Interviews, Tarot

Men in Tarot.

Hi again dear readers, I’ve been postponing this post for a while, actually for no good reason besides I didn’t find the moment to post it. Well, I guess I was missing a guest and I found him so, now, let me introduce you “Men in Tarot”.

I’ve found that, mistakenly, divination, healing and this kind of “stuff” is usually considered to be something quite womanly, you know: Feminine intuition and all that. However, this is an each time less extended misconception, our guys are pretty cool and they have a lot to say! So here we go…

Getting to know our Men in Tarot.

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Knights and Kings from Bohemian Gothic Tarot by Baba Studios.

Mr. Steve Wilkes is… Actually I don’t quite know how to describe him! He’s a man who does a lot of very cool stuff, he’s a healer, a writer, an entrepreneur, a diviner, a traveler, one of those people who seem to have everything figured out and wants to share it with the world! He definitely has a few things to say. Give a look to his latest project!

Q – How did you get into divination?

S.W. – I was having a number of Spiritual experiences in my mid 30s and I started attending Mediumship classes, classes in Magic and Clairvoyance in New Zealand.

Q – What is intuition for you?

S.W. – Intuition is the raw material of the psychic, the energy of connection with all that there is!

Q – To what extent do you consider intuition important within a reading?

S.W. – Given number 2 above I’d say that it’s central!

Q – How do you believe Tarot works?

S.W. – Tarot is a collection of sacred and developmental symbols which work with the mind and the spirit to indicate growth. Working with Tarot causes the individual to summon the natural mirror of the Spirit and the Universe to interpret personal and spiritual growth.

Q – There are people who think in divination as a feminine occupation, particularly those who see intuition as an inherently feminine trait. As a man, has it affected you in any way? 

S.W. – Yes I do believe that intuition is a feminine energy, it’s receptive, I’m made up of both masculine and feminine energies, I’ve never had a problem with that idea.

Q – Tell us a little about the role of Tarot in your life.

S.W. – Tarot for me is a set of magical tools in my magical arsenal. I’ve never really used it as a tool of Divination, I save it for magic and meditation.

As you may have noticed, Mr. Wilkes is quite concise in his words yet they have a lot of content. He’s as well the author of Imogen the Dreamer.

Next one in the line is the awesome Lucky Lynx from Conjure Hope. He’s the creator of Lucky Lynx oracle which by the way is great, along with a few oracle cards and a new waterproof Lenormand deck that would survive any tea party. He’s a very funny man with very clear ideas. He’s always willing to tell the truth and does have a great sense of humor. 

Q – How did you get into divination?

L.L. – I wanted a deeper understanding. I started looking for it first in literature and old fairytales. Divination contained the same archetypes that those old stories did and it proved to be more honest than most of the humans I’d met who’d set themselves up as spiritual, educational and philosophical authorities. Those people seemed more interested in their own need to be seen as authorities than in asking the important questions in life such as: Why are we here? What can we do to make a difference? Why do we suffer? Why are most humans miserable but won’t acknowledge it? Why do we die and what lies beyond death? Why are people lonely? How do you find purpose? How does the mind work? Why do we feel? What is love and hate? What are the people who are ruling over us really doing?

Q – What is intuition for you?

L.L. – If the mind were an iceberg and the critical mind were the part above water, intuition would be all that stuff below the water.

Q – To what extent do you consider intuition important within a reading?

L.L. – I think this question is based on some strange argument out there which seems to center around whether or not a person should use their  intuition when divining. Why would you do anything in your life without using your intuition?

Q – How do you believe Tarot works?

L.L. – There’s a demon in the deck that speaks to you and gives you information.  Everyone I’ve ever met whose really good at reading tarot knows instinctively how to talk to the demon whether they realize it or not. Everyone I’ve ever met who can’t read the Tarot is too much in their own way to connect with the demon. People come up with all sorts of theories, but if you take to that deck and ask it what’s in it, that being in the deck will tell you.

Q – There are people who think in divination as a feminine occupation, particularly those who see intuition as an inherently feminine trait. As a man, has it affected you in any way? 

L.L – Not really.  I ascribe to the old proverb which says: “Those who say it can’t be done shouldn’t interrupt those who are doing it.”

Q – Tell us a little about the role of Tarot in your life.

L.L. – It’s just a tool. People spend so much time making it the be-all, end-all of everything: the great mystical answer to life; the secret of secrets.  They even divide it into the ‘Major Secrets’ and the ‘Minor Secrets’. There’s no secret about it.  People do all that so they feel better about themselves. So they can feel strong on other people who don’t know the great ‘secrets’.  It’s just cardboard with some symbols on it. I use it to diagram things.

Yes it’s useful and it can show you the past present and future, but if you don’t really understand why and how those cards fall into just the right pattern to reflect all of that, or how you might change those patterns once you see them, then you’re still pretty much in the dark.

I use it as a way to ask the questions most people are afraid to ask.  But as for what to do with those answers once I get them… I guess that’s where the real fun begins.  And that’s a whole other set of tools.

Ladies and gentlemen, that was Mr. Lucky Lynx speaking! If you want to hear more about him you can check his Facebook page, with lots of tarot and cartomancy videos. And you can get one of his readings or his fabulous oracles here.

 

Our third guest is Mr. James Bulls, author of Left Hand Tarot, a blog truly worth reading. He’s a witty man who knows what he’s doing! Personally I love the lack of woo-woo in his performance as a reader and he does an amazing job. He has a very honest and to the point style and why not saying, he has a sexy voice which is a plus when it comes to getting a reading, isn’t it? With you all: James Bulls!

Q – How did you get into divination?

J.B. – This is a funny story! When I was 13 or 14, one of my friends gave me a Tarot deck as a birthday present. That particular deck is long gone and probably in a landfill somewhere in Indiana, but it was the gateway drug that I never did quit. Years after I had started into Tarot, I heard that same old story that everybody eventually hears: “You can’t buy your first Tarot deck – it has to be given to you!” This is funny to me because I happen to think that myth is nonsense, but the person who gave me my first deck has himself zero interest in Tarot. I can truthfully claim that my very first Tarot deck was given to me – which I suppose is probably a rare occurrence?  – but I myself place no value in the myth that you can’t buy your first deck. How’s that for divine humor? So many Tarot readers who value this contrived bit of history and don’t have it, but I have it and don’t care about it. Ha!

Q – What is intuition for you?

J.B. – I don’t consider myself intuitive, so this is actually a rather difficult question to answer, but that doesn’t mean I reject intuition. Instead, I consider intuition to be a potentially useful enemy. I say potentially useful because – if properly discerned and appropriately followed – it can connect many dots that you didn’t even know were there. But I call it an enemy because intuition is – at least for me – notoriously fickle and subject to my mood and cognitive bias. For those reasons, I prefer an analytical approach to the Tarot and – as much as possible – I let the cards tell the fortune.

Q – To what extent do you consider intuition important within a reading?

J.B. – Generally speaking, I think that intuition is of little importance in a reading. I’m a systematic, analytical reader, which means that when I say I’m a Tarot reader, that’s exactly what I am: I read the cards. I like to think about the question for the reading while I shuffle the cards because I like to believe that by doing so I can insert the question into the cards, but ultimately I would have to say that I embrace the magic of chaos. In that sense, I look at a deck of Tarot cards as a chaos computer: I input variables, push “Enter,” and then read the output provided. I accept intuitive, free-form interpretation of the cards as a valid approach to divination and fortune-telling, but it’s not an approach that works well for me. For reasons that I’ve already discussed, I prefer a complex, analytical system of divination. It’s not right for everybody, but it’s right for me.

Q – How do you believe Tarot works?

J.B. – I’m of three minds on this issue. My first mind is that I honestly don’t know, and I don’t care to know. It’s mysterious, and I don’t think it’s necessary for me to know how the Tarot works in order to make use of it. Hell, I don’t even really know how my microwave works, but I still use it on a daily basis. My second mind is that Tarot is chaos magic: by shuffling the cards with focused intention, I hypothesize that the cards fall into order in such a way that they’re relevant to the person who asked the question in that time and place. I accept that Tarot taps into greater magic and makes use of dark, occult forces to perform the tasks given to it. And my third mind is that Tarot works because I’m an entertainer and my audience chooses to believe. I think that I’m a performer, and it’s my job to use every tool available to me to enhance the audience’s experience, including cold reading; high-probability guesses; the Forer effect; the rainbow ruse; and other tricks typically reserved for mentalists and magicians. Some folks reading this will be repulsed, but to them I would say that I’m completely honest about who and what I am: my services are clearly labeled for entertainment only, and anyway, whoever said that nothing useful ever came from entertainment?

Q – There are people who think of divination as a feminine occupation, particularly those who see intuition as an inherently feminine trait. As a man, has it affected you in any way?

J.B. – Ah, that old sexist trope. This myth will never disappear until the occult traditions which frequently inform Tarot break away from binary gender roles about receptive vaginas and expressive penises. As a man, this has affected me in face to face meetings, but strangely not in online meetings. I live in a relatively small city of about 75,000 residents. There are a handful of other operators here, and all six of them are women. Nobody has said so to my face, but in this particular industry women prefer to do business with women. Going to a fortune-teller can be intimidating, and I’m aware that the client can feel like he or she is being stripped naked in front of the reader. Because a Tarot reading can be intimidating for the client in the best of circumstances, and because no woman wants to feel naked and exposed in front of a strange man, this has definitely had a negative impact on my business. Nobody’s ever told me that I’m doing a woman’s job – I think at this point it’s broadly accepted that both men and women can tell fortunes equally well – but there’s such a strong interpersonal element to a Tarot reading that gender-based obstacles can’t be ignored. I think that this is one of the reasons why my online work has almost entirely replaced my in-person work, because there’s a barrier of separation between myself and the client. Or said simply, the client feels less vulnerable and exposed. As a male Tarot reader when reading for female clients, I have to be cognizant of what I say, how I say it, how much eye contact I make, my physical proximity and body language, and the way I dress. All of these things contribute to how much a female client may feel uneasy at my Tarot table, but then, I think that’s true in all interactions between myself and women: if I’m not aware of how I affect her, then I’ll end every conversation before it ever begins.

Q – Tell us a little about the role of Tarot in your life.

J.B. – Believe it or not, but I don’t read my own cards very often. For me, Tarot is mostly an internal practice. I keep the entire deck of cards and all the interlocking teeth of their cogs spinning in my head all the time. When I have a problem, I use the Tarot as a tool to identify what’s happening in a situation. If I can identify friendship and opposition and how somebody or something is functioning, then I can identify how to join, support, divert, or destroy their influence. I don’t shuffle and lay down physical cards on a regular basis, but in my the cards are always moving.

If you want to see more about James Bulls (what I highly recommend!), you can give a look to his YouTube channel!

Mr. Sebastian Âkesson is Father of Wands and he does have the most shooting energy around himself! He offers a very soft yet straightforward reading style and he’s a delight to deal with.

Q – How did you get into divination?

S.A. – As a young child I was always fascinated by the magic that surrounds us and as I grew up I lost sight of that and parts of myself. It took me getting lost along my Path in order to fully rediscover that magic is all around us  and with it came a strong desire and curiosity to delve into all things occult.

Q – What is intuition for you?

S.A. – Intuition to me is listening to your inner voice and gut feeling, it’s moving away from conscious reasoning and logic and fully trusting the age old wisdom we all carry within.

Q – To what extent do you consider intuition important within a reading?

S.A. – It’s one of the most important aspects of a reading, the cards is a channel for Spirit to communicate with you and the querent and the only way to truly understand Spirit is through the sense of intuition.

Q – How do you believe Tarot works?

S.A. – I believe it’s a mirror for our collective and personal subconscious energies, it’s a channel for our higher self to communicate with us. Rationally it’s cards with subconscious energies distilled into symbols and images. Symbols and images have always been our way of translating that which we don’t fully understand or can entirely comprehend into some kind of common denominator. The images contain something more than words can describe, their meaning meant for intuition to decipher.

Q – There are people who think in divination as a feminine occupation, particularly those who see intuition as an inherently feminine trait. As a man, has it affected you in any way?

S.A. – People are often surprised that I read tarot cards, most people are intrigued, others think it’s all mumbo-jumbo. Mostly I think I’ve had positive reactions and people find it refreshing to see a man engaging in an occupation traditionally practised by women.

Q – Tell us a little about the role of Tarot in your life.

S.A. – Tarot has become an integral part of my daily life and I love looking to the cards for advice and read all I can about their meanings and deeper layers. It’s also become a very important way of helping people, of opening up conversations you may not otherwise have had and the tarot is a beautiful companion on anyone’s way toward self discovery.

@fatherofwands is pretty active on Instagram, you can see more of his work right there!

And last but not least, Mr. George Taylor, admin of the well known Phuture.Me and now working on the development of Psychics.DirectoryHe’s a reader who doesn’t use physical cards and a Tarot businessman. Let’s see what he has to say!

Q – How did you get into divination?

G.T. – Male and Tarot reading is unusual, I think, because it deals with feelings and relationships which isn’t really something men pay much attention to. Hence the imbalance to females and gay men.

I got into divination through water divination on my fathers farm as a boy. I could do it, it came naturally to me, but no one else in the family could do it. I was also very “psychic” as a child. Some kids are. 2 of my 6 kids have shown great ability. There’s stories from my childhood about me spooking my parents and others.

Tarot came about in 1993 a few months after my first marriage which was going badly from the start. My ex-wife took me to a tarot reader in Edinburgh and it really cheered me up. When I finally did put an end to the marriage I immediately went looking for another tarot reading as I needed the same level of comfort and peace of mind I’d gotten before. The women I went to see told me that I didn’t need her that I should get my own deck of cards and do it myself. So I did.

Q – What is intuition for you?

G.T. – Intuition to me is the truth that comes from the realm of the one life. Some call it God, others call it life eternal, it is pure consciousness without form.

Q – To what extent do you consider intuition important within a reading?

G.T. – It’s not a reading without intuition. Anyone can read cards. Not everyone is finely tuned into their intuition.

Q – How do you believe Tarot works?

G.T. – Being present by calming the mind, meditating or even while we sleep brings about this font of wisdom and insight.I very occasionally have extremely lucid dreams which are deeply profound and prophetic. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes extremely moving. Tarot just taps into this without having to meditate or sleep and dream.

Q – There are people who think in divination as a feminine occupation, particularly those who see intuition as an inherently feminine trait. As a man, has it affected you in any way?

G.T. – The perception of being feminine only is a generalisation brought about by a crude statistical observation. Tarot is a tool that any human can use. Intuition is something we all have but few tap into or acknowledge.

Q – Tell us a little about the role of Tarot in your life.

G.T. – Tarot chose me. I didn’t really chose Tarot. I’ve tried to leave it as a hobby but it’s placed itself foremost in my professional life.

That was George Taylor! The man who has made computer generated readings a serious thing! 


My dear readers, this interview has met its end! I hope you have really enjoyed our Men in Tarot. Views? Something you would like to share? Please, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.
Have a lovely day! 
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