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The Tarot Card Reader

By Isabelle Southcott


efore we begin, I’d like you to write down three questions on a piece of paper. I don’t want to know what they are but I will answer them.” I was skeptical. How would a tarot card reader be able to answer my questions? Provide insight into my life and help me make sense of my world, my story? I was especially skeptical as this reader was so close to home. Charlie Nan – “Madame Charlese” when she reads tarot – is a Registered Massage Therapist and the mom of twin girls. There’s nothing mys-

tical or exotic-seeming about “Madame Charlese.” In fact, she’s my neighbour. But of course I played along. Who wouldn’t want new insights, magical or not? My three questions: • Will my oldest son figure out what he wants to after graduation? •My second question was about my love life. •And question number three, will this be a good year for Powell River Living? I’d had my tarot cards read for the first time a couple months ago. I’d enjoyed it and it made me think about some aspects of my life. So when the directors at the Townsite Heritage Society were discussing fundrais-

Tempted to try tarot? To get your tarot cards read, come to Henderson House at 6211 Walnut Street, on Saturday, October 25 from 1 to 3 pm for the Townsite Heritage Society’s Tea and Tarot cards fundraiser. There will be three experienced tarot card readers available to read your cards and you will get a chance to visit Henderson House, a historic house that was owned by Powell River’s first doctor, Dr. Andrew Henderson, and is now an interpretative centre.

ing ideas for Henderson House, I tentatively raised my hand and suggested we hold Tea and Tarot cards on a Saturday just before Halloween. Everyone thought it sounded like a good idea, including the three tarot card readers I contacted. After I shuffled the cards, Madame Charlese spread them out on the table and dived into the story of my life. “This is the five of cups reversed,” said Madame Charlese. “It says you accept your losses and celebrate your successes which is a beautiful thing.” She paused and smiled knowingly. “It took you a long time to get to this point because you love everything to follow a sequence, and to see your efforts come to fruition. You put all your eggs in one basket and it’s hard for you to admit that something did not work out. You have always struggled with doing the right thing or what you think is expected of you with what you really want to do. You often put your needs and wants below what you think you need to do for other people.” I cast my mind back to some areas of

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