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Hello, my name is Freyja and I’m a Tarot reader and continual student. I’m currently a member of the American Tarot Association, Tarot Association of the British Isles, The Tarot Guild, and Tarosophy Tarot Association. In addition, I’m a free reader at the ATA’s Free Tarot Network and at TABI’s network. I also enjoy including Oracle cards and Runes in my Tarot readings, reading Oracles and Runes alone, and would like to eventually read Petit Lenormand and Kipper cards as well.
I was extremely lucky to have met and married my soulmate. We’ve been married for almost 20 years (together for more than 20). We’re both avid animal lovers and proudly adopted both of our dogs. My other interests include: photography, writing fiction (currently just a hobby), crocheting, meditating, reading fiction (King is my fav), mythology, and poetry, and I love learning new things. I recently began learning about Mindfulness and Buddhism, and find both very interesting.
How I use the Tarot
Personally, I do not use the Tarot cards to foretell the future. I do not possess any supernatural abilities therefore, I am unable to use the Tarot to accurately prophesy or give predictions.
Alternatively, I use the Tarot as a key to unlock our subconscious, revealing the insight and knowledge our minds withhold, sometimes in an attempt to protect ourselves. As an intuitive reader, I interpret the rich symbolism found in the card’s imagery, pulling back the curtain so the truth can be revealed. I use these findings to offer guidance, as well as empowerment, with the matter at hand. When used in this manner, the Tarot can be a very constructive and beneficial tool, opening the doors to unknown opportunities, paths, thought processes, messages etc.
Click here to read how I became interested in the Tarot.
A lot more personal…
My childhood was quite different than most kids and certainly not boring.
I began ice-skating when I was seven years old and continued for nine years, training hard and competing. I skated for two hours every morning, before school and in the summer, I skated in a program, eight hours a day, six days a week. In addition, I danced for 19 years. I began dancing when I was 3 years old and I took every class they offered but settled on jazz and ballet (required of skating), three nights a week. The dedication and commitment it took to skate and dance while also going to school, shaped me into the person I am today.
When I was eight years old, I began suffering from debilitating headaches and they were quickly diagnosed as migraines. Back in the 70’s, the doctors didn’t know nearly as much as they do now and just chalked it up to stress caused by my skating and dancing. During the next two decades they would change in severity and quantity. Sometimes they were so bad, I would be in bed for three days, while other times, they were mild and rarely occurred. That all changed in early ’96, when I was in my late 20’s.
One day, only a few days shy of our one year anniversary (of just dating), I woke up with a bad migraine and 10 days later, I still had it in full force. Over the next couple of months, I was diagnosed with Chronic Daily Headache (CDH). I can’t explain how shocked and dumbfounded I was. I never even heard of having a daily migraine. Our life as we knew it, completely changed overnight. I literally had a migraine five to seven days a week and was practically bed-ridden for most of that time.
After 16 years of seeking treatment by numerous neurologists and headache clinics, in six different states, and trying countless medications, I finally found a neurologist at Mt. Sinai in NYC. He immediately sent me for a procedure called a medial branch block. This acted as a ‘test’ to see if a nerve ablation, which was the ultimate goal, would work. Luckily, it did. The nerve ablation is literal; under radiofrequency, the doctor taps into three areas of my cervical spine (C2, C3, C4) burning lesions onto the nerves to ablate them.
It’s amazing…that’s all pain really is. It’s simply a message to your brain that can be turned off like a switch and that’s what this does. The lesions ablate the nerves preventing the pain messages occurring about 90% of the time and lasts for approximately one year and then I repeat the procedure. In other words, I have my life back or I should say, ‘we’ have our life back.
This procedure has allowed me to begin learning about the Tarot again, after buying my first deck in ’95 and being forced to put it aside. It also allowed me to teach myself how to crochet, to open the shades in our house allowing the sunshine in, to wear perfume, and to make plans with friends without the anxiety I may have to cancel, plus so much more.
The ablations have allowed my husband and I to have a social life again; to go out with each other as well as our family and friends. It has given me the ability to make new friends, after losing almost all my others, and to have fun again. We can now go to a restaurant and not worry how loud it’s going to get and we can buy tickets to a show and not worry if we’ll be able to make it or not; that happened with The Boy From Oz with Hugh Jackson (ugh…I can’t believe we missed him). Now I don’t get anxious when it’s going to rain, or even when it’s too sunny, or when I watch a sad movie – crying will no longer trigger a migraine. It has allowed me to get out of bed and start moving again. My once athletic body is now a moderately overweight, blob of mush. Most people have no idea how many triggers there are or what a migraine is like, or how it can affect your life and your loved ones. It is not just a headache!
I am extremely grateful I finally found a neurologist and a procedure that allowed my life to be normal again. While I am being extremely positive in this post, the truth is I do get break through pain that can be discouraging and difficult to deal with. When I get used to having no pain, my pain tolerance decreases. Still, I shouldn’t complain (and I try not to) because I am lucky. Of course, I’d like to be 100% but I’ll take 90%, especially because now it’s been over 21 years.
I had no plans to share my health problems but, it is a big part of my life. Plus, I’ve learned a lot through the years and if I can help just one other person, it’s worth it. In addition to the migraines, I also have Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN). I won’t bore you further with the details, but it is something that is common with my type of migraine (Hemicrania Continua) and I will tell you that it’s excruciatingly painful. Luckily, the TN is being managed with medication with only a handful of really bad attacks per year.
If you’re interested, I will be posting about migraines and TN in the personal area of this blog.