I suppose you could say that my “spiritual journey” started about 25 years ago when I was experimenting with different religions as a bonny wee lad in Scotland. I tried a few different churches and institutions but nothing stuck and to be frank I just really wasn’t interested. This all changed when my friend and I decided to try a spiritualist church! We really had no idea of what we were getting into but it sounded like fun. Looking back I’m quite surprised that they even let us attend as I’m sure we were only around 16.
Each week we would pay our £1, sing the obligatory hymns and then the magic would start! They had a guest medium each week who would deliver messages to the group. I didn’t get messages too often but when I did I absolutely loved it. I would run home and my mum would be there waiting to analyse the messages with me and together we would work out who was trying to connect and why.
I attended for a couple of years and during that time they kept telling me that I had the potential to develop my abilities and they said that I was a natural healer, which really meant nothing to me at the time.
Life and me growing up got in the way of me attending but I have really fond memories of those days and it really sparked an interest for me in all things metaphysical. I would go and get tarot readings and if there was the opportunity to see a psychic then I was definitely in but you could say that the itch wasn’t scratched for a long time.
This all changed when my friend Jennie, who runs Tarot Avenue with me, and I decided to partake in a psychic development course. We had a great time developing different skills but for me there was just something missing and it was as if it just wasn’t tangible enough for me. The very following week you could say that by massive coincidence, stars aligning or the universe kicking me up the proverbial I found that there was a comprehensive tarot course running in Sydney. The strange thing is that the teacher, now my friend and mentor Patrick Rawlinson of Soul and Pepper, was actually living in New Zealand but just happened to be back in Sydney visiting and decided to run the course.
There were only 4 of us in the class and it was fabulous. To say it was love at first sight, between me and the cards, would be an understatement. We were using the Rider Waite deck and what was amazing to me was the as soon as we started laying them out in spreads I could instantly see the stories evolving. It was as if somebody was writing the script for a movies and all these characters, obstacles, celebrations and major life lessons were unfolding before me.
I was very fortunate to be able to start reading straight away but this is really when the hard work and study started. It was really exciting to me to have the natural intuition and creativity to see the stories but I had to study hard and practice, practice and practice to get to where I am today. I by no means want to allude to the fact that I “know it all” I am still learning every day and the beauty of this profession is that I truly believe that I will never know everything. It’s the learning that’s really keeping me engaged but I’ve also been so thrilled to be able to help others discover what their options are and heal them with messages through the cards.
I’ve met some amazing people through my work in tarot and I’m looking forward to welcoming you all to my tarot community.