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The Raven Himself is Hoarse

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I'm doing a rather brisk business in tarot readings and counseling of late. Not complaining, you understand. I love reading cards and have been doing it since I was about 12. There are few things more satisfying than offering a client a different way of viewing a situation through the lens of these colorful tools.

For many months now, there are cards that regularly show up for everyone. I'm tempted sometimes to take them out of the deck and try a reading that way but I suspect other cards would join together to give the same reading.  As they do.

Sometimes those cards are specific to the client sitting across from me but often they fall into the category of "zeitgeist."  They inform other parts of the reading but they are basically setting the stage for a life, a vision, a path.

In addition to these doom-and-gloom cards, there are a fair number of people who are looking to deepen their personal spiritual connection. Because of who I am and where I live, I get a fair number of Christian clients and I am always careful to encourage them to dig deeply into their own rich tradition.

Heaven knows, I also encourage that amongst the Pagan and New Age folks who are looking for clarity and guidance.  It is so tempting to take the smorgasbord approach to spirituality here in the good old USA--to pick and choose what seems cool or sexy or simply different. I can't help thinking that most lovingly-held spiritual paths will get you to the same rich place, if only we'd stick with them, actually practice them and take the time to study and dig deeply.

Once we get past the general chaos that is our modern world, and account for adding in some daily practice and self-care, most of my clients simply want to be heard, to be told that they have a chance at making a life of meaning and joy.  

Sometimes I can help them with a path or process. Sometimes I can offer a new way of looking at an old issue. But often these days I am offering them some sort of comfort that they are not alone in the confusion of these times.

And that, indeed, seems to help.

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H. Byron Ballard is a ritualist, teacher, speaker and writer. She has taught at Sacred Space Conference, Pagan Unity Festival, Southeast Her essays are featured in several anthologies, including “Birthed from Scorched Hearts“ (Fulcrum Press), “Christmas Presence“ (Catawba Press), “Women’s Voices in Magic” (Megalithica Books), “Into the Great Below” and “Skalded Apples” (both from Asphodel Press.) Her book Staubs and Ditchwater: an Introduction to Hillfolks Hoodoo (Silver Rings Press) debuted in June 2012. Byron is currently at work on Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet. Contact her at,


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