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.

Cover Reveal: Loyd Auerbach’s Psychic Dreaming

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In Annie Wilder Literary Agency news: Check out this gorgeous cover for Psychic Dreaming, a revised and updated edition of famed parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach’s classic title. My friend Kevin Brown designed the cover, which is perfect for the book.

SO excited about this! This will be the first book released by one of my literary agency clients and I couldn’t be more pleased. If you’re into the paranormal at all, you’ve probably read Loyd’s books, articles, and interviews, and seen him on dozens of TV shows.

I’ve been a fan of  Loyd’s since his days as a columnist for FATE magazine and am happy to be working with him on reissuing his classic titles as well as pitching some new books.

Psychic Dreaming will be released in April of 2017. I’ll post more details about the book and an interview with Loyd closer to the release date.

My thanks to Llewellyn, Kevin Brown, and acquisitions editor Amy Glaser!

Christopher Moon, Paulette “Momma” Moon, and the Ghost Box in the Parlor

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Had a lovely visit last week with my Annie Wilder Literary Agency clients (now friends) psychic medium team Chris Moon and his mom Paulette. They came up from Colorado to wrap up edits on their forthcoming book (more on that in a moment) and be filmed for the 2016 Halloween episode of Life to the Max.

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Chris was the first person to work with the infamous “Frank’s Box” also known as a Ghost Box or Thomas Edison’s Telephone to the Dead. (Yes, THAT Thomas Edison!) Frank’s Box was the precursor to what are now standard tools of the trade for paranormal investigators, the Schack Hack and the Ovilus.

Both Chris and Paulette are extremely gifted mediums ~ in fact, before they even turned on the Ghost Box, they were picking up names of spirits who lived and died in this house. I have never written about three of the spirits they named and the fourth, if I mentioned him at all in my books, had a pen name. They also shed some light on a longstanding mystery that followed almost exactly the narrative provided by another psychic friend of mine (also never written about and rarely spoken about to anyone but a few of my family members). If I am able to verify the information in some way, it will be included in my next book.

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And speaking of books, I am pleased to announce that Chris and Paulette have written a book describing  their fascinating encounters with a variety of spirits and inter-dimensional beings using the Ghost Box. The book’s final title has not yet been decided, but it will be published by Llewellyn sometime in 2017. Will definitely keep you posted on this project!

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Will also let everyone know the date and time when the Life to the Max episode will air this fall. The reporter for the night was WCCO’s award-winning journalist Liz Collin, which was really an honor. We had quite a bit of spirit activity during the shoot, and it was during the filming that two of the previous owner’s names came though. (First and last names.) If the clip stays in the final piece, you’ll see how shocked I was when I realized what had been said.

Also, for those of you familiar with EMF meters, ALL the lights were lit up for approximately 10 ~ 15 minutes. (For those unfamiliar with EMF meters, I am told this almost never happens, even for just a minute.) Another paranormal team that came to my house had a similar experience with their EMF meter. The video from that night that is on my website, “Ghost Busters: The TIPS Crew Investigates Annie Wilder’s House” ~ Life to the Max Show, 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

November, 2015: Scenes From the Tea Table

 

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November, 2015: Scenes from the tea table.

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile! November is always a respite for me, a quiet time after the haunted tea party season ends and before the hubbub of Christmas begins. This year, November was quiet as far as entertaining and events, but filled to the brim with work I love ~ helping people get theirs books polished up and published. Pictured in this post are my good friend/fellow writer Kelly, over for our November writers’ weekend, and my assistant Sylvie at my tea table desk.

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I am grateful to have as much work as I do ~ seven clients now for the Annie Wilder Literary Agency ~ and I just sold my first book for one of my clients this past week. Will share details on this book and others as we go along the process.

Also was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time outside last month, as we had gorgeous weather. Nearly every day felt like a gift; sunny, crisp, and fall-cool with gorgeous colors and green grass (!) because of all the rain this year.

I’ve also embarked on an online study of Rosicrucianism, meditating almost every day in the late afternoon, at twilight. I’m enjoying it immensely and will post more details about my experiences with it as I get further along.

Last but not least, have had some friendly visits from the house spirits, mostly last at night. Gentle tapping in the walls, exaggerated whispers and gurgling water noises in the pipes, even something that sounded like someone moving a heavy stack of books around a desk. (Wonder where the spirits have heard that before?)

Announcing the Annie Wilder Literary Agency

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I’m very pleased to announce my new venture: The Annie Wilder Literary Agency. 

This is the second and final piece in a plan to help writers of paranormal and metaphysical books get book deals and get their books into the hands of readers.

Here’s what I say on my web pages for the Annie Wilder Literary Agency and Inkswiggler Editing & Publishing Consults:

I want to help you get published. 

I’ve had a lot of lucky breaks and opportunities in my writing career and one of my goals is to help other writers get published.

Through the Annie Wilder Literacy Agency, and Inkswiggler Editing & Publishing Consults,  I can offer writers and aspiring writers whatever level of assistance is needed. All the details on how to query, submit material, or get an idea of costs (for editing) are available right on my website:

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I have many friends in the paranormal publishing and paranormal media field who are helping me get the word out — Jim Harold of the mega-popular Paranormal Podcast, and Phyllis Galde, publisher of FATE magazine, to name just a few. Thank you, Jim and Phyllis!

I also want to thank my good friend and fellow writer, Terry Aldershof, for giving me the idea of starting a literary agency in the first place. Terry is a former trucker who wrote the foreword and contributed three excellent stories to Trucker Ghost Stories. We also appeared together on the Discovery Channel/Destination America show Monsters and Mysteries in America. (Season 1, “Badlands” episode, if you want to check it out.) Terry has a truly terrifying true ghost story book of his own, Anatomy of a Haunting, published under his pen name, Lee Strong. (Terry was my first client for the Annie Wilder Literary Agency, which seems fitting and right. I already have other clients as well, which is one of the reasons why I’ve been so busy this summer.)

It is my hope that I will have the opportunity to help many other writers realize their dream of getting published.

I’ll end this post by sharing the testimonial that was the catalyst for the Annie Wilder Literary Agency and by linking to my favorite page on my website, the testimonials page.

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Testimonials

“I am not sure that Annie understands how much she impacted my life.  When I gave her the synopsis of Anatomy of a Haunting, it was she who insisted that I write it.  It was Annie who gave my synopsis to her agent to sell it, and when that didn’t work out, she stepped in and helped me get my manuscript in shape to query a publisher.

“When all that was done… she found a publisher that loved my book. I know that whatever she does, she will make an impact on the lives she touches. I wish Annie would consider being an agent. She is exactly what this industry needs.”

—Lee Strong, author of Anatomy of a Haunting