About Hermit’s Mirror
REflecting light back Onto shadow
TAROT can be an incredibly versatile tool for deeper thinking about our lives and the world around us. My name’s Thomas, and I use the tarot as a mirror to redirect light back into the hidden corners of the mind. The power of the tarot, as I practice it, is the way that it can help focus or expand one’s thinking about a specific topic. Seeing the Fool, which traditionally can signal the carefree love of new beginnings, might spur one person to take an incredible trip they were hesitant to go on. The visual imagery of the card might trigger a gut reaction about, say, the fears of dog ownership in another person, which has nothing to do with the traditional meaning of the card but everything to do with the person’s readiness to adopt a new dog.
For me, the tarot is a useful supplement to a thoughtful life, like counseling or coaching. I don’t think of the cards as inherently magical even though I’ve had plenty of experiences with them that I can’t fully explain, and I don’t think of the future as written out before us, but I do think that they are tools for a more profound, and maybe even more spiritual, life. They help remind us of what we believe to be important, and they can help us admit what we already suspect is likely to come into our lives. As such, my readings often focus on recognizing hidden issues, considering new options, confirming suspicions, and addressing one’s shadows and inner light.
The cards can’t predict the next winning lottery numbers, at least not how I use them, and they offer no promises about someone’s ex returning to them. But they can help someone think of creative ways to earn extra money, and they can certainly someone recognize obstacles that might stand in the way of someone happily reuniting with a past love.
For many years (decades, really) I dabbled with tarot, doing the occasional reading for friends or myself. Eventually I discovered that I was drawn to it as more than a fun pastime or party trick. In many areas of my life—as a trainer, a manager, an advisor, and a teacher—I look for ways to help people by providing them with new ways of solving their problems and teaching them skills that they can use on their own. For me, tarot is just a different way to achieve that same larger project of helping people grow and solve problems, often with issues that cut right to the heart of who we think we are. If you’re curious, you can see testimonials from some of the clients I’ve helped through tarot readings. Hopefully I can help you too.
If you’re interested in what readings are available and what decks I’m currently using, see my Readings page.