Annie Wilder Interview with Jeannie Reed, author of The Language of Tarot

AW: Tell us about yourself ~ where do live, what do you do for work and for fun? 
JR: I live in Manhattan, I work as a psychic and a writer, and I love to play bridge and walk dogs. I’m really lucky: I get to play cards at the United Nations, surrounded by diplomats and people in other sensitive positions attached to the Security Council. Thanks in part to my interest in dogs, I’ve reduced my blood pressure to normal. I’ve focused lately on a new book on the afterlife and spiritualism, based in significant part on my own life in the past three years. And I love love love writing novels.

AW: What led you to write THE LANGUAGE OF TAROT? 
JR: I started teaching in 1995 and there was no book out there adequate for my students. So I sat down and wrote one. The book Llewellyn has published is actually the third revision of that early book. It’s a lot more thorough (otherwise, I can tell students what they need to know so they don’t have to read it).

AW: Tell us about the first time someone read tarot cards for you. 
JR: It was a good experience. The reader used the Celtic Cross spread. As I recall, the reading was somewhat informative. The last thing he said was, “You won’t have to come back again,” referring to reincarnation. This is the only thing I remember about that very long-ago reading.

AW: What are some of the most dramatic or moving tarot readings you’ve done? 
JR: I cried once when the woman’s cards were so beautiful and joyful. I became physically terrified once when I was reading about a man who was going to commit suicide the next day, unbeknownst to me. I named the day of a future death. A daughter asked me to help her mother through dying. I did this by phone and the daughter told me later that it helped a lot. The occasional spirit comes through in a reading. (But I don’t go near past lives. It’s too easy to blame something from 1400 for something that happened in this life, like 20 years before….)

AW: Is there any one card that is always positive? Any card that is always cautionary? 
JR: The Sun is always positive: it tells of new life, a rebirth, a bright and wonderful beginning. All negative cards are cautionary: they either alert to future problems if steps aren’t taken now, or they alert to psychological issues that shouldn’t be ignored.

AW: Can anyone learn to do tarot readings? 
JR: Yes, but not just anybody can do them well. It took me four years to figure I was good enough to read people for money. Four years, and three or four hours a day of intense study. It took me a year just to master the tarot deck!

AW: Can someone do a tarot reading for herself/himself? 
JR: No. When we have a vested interest in our own outcomes, we can’t see the forest for the trees. If you want a certain thing to happen, you’ll interpret anything as saying that . . . it’s just human nature. Objectivity is crucial when any oracle is involved. When I want to understand an issue better, I use the runes,I ask only one question, and I accept the answer.

AW: Is there anything else you’d like to add? 
JR: There are a lot of frauds out there. If you see a psychic or an astrologer, do it by referral from somebody you trust. 

AW: Last, is there an advantage of your system over others? 
JR: One huge advantage of my system for reading cards over all others is that there’s almost zero guesswork. Things don’t “feel like,” they either are or they’re not. And, so, my system is also practical. It says what is. All the rest is embellishment.

The Language of Tarot

As promised, some good news: In this period since Dudley’s stroke, I’ve kept my Annie Wilder Literary Agency work going on a part-time basis. I have sold four books and an oracle kit, all of which will be published in the next 6 ~ 8 months. 

Today, I’m very pleased to announce the release of “The Language of Tarot” written by my client Jeannie Reed.

Jeannie is a Manhattan-based Tarot master with 32 years of professional reading experience. She has created a card reading system so revolutionary that I knew publishers would either jump on it or not believe it could be possible. 

“The Language of Tarot” teaches how to read cards. Literally. Jeannie shows that when you see the same two or three cards together, there is almost no guesswork involved: things mean what they mean, nothing more and nothing less. Her simple, proven system makes reading cards in a spread nearly as straightforward as reading words on a page.

Jeannie’s dream was to have her book published by Llewellyn and they made an offer right away. 

I’ll post a brief interview with Jeannie later this week. In the meantime, if you have an interest in learning Tarot or know someone that does, please check out Jeannie’s book!

https://thelanguageoftarot.com/about-the-book

Saying Goodbye to a Friend and Mentor

I had hoped that my first post in a long while would be to share some happy news ~ and I do have some good news that I’ll post later this week. 

But I’m writing today to pay tribute to my dear friend Linda Cora, who passed away at her home on August 22. I didn’t post sooner because, truthfully, it’s been hard for me to believe my friend is not still here with us on the physical side of life anymore. 

Linda was a role model and teacher to me. She had lived through some very difficult experiences as a young woman but she didn’t let them defeat her or define her. Instead, it seemed to me, Linda used all of her experiences as a source of strength, credibility, and empathy. Her trademark phrase was “Know you’re blessed and leave the rest.” Linda loved life ~ more than anyone I know! ~ and she loved to have fun. She made me laugh so often. Her humor and vitality brightened the energy of those of us lucky enough to spend time with her. 

As many of you who attended Linda’s popular spirit message circles at my house know, her intuitive and spirit communication skills were unsurpassed. She had a special bond with Leon and called several times over the years with messages Leon had given her to share with me, ranging from his thoughts on the orange and blue floor tiles I had chosen for the playroom (a little too loud for his taste) to a request that we read the back hallway blessing out loud each time I led a tea party group on a house tour. (Which we did, starting at the next tea party, and every one since.) 

Linda is the first friend I called three years ago when Dudley was in the ICU and wasn’t regaining consciousness after his stroke. She spoke to Dudley’s spirit and gave me information that wasn’t easy for me to hear at the time but proved to be incredibly valuable. 

I had hoped to offer a few select Spirited Schoolhouse events this fall and Linda was going to be one of the presenters. For several reasons, I’m going to forgo offering events this fall. I’m so sorry about this! I really miss the tea parties and Spirited Schoolhouse events but we’re not at a point where I can sustainably start hosting them again. 

I’ll close by saying that every time I think of Linda, from the moment I heard the news of her passing till right now as I type, I picture her smiling and fine, still learning, still teaching, still full of life, but now on the spirit side of life. 

I’m grateful that our paths crossed and for the friendship we shared. I have thanked Linda for all the help and guidance she gave me, for the healing messages she delivered to me and to my Spirited Schoolhouse and haunted tea party guests, and for all the positivity and healing she brought into this world, and continues to bring from the other side.

Interview with Dr. J Radio Live ~ March 14, 2019

Please join me tonight, March 14, for my interview with Dr J Radio Live at 9 PM E/8 Central.

http://drjradiolive.com/listen/

Dr J was a producer for the legendary Art Bell and has interviewed all the top names in the paranormal field, from Dr. Steven Greer to Linda Moulton Howe to Dr. Edgar Mitchell, to name just a few.

I am SO looking forward to discussing everything from ghosts to UFOs to interesting paranormal anomalies, like remote viewing and strange weather as a portal for paranormal activity.

Join us!

Winter Solstice Eve, 2018

I want to wish everyone a happy winter solstice and a peaceful and blessed holiday season. 

This photo is from last night. The winter blue night sky and rustling oak leaves reminded me how magical this world can be. Even the short time I spent outside was very restorative.

This has been a challenging couple of years, with the stroke Dudley experienced, saying goodbye to my dad and also to two of our friends. Just in the past three weeks, we learned of a family member and three friends who are facing very difficult health situations or loss. Maybe that’s why a “longest night” picture seemed fitting this year. 

Dudley and I meditate in the parlor nearly every day around dusk, sending healing energy out to people we care about and to the world. 

Tonight, we are planning to write down some of our dreams for 2019. I will be offering spirited events in 2019; it’s time. I miss this work and all of you and I believe my house and the spirits miss it as well. 

Bright blessings to you this holiday season and in 2019.

#anniewilder #wintersolstice2018  #beautifulworld #stillnessandstarlight

Halloween Interview ~ Tom Barnard Podcast

Posting from the end of the quietest October I’ve had in years, event-wise. I miss the excitement and energy of the usual October haunted teas, tours, and spirit message circles. And I miss connecting with the bittersweet energy of fall and the season’s awakened and attentive spirit world. Next year, I sincerely hope to be back with my Haunted Teas and Spirited Schoolhouse events.

As part of my sabbatical, I have not done any radio or podcast interviews since late 2016. I’m making an exception tomorrow, on Halloween, because the request came in from a friend to tell some of my scariest true stories from my house and (I think) from my Trucker Ghost Stories book on the Tom Barnard Podcast.

I’ll be on Tom Barnard’s show at 1:35 PM CST, tomorrow (Halloween) for 15 or 20 minutes. You can listen to it at the link below. (Go to October 31, 2018, Annie Wilder interview via the calendar or episode guide/archives.)

http://www.tombarnardpodcast.com

New TV Show Looking for Truckers Who Are Paranormal Investigators

 

Thank you all for the kind words and support regarding my awesome dad. I wish everyone could have had the chance to meet him; without giving such matters a thought, he inspired most everyone he came into contact with his down-to-earth honesty, old-school integrity, farmer work ethic, and sense of humor.

Posting today also about the TV show producer who contacted me recently regarding a new show from the people behind PARANORMAL STATE (one of my favorite paranormal shows). They are looking for truckers who like to investigate paranormal places and mysteries in their spare time to feature in (if I understand correctly) a pilot program for the network.

I may be doing some commentary on the program ~ still exploring that with the producer. Will keep you posted.

I’ll be contacting some of my trucker friends privately but want to say to my friend Sandi Aldershof that I wish Terry were still with us ~ he would be perfect. Also want to give a shout out to my friend Stan at Trucker Radio (maybe commentary and getting the word out?) and my trucker friends Gary Gillespie, author of CHRONICLES OF THE UNEXPLAINED and Trucker Sue~ any interest in giving this a shot?

Please help spread the word if you know of any truckers who might be what the show is looking for. And let me know if you know of someone and I’ll also email the producer. Thanks!

Fall Equinox 2018: Saying Goodbye to My Dad

I’m writing to wish everyone a beautiful fall equinox ~ as you can see from the photos below, it’s perfect fall day in Hastings, with the brilliant blue sunshine of September, warm but with a tinge of autumn’s sharp coolness in the breeze.

The equinoxes are a time to reflect on the idea/ideal of balance and take stock of our lives ~ to think about what has unfolded in the past six months, and what our dreams are for the next half of the year (and beyond). Since my sun sign is Libra, balance is one of the qualities that resonates most with me. But balance has been tough to come by in the past two years as I, along with my family, have weathered some big challenges and losses.

Dudley is doing well ~ well enough that I had four spirit message circle events lined up through Annie Wilder’s Spirited Schoolhouse. (I had not yet started promoting the events, but my sincere apologies to those who had hoped to attend a spirited event this fall.)

What happened was that my dad, a Montana farmer at heart ~ who I love and admire in a million ways and who has been instrumental in my life and sensibility ~ got very sick this summer after completing chemo. It turned out the cancer had returned ~ and he chose not to fight it anymore. (He had already beat cancer three times ~ we know how fortunate we were to have him in our life, feeling strong and well, for an extra several years.) We didn’t know how much time my dad had left or what would be happening with his health this fall, so I decided not to host any spirited events at my house.

My mom and siblings and I, along with the grandkids, cared for my dad at home, where he was surrounded by love, cared for by family, and close to the land and fields that he had plowed, planted, and harvested for 40 years. He passed away last week.

I hope and believe my dad will visit me and I talk to him every day, but my sadness is still pretty raw and raggedy. Being strong and taking care of the work that needs to be done is one of the ways I can honor my dad.

I was contacted by a TV producer while my dad was sick. She got in touch again last week ~ I will be posting about her new show and why I’m involved in the next few days.

Last note: in the past year, adding new flowers and garden spots to our yard has been a source of joy and satisfaction for me. In a small way, I feel this also honors my dad’s legacy of working with and caring for the land; of growing things and participating in the small miracle of seeds becoming flowers or oats or hay or wheat.

Sara Wiseman’s book ~ Messages from the Divine

I am thrilled to announce that my friend and Annie Wilder Literary Agency client Sara Wiseman’s book “Messages from the Divine,” is being released today* from Atria/Beyond Words (Simon and Schuster).

Sara is an award-winning author and a lovely person in every way. Her books are uplifting and empowering, offering clear, simple ways for people to tune into the divine guidance that is always there for us.

Reading Sara’s manuscript for “Messages from the Divine” last year (during one of the toughest periods in my life) inspired a genuine sense of hope and strength ~ I love this book and believe it is a powerful tool for transformation.

You can find out more on Sara’s website.

 

Congratulations, Sara!

 

 

 

 

 

(*Posted on Facebook May 15, 2018. Posting it on my blog for the first now.)  

Ghost Box

Very pleased with this St. Paul Pioneer Press front page review of GHOST BOX, a true account written by Chris and Paulette Moon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris and Paulette are my friends as well as Annie Wilder Literary Agency clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(This review ran in 2017. Posting it on my blog for the first time now.)