- Please Ronda, tell our readers briefly WHEN, HOW, WHERE or in WHICH circumstances we ‘met’ ?
Hurray for the Internet! I have a WordPress blog, and you liked or commented on a post, if memory serves. I love Feng Shui and Taoist philosophy, so when I saw the name of your blog, Roseline, I clicked through and have been a huge fan of “Feng Shui Steps” ever since! You are so expert, and explain things so clearly, and kindly. More than that, Feng Shui Steps celebrates life in a way that makes a reader want to act on the post, rather than tuck the information away for future use.
- Since then, could you share what is the most interesting Feng Shui result that you have experienced?
Two things come to mind. First was a gentle reminder about clearing out clutter. I had some corners and spaces that have been neglected. After your encouragement, I’ve finally tended to them. Both my own energy and the chi of the house is flowing better now. Also, I especially enjoyed the colour and element series. I used the information to introduce all of our lucky elements around the house in the correct areas of the magic square. I think it has been a nice support for all three of us.
- Let’s talk more about you and your clients Ronda… Tell us a little about you work.
My main focus is natural stress reduction, “relaxation without medication”. I do that two ways that are marketed separately in order to reach more people. On one hand I do intuitive tarot readings, on the other I offer Reiki sessions and tutorials in aromatherapy, natural health and bead meditation. The “Modern Oracle Tarot” part has been the most successful so far. Even though tarot isn’t typically connected to natural health or stress management, everyone seems to instinctively realise how comforting and relaxing a reading can be.
- What are the five words that people would use to describe ModernOracle? Quiet, imaginative, funny, level-headed, earnest.
- What was the purpose on starting ModernOracle and how has the concept come about?
I know this sounds cynical, but I started Modern Oracle purely as an entertainment service, to earn money for my Ph.D. Dissertation. I had started reading cards a decade before for myself, friends and family. And the more I did readings with the public, the more I saw how readings truly could ease troubled emotions and lift people up a little. Tarot readings are very much a way of healing with words. Since finishing school I’ve continued the readings and offer them on my holistic health website as well. I see tarot as both a healing tool and ton of fun!
- What are the most common questions that people who come to see you for advice?
Career and romance questions are far and away the most common, but there are so many nuances that feed into those two topics, no two readings are ever alike. The most challenging readings are the ones where people are committed to getting a specific prediction, such as “will he ask me to marry him” or “will I get that job”. The most rewarding readings are more open.
Another part of what I hope Modern Oracle will do is help people to see the power of choice. I want to help empower the to expand their horizons, make good choices and create a better future, rather than lock into one vision of the future with a “prediction”.
- Tell us more about your services that you provide to your clients?
My specialty is e-mail tarot readings. Many psychics would rather work in person, but to me the computer keyboard feels like a direct line to spirit and intuition. In my experience, the message in an e-mail reading is identical to live reading I also do in-home individual readings and tarot parties in our local area. I’m in the process of developing several books on a variety of topics including tarot, intuition development, and holistic health.
- Tell us about your process for working with clients?
This first step is exactly what we are doing here – we talk about the process of a reading and what to expect. I tell them a little about the card deck, the card spread, what readings can and can’t do, plus answer any questions they have. It is like an introduction or a stage magician’s patter, to set the tone and get the ball rolling. I like to think that puts them at ease and builds trust. I don’t ask a lot of questions at the beginning of a reading. I want them to see that it is really a spiritual and intuitive experience, rather than logical inferences from the information they give. The reading starts with an overview of the general patterns of the card spread, then we go through the cards one by one. In the end we summarise with a ‘cold reading’…any intuitive impressions that come through whether it is related to their cards, or not. I do that part with the intent that the highest, best, most needed messages will come through. That is where my learning path is right now, too. I’m learning more about scrying. As I learn more it would be a fun thing to introduce a crystal ball or black mirror for the summary part. It would be a cool visual element for Halloween parties in any case!
- What advice can you offer to people who are just discovering ModernOracle?
At the risk of sounding like a 1990s pop song…don’t worry, be happy. I love answering questions, so don’t be afraid to ask them. I don’t shock or judge easily, so relax and be yourself, you know? The whole point of a tarot readings is to feel more at ease. For that reason, this is an excellent place to get your first ever tarot reading.
- Do you have a book/art piece that you would like to recommend?
My own or other peoples’? I love to read, and could give a long list of book recommendations. “Suggested reading” pages are in progresss for both web sites. I’m infatuated with Jill Brammer Ware’s artwork on bloomingchakras.com, especially her watercolors and coloured inks. My shameless self promotion would be “Triquetra: The Dance of Worlds” my poetry collection on amazon.com for Kindle. Just released in February 2013, it was a learn-by-doing, self-publication project.
- Where do we find your services?
For Tarot readings, I’m at www.ModernOracleTarot.com
To schedule in-person readings or card parties in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, I’m at 421-206-9171. Stress reduction, Reiki and Natural Health information is at www.RondaSnow.com and the same phone number.