When I was a kid, I dressed up as a gypsy fortune teller at Halloween for five years in a row.
My mother had to add extensions to the bottom of my skirt, as I kept outgrowing it. I can’t tell you why I was so addicted to the persona – it was partly the bright skirts and brash, bangle-y bracelets…and partly the magical mystery. You can imagine that it was pretty exciting to learn from my grandpa that his parents were gypsies! Well, maybe not entirely. It was the family joke, being gypsies, the truth was that they immigrated from an area of Czechoslovakia known as Bohemia. People from this region have been thought of as unconventional artistic-types since the middle ages.
I never really lost my fondness for gypsies…nor for dressing up. It was when I was a theatre major at the University of Minnesota that a friend gave me my first Tarot reading. It was spooky in it’s lack of spookiness – completely straight-forward, yet spot on. I was hooked. I got my first Tarot deck, the Aquarian Tarot, about a month later. I read all kinds of books on the subject and practiced like mad. I enlisted everyone around me to enable my obsession – I gave readings to friends, family members, neighbors, lazy cats and house plants. Anything that would sit still, really.
Eventually I graduated to readings for friends of friends and what do you know – the Tarot works even when reading for strangers! After a few more years of practice, I dipped my toe in the psychic fair pool. Readings at theatrical fund-raisers followed – given the circles I wander in, it’s to be expected – and there have been birthday parties and even baby showers.
Now I live in Los Angeles and aside from pursuing my own artistic endeavors, most of my Tarot clients are actors or writers or musicians. While I hope everyone who stops by finds something useful, Bohemian Path Tarot is a reflection of my years of reading for those touched by the Muse. May you be inspired by your visit here.
Reverend, Universal Life Church
Member, American Tarot Association
Certified CATR, Tarot Certification Board
Reiki II Practitioner