How long have you been reading Tarot?

People often ask "how long have you been reading the tarot?"

I can pinpoint the exact place I first encountered the tarot.

In my early 20's I decided to spend three months traveling around America. I had three big dreams; visit Laura Ingall's home, Gracelands & New Orleans ( I was a big fan of Anne Rice at the time!).

After my first week in New York I felt overwhelmed at everything, and found myself on a train in tears. Someone came up to me, sat next to me and gently talked me through my fears. He then invited me back to his house at the end of my three months to share my stories.

That's me, first day in America, top the the world trade centre.

At the end of my journey, having had an amazing time I did contact him, and found myself in a student house, not a dime to my name and one week left until my plane out.

They fed me for the week ( I really did have no money left!) and whilst they were out at college all day I read their books.

Turned out they were all pagans (not a term I had really come across much before) and I felt as if my eyes had been opened, I returned home with a burning desire to learn everything I could about the strange world of tarot, astrology, knights Templar's and grail quests.

I became very interested in both astrology and tarot, in the end it came down to simplicity. Astrology really needs either a computer or a mathematical brain- at the time I had neither. Tarot needs just a pack of tarot and books for research. I still carry my astrology with me, Liz Greene's psychological approach remains a great influence on how I understand the tarot.