Under Construction

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As you may have noticed, I have changed the look of my blog.  I am also adding pages that describe the intuitive services I offer.  There will be a clear, detailed “menu” in place within the next week or so to better show what it is that I offer.

For now, I have some Tarot readings up on eBay.  They are a little bit more expensive to book there because I have to pay fees to both eBay and PayPal in order to use their services to sell mine.  If you book directly through me, which will be an option very soon, the prices are slightly reduced to reflect the lack of fees from eBay.

I will post again once I am done with all the pages, but as they will be appearing over the course of the week, feel free to look at them and email me with any comments, questions or spelling errors at hermittarot@hotmail.com.



Back in Business

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After some intense personal stuff, I have found that I am back and ready to go!

This morning, I discovered that eBay had changed its rules again to allow Tarot Readers to list their services, so long as they are in the Services category and have clear legal disclaimers.  So, I spent a little time listing my services!

I currently have three different readings posted on eBay, from one to nine cards.  Check this one out and click on my name “hermit_tarot” to see the other listings I have up!

As for the Tarot book, I haven’t been able to work much on it but I do have a pile of notes and thoughts that I am starting to get in order.  I am expecting to start posting “lessons” here in the next few weeks.


Q & A with the Hermit

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So, after a long bit of thinking, I have decided that I am going to start buckling down and writing my Tarot book.  After reading for going on twenty years, and doing the class at CDR last fall, I have finally gotten to the point where I think I really am ready to seriously begin this project.

I know it won’t be an easy or short project.  I probably won’t be close to ready to publish until fall of 2014.  But until then, I am going to start using this blog to hammer out my ideas, to gather new ones and I would really like your help!

In the comments of this (or any other post) please feel free to ask any questions you might have about Tarot.  No question is too small, too stupid or too complicated.  I’ll make entries each week that answer your questions and I’ll also be posting the different sections I write for the book, so that there can be questions/comments about those.

I want this book to be a simple, comprehensive beginner text for those who are just starting out reading while still possibly providing some interesting insights for those who have experience as well.  That may be a big ask, but I’m willing to try.   But like all things, I’m also willing to see what this will develop into.  Ideally, people will be able to get most of the information out of the book for free here, on this blog.  But the book will provide a logical, condensed reference well worth whatever the price will end up being.

So, on that note, please feel free to comment here with any questions, comments, concerns, insights you may have about Tarot cards, readings and the like.

Shameless begging

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For Sale —  Online tarot readings.  My family is in need of raising $300 for a sudden, unexpected and VERY IMPORTANT bill, so I am offering readings everywhere I can think of.  Prices are as follows, and you can also go to my website http://www.hermittarot.webs.com for the other kinds of readings that I offer.  I will begin doing these readings on Wed. March 20th and have time every day for the rest of the week to do 3 or 4 readings a day.

All readings are sent via email to the address you pay me from using PayPal.  I ask for payment in advance and do the readings within 24 hrs of being paid.  Any questions about my services can be messaged to me privately, asked on this thread or emailed to hermittarot@hotmail.com.  Please, no offers for trading items or services for readings. Word counts are approximate and not a guaranteed length as each reading is an individual process.

1 card “quickie” $5 – a fast answer to a single question, around 50 – 100 words

3 card “standard” $10 – one question, around 300 – 400 words

9 card “expanded” $25  –  up to 3 questions answered.  750 – 1000 words

Please note – no refunds.  All questions are answered to the best of my ability as the issue stands at the time I am doing the reading.  I am not a medical professional of any sort.  These readings are not intended as a substitute for a Doctor’s advice or common sense.

10 Things to Never Say to a Writer

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I found this graphic on Facebook, and just had to say my piece about it.  Sorry it’s a little blurry, but you should be able to click on it and get a better view.

10 things


Sad thing is, I think I’ve been told/asked all of these except for the professional liars one. There’s this crazy social stigma that if you write a book, suddenly you’re rolling in money or that professional writers don’t have to work hard, it’s not a “real job”. Ah, Bitch please! This gig is hard work, especially in today’s internet savvy world where literally any hack can “write a book”. It takes more than just a story and a grasp of the English language.

There’s more to it than just writing a story and running spellcheck. You have to re-read your work a minimum of 6 or 7 times, each time editing and checking for continuity. You have to let go of your ego and admit when it’s time for a rewrite. And that’s just the writing part.

Once you’ve finished the story and have it all set as a novel, now you have to decide what to do with it. Do you submit it, taking months or even years of your life waiting for a publisher to pick it up? Or do you put forth the time, money and driving dedication it takes to self-publish?

And in case anyone was unaware, self-publishing in more than uploading a file and designing a cover. If you want to sell any copies at all, you have to promote yourself. You’re the one responsible for getting the word out about your novel. You’re in charge of buying ads, posting on forums, flooding your facebook feed with news about your book.

Anyone who thinks that being a writer is easy, “not a real job” or what people do when they’re retired or bored housewives, obviously has never met a writer (or any other kind of artist for that matter).

Why are you A Writer?


**I just wrote this in response to the question “what made you want to be a writer?” over at BTS Promotions’ facebook page and just loved it, so I am sharing it with the rest of the world.**

I actually still remember the moment I decided I wanted to be a writer. I had just started high school, and had always been a very avid reader. I was standing in the public library, trying to decide between new series to start reading and I had this epiphany moment where I thought “oh my God. Somebody has to write all these books. Lots of somebodies. I want to be one of those somebodies!” I’d been writing short stories, X-men fanfic and really crappy poetry before then but that’s the moment when I started writing original stories that I intended to turn into books. Not that I would use those now, but I still have nearly everything I wrote in HS and after. They’re a part of my history.

I was working o…

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I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. (Oscar Wilde)

This is exactly how I feel after doing the editing, revising, rewriting, editing some more, re-reading, proofing, editing and then one more read through on our manuscripts.  But I’ve seen the nightmare horrors of other self-published authors who thought that spell check was enough of an editing process.  O__o   Better to pour over the story for hours and hours to make it perfect, I think than to let it loose on the world before it is ready.  It’s like going out to dinner but not putting your pants on!  You’d better hope you have killer legs and clean knickers or it’s going to be a disaster!

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