Hi there! I'm a Certified Professional Life Coach (Transformation Academy),as well as a Certified Tarot Master (Tarot Guild), author, teacher and deck co-creator. My first book The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present (Hampton Roads Publishing) is about an exciting technique I've created called the BIT Tarot Method. Click here to find out more. My second traditionally-published book, Tarot in Reverse, covers those tricky upside down cards of Tarot. Click here to discover more. My 3rd book, Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice was published by Dodona Books in September 2018. The Coffee Tarot Companion and Snowland Deck Companion are completed, too!
As an Amazon.com Hall of Fame Reviewer (there's only 138 of us!), I've written comprehensive book reviews from a variety of genres, as well as Tarot and oracle decks (accompanied by large, full-color card images), audio workshops, DVDs, novels, books for kids, music, divination tools and more. You can find them by clicking on the Reviews link. Galley Cat listed me among the best reviewers on Twitter.
My reviews and articles have appeared in Sedona Journal of Emergence, Mystic Pop Magazine, Witches&Pagans, Kajama Digest, PlanetLightworker, Ancient American Magazine, Edge News, Children of the New Earth, The Magician (official magazine of the Australian Tarot Guild), American Tarot Association's (ATA) Quarterly Journal, ATA's eZine Tarot Reflections, Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI) eZine, Tarot World Magazine, Timeless Spirit, Coffee Magazine, Kaleidoscope eZine and more.
Astrologically, I´m a Scorpio Sun (stellium 7th and 8th Houses), Aries Rising,and Aquarius Moon (11th House). In Chinese Astrology, I'm a Metal Dog. Personality wise, I'm an ENXP in the Myers-Briggs/Keirsey system (X means Thinking and Feeling are equal) and a Type 7w8 SP/SX/SO according to the Enneagram.. In the ANSIR model, I'm a Philosopher Boss, but have strong Evokateur, Healer and Visionary tendencies in the Work realm, as well as strong Visionary and SageThinking. I am a Working profile--not Emoting.
In Numerology, my Life Path number is (not surprisingly!) 7, which makes my Tarot birth cards The Chariot/Tower. In the elemental system, I'm Choleric/Sanguine (Red/Yellow in Color Code terminology). In the StrengthsFinder 2.0 system, my top five strengths are Input, Strategic, Ideation, Maximizer and Learner. In the StandOut Strengths Assessment, I'm an Influencer/Equalizer. In the Fascinate system, my highest scores are Innovation + Power = The Maverick Leader.
My interests include the band Rush, Mystery/mysteries, essential oils, flowers, jewelry making, writing craft and books. I enjoy throught-provoking TV shows and movies (e.g. The Handmaid's Tale and Predestination). Poetry wise, I adore e.e.cummings. (insert genuflect).
I make my home in Pennsylvania with my soulmate Ron (a fellow Scorpio Sun/Aquarius Moon, but with Cancer Rising), and our 22 year old son (Libra Sun, Gemini Rising, Sagittarius Moon)--whom I homeschooled (unschooled) his entire life.
Made it into Round 3 of Charlie Sheen's #tigerbloodintern search (among 250, narrowed down from tens of thousands)...just to see if I could do it!
With Ron at the painting helm, we began work on the Snowland Deck in January 2011 and finished in 2012.
Ron and I created another deck, the Coffee Tarot.The FULL version is now available!
Hadn't had/watched TV programming for over a decade...until 2018, when we succumbed to streaming.
Dubbed the "Queen of Tarot" by bestselling metaphysical author Monte Farber.
Turned 50 on November 6, 2020.
Celebrated 23th wedding anniversary on August 7 2020.
Award-Winning Cook (Garlic Post Roast, 2nd Place, Taste of Home Magazine)
Loves Christmas! And books! And coffee! And chocolate!
Loves Rush! And hard rock and heavy metal! And Iron Maiden! And Bruce Dickinson!
Thinks texting while driving should be a crime.
Hates country music and thinks that should be a crime. (Joking!)
Loves Baroque music, especially Bach and Vivaldi (and any piece with a harpsichord!)
Has never been west of Chicago or east of Philly.
In the summer, keeps her bedroom air conditioner at 63 F (Ron sometimes wears a sweatshirt and toboggan to bed!)
3-time spelling bee champ in Junior High School, making it to the state level of the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee
Absolutely loves Autumn
Has a library painted bright orange and raspberry (Thanks, hubby!)
Is a spender, not a saver
Was voted "Most Talkative" in the Senior superlatives in High School (almost got "Class Clown", too)
Married a guy who was voted "Most Shy" at his High School (no lie)
Considers Pepsi, ginger ale and coffee "Elixirs of the Gods" (But tries to limit intake nevertheless. Well, except for the coffee...)
Loves thriller movies (Joyride is her favorite!)
Survivor of a run-in with a school bus at age 12. (The front tire ran over and sat on her right foot. Wearing sneakers bought the night before, the pressure blew out the side of the shoe. Yes, she could have been killed and, fortunately, she learned to walk again.)
All-star firstbaseman in softball (circa bus injury)
Was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Nuclear Physics Club, and Who's Who Among American High School Students. Graduated in Top 10 to High School class.
Assessed as Genius on a Psychologist-rendered IQ test (145? Somewhere in the 140s...)
Possesses the archetypal patterns of Teacher, Phoenix, Detective, Warrior, Hermit, Queen, Hedonist, Creator, Magical Child, Judge, Rebel and Sage
Self-taught sound engineer who ran live sound for first husband (a professional trumpet player) and mixed his first demo recording
Was widowed at 25 (First husband of 7 years passed from leukemia)
Collects snowpeople, sun/moon/stars paraphernalia, bluejays (not live ones!) and Nancy Drew books
Loves Chinese food
Has more books than shelving space (but that is being solved thanks to hubby's carpentry prowess)
Has four cats, RIP Neo who passed over the Rainbow Bridge Christmas Eve 2012, and Stewart who passed July 2020. We now have another black cat we adopted as a kitten, named Quebie (5 years old)--and adopted THREE female kittens in Spring 2019 (Kipper-Lily, Comet and Chippie), who are now 2 years old.
AB+ blood type, supposedly rare
Resides in a world of symbols (husband asserts)
Failed drivers license exam the first time (wonder if running up over the curb had anything to do with that...)
Abhors country music. And blues. And soul or hip hop ('cept for Eminem)
Rebellious (but you probably knew that already)
Enjoys rainy days and thunderstorms
No known allergies (but suffers from chronic non-allergic rhinitis. Waaah!)
Weakness for chocolate, books and bath products
If you want to know anything beyond this, you'll just have to email me and ask! :o)
People will write off even the clearest, most loving person in the world when he opposes their belief system. They will invalidate him, negate him, obliterate him, prove that he's wrong, he's a fraud, he's dangerous to society, so that they can protect what they really believe is important. They'd rather be right than free. --Byron Katie
If a writer is so cautious that he never writes anything that cannot be criticized, he will never be able to write anything that can be read. If you want to help other people, you have got to make up your mind to write things that some men will condemn. – Thomas Merton (Trappist monk, author, and social critic)