By Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

“So, it is my philosophy that the purpose of a Tarot reading is to provide you with
insights about yourself and the world around you in order to empower you to
*create* the future you want. This is why I tell people that I am not a “fortune
teller”; I am a “fortune helper.”

James Ricklef about his Tarot Philosophy

It is my pleasure to introduce you a Tarot reader, teacher, lecturer, and author of Tarot books, decks, fiction and Haiku poetry, Fortune Helper, as he says about himself, James Ricklef. James has given a lot of interviews for radios and blogs, and as I made my way through them I learnt more and more about this humble, knowledgeable and very down-to-earth and yet highly spiritually developed man. I found it to be a rare combination I met only a couple of times in my life. I recommend you go to his website, www.jamesricklef.com and explore his interviews, articles, and of course his tarot blog, www.jamesricklef.wordpress.com.

James was one of the first professionals I “stumbled upon” at the beginning of my Tarot Journey. I rememebr him starting his blog, and I was faithfully following him from the Republic of Georgia and from China, and then when I returned back to Uzbekistan, I could not open it. I am still clicking every new link I see from James, but, strangely enough, only articles I really NEED at this time of my life open up. For example, we were planning to talk about Tarot Affirmations and sure enough, the page for Temperance, affirmation of the week, opened up to tell me to be patient: I am still in the hospital from last week’s lung collapse, and though I do not feel well I wanted to hold this show with James: talking Tarot lifts up my spirits! 🙂

During our show, which you can download from the archives at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edvictoriaevangelina, we talked about non-traditional uses for the Tarot and discussed the place of spirituality in one’s life and ways of exploring it with the help of Tarot. James is working on Tarot for Your Spiritual Path book and he kindly shared two of his new spreads with the listeners.

I have to admit, that I find James *insanely* talented about creating spreads! He seem to be able to take any picture/cartoon/phrase or a huge concept like happiness in Buddhism and wrap his mind around it and prodice a wonderful, simple, useful spread! He shares insights and how-to-s of his many techniques in 5-starred by Amazon.com book Tarot — Get the Whole Story which is a follow up to his Tarot Tells the Tale.

Talking about James I cannot not to mention his lovely deck, Tarot of the Masters, which is inspired by classic paintings by old masters, such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Bouguereau, Rubens, and Hieronymus Bosch. I highly recommend you get the companion book when purchasing this limited edition deck, for having the insight story totally changes one’s perspective and hightens appreciation of the deck.

Listen to the episode #8 to learn one of the most common denominators between Tarot and Feng Shui, to learn how to create and use affirmations (described in details inTarot Affirmations book), to get insights about Spirituality and Tarot and to add two new Tarot Spreads into your collection! Unfortunately, Ed Peterson was busy at work and could not co-host this show…. but hopefully, he will be  back on air next Saturday, November 20th, 4pm Central, when we will talk with Ellen Zucker, Intuitive Tarot Reader and Astrologer.

Thank You, James Ricklef, for coming to our show! Thank you for all the work you do to bring Tarot on a higher level and remind people of its spiritual foundation over the mundane “fortunetelling” use!

Check out James’ blog: http://jamesricklef.wordpress.com

Join the FUNdamental experience with Ed and Victoria Evangelina on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edvictoriaevangelina !!

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