FullSizeRender 2Death is the thirteenth card in the Tarot deck, and can be scary for some people. It has a dark connotation, and it’s something that can be difficult to confront.

Death means that something is ending, that there is no more standstill. Whatever the situation, it will be ending soon or has ended. It is the card that represents the Scorpio sign, in its absolutes and intensity.

Death can mean literal Death, although I have rarely seen it in my readings. It symbolizes the process of something ending, and being replaced by something new. That is why there is sometimes a butterfly on this card, to symbolize transformation.

It is a card of change. Of accepting that what we have worked so hard to achieve is done, be it a relationship, a work situation, or whatever else that has passed. This is not the card you want when looking if the situation has a future.

In my depiction of the Death card, I painted the foreground very dark, to symbolize the pain that comes with letting go. But the white rose, symbol of renewal, is there to greet us when we are ready. The Sun awaits in the background, after we have done the internal work that accompanies the ending of a situation.

It can be a painful card, a wake up call, but usually, it’s a recognition of a situation that has passed or is on its way out. It demands respect, attention, and serious consideration. It is not for the superficial.

Death is something that we all have to face. We can’t ignore it. The best we can do is invite it in, let it stay with us awhile, until we are ready to face what comes next.






The Hanged Man


Patience, sacrifice, looking from a new angle.

My painting of the Hanged Man depicts a person doing the yoga Tree pose, while having a moment of pure presence. Enlightenment. It means that sometimes we need to give up on our way of seeing things, and letting other perspectives in. It does us good to be silent. Listening to the voice inside us.

The Hanged Man demands patience. When this card shows up, it means you’ll have to wait a while before you get a resolution. You have plenty of time to think about the situation, and see if you’re missing a certain angle.

The Hanged Man can also mean that the situation asks for a sacrifice. What will you have to give up? What will have to change? Are you willing to step into the unknown?

It’s a frustrating card if you’re on a rush to get somewhere. On the other hand, sometimes it’s the well needed break from our tumultuous life that we’ve needed for a long time.

It’s about being still. Stopping. Listening. Introspecting. The calm before the storm.




Justice is about just that: Justice.

When this card shows up, it can mean that you need some self-examination of the situation. What looks right? what seems fair? Are you using logic and self-effacement? Are you being impartial?

The Justice card can also be about balance. A balance between what you want and what you need, or simply to return to a more balanced position of the situation. Sometimes we are so set on one outcome, that we do not think that there could be other ways the situation can develop.

Justice wants us to see with new eyes. With fairness. To ourselves, to others.

If Justice is a person, then you can be sure this person is stoic, fair, with no patience for frivolity. If Justice is a situation, then it can mean that the result will be fair and balanced. This doesn’t mean that the situation will be the outcome that we desire…

Sometimes it is good to remind ourselves that looking at a situation with neutrality can bring us more insights than simply sticking to our opinion.


The Wheel of Fortune


Time, changes, good fortune.

The Wheel of Fortune talks about the changing of times. The wheel turns, what is up, comes down, and that’s how life moves on. The thing about it, though, is that this happens out of our control. We can’t do anything to stop time, or to change its course. The seasons will change, independently of our will, and so will our circumstances.

I read tarot to help people empower themselves, to help them make the changes they want to see in their lives. Then this card shows up, and there is nothing to do about it but go with it.

The Wheel of Fortune is a positive card. It tells us that the change in our life will be for the best. The lesson of this card is to let go. Who turns the Wheel? Is it Karma? God? The Universe? It is certainly something bigger than us. It’s life.

Sometimes, the best route to take is to let go of expectations. To let go of what we want as a result, and to let things happen. It is scary, and yet gives a sense of peace when we can integrate it into our present moment.

Nobody knows what the future holds. The Wheel of Fortune reminds us that it’s okay to not know everything. As my Pépé used to say: “Fais confiance à la Vie”, have faith in life.


The Hermit


Solitude, learning, meditating.

The Hermit loves his time alone, to contemplate. When this card comes up, it is time to ponder things a while, to listen to the voice inside. To be still.

It is also the card of listening to a mentor, of learning new things about yourself and your surroundings. Reading a book, listening to a meditation.

This card asks to take the quiet route, to spend time with your thoughts, to face the silence, and see what comes up. Sometimes the best thing we can do is nothing at all. We busy ourselves with activities, work, television, children, anything that will keep our inside voice quiet. We would do anything but to be alone, in silence, with ourselves. But it can be done. With just a few minutes a day. Sit quietly with yourself. Close your eyes. Smile. Once you start, you’ll see how much you’ve missed spending time alone. It’s the perfect way to recharge your batteries. You probably already do this if you’re introverted, but extroverted people benefit from silence as well.

The Hermit reminds us that we have a lot to gain by sitting quietly, by being guided by the little light that shines inside all of us, if we just take the time to acknowledge it.


The Strength card


Inner strength, courage, listening to your instincts.

The classic Strength card is a woman holding a lion’s mouth open, easily, without much strength involved. It signified to quell our animal instincts.

I read it to mean inner strength, yes, but also to work with our instincts. This card comes up in readings when big changes need to be made, or that a difficult situation is waiting for the client. It’s a very peaceful and inner focused card.

It’s about finding the strength within us to face whatever is waiting for us. We usually forget how strong we can be until we need it.

I’m always happy to see the Strength card. It tells me that I underestimate myself, and that yes, I can do it.

It also reminds us to listen to our gut feelings, our instincts. This isn’t about using our head, it’s more about using our heart. It’s about going forward, even without a safety net. It’s about trusting ourselves, even when nobody else believes in us.

Going forward, and trusting the process. You are enough.


What I’ve learned


Studying tarot and reading tarot are two completely different things.

I started my tarot journey by being interested in the symbolics of tarot: The art, the Jungian archetypes and personality types, numerology, astrology, Kabbalah.

Everything about tarot was a learning experience. I spent hours every day studying the cards. I knew their different meanings, what the numbers meant, what astrological sign affected them, what the flag or flower or arch meant.

And then I started reading for others. And I soon realized what was really important. It’s the link that happens between the client and the reader and the cards. It’s the exchange that is important.

As I am writing about the paintings that I’ve done of the tarot, I’m always torn between the “real”, multifaceted meaning of a card, and then its practical meaning in a tarot reading. Sometimes it’s the same thing, but usually, the practical meaning wins.

Yes, I think it’s very important to study the tarot and its wonderful deep meanings. I also think it’s important to read the cards, to have a relationship with them.

It’s the experience with the cards that makes a difference. From experience, you know what this card has meant in the past, and if it still holds true today. This is where reading tarot becomes an art form.

I’ve learned a lot by studying, but I’m learning just as much from the cards that show up for my clients, and my clients’ reaction to them. It’s a dialogue, always.

Being a good tarot reader means to be a good listener, a listener of the client, but also a listener of that voice inside you that knows what has to be said.

I am a good tarot reader.