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’m a 36-year-old living on Capitol Hill. I am an artist, and I’ve been rather successful with my work. However, things have recently crawled to a halt, and opportunities seem to be drying up. I’m not even sure if I should stay in Seattle anymore, and what’s worse, I don’t know where I’d go if I left. I’m just so pessimistic about what’s been happening to our community, and my career, and I’m unsure of my place here anymore. Help?

Hey Anon! I hear you, and sadly, Anon, many of my friends, clients, and neighbors are all concerned about the situation you’re speaking of.

Our community has been absolutely decimated by Corporate Colonization, and many artists, musicians, the LGBTQ community and all the other creative types are being displaced from their homes, as Capitol Hill becomes both unfriendly and even hostile to those of us that once called it a sanctuary. With greedy landlords tripling the rent, and out-of-state developers voraciously devouring everything in sight, Capitol Hill is no longer a refuge for the artists and those who fit nowhere else. It’s heartbreaking.

Many folks are considering leaving Seattle, even going so far as to leave Washington State, in a search for places to live that are affordable because it’s difficult to create works of art or music or write that novel if you spend every waking moment working to pay rental costs that eat up to 70-80% of your income.

I did a slightly different spread this week, because your query is a bit more complex. This spread is called The Star. It may be useful for helping you to figure out what really matters in this situation, and thus is wonderful for gaining clarity. It’s also a fantastic spread for advice, and for sparking new ways to think about questions that we’ve been cogitating on for a good long time.

Let’s see what the Cards have to say.

For newcomers, 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, you’ve got The Empress, Reversed. When you receive this card in a spread, it’s a sure sign that you aren’t feeling nurtured by your environment: your apartment, your neighborhood, even the emotional environment you find yourself in may sap your energy and creativity, rather than nourishing it. The Empress reversed may be saying to you: It’s time to take care of yourself, first! You need a refuge; a home to feel safe and grounded in, rather than just having “crash space”. You need security and safety, and peace of mind.”

On to the reading proper.

I pulled six cards for this layout.




Card 1: Present (Where You Are Now); The Magician.

Will, Individuality, Communication, Independence, Talent.

The Magician marks you out as someone who walks to the rhythm of your own drummer. You’re first-class at what you do, and you have an individual approach that makes your work stand out. You may not relish working for anyone else, you prefer to work for yourself. Your ability to communicate is also an important facet of your work, and writing, visual communications, Indie Filmmaking, and any other form of art may allow you to shine in excellence.

Card 2: Advice for the Situation; Temperance, Reversed.

Too much of one thing, not enough of another. Not a good fit. My way, or the Highway. No compromise. Extremes.

Anon, have you considered that sometimes in life, compromise is not a good idea? With Temperance reversed as an advice card, it may be time to refuse to settle for what you don’t want, or things that you know don’t work for you when it comes to your career and your home. It’s time to get clear on what your requirements are for a happy, creative life are, and use that knowledge as a touchstone when determining whether you’d prefer to move, or where to move to. Make sure that all of the elements you need to make your life and career fulfilling are present before making a decision. The key here is to find the situation that gives you all of what you need, not just part of it.

Card 3: The Challenge You Must Face; Three of Pentacles, Reversed

Need to upgrade one’s workmanship. Not enough growth. Feeling mediocre, whether true or not. Conversely, too much of a perfectionist. Lack of motivation, no creative team or group.

Sometimes, Anon, even when we’ve been successful in our work, we can begin to feel as if we’re creative impostors, or “wannabes,” when our careers go into even a temporary slump. We see that we’re at a standstill, or even worse, going backwards, and we may be consumed with the thought, “Why isn’t my work good enough?” Be careful not to get caught up in a wave of crippling perfectionism, to the extent that it makes you question the skill and talent that was serving you so well, just because things have slowed down for you. Hold on to your faith in your own abilities. Polishing your work is one thing, but don’t overdo!



Card 4: Positive Uses of Your Energy At This Time; 7 of Pentacles.

Taking stock, assessing. Pausing to reflect. Continuing to nourish the new plans and new projects you’ve dreamed up. Your seeds are planted, but you can’t harvest anything yet!

This is a great time for you to review your ideas for what to do in the future. You may have been slowly bringing a project or a new beginning into being, and what’s needed here is patience and a certain stoicism to bring it to fruition. Your garden won’t grow any faster if you start yanking on the plants before they’re ready to harvest. Don’t panic: slow and steady wins the race.

Card 5: More Positive Actions; 7 of Wands, Reversed

Tired of struggle. I don’t want to fight anymore. Quit beating your head against a brick wall. Need to stand up for your inner truth, and what is right for you.

I’m willing to bet that you’re feeling tired of the struggle to maintain your status quo, in terms of your career, and your home, and possibly even living in Seattle. It might seem like too much work required, when there seems to be no forward momentum is likely.

Figure out what you’re willing to fight for. And figure out if you might be making your life harder than it needs to be. Life doesn’t have to be a constant battle. Try to pick those battles more carefully.

Card 6: The Crucial Insight; Ace of Cups, Reversed

Falling out of love. Unrequited love. Lack of Spiritual energy, or feeling like Spiritual energy has not been returned. No new beginnings, no new growth. Stagnation. Disillusioned.

The Crucial Insight card may help you get to the heart of the matter, and may also reveal what the most important factor is to consider at this time.

Many times, when the Ace of Cups falls reversed in a spread, It’s pointing out that we’re really in need of a spiritual, creative re-charge. You may be feeling disillusioned, burnt out, disappointed, and to add insult to injury, you feel that you’ve put all this energy and love into your career, your art and Seattle– and that energy isn’t being returned. You could feel that you’ve lost your connection with the city, or just fell out of love with it.

If this is the case, maybe ask yourself what new things do you need to “birth” into being? What do you need to fill the void?

Wrapping it Up

In the end, Anon, It’s your choice whether to stay in Seattle or not. What may help you make a decision is staying focused on the life you want to build for yourself. What life do you really want to live? What places are more conducive to you reaching your goals? What do you most need in your life to be fulfilled and happy?

That’s where you’ll find answers.

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.