Amongst professional Tarot readers there are a few self-proclaimed job titles floating around mainly to describe more accurately the type of readings they provide.
Some of them I quite like, e.g. spiritual life coach, others I find a little unsettling, and one of them is Healer.
First of all I want to express my deepest respect for some of my colleagues, who call themselves Healer, as I am familiar with their work, and I know that vulnerable people, who come to them for guidance will be in good hands.
And already here’s the thing: vulnerable people in a difficult situation will have raised expectations from someone, who calls themselves Healer.
They’ll be thinking oh I’m going to this person and they will heal me… not realising that the only person, who can heal them is themselves.
I don’t want to deny that as a Tarot reader I can help people heal.
I am happy to say that I facilitate healing with the right guidance and the client willing to put their own effort into their healing process.
So rather than calling myself a Healer, I prefer the job title Healing Assistant.
For me, Healing Assistant is less ego driven and suits my Hermit personality.
Describing myself as a Healing Assistant makes it – hopefully – clear that I am not the kind of person, who lays hands on you and – abracadabra – you are healed.
Instead, I am here helping you recognise your own power, make the right choices and take action to heal yourself.
This brings me to another point:
What exactly is a Healer?
Search the internet and you come across “faith” healers, “powerful” spiritual healers, “gifted” healers, “natural born” healers, “African” healers, healers who claim they can cure cancer, etc.
Healer as a profession isn’t legally regulated, and anyone can call themselves a Healer. Needless to say that this attracts charlatans and con-people.
Another reason why I couldn’t possibly call myself a Healer. I just don’t want to toss myself into that murky soup of various types of dodgy, obscure and unregulated healers, who make all sorts of claims.
But yes, from the positive feedback I receive for my readings and teaching, I can safely say that I help people heal themselves, and that Tarot can be a powerful therapeutic tool, when people are open to it and use it pro-actively.
Mary K. Greer once said “I’m the midwife of the soul.” Perhaps a somewhat poetic description of what she does, but it explains her work as facilitating personal growth and transformation.
James Ricklef once said “I’m not a fortune-teller, I’m a fortune-helper”, which I actually really like.
So here you are, dear Reader. I am not a Healer, but I can help you heal. I can be one of the stepping stones on your healing journey, and it is you who takes those steps.
And there will be others, who will help you too. Most of all, you are your own Healer.
“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation – either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds…Claim and consciously use your power.” Louise L. Hay