Mabon 2014 Tarot Blog Hop

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Hello everyone, and welcome to the Mabon 2014 Tarot Blog Hop post on the blog of The Willow Path Tarot!  The theme for this blog hop is more or less:  “things that I wished I knew about Tarot sooner than I learned them.”  So, each post on this blog hop is going to explore a time when that reader’s knowledge, awareness, or understanding of tarot took a major leap, deepened, or changed for the better.  As the season changes from summer to fall in the Northern Hemisphere where I’m located, it’s an easy time to think about change. When and how has my perspective on tarot and on my tarot business changed?  What caused that change?  Where do I feel like I am going next?  Is that the direction I want to be heading?  What’s my ideal picture of how tarot fits into my future given where I am at presently?

Lady Van glamour shot at the beach on Lake Michigan.

Lady Van glamour shot at the beach on Lake Michigan.  I love living in this van!

I’ve already written about what prompted my leap from casual tarot hobbyist to professional tarot business owner in a previous post, so I won’t go into that in too much detail here.  Suffice it to say, I decided to live a life on the road, traveling around in a van. When looking for a way to make money with this lifestyle, I realized I could start a tarot business.  I’ve been on the road now for about three months, driving Lady Van around from gig to gig with my girlfriend, musician Kristen Ford. Our travel itinerary mostly revolve around her tour dates. which leads us all over the USA. I’m also working as Kristen’s tour manager, while I build up my client base and get my tarot business established.

RIding a horse named Charlie in the Big Horn Mountains

Riding a horse named Charlie in the Big Horn Mountains

I LOVE this lifestyle.  I have always loved to travel and feel like this is a dream come true for me.  I’m so happy I found someone who also longs to travel constantly and that Kristen and I have figured out a way to do this together.  Life on the road is a learning process though, and during the month of September we decided to work at a dude ranch in Wyoming.  When we were planning the tour route, back before we left Boston, we thought it would be good to have a safety net in place in case we were broke by the end of the summer travels. Kristen worked at this ranch last year and really enjoyed it, so it seemed like a safe bet to make some money here, stay put for a month, and enjoy the great outdoors.

So how does this involve the blog topic?  Well- it turns out that this whole experience working on the ranch has really disagreed with me.  We were doing quite well money-wise on the road, I didn’t feel bored or stagnant with my business or the tour, and I was learning and growing every day. Since we arrived to the ranch I’ve felt that I took my life back to a lower level.  The work is mundane, the general attitude amongst the employees is negative, and I don’t have nearly enough time for my tarot business or the tour managing.  This experience has really opened my eyes to how far I have come!  I didn’t realize just how much I LOVE tarot and my tarot business.  Tarot integrates with and adds to my traveling lifestyle.  Working at a resort makes me notice the higher awareness and consciousness that I’m used to, since it is so obviously lacking here.

The positive spin I’m putting on this whole depressing experience at the ranch, is that it has opened my eyes to how important, meaningful, and elevating tarot is in my life.  I feel an increased dedication to creating the life and business that I want, deserve, and can create for myself.  I feel many more great things to come at The Willow Path Tarot!  I can’t wait to be out on the road again starting next Sunday.  Kristen and I are taking a week off from work and planning our own separate artist retreats!  I am excited to give myself the time and space to reflect on what I’ve done so far with my tarot business, see where I am at, and plan big things for the future!

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21 thoughts on “Mabon 2014 Tarot Blog Hop

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  2. Great post! I have a similar sort of unconventional lifestyle, and a fulltime tarot business. I know you will find a way to find your right balance, and that tarot will help you do it. Ultimately, a great tarot business will give you the freedom to live exactly as you choose, as you enjoy your own Fool’s Journey.

  3. Though I love to travel, I’m not sure I could live in a van – I like a quiet bed and a shower too much! Still, horses for courses, it sounds like you are living a path that fills your heart and soul: beautiful!

  4. Specific inspiration for me! Although I have yet to be paid to do a Tarot reading, but I have other skills that are fairly easily accomplished while on the road, and hubby and I are planning the same sort of thing, although we may be able to do it in an slightly larger RV. You have given me the inspiration, though, to not worry too much about the mode of transport and just get out there.

    And we have learned also, like you did, that taking low-paying mundane work just for the money can be counterproductive to the joy of life. 🙂 Thanks so much!

    • Oh Joanne, that’s so awesome! Get out there! I wouldn’t mind a slightly larger RV someday myself ;), the class B ones are just a tad larger and have a bathroom which would be a lot of responsibility but so convenient!

      Best wishes for your continued tarot studies. I think everyone has their own journey on starting a tarot business and getting paid. There’s no one right way to do it and you will figure out what is the right path for you as you go. The best thing to do is just start and see what happens.

  5. I love to go adventuring, but I LOVE coming home far more! It’s great to be back home again, but home is where the heart is, and your heart is CLEARLY on the road! Nice post Dierdre and welcome to the Blog Hops!

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