I’ve been reading Tarot for more than thirty years and reading professionally at Seattle’s Edge of the Circle Books for more than 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 issues and obstacles to wholeness 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 link below. You can even submit questions anonymously!

This week’s question comes from an anonymous reader, who asks:

I am a 15-year-old girl transgender girl who needs a little help with her life right now. I am currently in a very huge dilemma about the direction I need to take with my life and am very scared of what might happen if I make the wrong decision. I have already come out to my family and friends and am being met with wonderful support, but I am posed with a really big obstacle with how my transition will work out. I am currently taking a small dose of estrogen to see how my body will react and so far it is going well, but I am afraid of some complications that my endocrinologist has brought to my attention. I would really appreciate it if you could possibly offer some insight on how I should address this situation, and if it will work itself out in the end.

Hey, Anon! What an incredibly profound journey you’re beginning!

First, I want to make sure that you know that as a Reader, and not a Health Professional, I really don’t feel comfortable giving anyone any sort of medical advice. It’s simply a matter of ethics, and so what this reading will focus on are things to consider on your journey, and ways of coping so that you can have the best experience possible on your personal path of realization.

I did a spread called The Star this week, because it’s quite useful for figuring out what really matters in any given situation, and thus is wonderful for gaining clarity. It’s also a terrific spread for advice, and for sparking new ways to think about questions that we’ve had rolling around in the back of our brains for a while.

Once I’ve shuffled, cut, and laid out the cards, I like to take a look at the card on the bottom of the deck. It gives me a feeling or a tone for the reading.

In this case, the card I pulled is the 5 of Wands, reversed. Basically, all this really means is that you’re dealing with a lot of inner conflict. You may be thinking: I want this, but should I do it? Or should I try a different way?

On to the reading proper.

I pulled six cards for this layout.

Card 1: Present (Where You Are Now); Death

This card can seem very scary until you understand what it’s really talking about: transitions, transformations, and metamorphosis Think of a caterpillar who spins itself into it’s cocoon, and finally after a long, seemingly dormant period, emerges as a beautiful butterfly. You may be casting off a way of life that no longer fits you. In some ways you might be cleaning out your mental closet, reviewing attitudes and thought patterns that no longer work for you, and discarding them; replacing them with new, positive patterns and ways of thinking about yourself. I’d say the Tarot is pretty spot on, here.

Card 2: Advice for the Situation; 9 of Pentacles

One of the messages of this card is that of being self-disciplined, and not going off the deep end. It may be necessary to stick to a certain program or regimen like glue, right now. It may be important to do things step by step and not take shortcuts. This is a great time to focus on refining your self-image in small ways.  Making yourself feel and look your very best is a great way to use the energy of the 9 of Pentacles.

Card 3: The Challenge You Must Face; 10 of Swords, reversed

You know how some folks can drop something really heavy on their foot and then act like it doesn’t hurt, because they keep telling themselves to be tough? Don’t do this! If something hurts, either physically or emotionally, don’t clam up about it. Speak up!

Card 4: Positive Uses of Your Energy At This Time; The Sun

Health, creativity, freedom, and clarity. Anon, your health has to come first. That’s the first thing. Whatever you do, don’t jeopardize your health!

The Sun may also urge you to express your feelings creatively, using whatever media floats your boat. If you wanna try photography or making an independent film or give theatre a try, go for it! Be positive and enjoy your life. You’re only young once.

Card 5: More Positive Actions; 10 of Wands, reversed

This card may be warning you to be careful about letting things get out of hand before you deal with them. Sort of like when you let your homework pile up until you have a mountain of it to do, and by then it’s too late. Try not to spread yourself too thinly. How much do you really need on your plate? Let others carry their own burdens for just a little while.

Card 6: The Crucial Insight; 2 of Wands

A great foundation for the future. So, here’s the main thing to consider, Anon: you’re in a great place to plan, but you can’t act on everything you want to do just yet. But, this is a great place to be because you can take your time and really figure out all of the details before you commit to any plan of action—which means you’ll have a better experience over all.

Wrapping it Up

Anon, you are a brave and beautiful soul. Your clear vision of yourself in your future is worth taking the time to plan carefully for, so that you may realize your dreams in the healthiest, happiest way possible.

Let yourself shine!

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.