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Welcome to Lionel Tarot

A thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground

I am Lionel, a Tarot reader living in Portland, Oregon with nearly 20 years of experience reading Tarot and having supportive and insightful spiritual conversations. Explore some randomly selected articles from the blog archive below, learn about me and my services, and enjoy your visit!

Two Basic Steps to Learning Tarot

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Tarot doesn't have to be esoteric or difficult all the time. Through the thick cloud of symbolism and 'authorities', the truth of Tarot is that it is firstly a deck…

Five Excuses Not to Buy a New Deck

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I love Tarot decks. The art is beautiful, the imagery is often emotionally evocative. I believe strongly that creating a new tarot deck can at times lead to high levels…

Fill in the Blank: Putting Words to the Trumps

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One of the highlights of my week are my Friday evenings, where I co-facilitate a Tarot study group. Our format is very free and open to all levels of experience,…

The Tower

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Something different and very cool happened today when I was pulling my card. My friend walked in and sat with me while I was with the card, and we began…

Counseling, Tarot, and Ethics

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I feel the topic of ethics in divination can't be discussed enough, and I'm eager to offer Tarot's virtues as a counterpoint to the suspicion it endures in popular culture.…

Seven of Swords

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My understanding of the Seven of Swords was always somewhat shallow. The card's picture in the Waite-Smith deck conveys theft, secrecy, and treachery. The association which helped me most is…

Readings upon request, no prices, no events, no subscriptions.

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I have retired my Patreon page, so many thanks to all who participated! It was a fun experiment, but it was time to close up shop. Money has never been the point of my Tarot practice, and I found that while some lovely people contributed, the subscription model led to an unequal feeling where people didn’t use their benefits enough to justify accepting their continued payments.

Too many things in our society these days are trying to make up for the gaps our society creates between our own work, the work of living, being, loving, and becoming – is eclipsed by jobs and meeting our basic needs. Even a spiritual practice is considered in terms of monetization. Minding this, I’m removing pricing from this site; I want this side of my life to be about the real work of connecting with one another about things that matter to us. I am also retiring my work with events, as I prefer the intimacy of individual readings. I’ll read for a small group or couple if that is what feels right, let me know.

If you feel drawn to a reading or a less structured spiritual conversation with me, please read my Readings and Lessons page to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Time for a Change

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Welcome to Lionel Tarot! Thanks for visiting! I've rehabilitated this site, worked out the dust and grime out of the blog's back-end and made the archives a bit more readable.…

Omega Tarot Conference

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I sit in the Salt Lake City airport, waiting to leave for my connecting flight in Detroit. My final destination is the prestigious Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, to attend…

Tarosophist Magazine: Issue 12

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The new issue of Tarosophist Magazine has recently been released, and I'm proud to say I'm one of the authors! My contribution is 'The Tarot Machine', and talks about an…