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Thoughts Inspiration Education: My First Tarot Experience

Oracle Readings by Tirza Schaefer

I lived in London at the time and strolled over a fare market in Covent Garden (that was back in the early 90s when I was about 19 years old) with craft items, etc. There was a lady sitting at a small table. She was beautiful. Black, had long braids, in her mid-30s, noble features and a beauty that shone from within, really kind and warm.

That was back in the early 90s and I didn’t know a thing about tarot cards. I thought, she was selling a card game, and I saw a couple of the pictures on them, so went over to her and asked about it. She was so nice! She laughed and took the time to explain to me what it was and I was hooked. She offered to read for me and when I hesitated, not having much money at the time, she said, she’ll do it for free, if I buy her a coffee at the café and bring it to her, so she wouldn’t have to leave her table unattended. I agreed and she read for me.

She did a full 30 minutes and I asked her lots of questions about the meaning of the cards and what they meant in relation to each other. She answered everything patiently and was happy I was so enthusiastic. She told me, I would be getting married in the not-too-distant future in an exotic place. I married my ex-husband two years later in Malaysia. She also told me, I would be a healer and help many people with alternative modalities and that I had psychic gifts.

Oracle Readings by Tirza Schaefer

I didn’t believe it at the time, because I had buried those talents so deeply that at the time, I was totally unable to access them, as I’d grown up in a secular family who made fun of anyone not adhering to orthodox scientific laws and believing there was “more out there.” She said, I’d meet a lot of people from around the world and travel a lot and that I would have children and be a great mum.

At the time, I had decided I never wanted to have children because I wanted a job where I could travel a lot. I went on to study tourism management and after graduation, I got a great job offer, allowing me to travel, but then found out two days later, I was pregnant and decided to have the baby, although I had up to that point never wanted any children. I now have three and love being a mother. I do travel, as time and money permits, but I work from home online with people from all over the world, offering spiritual services and also literary ones.

She had predicted that I would be a writer and publish at least a book, probably a lot more. I loved writing even then, but thought I wasn’t good enough to publish, because I lacked self-confidence. I now have 24 books published and am working on more. She said I was a slow starter, but once things got rolling, I’d live up to it and grow into my role.

Oracle Readings by Tirza Schaefer

I only published my first books in early 2015, and my life has changed a lot since I’ve come out of the closet, so to speak. But my growth spurts, not only in a professional capacity, but also as a mother, in my personal development, etc, have been enormous. That’s not always an easy thing, as it can be very intense at times, but as she said, I pull through and live up to it.

Only years later, I became a reiki master teacher and later still, I started to buy some different card decks. And now I work with all that, helping people all over the world and I have friends, on and offline in many different countries in the world, while still having a stable and happy family life. I’ll never forget that lady. I keep remembering her in so many situations in my life and smile every time I do so.

I am glad, with the last money I had, I not only bought her a coffee, but also surprised her with a muffin for which I actually got a hug! A really warm all-out one. As I was feeling a bit lonely and lost at the time, this was probably the best gift she could bestow upon me at the time. It gave me hope and courage and a trust that there were nice people out there to meet and become friends with. And that was what happened…


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