Annie Wilder Interview with Suzanne Worthley, Author of An Energy Healer’s Book of Dying

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Here’s my interview with my dear friend and Annie Wilder Literary Agency client Suzanne Worthley.

Many of you met Suzanne at the annual haunted tours of my house sponsored by the Rosemount ISD#196 Community Ed program. An incredibly gifted intuitive and healer who works with energy holographicly, Suzanne offered additional insights on the house spirits and energy anomalies at my house. And Suzanne’s help was invaluable in an energy healing session for a property that needed some assistance.

Last note, Suzanne’s book was released in March, just as the pandemic was starting to accelerate in the US. I’m posting this interview months later than I had planned, just after the election results. Working with energy has been a true challenge this year; I’m trying to flow with it and remember to breathe and be extra patient, kind, respectful.

I hope you enjoy my interview with Suzanne.

AW: Tell us about yourself ~ where do you live, what do you do for work and for fun?

SW: I basically grew up in Minnesota with a couple of breaks just prior to getting married including Colorado and California. I pretty much prefer Minnesota, its energy, and of course my family is here.

For work I am a full time Energy Practitioner, that means I do energy work on people, animals, places and spaces which of course leads into paranormal experiences and land and home clearing. Plus, I have done hospice work for the dying for close to 20 years now.

To me, my job and my fun factor kind of blend together because I am so incredibly intrigued by anything energetically, from haunted places to land energy carrying eons of information in special places like Peru. I love when I am able to share energetic experiences and knowledge with others in incredibly sacred places and I am blessed my work offers that.

AW: When did you first realize you had a intuitive/healing gift?

SW: I was very psychic as a small child and then of course like most folks I stuffed it away to “fit in” in the early years of growing up. I did allow myself to own a big intuition quotient, but it was there all along, just hidden for quite some time.

The actual gift of doing healing, however, came later when all my knowing came back in a flash. It was in my late 30’s and the flood gates opened so dramatically I thought I might be going a bit crazy. Sadly, back then there was not a lot of help or guidance like there is today to assist those in their awakening process. So I ended up learning a lot on my own through my guides and helpers. Then my life totally changed ~ I left my corporate world and became an energy healer.

AW: What was the trigger for the floodgates opening?

SW: There were a couple of factors I believe. I had been married for about 20 years with four kids living the typical life when my husband and I attended a Marriage Encounter Weekend where I met a woman that did Hands on Healing. At that time, I had no idea what that even meant but she was the one that told me to learn about energy and I took her advice. She recommended Barbara Brennen’s book Hands of Light. Ironically, I already owned that book (given to me by a friend) but had never really read it because the concepts went completely over my head ~ so it sat on my bookshelf for years. After that weekend, I took it down and read the entire book in a day, already “knowing” almost everything within it as familiar inner knowledge; funny how spirit works, right?

Not long after, I walked outside my back door one afternoon as my husband was coming across the driveway and I could literally “see” inside of him and I blurted out, “You need to get your medicines checked or you are going to die.” It was insane ~ I could completely see his aura and how black the blockages were throughout his etheric system. He did go in and get his meds adjusted but this was the beginning of the floodgate which continued each day, seeing, hearing, and remembering more and more. Then the “light people” returned, that’s when it got a bit crazy as my psychic sight remembered sacred geometry, light fractals, and Starseeds; that’s when I scrambled to get my hand on anything to read and study because I thought I was losing it!

Basically, I believe spirit awakens us when it is our time to remember what we know and it was my time and my information and guidance came in fast and strong. It was time for me to get to work.  

AW: What led you to write An Energy Healer’s Book of Dying?

SW: I never really set out to write a book, much less one on dying, but it was because of my hospice work this came to be. I found myself curious as to what was happening to and with my dying clients and so I actually began telepathically “interviewing them” to find out exactly what they were experiencing, seeing, sensing, and knowing. I wrote it down for just me at first, but then I began to share what I was learning at hospice meetings. Everyone wanted more information so it became more of a Power Point training presentation, which then turned into an e-book, and finally an actual book.  I am very happy the journey took that course.

AW: How did you get started working in hospice work?

SW: I was already doing energy work and one day out of the blue it hit me that I could combine my knowledge of death from growing up as a mortician’s daughter with my healing skills. It is amazing how spirit works.  My sister who is a huge pet lover stopped by my home that very day and told me she was off to the Pet Expo at the local convention center. I asked her to keep an eye out for any booth with information regarding hospice work. And wouldn’t you know, she came upon just that at the show and that is how easily it happened. I took their classes, got certified, was a hospice volunteer for many years and then began training.  I was with that hospice organization for several years. When they folded, I continued my hospice work independently and still do to this day.

AW: You share a fascinating true story in An Energy Healer’s Book of Dying  about working with a hospice patient with Alzheimer’s. Can you tell us what you learned from that experience? 

SW: First what I learned is that those that we believe are “not there” such as this gentleman, are completely telepathically able to communicate ~ yet in 3D he was non-responsive. So please know your loved ones are in their body and can hear you even if they seem not to.

Second what he told me was fascinating regarding where people with dementia “go” when we see them as just gone out of their body.  He explained that they are traversing multi-dimensional places of reality and timelines and checking out what is out there and what they will encounter in their next lifetime. They are working fully in joy and wonder even though we think they are sad and in pain.

Lastly, I asked him if that is so great, why not just die and leave? And he simply said, “It is not time until it is time. I have a purpose to hold a point of light on the planet and that is why my body is still here until that job is done.”  Like I said, fascinating!

This insight can give such peace to families suffering with loved ones fighting this disease.

AW: I totally agree with you on that point! Are there things non-intuitive people can do to support their loved ones during the dying process?

SW: Certainly, and I cover this in depth throughout my book via bullet points designated for each stage of dying plus additional information throughout.

First and foremost, it is important for anyone holding vigil or caretaking to take care of themselves along the journey of assisting another. Many people are so scared to leave the bedside that they find themselves so fatigued or even emotionally sick that this does not do anyone any good.

But the most important overall message is; give the dying person permission to die. You do not have to do this verbally but we all can offer this gift in our heart space. It is something that feels so counter-intuitive because no one wants to lose someone and yet this is very important to the energetic process.

And finally, read the book, no, seriously, because there is a lot of material about “honoring” the death process and this is one of the concepts I hope the book conveys in a respectful yet critical way. We need to let people die. They get to! This is not something we grow up hearing much less knowing but it is the truth.

AW: Can you elaborate a bit on the concept of people “getting” to die? I believe it’s an unfamiliar concept for most people.

SW: Thanks for asking more about this as it is really not a common thought or idea for most people; in fact, it makes many uncomfortable because we are wrapped up with ourselves losing someone. Yet when we think about it ~ why wouldn’t we let someone we love do the most profound thing they came here to do, which in some cases means dying? We may all want to think and believe a bit bigger in this concept. 

We all have what is known as our soul’s contract or our Book of Life which includes what we came here to do on Earth and this also includes our exit plan from this planetary human experience. Our Higher Self fully knows when we have fulfilled our mission to co-create, and without fear it then calls us and returns us back to Source. Our 3D self does not always know this ~ but our soul-self does. We are not gone when we exit this existence, we are simply traversing in a different vehicle and we still have much to do in other realms but will always be available for our loved ones in spirit.

AW: Are there things each of us can do to help our own dying process be more peaceful?

SW: This book is titled An Energy Healer’s Book of Dying but it could also be called An Energy Healer’s Book of Living because chakra and energy center-wise, these human meat-bodies we walk around in daily are living and dying all at the same time. If we all understood this idea, we would change the way we traverse life I am sure…and then we not only would have an easier more joy filled life, but a much easier death process as well.

The bottom line is dump the fear, the anger, the guilt, the shame, and so on.  Do the work to clear your human meat-body as well as your auric bodies of anything negative. Dump old belief systems that no longer serve you. Align to the truth of your Higher Self and find joy while you are living, it will assist your death.

AW: Does the specific cause of death (natural, peaceful, unexpected, suicide, etc.) affect the process for the dying person? If so, in what ways?

My personal belief and experience says yes.  As stated above, I believe that belief systems are what mostly stagnate the dying process especially if they are fear based or dogmatic, as in the case of suicide. I write a segment on that specifically in the book.

The process of full return to spirit will be different with different death experiences and the ways in which we get assistance and help from our guides, angels and benevolants will always be different for each person’s experience.

I present the stages of dying in a methodical manner in the book for teaching purposes but some deaths may jump all around, go back and forth, etc., so yes, each experience is different.

One thing I do my best to teach others about dying though is regardless of the process of the actual death, our beliefs will be the stage on how the experience of crossing plays out at least at first.  So once again, dump what no longer serves you that someone else may have told you about dying and the other side if it no longer resonates as your truth.

AW: What is one of the most unexpected lessons you’ve learned from working with people as they die?

I was already aware that the consciousness was able to experience omnipresence but in doing this work I was amazed at the scope of just how many place, timelines and reality planes we can simultaneously traverse so this speaks to those who are sad they did not “get there in time” because none of that matters. Your dying loved one is already with you wherever you are!

Another thing I learned just by doing the actual work is just how fast a human body can shift their energies while in the process of death. We were not designed to suffer and have long, extended, fear-filled experiences and this work is a testament to that as I have seen in front of my eyes just how beautifully calm this process can be when done in love versus fear.

AW: What is one of the most important lessons you’ve learned from working with people as they die?

I have learned what an honor it is to hold space and be witness to such an incredible miracle, this transition back to spirit. My heart has been opened as families embrace this journey with a sense of knowing and understanding and get to experience firsthand just how much this not only changes the death process, but the grief process as well.

I also already knew this in my mind but now my life experiences validate that these loved ones we lose do not go away, they only transform. So many still come to visit me in my healing room and do funny things like play with my music player just to let us know they are still there. I am truly blessed to get to do what I do.

AW: Is there anything else you’d like to add? 

SW: I believe it is time to change our death culture conversation and that is another reason why I wrote this book and am doing interviews, to get the topic out there for all to consider with new eyes and ears. To look at death as not an ending but only a transition to more. To learn and incorporate honor into this journey. To open our head to things like Akashic Record and Soul Contracts, all things I write about in the book. To celebrate with ritual and move onward with passion for life knowing our loved ones are right there beside us ~ just in a different style body.

And lastly, Annie and anyone reading this, take what resonates and toss the rest as we are all here to find, hold, and live our own version of truth.  

Thanks so much for opening up this conversation on such an important topic.  I appreciate it, and you.

AW: Thanks, Suzanne!

You can learn more about Suzanne and her classes and events on her website:


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Cosmic Dancer Oracle

So pleased to share this announcement from my friends (and Annie Wilder Literary Agency clients) Tess Whitehurst and Sedona Soulfire. Congratulations, Tess and Sedona, for creating this beautiful oracle.

I also want to thank Elinore Eaton for the stunning artwork and Blue Angel Publishing and Llewellyn Worldwide for their role in bringing this gorgeous oracle to the world.

You can learn more about Tess Whitehurst and Sedona Soulfire on their websites.


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An Energy Healer’s Book of Dying

I have always loved the wild and windy days of March. March energy fills me with hope ~ starting with the first muddy patches in the sunny spots in the yard, the smell of wet earth, picking up sticks and branches and bits of junk that made their way onto the boulevard… the relief that another Minnesota winter is over or nearly over and the sense of possibility, of color and fragrance and warmth returning.

This March is more complicated, but the underlying energy of the season is still present and available for support and inspiration. I highly encourage everyone to keep this in mind as a source of strength and a way to ground and balance one’s energy.

Also on the topic of energy: I’m also posting today to say I’m very pleased to announce a book release by my good friend of many years and Annie Wilder Literary Agency client Suzanne Worthley.

Suzanne’s book is An Energy Healer’s Book of Dying (Findhorn Press). Many of you have met Suzanne at haunted tea parties or tours of my house.Suzanne’s book looks at the process of dying from an energy standpoint ~ what is happening with the chakras and aura, what the dying person may be seeing and feeling, what family and friends can do to help. It includes accounts from Suzanne’s professional hospice care work that illustrate in a personal way each level of the dying process. I found Suzanne’s book to be absolutely fascinating and positive, from the first time I read the manuscript.

Here’s a description from the Inner Traditions/Findhorn website:

In this compassionate guidebook to the nine energetic levels of the dying process, intuitive energy worker Suzanne Worthley reveals what is happening energetically during each stage of the transition back to spirit, including what the dying person may see and experience and how to provide support during any phase of losing a loved one.

You can learn more about Suzanne and her classes and events on her website:


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Annie Wilder Interview with Jim Willis, Author of The Quantum Akashic Field

Here is my interview with Jim Willis, Annie Wilder Literary Agency client and author of many books, including the December 2019 release, The Quantum Akashic Field. From the first partial manuscript Jim submitted, I knew we would work together. I love his writing voice and his wide-open, positive attitude toward life. He’s a very knowledgeable, down-to-earth guy who’s had incredible shamanic experiences that he shares in this book. (Big bonus: Jim’s book was published by Findhorn Press. I’ve been fascinated with the Findhorn story since I was a kid and it’s kind of a dream come true to be working with them.)

AW: Tell us about yourself ~ where do live, what do you do for work and for fun? 

JW: I’m now at that delightful time of life when I can work for fun. Because I’m a writer, my work is my fun. It’s never a chore. It’s what I look forward to doing every day. A few years ago I took a bicycle trip down the length of the Savannah River, from the source to the sea. It was fun. But then I wrote a book about it called Savannah: A Bicycle Journey through Space and Time. That was more fun than the trip itself. 

AW: What led you to write The Quantum Akashic Field

JW: That was another example of fun coinciding with work. For many years I had been skeptical of folks who dowsed for water with rods or pendulums. I thought it was all poppycock. Nonetheless, one day I decided to try it myself. Why? I don’t have the faintest idea. One moment I was a skeptic. The next, I wanted to try it.

I went to the local hardware store, got some solid copper wire in the heaviest gauge I could get, cut it into two 18-inch pieces, bent them into a shape roughly like the letter “L,” and went from there. In front of my house I took the step that has probably changed my life forever. One step — nothing. Another step — the rods suddenly crossed, all by themselves. I asked whatever “Powers That Be” if I had found an underground stream. But no, when I stepped onto the area with water on my mind, nothing happened. The only way I could get the rods to move by themselves was to concentrate on earth energy.

I had, in fact, discovered a ley line, or what is now called an Energy Lay. Once the ice was broken — the skeptic converted, so to speak — the sky became the limit. Over and over again, with expanding confidence, I discovered that there was almost no limit to what I could discover about the “magical” outdoors that I had lived in all my life. I also discovered what I soon labeled a spiritual presence that I could actually commune with. 

In effect, without realizing it, I had stumbled by accident into the Quantum Akashic Field of potential and possibility. Once I discovered it and began to explore, I knew I had to write a book about the experience.

AW: In The Quantum Akashic Field, you state: “Unseen worlds glimpsed in dreams and visions comprise the very realms, spruced up with newly minted scientific vocabulary, that shamans, dowsers, and mystics have been exploring for thousands of years.” 

What was your first experience with the quantum Akashic field? What was (one of) your most dramatic or meaningful experience(s)?

JW: Shortly after I detected a specific spiritual realm through dowsing I began to practice conscious meditation with the intention of engaging out of body experiences. I wanted to explore this world and knew I couldn’t do it while fenced in by my physical senses. Although I had been a minister all my adult life I really never had practiced an intentional prayer life. That sounds strange to most people. They just expect clergy to be people of prayer. But it’s not the case. Clergy are no different from other people. They’re busy and always planning the next activity. But I had retired just for this reason. My first OBE, even though I had been seeking just such an experience, came as a surprise. After a lot of practice I eventually experienced what I call my initiation. I write about it the book. Here’s an edited version:

“I woke up in the middle of the night, feeling wide awake. I decided to meditate in the quiet of early, early morning. Almost right away I felt my consciousness separate from my body and float free … I found myself standing, perhaps even hovering, over the rock below our back porch, where two lines of earth energy intersect … Suddenly I was bathed in all the colors of the rainbow. I saw my astral body as if I was standing off to the side while still being present in it … My feet were rooted to the ground … They plunged into the soil, but my legs consisted of many different colors. It was the same with my head. It was connected to the sky, seemingly turning to colors that just went up and up.  

“I hung suspended in space, a body of rainbow light and color “connected” to the four points of the compass and the four places of power, above and below, left and right .. I was in the posture of crucifixion, and can only assume that Spirit took the familiar image of the cross to use as a metaphor that I would understand.

“I saw a line of male shamans on my right and female shamans on my left, two long, single lines of people, each carrying a goblet (dare I say “grail,” or perhaps “cup?”) filled with a boiling hot, very frightening, steaming, vial of liquid. They approached me with faces that were resigned but somehow loving. “Tough love,” certainly, but loving. They seemed to say, “What must be done will be done.”

“With that, they began to pour the contents of those hot, boiling, vile, (“sinful” seems to be the word that best fits) goblets of fiery liquid into me. Somehow I wasn’t afraid, but waited for the pain to begin.

“It never did! It didn’t hurt. There was no pain. Instead, I took the dark liquid into myself and somehow transformed it into light. The more they poured, the brighter and more brilliant became the light. It was Alchemy—turning lead into gold. I had, in the words of Christianity, taken into myself the sins of the world, and turned it into glorious light. I had accepted the hurt and pain and turned it into blessing. 

“I will never think about biblical crucifixion in the same way again.” 

There was more, but that’s enough for you to get the idea.

AW: Can anyone learn to explore this realm? Is it safe? What are the benefits of opening one’s perception on this way? 

JW: I’ve very rarely had a negative experience. Usually I don’t want to come back. But I’ve never used any chemical substances either, where I might have a quicker, easier journey, but without control. In meditation you can always snap back into your body whenever you want. As for the practical benefits, once you move into perfect peace and unconditional love, you lose your fear of death. After all, what is there to fear about going to a place you can’t wait to get to?

AW: I love it that this book contains snippets of your journal entries as you started down this path of spiritual exploration. Can you share just one example of the impact of your spiritual exploration and OBEs on your physical world/everyday life? 

JW: When I retired from ministry, I never intended to give God a rest. Like Jacob of old I wanted to wrestle with God,saying, “I will not let you go until you bless me!” They say confession is good for the soul, so I have a confession to make. I’ve never found anyone who I consider to be a saint, in the general sense of the word. Catholics elevate people to sainthood, and the theology of Protestantism considers all Christians to be saints, but that’s not how I’m using the word here. What I mean is that although I’ve met many, many people who claim they have figured it all out — many, many people who say they know “the way” — none of them have ever stood up to close scrutiny. Without exception they have not experienced God in the way I was looking for. I wasn’t seeking some hope based on prayer and coincidence or a reasoned explanation about why we must “live by faith and not by sight.” I wanted to experience the Holy. If God could condescend to speak to Abraham, Jacob and Isaac, I figured God ought to be able to talk to me as well. That’s why my wife and retired to the woods. We weren’t moving away from something. We were moving toward something. We built the home we now live in, expecting to spend one year in seclusion. So far, it’s now been more than ten. Days go by when we don’t see or hear anybody. Our spiritual retreat was deliberate. And it’s been successful. I’d love to report that we live in constant bliss. But that’s simply not the case. If anything, sometimes it makes things more difficult. The aches and pains of a body growing older with each passing year and the confusion of the world outside our gate don’t offer much incentive to the peace and love we find in The Akashic perception realm. Sometimes I get homesick and want to cross over. But that time will come. Until then, I am content. 

AW: In your journal entries, you share some of the vivid and lucid dreams you experienced and some of the helpful dream messages and guidance  you experienced. Are OBE’s and lucid dreams different aspects of the same phenomena?

JW: Yes. But that answer comes with a caveat. Language is a barrier when it comes to talking about spirituality, OBEs, and the Quantum Akashic Field. It was designed to describe things on this side of the fence. Over there, you can never say, “This is how things are.” The best you can do is say, “This is the way things seem.” I’ve discovered, having been a systematic theologian for much of my life, that I like things neat, square, and circumscribed in tight little boxes. But it doesn’t work that way. It’s very frustrating for a writer to say that words don’t always work, but that’s the reality.

AW: Are guides and guardians present/more easily perceived in the quantum Akashic realm? If so, what is their role? 

JW: I think spirit guides are always present. It’s just that we don’t usually perceive them. We spend most of our time stuck in a materialistic perception realm. We experience this realm through the five senses, guided by an intellect that has been trained over the course of a lifetime to explain what we perceive. We call this reality. But it’s probably more accurate to call it a self-conjured bubble. Reality is a lot bigger than our perception of it. The Bible talks about “unseen angels.” In my experience, that’s pretty close to the truth. Some of these entities are interested in us. Some even attach themselves to us. I doubt we could get through life without them, but we are usually unaware of their presence. I have also come to believe that some of these entities are a residual energy we leave behind when we come here to live our material life. In effect, they are “us” on the other side. 

AW: Tell us a bit about Sobuko, who you dedicated this book to.

JW: Soon after I began dowsing I became aware of such an entity. He is me/not me on the other side of the perception fence. Soon after I learned how to communicate with him using yes and no questions with my dowsing rods, the name Sobuko came to me in a waking dream and just stuck. I became convinced that was what I should call him. I have no idea what the name means, and I’ve searched really hard. Surprisingly, as I relate in the book, my wife has heard him when I channel his presence. But whenever that has happened, I am not afterwards aware what he has said. I learn about it only because Barb writes it down to read it to me when I “return to my senses.” As far as I know during those experiences, nothing has happened. I’m always surprised. Once, my daughter Jan was even able to record it. That’s probably a good thing. Otherwise I sometimes wonder if they’re just playing a trick on me, even though I know they would never joke about something like this. He appears to me to be an incredibly ancient Indian who once lived on the spot of ground where we now live. I’m aware of the fact that might just be an image my mind has conjured up to help me relate to an otherworldly entity, but I feel sure that when I die he will be the first to greet me on the other side. I’ve written a whole book about Sobuko that I hope will one day be able to express the depths of my gratitude to him. I feel like it’s the most important book I’ve ever written. 

AW: Anything else you’d like to add?

JW: Near the end of my life, I finally became convinced, through a long, involved process that I fought every step of the way, that our “higher self” — or perhaps “soul” is a better word — consists of nonmaterial energy that is connected to the material body, and that has taken on the “stuff” of matter for a while here on Earth. I also believe this incarnation happens for a purpose that has to do with interacting with the material universe, and is probably some kind of school. Here, while experiencing the illusion of separateness, we learn about the nature of this reality in a way we could never learn if we remained united back in the One. This is just a writer’s lengthy way of saying we have a purposeful life to lead. Make it count!

You can visit Jim online:


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The Quantum Akashic Field

What a year this has been… lots of change, a significant amount of loss, and some unexpected new beginnings. I will share more about the changes in my life in a winter solstice post in a few days. (Dudley is doing well, just to allay that fear.)

I want to write today with some good news ~ another book release announcement for one of my Annie Wilder Literary Agency clients, Jim Willis. 

Jim’s book THE QUANTUM AKASHIC FIELD was released last week by the very cool Findhorn Press. (For my publishing world friends: Findhorn is now an imprint of Inner Traditions with distribution by Simon and Schuster.)

I was fascinated from the very first pages of this book when Jim submitted it for my consideration. It’s got all the elements I love ~ true personal experiences of the mystical, a secluded haven in the woods, spirit guide encounters, even some land guardian/earth energy wisdom. Jim also shares how readers can safely explore these elements of the quantum akashic field for themselves.

Jim is an excellent writer and a prolific author. Because of the breadth of his knowledge of mystical topics and his engaging way of telling stories and presenting information, he’s a popular guest on the top paranormal radio shows and podcasts. 

If you like my stories and events, please take a look at THE QUANTUM AKASHIC FIELD.

Annie Wilder Interview with Jeannie Reed, Author of the Award-winning Book “The Language of Tarot”

Note from Annie: I’m proud to announce that in June of 2020, The Language of Tarot won gold in the Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) “Books on Divination” category. Congratulations, Jeannie!

When I first signed Annie Wilder Literary Agency client Jeannie Reed, she told me her dream was to get her tarot book published by Llewellyn. An excellent and prolific writer, Jeannie has led a very interesting life ~ including working as a private detective in Manhattan and writing stage plays, screenplays and a musical! Here’s my interview with Jeannie on her just released Llewellyn book, The Language of Tarot. Enjoy!

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. ~


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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!

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 has been published  by 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 learn more about Sara and her books, courses, and award-winning podcasts on her website.


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Ghost Box

Very pleased with this St. Paul Pioneer Press front page review of Ghost Box, written by Chris and Paulette Moon. Chris and Paulette are my friends as well as Annie Wilder Literary Agency clients.

Ghost Box is a fascinating true account of spirit communication in real time using the infamous Franks’ Box, the forerunner to all electronic spirit communication equipment, such as the shack hacks and ovilus. Chris was the first person to use Frank’s Box.

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

TV Appearance with Christopher and Paulette Moon ~ Life To the Max

Here;s the video of WCCO’s Life to the Max piece on my house. Also featured were my friends and literary agency clients, Chris and Paulette Moon (co-authors of GHOST BOX).

Here’s the promo that ran:

“On a quaint street in Hastings, MN, there is a beautiful Victorian home. From the outside, it looks like other houses in the historic river town, but it’s what’s inside that has everyone spooked. The home belongs to Annie Wilder, a paranormal author who documents the spirit activities in the house. Guest host Liz Collin learns about the documented spirit activities and how it has come to be known as the real ‘Haunted House’ – the subject of Wilder’s books and blogs.”


(Posted January 2017)