Ziggy’s Dance with Tarot – a bio

Discovering Tarot cards in 1977 at age 14 totally enchanted me. I could not get enough of these mysteriously beautiful images. All I knew was I had to have my own pack of cards. I was a teenager growing up in Dunedin, New Zealand. A small city that sits in one of the most Southern parts of the world. It is fair to say that Tarot was not well known! If anything it would have been regarded with much suspicion. In some quarters it still is. I knew that the cards represented something much deeper for me, so I started to look around to purchase a pack. At the same time I was attending the Spiritualist Church, listening to talks, watching mediums do psychometry and clairvoyance. One Sunday evening, a friend at the Church pulled out a little brown paper bag , she said ‘I have this for you’ and with that pressed the bag into my hands. I opened it to find the Ryder-Waite Tarot Deck!! I was so totally thrilled! What an amazing gift. Exactly 42 years on I still have these cards. They have travelled the world with me. “We” have given readings on the curb-side, under trees in Botanic gardens, at coffee shops, in friends kitchens and in tarot centres. They have danced into peoples lives showing new directions, lighter paths and undreamed of possibilities. Choosing a card to meditate with, or choosing a couple of cards for ‘micro-issues’ or using nearly the whole pack for a special Annual Tree of Life spread they have been a consistent spiritual warmth in my life.

I started to learn about Tarot at the age of 14 and it has been a part of my life for over 30 years. Before the joy of the internet I engaged in postal study of the Tarot through the Builders of the Adytum (BOTA). Since then I have studied many religions and traditions and learnt from significant teachers. I have offered readings to folk globally in person for many years. In the late eighties I attained membership with The Tarot Guild of Australia, where I studied Kabbalistic Tarot under Evelynne Joffe. For some years I was a member of the Servants of Light which gave me the education to discipline my mind and spirit to the Gnostic and Egyptian schools of esoteric knowledge and practice. It was in this teaching I came under the spell of Dolores Ashcroft-Norwicki and her wonderful fictional writing’s. Yes, I love a mystical thriller with embedded codes, symbols and mysteries! 🙂

Travelling the world and living with cultures other than mine allowed me to absorb ways of traditional spiritual practice that I have woven into my own belief systems. We are not that much different from each other when we strip it all back. We are humans who need to love, need a sense of community and will spiritually die if we don’t express our creative selves. More than that we are tribe, we are family people and we all know the struggle and joy of day to day living.

I know that the symbolism of the Tarot, the colours, the numerology, and the astrological aspects are all keys to our subconscious mind. I am a devotee of the Swiss psychoanalyst Dr Carl Jung who devoted much of his life to studying the richness of symbolism and dreams, which he believed opened doors to the collective unconscious. Accessing this part of our mind invites healing, growth and a maturing into independence. I have a classical university education which qualifies me to practice in multiple areas- and I have, but I choose the diversity, freedom and richness of human growth potential that TAROT provides. I believe it is the most wonderfully honest healing formula available to us all!

Freedom, peace, love and happiness to You and Yours.

Blessings to you.

Ziggy x

Disclaimer: TAROT Readings should not be substituted for the advice given by a medical, financial and/or legal professional. You must be at least 18 years of age or older to request one.