I am the embodiment of all things we have come to call "feminine..." moon-kissed and sea-washed; a mermaid of the deep waters. I channel this energy to the world, and to those who can receive it. Here are some of its qualities:
Gentle Truthful Deep Trusting Sensitive Divinitory Prophetic Perceptive Vulnerable Magical Sensual Compassionate Loving Supportive Cooperative Connecting Nurturing Muse-ical Poetic Artistic Tender Witchy Sweet Enchanting Heartful Romantic Psychic Intuitive Fine-tuned Faery-like Idealistic Innocent Childlike Egalitarian Open Magnetic Pulling Creative
MY DEVOTION: In this lifetime and in many others I have been trained as a Priestess. My devotion is to the Goddess, particularly in Her expressions as Muse, Lover, and Faery Queen. I call Her Aphrodite, Mnemosyne, (nem-AH-sinee), Hecate, Ainne (aunya), Sarasvati, Voc, Gaiea, Ariadne, Oshun, Spider Woman, Isis, Yemayah, Kwan Yin, Sh'khinah... and by many other sacred Names...
THE REAL THING: Part of a priestess' duties has always been to serve as oracle and provide insightful counsel to those seeking spiritual guidance. What wonderful times we live in, when these skills are becoming widely available once again. Unfortunately, not all advertised readers are trustworthy or coming from loving motives. There is opportunism and abuse in the psychic gold rush and seekers can be challenged in their search for the "real thing." True readers too are challenged by the false expectations and misunderstandings perpetrated by corrupt marketeering. How can you tell if those you contact are sincere? See my article "AM I A REAL PSYCHIC?" for some guidelines. Also see tips from Hannah, Psychic Consultant of J&D Visions, Inc., at this link:
MY READING STYLE is interactive and conversational, and I
welcome your input and information. The more you can open your heart
and share your truth with me, the better my readings will be. I take
my cues from you, and your requests and signals evoke my response.
All readings are confidential, and your privacy is honored. I seek
always to be loving, compassionate, and non-judgmental; to respect
each client's point of view... yet to be honest too, and say what I
see. If I see positive potential or outcomes, I can celebrate these
and look for cards that point the way to helping them along. If I
see difficulties or negative potentials, I can look for cards that
indicate causes, preventatives and solutions. Ask me for what you
want, tell me what you need, and know I will do my best to create safe and
sacred space for your reading experience.
THE WAY I WORK: For the most part when I offer readings online, or by phone, I work informally with the cards, simply stirring them, concentrating, praying for divine guidance; turning them over in synch with our conversation and questions. If you come to me in person at Gateways bookstore, I will ask you to choose the cards in a similar manner. This style works well for brief readings and is the only kind I offer at the bookstore. I can however, offer more formal readings online or by phone, using a variety of layouts, if you wish.
LAYOUTS: A layout is a pre-designed pattern of positions for the cards; each one named for a topic such as Livlihood, Relationships, Health, and so on. I and some of my friends have created a number of layouts over the years, designed to address particular subjects. Some of these are: Aphrodite's Layout, A Couple's Chakra Layout, The Labyrinth Layout, Hecate's Underground Yoni Layout (with the help of Shu Nah Si Rose), and the Tree of Life Layout by Ondine Webb de Mer. The layout I use most frequently is my Tarot Wheel; a circular pattern composed of 13 positions: Self, Relationships, Environment, Immediate Past, Immediate Future, Health, Livlihood, Background, the Wild Card, Spirituality, Change, the Wish Card, and the Outcome. Readings that use layouts usually take more time than informal readings, and are great for more extensive, inquiries.
TAROT BACKGROUND AND TRAINING: I have been reading the tarot professionally since my 30s... over thirty years. My relationship with the tarot began during the 1960s when I was living in Los Angeles, California, and studying a variety of esoterica. At that time I attended tarot classes at The Builders of the Adytum in Pasadena, a school of Hermetic teachings, and offspring of The Order of the Golden Dawn. I was most fortunate to have the great Ann Davies as my teacher there. Ann has now passed to the spirit realm. In addition I studied many tarot writings on my own including those of A.E. Waite, Mouni Sadhu, Baron Rackozi, Manly P. Hall, Aleister Crowley and Paul Case. Later, in my feminist studies I found insight in the works of Vicki Noble (Motherpeace Deck), Barbara.G.Walker (The Secrets of the Tarot), Sally Gearhart and Susan Rennie (A Feminist Tarot). Tarot studies never end, and I am currently finding wisdom and inspiration in The Faeries' Oracle by Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth, Tarot of the Spirit by Pamela Eakins, The Inner Child Cards by Lerner and Lerner, The Mythic Tarot by Sharman-Burke and Green, Flash Silvermoon's The Wisewoman's Tarot, and many others.
I also took the B.O.T.A. tarot correspondence course, working with the deck created by Paul Case. Students of these teachings are instructed to color a black and white version of the deck; a wonderful experience that taught me so much. As my primary path has always been musical, I was inspired at that time to begin writing tarot songs. I also mused that some day I would like to make my own tarot deck, and that I would want it to be round.
The first tarot song I wrote was for the High Priestess card:
You stand alone inside
Don't fear the Dark
She comes to you, she
takes your hand
For silver moons adorn
Don't fear the Dark
SYNCHRONICITY: A reading works by synchronicity or the connection between concurrent events. The experienced reader develops that sixth sense that intuits the connections between your situation and questions, the cards that appear, and her own inner voice. There also seems to be a kind of synchronicity about when and where a reading occurs, and who the reader and readee will be. Readings happen in Goddess time, and the seeker and reader connect as if it were meant to be. When a reading works there is a destiny involved; you have made a connection specific to who you are and what you seek. One readers' approach may not work for you, while another's will.
CONNECTIONS: By the same token a reader's client comes to her in synch with the energies between them, with the moment in time and space, with the subject of the reading, and sometimes with her own issues. I have come to see that the occurrence of any reading has a magic about it. Clients who appear have a special connection with my spirit, and I with theirs. We have been brought together for reasons specific to us. This doesn't mean that the reader that didn't connect for you is necessarily "bad" or "wrong." It could be that it just wasn't the appropriate connection, or time, or place for you and them to interact in a reading. Seek for the reading and reader that are right for you.
HISTORY: Divination is a right brain function, and priestesses have always been oracles. In ancient times it was commonplace to seek oracular assistance, and practitioners of divination were sought by folks in all walks of life, from the most humble to the most powerful members of society. Later periods of history brought rationalism, science, and left brain thinking; and practices like tarot, astrology and palmistry fell into disrepute. They never completely disappeared though, surfacing for a time at carnivals and fortune-tellers' booths, with an aura of the "weird," the "intriguing," and the "sensational."
AND TODAY: It's interesting that now in our present time oracles are gaining credibility and are widely sought once again. As humanity evolves a marriage is occurring between the practical and the mystical, the psychic and the intellectual, the magical and the mundane. In times of crisis rational solutions alone may not satisfy the needs of the soul. Right and left brain are needed together, and often it is the divination process that catalyzes this joining.
Tarot has become intrinsic to my spiritual path. It
never ceases to teach me, to guide me, and to inspire me. I love the
cards, and dearly love to share their magic. I pray that you, the
seeker, will find our readings helpful, illuminating and
empowering... that in our sessions you will feel supported,
trusting, and embraced by the Goddess.
PLEASE NOTE: Shekhinah reads for folks age 18 and up, and of every gender. These readings are not intended to replace professional services in legal, psychological, educational, spiritual, financial, medical, or any other fields. She welcomes seekers of every sexual orientation, religion, race, class, nationality and background; provided they come with respect and honor.