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Kathleen Meadows

Confessions of a woman-centred psychic reader

March 24, 2006 | Comment icon 0 comments
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I am a self defined “woman-centered” Tarot reader (Certified Tarot Grand Master and Psychic) living in the Kitchener-Waterloo area of southern Ontario. I read in tea rooms, women’s shows, privately and online ( Like everywhere else you find readers, most of the diviners offering Tarot readings online are women! This fact of life has enticed me for years. I’ve observed it in person and now with the advent of online readers, I have absolute global evidence that this is true. Few appear to be surprised by this fact or honestly as profoundly moved by it as I am. In itself, that’s as interesting to me as the fact that it’s so. Is anyone curious to know why this is so?

When I ask people what they surmise by this curious phenomenon, they say things like, “oh women are more intuitive than men” (there are no studies to support this assumption by the way), or they say, “Well women accept alternative ways of knowing more easily than men”. Wow what does all this say about our educational, institutional, in fact our whole global infrastructure? You see I think the answer to, “what do women really want” (one of Freud’s purportedly famous exclamations) is right here in the study of divination practice. Geraldine Amaral in her book quoted Freud saying that if he had his life to live over he would study divination, no doubt too late he realized that the answer to his life long question was here! But I digress…

In my practice, the point of Tarot is to help women become empowered. I have written several articles on the Major Arcana and one details how they relate to women’s individuation. I’ve been fascinated with how female tarotists’ developmental patterns can be so appropriately aligned with the Major Arcana. In one of my advanced workshops the Tarot is explored as a teacher of feminine psychology, a guru-ess of sorts with particular emphasis on the High Priestess, the Empress, the Emperor, the Hierophant, Strength, Temperance, The Hermit,, The Hanged Man, Death, The Devil, The Tower, and The World. For women as an example, the death of ego is not such a huge issue, but the giving up of the false self is. This is one of the differences in how the Hanged One is interpreted for women.Excitement is always elicited by my use of Estés’ work (Women Who Run with the Wolves) to contextualize the World card as representative of the magical reader, the “medial woman”. I draw parallels between Estes’ description of the medial woman who negotiates between the unseen world and the world of consensual reality and the magical reader. The medial woman, according to Estes, negotiates between the criatura, woman’s “creature,” that is the soul or the “true feminine,” and society.
In Tarot, the concept of the criatura is linked to the reader herself. Women become clearer channels for information from the unseen world when they live authentically. Readers need to be authentic with themselves, need to be doing what has “heart and meaning for them” in their lives or will be unable to hear when client is being inauthentic in her life, unable to help empower client to make decisions. Many of the women to whom I teach Tarot are tentative about whether or not they are “actually psychic”. This tentative stance signifies one of the reasons women are inhibited when studying Tarot. Women’s creative force, something integral to Tarot, is often subverted by those around them and can even be repressed to the extent that there is never “enough time” for themselves. When internalized, this self-sacrifice is especially pernicious because a woman may neglect or sabotage her own work to the extent that she denigrates herself (Estés 1995:334-5). An awareness of the power women have established and maintained through cartomancy may aid in consciousness-raising about the validity of such an enterprise.Tarot is a tool of synchronicity with great potential to connect women to the Wild Woman and the circle of women archetypes.

Its effectiveness is attributable to a number of things, including the relationship of story, symbol, and craft, as well as intuition, psychic ability and magic. All of this rather short stream of consciousness excerpt is really a mid-stream in my lifelong pursuit to grasp why most readers are women. I continue to turn this multifaceted diamond over and over in my mind…discovering new doors…Before you jump to answer the question too matter-of-factly about why most readers are women, I ask that you stop for a moment to turn your assumptions over a little more carefully in your mind. What are you assuming about all the women and men in your life? How about the planet and the divine? Does this explosion in the discipline of tarot over the past 30 years mean that as a human family, we are embracing women’s way of knowing? Are we integrating yin/yang or are they becoming increasingly more divided and contrary? As seekers and researchers of unexplained mysteries, you are the perfect position, the front row seat of this powerful global shift in consciousness to understand the ramifications of these age-old assumptions. Take a moment to watch the stream rushing by…

Kathleen Meadows, M.A.

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