Meet The Mum Who Quit Her Day Job To Become A Tarot Reader

I first met Lauren when we studied literature together at university.

We were both undergrads at the time which meant two things; we knew everything and nothing at all.

There was always something special about Lauren. She was the kind of person you just liked being near. There was something calming and reassuring about her energy. You felt better just by being in-and-around her aura.

Like most people, we lost contact after university. Well, that’s not entirely true – we kept tabs on one another – you know what I’m talking about – liking each other’s Instagram posts, sending emojis and all that stuff. Then we both had babies and got caught up in that new mother world.

Then Lauren kind of … disappeared.

When she finally appeared back on social media she had a brand new little person with her – a daughter. A totally and completely valid excuse for not returning messages, right?

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But that wasn’t the only change. For a long while Lauren had always embraced the mystical side of life. To an outsider it seemed like a a hobby – a few crystals here and there, maybe a bit of a sage smudge on a Saturday afternoon.

But for Lauren it was so much more. Despite being one of the busiest people around, she took time to answer a few questions about she makes it all work, and reveals how all of us have the potential to dip into the mystical side of life.

You studied literature! What got you interested in the mystical side of life?

Funnily enough, most things mystical and esoteric have been a part of my life since I was really young.

My mum was a massive hippie and was into “alternative” things long before they were mainstream. I remember that we used to buy organic fruit and vegetables from this tiny health shop in Bondi. It was the only organic shop around and it was stupidly expensive.

My mum was a single parent but it was important to her, so she always made sure we shopped organic where we could. She took me to Mind, Body Spirit Festival every year, signed me up to yoga when I was eight, took me to Ayurvedic cooking classes when I was nine, and then I did level  one Reiki when I was 16  — but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

It was my normal, but at the same time it was my mum’s stuff, it didn’t really interest me on a personal level until I fell pregnant with my son.

Becoming a mother shifted things for me and I started to return to this foundation that my mother had built for me.

Becoming a mother shifted things for me and I started to return to this foundation that my mother had built for me.

So, what happened when you fell pregnant?

I had chronic anxiety for a long while and I was on medication for it. When I fell pregnant, I didn’t want to continue taking them so I looked for other options. That was when I began to seriously look at meditation for relaxation and healing.

Meditation is amazing! How has it helped you?

Meditation saved me in so many ways and opened up an internal door that really began my spiritual shift. From there, I started my exploration of self. I read spiritual texts and became aware how certain things made me uncomfortable to read about. As if I didn’t want to look directly at it, or more importantly, I didn’t want to look directly at myself.

That sounds intense!

The journey of self-awareness isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. There is a lot of confronting and shedding.

You will uncover things you don’t like about your personality, but you can change them. You will break habits and take them up again. You will make strides of progress and then fall off the horse. It’s an eternal journey – you never get there.

You will uncover things you don’t like about your personality, but you can change them. You will break habits and take them up again. You will make strides of progress and then fall off the horse. It’s an eternal journey – you never get there.

When did you become interested in tarot?

I’d always loved the idea of tarot.

I had bought a deck about five or six years ago but didn’t really know much about it. I would draw a card and look up the meanings but the idea of being able to read tarot properly seemed impossible.

I thought I’d need a degree in tarot to actually get it. After years of dabbling, I bought some really amazing tarot books, my favourites being Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen and 78 Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack. They are deep and complicated books – not to be read from cover to cover, but they showed me another side to tarot.

They triggered my desire to pursue it with purpose. I started reading for myself daily, still looking up meanings, then I started reading for friends, and the more readings I did, the more confident I became. I started using the books less and less, and before I knew it, the symbolism made sense to me, the story arch of tarot made sense to me. It all just clicked.

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What’s the most misconceived idea about tarot?

I think the most misconceived idea about tarot is that you have to be a psychic to be able to read tarot. Everybody can read tarot. I think we all have psychic power we can tap into, even if you’re not “woo woo” at all. Your intuition is psychic power and your gut feelings are readings of energy. We tap into this realm all the time, we don’t think twice about it.

I’m not traditionally psychic however, I do intuitive readings. What that means is I call on my spirit guides before a reading and then I trust the things that pop into my head. I say whatever comes to me, even if it doesn’t make sense to me or if I feel silly saying it.

Why do you like it?

I enjoy tarot for the clarity that it brings. I always say that the cards don’t lie. They call me out on my bullshit. I can lie to myself, but I can’t lie to the cards.

Tarot isn’t fortune telling, it is a tool for clarity and awareness. I love how it helps the people I read for unclutter their situation.

Tarot isn’t fortune telling, it is a tool for clarity and awareness. I love how it helps the people I read for unclutter their situation.

Humans are built to understand through narrative, and the beauty of tarot over other forms of divination, is the story the cards tell.

What has it brought to your life?

I didn’t expect to be a tarot reader, in fact if you had told me that five years ago I would have laughed at the ridiculousness of it. But that’s what’s so great about life. The unexpected twists and turns.

Tarot has changed the way I look at the world. It has changed the way I look at the choices we make in life. It has helped me untangle many complicated emotional webs and it has become a dear friend of mine (that I carry in my handbag).

Ok, what tips do you have for someone interested in tarot?

 

  1. Start with the Rider Waite Smith deck, or something similar. This is the OG tarot deck. It is here that you will learn the most about the symbolism, the narrative, the arch and energy of each card. There are many beautiful decks out there, but they often don’t say much in terms of the imagery. Every card in the RWS is packed with symbolism, you can learn so much from this deck.

 

  1. Don’t be afraid to get it wrong. Hesitation is a big thing that holds new tarot readers back. Trust your gut and just allow. You you let go of the hesitation, amazing things start to happen.

 

  1. Look at some beginner courses to build your confidence and understanding. Biddy Tarot does some great ones!

 

  1. Read, read, read! Just like the answer to “how do I become a writer?” is “write, write, write!”, it’s the same for tarot. Do readings every day. Spend time with your cards, offer readings for your friends and family. If you give your deck love and attention, it will start to reveal itself to you. Carry it in your bag, pull a card when you’re waiting for the train, think of what that card says to you. Pull a card every morning when you wake up and in the evening journal about how that card has impacted your day. There is no right or wrong way to get to know tarot, just open up your heart and mind, take its hand and see where it leads you.

 

You can hit up Lauren for a reading here or follow her on Instagram

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