Mari Powers, Master Tarot and Oracle card reader, helps you find guidance from the invisible universe. She has been offering tarot classes since 1980 and has been performing readings for over 30 years. In addition, she is an ordained minister for Circle Sanctuary. Pet readings are also a specialty. Mari is also a Reiki II Initiate and a master in guided meditation. Mari is usually at Mimosa Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 11:30 to 7:00 pm. and Saturdays from 11:30 to 6:30.
Your path to becoming a tarot reader has been a long, winding one. What are some of its highlights? Learning from others and learning while teaching. I was honored to have a reading done Z. Budhapest. All the readers I have learned from, taught me something unique. My students and clients teach me daily. Learning to channel better by not knowing, or at least not usually. The exact nature of the question, concern, focus or situation I generally ask not to know, so I get out of my own way and try to form as few personal opinions as possible. Later I ask for feedback and confirmation.
Over the years, have you noticed an increase in interest in the tarot? Yes, and in all rising up of positive spiritual growth, combined with creativity, in general.
You’re also an accomplished astrologer. It seems that people nowadays are looking for something more detailed and personal than a simple daily horoscopes that were so popular in the 60s and 70s. Are you finding this as well? In a limited way. Astrology is slowly educating people, yet it is very detailed and complicated. Most are not inclined to learn that level of detail, or at least they have tried and mastered other self-knowledge techniques. However, most all have learned the limited information in the daily Sun Sign Report.
These days many people have trouble finding ways to relax and focus. Do you have any advice? Ground, Center and Shield, then, at the risk of being “too New Age”, you can find joyful and safe ways to really let go and relax. There are many techniques and if you search for these words online, you will find a lot of good information. If it fits, make it a regular practice.
Here’s a tarot geek question for you: Recently, a customer made a very good point about the Osho Zen Tarot, saying that its creators have made so many modifications to the standard tarot that she considers it more of an oracle deck, rather than a tarot deck. Many other decks also take creative liberties with the tarot to make it fit their theme. What is it that makes a tarot deck a tarot deck? Several things; the basics are 78 cards within a few, court cards, the four suits in our modern playing deck, numerology, a fifth suite of Trumps, (or Major Arcana). Numbered 0 to 21, and finally, the Trump suit relationship to the Tree of Life as preserved in Hebrew Cabbala. I agree that Osho Zen is more of an Oracle Deck.
What are some of your favorite tarot and oracle decks? Are there any newer ones that stand out? So many, and yet I only keep decks that I use. The Tarot I have at Mimosa are all friends of mine, yet picking three at present, I would say, “Shadowscape”, “Sirius Starseed” and the Merryday Tarot (out of print, available online). Bear in mind, it is what the client wants that day, and I change favorites some days, too. My favorite Oracle decks are: “The Faery Oracle and The Heart of the Faery Oracle” by Brian Froud, “The Goddess Oracle” and “Madame Eudora’s Fortune Cards.”
You’ve had a lot of experience helping people access their past lives. Why is this a valuable question for people to pursue? Most of the world believes in reincarnation. Past lives inform this one. We bring gifts and challenges. Becoming aware past lives, we can inform our futures in the present life; the one that counts now.
What exactly is “soul retrieval”? How do you accomplish something like that? This is a difficult question. It is a ceremony that I rarely do. I advise people to read Sandra Ingermann’s, “Soul Retrieval,” before considering doing one. I had my first one with one of her direct students. I have had other teachers and guides. I do it in a person’s home, with others in supportive roles. If a person has read the book, and is interested, they can contact me directly.
When you practice channeling, do you find certain deities come through more easily, while it’s more difficult to communicate with others? Yes. And it varies per person, as well.
Have you had any interesting or funny experiences working at parties? Oh yes. Divination by cards dropping out a deck or onto the floor. Finding the card that was on top of the chosen deck as one of four or five cards in a layout, out of a deck of 78, or three or four Trumps in a five card spread. Also, a few people host periodic parties and it is always magical to see how previous and current readings are linked.