Re-posted with permission
I first mentioned her on my blog when I wrote about the Past Life Reading she gave me. I featured her for my Z post in the 2011 A-Z Blogging challenge, and even wrote a tribute for her on her birthday.
Zamm is my cousin, and a professional tarot card reader. She’s one of the most talented (and fascinating) people I know, and today I get to introduce her to you.
Now, without further delay, I present an interview with Tarot Zamm.
1. Tell us about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are your hobbies and interests, hidden talents?
I’m blessed with three great kids and a loving and supportive husband. I have an insatiable hunger for learning – through my daily interactions with people and the wisdom shared by great minds through their books, audios and videos.
I am an intuitive life coach with a mission of helping people find harmony of mind and spirit. I also read the TAROT and sense the energies of people. I’m also able to connect with my spirit guides at a very personal level.
I love to sing, read, watch documentaries, paint (which I haven’t done in years but hopefully I can do again in the near future). I love to watch Bones, Castle, Game of Thrones, Buffy, Angel, Star Trek, etc.
I’d love to think my hidden talent is in cooking, who I am kidding! I would love to learn how to properly cook which is a far cry from just coming up with something, with whatever ingredients are available.
2. You are a professional tarot card reader. What sort of services do you provide to clients?
Well, the TAROT is a very versatile tool. If you’re into exploring your spirituality and are asking the deeper questions in life, then I can probably help you with that. We can explore your past life, enlighten you about your twin flame, try to ease your pain in losing a loved one through understanding and acceptance, help you deal with a haunting, help you discover more about yourself (present life), bring out that creative spark in you and address the topics of interests (love life, finances, success, projects, etc) – all through the wisdom of the TAROT.
3. What was your career before you became a tarot reader? What made you decide to become a professional tarot reader?
I have over 20 years of work experience in marketing, business development, training, account management and business ownership, in financial services, banking, marketing and advertising, real-estate, the arts, and government service. My employment and self-employment brought me to countries like Turkey, Iran, the UAE and New Zealand.
Becoming a TAROT Reader was never my intention, until a series of events including health concerns “pushed” me to accept this calling. I’ve always wanted to help people, that’s why I’ve always been in the service industry (in the secular world). But now, I serve people as their guide in finding the most important answers that could help them see things differently and move forward. And as an Intuitive Life Coach, I help them uncover the answers that are already within them, and equip them with tools that support positive outcomes from the changes they are undergoing.
4.How did you learn to read tarot cards? How and when did you discover you had this particular ability?
I learned from watching my mother. She was using ordinary playing cards, which has the same meaning for the TAROT’s court and minor arcana cards. The Major Arcana, which were not represented in the ordinary playing cards, were easy to learn because it tells us the story of the FOOL’s journey to enlightenment.
I discovered I connected well with the cards, starting with the ordinary playing cards, when I would read for friends and family and I would later find out that the reading turned out to be as how I saw them through the cards. I use to have headaches after those readings because I was so young (in my teens). Then when I had my own business, I would occasionally guide some of my colleagues (again with the ordinary cards) after which they would thank me for helping them discover options they thought would never work, but actually did.
The TAROT, having the major arcana, is obviously richer in symbolisms and opens more doors to many existing possibilities for each of us. It’s up to us to build the bridge.
5. How do tarot cards work exactly? How do they give a person guidance and advice?
This is how I always explain it to my clients before I start their reading:
“When you consult the cards in a TAROT Reading, it will always show you your most probable possibility. Having said that, there are limitless possibilities for each of us out there. However, no matter how small decisions you make, often, it may seem like you are being lead to a certain path. When you consult the cards, that is the path that you see. It serves like a road map. If you like what you see, then proceed.
If you don’t like what you see, then you’ve been empowered by knowing. You can change it, enhance it or avoid it. What you decide to do with the knowledge you’ve gained from a TAROT Reading is entirely up to you. Nothing is set in stone.
You have to remember that you already possess the most powerful gift–your FREE WILL. The cards, the stars or whatever it is we choose to use is merely a tool. You already have this immense power within you. Everything else is mere suggestion.”
6. You have many clients all over the world, and they consult you via Skype, or over the phone. How are you able to read their energies, even when you’re thousands of miles apart?
I have never ever thought that distance or lack of physical contact would affect a reading. I guess I’m blessed with being able to tune into one’s energy as soon as I hear a person’s voice. The voice is like a tuning fork which gives me each person’s unique frequency. This frequency connects with the cards when I touch them showing me a visual story board of what’s happening to my clients. It’s very intuitive as there is no time to think, the story just unfolds and I have to tell it as I see it.
7. What has been your biggest challenge with regards to your abilities? How have you overcome this challenge?
I have always been very blessed with the clients that find their way to me with regard to trusting my ability to effectively relay their messages. They’ve always expressed gratitude and confirmation of how empowered, clear and hopeful they’ve become after a reading through their feedback and continuous patronage.
The biggest challenge lies within me. I maybe very spiritual but I’m still human and in being human I am prone to doubt how effective I am in guiding and helping people.
I occasionally need to remind myself that I can only show my client the path, it will be up to him/her to decide whether or not to take it. It is not unusual when what is being presented in a reading is not exactly what the client wants to hear. In situations like this, the challenge for me is in having faith that my client will choose the right path for him/herself and learn from the consequences of his/her decisions.
This is still a work in progress.
8. Do you consider your ability a gift? How do you help people with this gift?
Of course for the most part, it is a gift. The ability to paint a picture, through the TAROT, of the different outcomes that await a client gives them a better understanding of their current situation and the commitment required to build the bridge towards getting there.
9. Could you share some memorable experiences you had because of this talent?
Well recently, I have a very important client and he came to me for guidance with regard to applying for his dream post. From the very first session we had I knew he would get it, but I was very honest with the challenges, I saw, he would face. Every significant development he would come to me and ask for guidance, and the cards would reveal important personalities and influences at play, which he took to heart and made sure he prepared for. After a few months of waiting, he came back to me with the great news that he got his dream job. He was very thankful and pleased. And so was I for him.
1o. How do your clients find you? Where is your office located? Where can they reach you online?
I’m quite uncomfortable answering this question so can I just redirect you to some of their feedback? http://www.tarotreader.co.nz/what-clients-say/
My office is located within Wellington CBD, otherwise they can visit my websites:
For TAROT Readings: tarotreader.co.nz
For Intuitive Life Coaching: zammtopia.com
They can also follow me through Facebook and Twitter: /zammtopia and /tarotzamm.
11. What’s a typical day like for a tarot card reader? What’s your usual schedule?
At the moment a typical day for me is divided into studying, readings, coaching, writing and running my business. I’m completing my PostGrad Diploma in Business and Diploma in Professional Coaching so I spend about 3 to 4 hours a day studying. I spend about 3 to 4 hours a day Reading and Coaching, then I divide the remaining time writing, researching and doing the administrative part of my business.
12. You have a natural talent for tarot reading, but is it possible to learn how to read tarot cards? How would one go about learning this skill?
Definitely, the TAROT can be learned, just like anything else. In fact, I have created the TAROT Wellington Meet-up where I teach and facilitate TAROT learning to those who are interested for FREE, this is my way of giving back. It also gives me a sense of purpose to help and connect people to the TAROT not just when they need advice but in their daily lives. They do find the TAROT as an empowering tool.
As in any form of learning, time and commitment is required. And if you have passion for it, then that will take you a very long distance.
13. What advice would you give folks who are interested in the tarot, but are hesitant/afraid to try it?
We have a tendency to be afraid of things personally unbeknownst to us. Hearing scary stories pertaining to the occult and the TAROT being the devil’s tool don’t help either.
We have to set one thing clear here, the TAROT is a tool. As with any kind of tool, it needs to be learned, practiced, and used only with good intentions. Let’s compare it to a fork. We use the fork to eat, but in the wrong hands it can be a deadly weapon. However, we can’t quite use the TAROT as a deadly weapon in that manner, but it can significantly influence your way perspective and beliefs.
My advice, if you want to learn the TAROT, you need an open mind. You cannot be judgmental either. If a person is pessimistic and fearful by nature, I would advise against you learning or using the TAROT. But if you are naturally positive and benevolent, then you would be surprise with the wonders the TAROT can reveal to you in learning it.
14. What other projects are you currently working on? Aside from being a tarot card reader, what other services do you provide?
Well as I mentioned earlier I’m also an Intuitive Life Coach. Through coaching I help people in their transitions and desired transformation. I introduce new tools that enhance thinking and decision making.
In reading the TAROT I show you the path to your destination. In Coaching I help you build the infrastructure needed to arrive at your destination.
In reading the TAROT I’m like your GPS system, showing you the direction. In Coaching we’re in the same car, you drive and I help you navigate.
Together we plan the trip to find a better, not necessarily easier, road, but one that would definitely make you an excellent driver – as you get closer to your destination.
15. Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
Thanks for your time reading this interview, I hope you learned a thing or two that may be useful to you.
As a parting reminder life is short so try to make the most of it by being responsible for your own happiness and success. Have faith in yourself and your ability to achieve. Many blessing to you all!
UPDATE: Since this interview, Zamm has completed both her qualifications in Professional Coaching and PostGraduate in Business. She has moved office to the more centrally located Lambton Quay. She is currently writing her first book, which is also her first major project for Zammtopia Publishing. She is also holding workshops in dreams, intuition, the Tarot, NDEs, OBEs and the spiritual world.