Below are some (very) brief descriptions of the types of services I currently offer if you are unfamiliar and need help desciding which will best suit your needs. Details on the services themselves can be found on each of their pages.
You can, as always, reach out with any questions you may have.
The tarot is traditionally a system of 78 cards that can primarily be traced back to playing cards used around Europe during the 15th century. Originally these cards were not used for divination, but there may have been some hidden meanings included in their imagery that was intended to be kept from the eyes of the church. Over the centuries, occultists and magicians have incorporated a number of other magical systems into them, including astrology, numerology, alchemy, and kabbalah, and have found the tarot is myseriously quite amazing at capturing the intersection of them all.
Enormous, scholarly volumes have been written on the history of tarot alone, and even most how-to tarot books cover at least a chapter on the subject, so I am not going to go into great detail here. If you do want to know more, a great place to start is with the works of Robert M. Place. He has written some of those aforementioned enormous, scholarly volumes, and I highly recommend them.
Today tarot cards are used in many ways, not only to play card games. Divination, fortune-telling, and as a psychological tool for self-reflection and exploration are the most common uses you will find. Additionally, people have continued to associate more and more with the cards, assigning to them different associations ranging from crystals, animals, colors, chakras, and more. We are currently living through an unprecidented popularity in tarot, and new decks with new themes and correspondences are coming out literally every day it seems like. (For better or worse, but that's a whole other conversation.)
How do they work? There are as many aswers to that question as there are people who read the cards, ranging from the magical and mysterious, to the scientific and psychological. Some believe they tap into messages from God/Universe/Spirit/guides etc., others believe they serve as a bridge to our unconscious that allows us to examine what otherwise would lay hidden beneath the surface. It is for each of us to decide for ourselves. Or don't -- they will work regardless!
It's no secret, tarot is my favorite form of divination. It is where I began my journey down this path, and where I always feel at home.
At its most basic, astrology is a method of mapping the sky with roots we can trace back more than 4,000 years to the people of Mesopotamia. Ancient people, who began studying the movements of the stars and assigned them these constellations we know as the zodiac, began to notice correlations between the locations of these heavily bodies in the sky and the personality traits of those born beneath them. Some even began to make predictions based on the locations of the planets and stars.
Today you'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't know something about astrology. Although unfortunately that something is usually just their own sun sign, disasterously generalized horoscopes in the newspaper, and a few wrong ideas about astrology actually is.
First of all, we are more than just our sun signs. The moment we are born the exact position of the bodies in the sky above use form a kind of instruction manual, or some might call it a promise--perhaps it is our promise, our potential. This is the first step at using astrology in our lives. We can use a natal chart (the map of the sky at the exact moment we are born) to explore the depths of our own persona, look at our strengths, investigate our weaknesses, be made aware of our blind spots.
A number of other charts can be generated for any time or date of the year. One particularly useful chart is a return chart. The most common of these is the solar return, a snapshot of the sky on our birthdays that we can use as navigate the year. Other returns can be examined as well, such as Venus return, or the infamous Saturn return.
When we begin a relationship with another person (romantic, platonic, professional, etc) a synastry chart can be generated to look at how the aspects of each person's chart will interact with those of the other's.
Some astrologers also use a composite chart that looks at the midpoints between two people's points of interest in their charts to see how they might be "as a unit" or where they might come together as a team or couple. I don't use this chart myself as I don't really think it is that reliable or accurate (do any two people in a relationship ever actually meet in the middle on everything?).
There are many other kinds of charts that can be created as well. If you're moving you can look at a relocation chart. If you're wondering how a particular or special day might go you can look at an event chart. Or if you're trying to divine an answer to a particular question you can pull up a horary chart.
Currently I offer Natal (Birth) Charts, Solar Return Charts, and Synastry Charts, and an interpretive report based on each. For more specific information see each product page, or reach out to me with any questions you have.
Sortilege is a kind of catchall term for the various forms of casting lots and the many items that can be used--beans, bones, sticks, charms, crystals... really anything you can throw out a handful of and interpret the results can be placed under this category. (Technically tarot and other forms of cartomancy could be as well.)
Currently I offer planetary lithomancy and charm casting as two sortilege services. These two services are very similar, but differ primarily in the flexibility of the systems and how each is interpreted. Using planetary lithomancy, a set of crystals with planetary associations are cast over a predetermined space. This space (typically a cloth or a mat) is viewed through an imagined overlay of the astrological houses, and from there an oracular interpretation is made.
Charm casting is similar in execution, but viewed through a slightly different lens, and with much looser "rules." First, the charms may not always begin with a set "meaning," instead taking on a meaning when they're interpreted with where they land and what is around them. Though, they can be read with predetermined ideas of what they could be, or archetypes related to them.
Also, rather than always casting charms over the astrological houses, they're tossed out over a mat or cloth that can have really anything (or nothing) associated with its different areas. This could include the astrological houses, as with the crystals, but it could just as easily be divided up in any number of ways. Some popular methods involve interpreting where the charms land based on proximity to each other, the person reading the charms, the person seeking the service; if they are close to the edge of the mat or nearer the center; dividing the mat into specific areas that represent commonly asked about areas of life such as health, love, career; etc. The possibilities are only limited by ones imagination.
A sortilege service tends to be most beneficial when you don't come to the table with a specific quesiton, as you might with tarot, but rather when you approach with an openness of mind, and a willingness to explore whatever messages may come out of it.