Nancy Garen
My Pix - 1999 People are always asking me to talk about myself so I thought I'd share a little of my background and an interview I did on Tarot Made Easy. 

My History
I think (like most left-handed, right-brained, psychic people probably do) that I was born different. I was always intuitive and as far back as I can remember, I have yearned for knowledge of that which exists beyond the visible, material realm and what really made things tick. 

When I was about thirteen, I became interested in the Tarot and that, along with the study of Numerology, Astrology and just about every other spiritual/metaphysical book or quest, became an all-encompassing focus for me. 

For the next ten to fifteen years, I immersed myself in Eastern and Western religions and Science of Mind-type philosophies and meditated a great deal. Eclectic and artistic by nature (and having to pay my bills) I also worked as a Makeup Artist for the motion picture industry. It was during that time that I embarked upon writing my first book, Creating Your Own Tarot Cards. 

Shortly thereafter, I left the studios and decided to devote my life to the study and practice of metaphysics. My first "professional psychic" job was at Inner Perceptions in Studio City and when it closed, I joined forces with Jim Watson at the Metaphysical ESP Center in Los Angeles where I was written up in an article by the Herald Examiner entitled "Is There A Psychic In Your Future." 

I taught Tarot, psychic development and Numerology, but the bulk of my time was spent writing my second book, Tarot Made Easy and developing a Tarot program sold by Matrix Software

After leaving Los Angeles, I worked as a radio psychic, continued teaching Tarot and ESP classes, and wrote and published a new workbook called The Tarot According To You.

The Interview
Q: What motivated you to write Tarot Made Easy?

A: Aside from the fact that I just have to discover answers for myself, I wrote it because the interpretations I read in other books never answered my specific questions. They were just too vague. I'd ask a question about love for instance and nothing in the card I drew talked about it! One day I thought to myself, what if every card had every possible answer I could think of... what if every card had a section about love, a section about health, money, guidance, and so forth.  And so the odyssey began...

Q: How long did it take to complete it?

A: From the inception to the end, I'd say it took at least twelve years to research and complete. After that, I spent another year making sure everything I wrote was accurate... I didn't even approach a publisher until I had three "correct" check marks in front of every category.

Q: You have an exceptional gift for words, was writing Tarot Made Easy, easy for you?

A: Thank you, but I never considered myself to be a writer! I was compelled to do it. Writing never came easy for me.  It still doesn't! I have to depend on fact gathering and intuition more than anything else.

Q: Other authors suggest reading the cards in an "upright" (positive) and "reversed" (negative) position but you don't mention that. Why?

A: Because you don't really need to with my book. There are "good" and "bad" categories on every card; it all depends on the questions you ask.

Q: Do you think anyone can learn to read the cards?

A: Absolutely!

Q: Do you prefer the reader to use the Rider-Waite deck with your book?

A: No, I don't think that matters. I started with that deck but then I made my own Tarot cards and I only use those now.

Q: Do you believe a person should learn to read without a book?

A: No, I think there needs to be some guidelines. 

Q: What is your philosophy on Tarot readings?

A: I didn't have one, but over the years I've learned three things. One, if you don't want to know the answer, don't ask the question. I believe that most of the time, we really don't want to know, we're just hoping we'll get the answer we want to hear. The second thing is that it's extremely important to listen to our intuition.  If a Tarot card reader says something that we get a "red flag" about, or we intuitively sense is wrong, we need to trust our feelings instead of the reader. Our Higher Self will  never lead us astray. Lastly, nothing is carved in granite. If we don't like our reading, we have the power to change it. 

Q: There are good readers and not so good. What do you think makes a good reader?

A: Being right of course! No, it takes more than that. What I don't like is so-called professionals that have absolutely no integrity.  I was amazed at how irresponsible some of them were. They might as well have handed out razor blades free of charge. I believe that if a card reader tells a client something negative, there ought to be some type of constructive guidance to go with it.

Q: Would you say that it's better to read for yourself or to have someone read for you?

A: Either or. There are times for self growth and learning and times for healing and help.  Again, if we trust our intuition, we will be led in the right direction.

Q: Do you do read professionally?

A: Not any more. I wanted to help people find their own answers and learn to develop their own inner resources.

Q: Do you think everyone has psychic abilities?

A: Yes I do. I also believe that, like a muscle, the more one uses it, the stronger it gets. 

Well, I've come to the end of my story.  If you want to know more about Tarot Made Easy or you have a question or comment, feel free to email me.

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