Tarot for the Modern Reader
How I Went from Nurse to Tarot Card Reader
A peek behind the curtain of my struggle to find my true passion
It all started way back, about 10 years ago, while I was still in Nursing School…….
After many years of bein’ a single momma to two AWESOME daughters, I was thrilled when my life took a very “traditional” turn. I got married, became a momma again to awesome daughter number three, and in her first year of life, headed off to Nursing School! My second daughter had been in a terrible accident a few years prior, and after a lot of time spent in the hospital, I realized I had a real knack for the healing profession, and so when the time was right for me to consider what I wanted to do with my life, it seemed a natural path! Little did I know… I did have a knack for helping others, but I wasn’t quite on the right path yet….
While in school, I had signed up for one of those “book clubs”. You know the kind, you get a certain number of books for a penny, then they send you books each month for you to decline or pay for (I was NEVER any good at that stuff!). As I perused the selection, I noticed they offered a pack of Tarot Cards (oooohhhh mermaid with a shiny bauble syndrome!). I immediately ordered them and they arrived complete with a little book.
At this time, I was about half or three quarters of the way through my R. N. program. One night I spread out the cards, asking about school. I pulled the Three of Swords. Yikes! I had NO idea what that meant, but I could tell by the picture on the card, it was NOT going to be good!
Well Nursing School, a baby and two other little ones were already keeping me EXTREMELY busy, ain’t nobody got time for that! I packed the cards away, and forgot about them for awhile…..
Fast forward…the final semester before Graduation
Life was becoming more difficult as my personal life was not going so well. The more challenging things got at home, the harder it was to manage my schoolwork, and as any Registered Nurse will tell you, there is NOTHING in the world quite like Nursing School. Those were the most challenging years of my life. By the time I was in my final semester, I was barely hanging on, and lucky to have managed to get as far as I did. I knew I was smart, caring and a great fit to give compassionate care to others, but I just wasn’t in a place to pull it all together.
The end of the line…
In the weeks before graduation, I found myself struggling to tie up all of the loose ends and bring it all together. I was studying to take my NCLEX boards, but I was afraid I wasn’t going finish all of the requirements for my clinical rotations in time. A week before graduation, I broke my foot. That was the end. I knew I couldn’t meet my overwhelming obligations and now, an even bigger setback. The day of finals, I resigned from the program.
Feeling like a failure…
I had the option to return the following semester and finish my requirements, but that was little consolation at the time. I had just spent 5 years of my life pursuing a degree that was finally about to pay off. The blood, sweat and truly, the TEARS I had spent over the last five years, the dream of FINALLY having those letters behind my name, gone in an instant. The shame, of having to tell everyone, that I had failed out.
I couldn’t see it then, but it was the best thing that ever happened to me. At the time I was angry, sad, ashamed, embarrassed and probably every other emotion imaginable! Though, had I graduated, I would probably still be in the daily exhausting grind that is the work of a health professional. Don’t get me wrong, the job comes with a lot of rewards, both tangible and internal, but it wasn’t the right “job” for me.
Realizing my ladder had been leaning against the wrong wall…
After all of those years, I realized I had spent a long time, climbing the wrong ladder. For years afterwards, everyone from family to caring friends, have all told me I should “just go back” for that one semester. But I realized, while I wanted to help others, I didn’t want to be a nurse. Fate had other plans for me. My destiny lay elsewhere.
The re-emergence of the cards…
After that, I took a job as a bartender while I considered my next move. While watching a movie one night, the Tarot cards came on the screen. While I didn’t know what they really meant, I recognized a bunch of them, and even had a vague “idea” of the card based on its picture. Proof that ANYONE can read this visual symbolism!
Shortly thereafter I took my daughter to a bookstore for a costume party to celebrate the midnight release of the latest book in a very popular “magical” book series. While killing time I perused the Spirituality section and came across a very basic card meaning book on clearance. I sat in the bookstore and read that book that night, and then I bought it (seemed fair). Then I went home and unpacked my cards.
A Soul Purpose Career is born (unknowingly yet)....
That was the beginning. I was hooked. It wouldn’t be long until I went back to that bookstore and bought the Universal Waite Smith deck that I STILL READ WITH TODAY as my go-to deck. Then I ordered a RIDICULOUS amount of books off of Amazon, and little did I know it then, my life purpose was born.
After I brought home that new pack of cards, I was in heaven. I really connected with this deck, so much so, that it’s still the deck I use everyday today. I began amassing a huge collection of books, studying the cards in my free time as much as possible. I read for myself, I read for my friends, basically I read as much as possible. I had a friend who had taken up the study as well, so we did it together. I can’t even recall how many Tuesday nights we sat at her table after the kiddos went to bed, sometimes until FOUR A.M. , asking questions, doing spreads, pouring through the books, and bouncing interpretations off of each other. I was in love.
At that time, the internet wasn’t a real “treasure trove”. I had a hard time finding what I wanted outside of the books. Over time, there has been some real advancement in the development of Tarot’s web presence, and a few really good sites out there. I thought, "there has got to be an easier way"....
Fast forward to today…
The Story of Tarot Liza
My goal at Tarot Liza, is to make this one of those sites for you :). Today I really enjoy reading for myself and others, not for prediction, but for Empowerment! When you are on the Tarot Journey, you realize that you have so much control over your choices, your life, and where it's all headed! Tarot gives us that Roadmap, and with it, we can use this ancient system to look deep into the heart of a matter and discern all of the information to make the best decisions possible, to create the outcome we want! Tarot helps us to be prepared to meet whatever comes next 🙂 Now, I want to empower YOU with the tools and skills you need to empower and transform your life and others with the Tarot as well 🙂 I'm here to educate, mentor, inspire, empower and share. I hope you can find everything you will ever need for your Tarot journey, here.
Community is where it’s at…
If those nights at the kitchen table with my best friend taught me anything, it’s the power of community. There is NOTHING like having other Tarot Lovin’ Peeps at your side! There is a huge power in community, and having other Tarot lovers to surround yourself with! Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced student, this is an awesome place. When you’re new, all you want to do is talk about Tarot A LOT, to other people who actually understand you, and maybe ask a MILLION questions! When you are a little further along in your journey, it feels great to be able to answer those questions for others, and that’s all a part of being in a community. A tribe. You are excitedly invited to join the Tarot Liza Community, and take off on your own Tarot Journey today. Where will it take YOU?
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