (5 of Wands), sore loser (5 of Swords) and good sportsman (4 of Wands) associations--or do you have other cards in mind that you feel would fit better?

Would love to hear your thoughts!

-- Janet

P.S. If you don't yet have our Snowland Deck, with art by my husband, Ron, please visit SnowlandDeck.com to snag the only snow-themed deck on the market. (You get a free bag and companion .pdf, too!)