I’ve been reading Tarot for more than thirty years and reading professionally at Seattle’s Edge of the Circle Books for 15 years. My belief is that Tarot is best used for putting you in touch with your own subconscious, allowing you to make healthy decisions that can change your life for the better. My readings tend to be commonsensical, geared toward helping the client deal with in a way that brings a sense of self-empowerment.

In this weekly column, I’ll take you questions and perform a Tarot Reading just for you. You can submit your question using the form below. You can even submit questions anonymously!

This week’s question comes from Anonymous:

“I’ve been with my current partner for a few years. We have a close relationship and have weathered a few ups and downs. Lately, I’ve been thinking about our future and am considering proposing marriage. My relationship history is spotty at best, but this one feels right to me. Is it too soon for me to be thinking about marriage?”

Is jumping the broom jumping the gun? (Jumping the broom is a phrase and custom relating to a wedding ceremony where the couple jumps over a broom.) Well, Anon, that’s a tough decision, but it sounds as if you’ve thought about your relationship and feel comfortable taking this next step. You say you’ve had a somewhat painful past in regards to relationships, and the relationship you’re currently enjoying has come through a few rough times, but I sense that those tough times have only brought you closer together. Let’s take a look at what the Cards have to say.

The spread I’m using this week is a fairly simple Three Card Spread that shows the energies of the following positions: the Past, Present and Future. I’ll be pulling the fourth card for Advice, and as always, I check the card on the bottom of the dealt and cut stack for the “Tone” or “Feel” of the Reading.

A Tarot Reader’s secret: Once in a while, a card will just “fall” out of the deck. Most Readers mark that card as having a message for the Querent. Well, when I shuffled the deck for you, Anon, the card that “fell” out of the deck was the 10 of Cups. This is the quintessential “Happy Ever After” card. This is a card that describes a life with a partner that can reach a level of bliss that is very, very rare. So, I would say right off the bat, that this is a very strong relationship!

Here we go.


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The Tone of the Reading: The Wheel of Fortune.

BIG changes are happening for you, all around you, and they are carrying you to exactly where you need to be. You may sense something that makes you say: “ The time is now!”

Card 1: The Past, 6 of Swords.

The Six of Swords may be saying that in your recent past you had to use a lot of communication to move past difficulties in the relationship: people may have had a difficult time feeling “safe” to communicate what was needed to make the relationship work, to get their needs met, to say what was really on their minds. It seems to me that through communication and careful thinking you two have moved from stormy seas into nice, calm waters. One of the other things you may have had to deal with is logistics. Oftentimes, couples (especially nowadays) may experience problems because one or both work too much, or living arrangements cause difficulties getting together. It looks like all that sort of thing has been worked out, and you can breathe a sigh of relief.

Card 2: The Present, The Magician, Reversed.

On some cards, The Magician bears a Caduceus, signifying that this enigmatic figure is synonymous with none other than Hermes, or Mercury, as he was known by the Ancient Romans.

One of the things Mercury stands for is Communication. And right now, because of the reversed dignity of the card, there may be a tendency to “read between the lines” of what’s being said. Because the Magician also stands for independence, this card, in its present position may simply be saying, “ I don’t want to go it alone.” But, it may also remind us that if we’re not happy with the way we are using our talents, our energy. We alone have the power to change that.

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Card 3: The Future, 2 of Wands.

The world is in the palm of your hand. You can choose the direction you want to go in. You have a firm foundation on which to build. The relationship is solid, it will only get better. This card makes me think that, if you propose, you’ll get a “yes”, but also a long engagement. There are many plans to be made, and I suspect you and your partner will really want to do this right! There’s a sense of equanimity and balance with this card in a love reading. Both of you are on the same page, and that bodes very well for the future.

Advice Card: The Star, Reversed.

The Star is about hope and light at the end of the tunnel. If you’ve had a rough time, things get better with this card. You just have to remember to see that! Keep your chin up, and stay positive. Don’t succumb to doubt or others’ negativity. Don’t listen to naysayers. Quit second-guessing yourself and trust your instincts!

Wrapping It Up

Here’s my advice for you, Anon:

You’ve built something that can really last with your current partner. Though both of you have been hurt in the past, both of you have learned to communicate with each other, and it’s good, really good. Follow your heart, and know that you’re doing things at the perfect time for you.

Go ahead and jump that broom!


Submit your question to Raven now using the form here. Each week, Raven will choose a question and perform a personal Tarot card reading, offering her advice, insight, and wisdom based on what the cards say.