New Menage A Tarot Podcast: Tarot and Personal Boundaries

Menage A Tarot

Tarot and Personal Boundaries


In this episode of Menage A Tarot, we talk about where we draw the line in doing readings, what is in and out of bounds in our reading practice, issues with other readers and more. One topic that came up is local laws and the “for entertainment only” disclaimer we so often see on Tarot and psychic sites.

On one hand, laws against “fortune telling” are as narrow minded, fear-driven, superstitious nonsense as the fraudulent activity they aim to end. Crazy as it may seem, I actually support the legal prohibition against that kind “fortune telling” because it really is impossible to predict the future, whether it is for a fee or not. People who claim to make “100% accurate predictions” or claim to fix your love life really are, in my opinion, out to bilk money out of vulnerable people. They also ruin the public perception of intuitive work for those of us who want to help and read ethically.

I approach Tarot with much of the same ethical attitude that is taught in Reiki, mainstream medicine, and any other health care – because I believe it is a healing modality just as valid and effective as any other form of spiritual guidance, stress reduction or mind-body healing. I don’t have the science to prove it other than individual anecdotes – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. The Higgs Boson has existed – valid, real, true – since the beginning of the universe, but we haven’t had the hard scientific proof until a few years ago. Just because the hard science data hasn’t yet been compiled doesn’t mean the truth of thing doesn’t yet exist. The validity of Tarot and intuitive work…their role as a valid choice in a healthy mind-body-spirituality balance…isn’t erased just because no one has taken the time or spent the resources to compile a study.

That being said, this  seems like this is the perfect time to let you know just exactly how I approach Tarot readings. This is what I think an ethical Tarot practice should be like…but of course opinions vary.

Tarot readings:

  • Should be clear, kind and compassionate – never frightening or intimidating.
  • Can help you learn, grow spiritually, understand your situation, solve problems more creatively and make more productive decisions.
  • Can not predict the future, fix your situation, or read what other people feel,think or will do.
  • Respect each individual’s spirituality, and does not require certain beliefs for the reading to “work”
  • give helpful suggestions, but never prescribes specific actions – such as regularly scheduled readings or special services the reader offers for additional cost
  • Respects privacy, always
  • Are not the place for medical or pregnancy questions. Those questions are for health professionals.
  • Should have prices and business policies clearly stated in advance. Mine are HERE

Please enjoy the new episode! If you have any questions about ethics and tarot readings please let me know HERE or at

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Q&A: Why do different Tarot readers give different meanings for the same card?

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Some Questions are so helpful, they are worth a revisit – or three.

Q: Why do different Tarot readers give different interpretations for the same card?

A: There are several different factors that go into any one card interpretation. When you factor all those different variables into it, any one card can have a huge number of possible “meanings”. Which is a good thing….humans are complex and ever-changing beings. As large as a 78 card deck may seem, just 78 ideas is far too limited to be useful over one lifetime…much less be inspirational to uncountable numbers of people over the course of centuries as Tarot has been. A single standard meaning for any one card alone just isn’t helpful.

So on the surface, the answer to this question is context. The card “meaning” is just the beginning, no matter what meaning you choose. Add to that the question at…

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Menage A Tarot: “Confluence of Tarot Influence”

New Menage A Tarot podcast “Confluence of Tarot Influence”

Confluence of Tarot Influence


David, Kate and Ronda talk about books, Tarot decks and other early influences that still hold sway today.

For show notes, helpful links, archives, posts from all three hosts and more:


Would you like a Tarot reading with podcast co-host Ronda? Click HERE



New Episode of Menage a Tarot podcast: “Test Tubes and Tarot Decks”

Menage A Tarot “Test Tubes and Tarot Decks”


“Test Tubes and Tarot Decks”


Available on iTunes  and  on

This listener-inspired episode explores the relationship between science, spirituality and Tarot running the gambit from Major Arcana to Schrodinger’s Cat. 

Menage A Tarot is:

David Dear:


Yours Truly:


The $1.49 solution

Cheap solution for a big messy problem in the national news

Warning: This is a natural health post. Health, as we all know, has to do with normal body functioning…including poop. Proceed with caution if you get weirded out by that kind of thing.

I have to hand it to him. Kudos for taking on the topic, that is.

Recently “All In with Chris Hays” did a report about the impact of “flushable”  wipes (adult and otherwise) has on the sewage systems. Whether the demand for personal hygiene wipes was consumer-driven or industry-driven doesn’t matter. What matters is that it doesn’t have to happening at all.

The wipes, not the wiping. The wiping part is good. Clean is good. Wet style is fine…that’s why they invented the bidet. Compared to the full on hose-off, a wet wipey is pretty tame by comparison. The problem isn’t removing unwanted excrement from unmentionable body parts…the problem is the tons of non-biodegradable thingy-whazzits we use to do it. Bidets just use water, then normal toilet tissue. That stuff breaks down if you look at it crossways. Toilet paper hasn’t been an issue for modern sewage systems and septic friendly versions have been around for quite a while, too, as I understand it. The pop-up wipes are the new thing…and the problem.

According to the “All In” report, wipes of this types contain some sort of acrylic element (acrylic – you know, plastic. Like the stuff in nail polish, and aquariums). Since when is plastic not a major environmental problem?

There is a solution. And it is yours for around $1.49.


Easy. And cheap. And environmentally friendly.  So of course, it probably will never happen. Consider, just for a moment, this:

Get an inexpensive bottle of witchhazel solution from your local big box store. It’ll cost pennies compared to wipes, baby, adult or otherwise. Keep said bottle within arms reach of the toilet. Feel the need for a wet wipe? Fold up several sheets of ordinary toilet paper, put a few drops of witch hazel on them and have at it.

First and foremost, it is going to feel COLD. But no more than a pop up wipe I would imagine. Second of all, it soothes skin anywhere on the body, including the posterior private portions. Third, for all you mamas out there…it does very nice things for external hemorrhoids.

Repeat at liberty. You’re clean, and the wipes you just created are well and truly flushable, natural and biodegradable.

Bam. Drop the mic. Millions of dollars and poopie bummies saved.