My journey as a Tarot consultant started back in High School with my first Tarot deck. Purchased from a local bookshop/metaphysical store we had in town, it was the standard Rider-Waite deck and came with a full-size paperback book. I had no idea what I was doing, but I started reading for people at school. Before classes, we sat on the floor by our lockers and talk or finish homework. I pulled out my cards and would get a circle around me pretty fast.

Tarot ConsultantWith none of the cards memorized, I looked up the card meanings and just intuitively put the readings together. The Celtic Cross was the only spread I knew at the time, so that is what I used. It was messy, it was fun, but it was pretty shallow. I treated the Tarot rather as a fortune-telling game and did not see myself as a Tarot consultant at all.

As a geek girl I ran with what I’d call the second-level group; some of my friends were runners or played basketball, most were brainy, and for the most part, we were just nice, non-smoking, rule-abiding girls. Above us were the popular kids and below us the real nerds, who we sometimes hung with as well.

Accurate Readings

To my surprise, the popular girls wanted readings most often, so I obliged, mostly out of self-interest. If I refused they could be pretty nasty to deal with. There was quite a stir about it because more often than not I was spot on. In fact, my last reading was so spot-on, though it confused me, I was reported to school admin and was told, very nicely, not to bring the cards to school anymore.

Although I didn’t realize it at the time, the reading was about some abuse the girl was experiencing at home. I’d assumed it was just some clique-ish drama involving boyfriends and rumors, but it was a lot more serious.  After that, I was ignored by the popular kids and the religious ones rather exaggeratedly avoided me in the halls.

I read exclusively for myself after that, got heavily into the new age scene in college, and then after graduation did a complete about-face and became a skeptic. With marriage to a skeptic and many, many moves, I lost track of my original tarot cards. Packed in a box somewhere, I suppose. Over the next twenty-six years, I worked as a paralegal, a controller in charge of accounts receivable, payable, and human resources for a mid-size company, and then as a freelance programmer.

Becoming a Professional Tarot Consultant

Tarot Consultant WA StateThis brings us to the pandemic year (hopefully just a year). Between January and May of 2020, I went into a deep depression and got almost nothing done. My work as a freelance programmer dried up. I took up watercolor painting, but couldn’t sustain my interest. Gradually I started revisiting my spiritual beliefs, bought myself a new tarot deck, and started reading for myself.

I started doing some shadow work. Shadow work consists of working on the parts of yourself that remain hidden, your fears, guilty pleasures, deep desires. For the first time in a very long time, I felt like I had a handle on my life. An understanding of who I was began to develop and I released a lot of old guilt and shame. The depression eased substantially. My free-floating anxiety disappeared for the most part.

While my programming work picked up a little bit, I decided to work towards becoming a professional Tarot consultant. I prefer the term “Tarot consultant” rather than “Tarot reader” because it has the connotation of working with clients rather than just performing one-off readings like a sideshow act.

Looking around, I found a lot of online classes, but most didn’t really show the professionalism I was looking for. Then I found Brigit Esselmont has put together a great set of classes, community, and certification intended to promote professionalism in the Tarot community. I especially liked her emphasis on ethical reading. The certification process is fairly involved and I hope to have it completed by the Spring of 2021.

Looking Forward as a Tarot Consultant

Is the Future Set in Stone?Here at the beginning of 2021, I feel I’m in a good spot. I’m working on a course covering the Minor Arcana which will be offered later this year. My client list is building and I’m getting some very good reviews. Most of all I feel good about myself, my new career, and life in general again. I read for myself daily and have found a new positive attitude and focus on gratitude I lacked before.

Looking forward I plan on adding group tarot sessions, where 3-4 people with similar issues (family, career, etc) meet regularly for readings and discussion. A Major Arcana class will also be added, as well as some more custom readings like my New Moon readings. And, of course, I will always be available for one-on-one Tarot consultations.

What People Say About me as a Tarot Consultant

I was advised to ask open-ended questions instead of predictive questions which I thought was helpful because I never would have known if it weren’t for the reader. The reader provided the reading along with some advice too so the entire reading was very thorough and explained in an understandable manner.

Everything said was accurate and helpful for me to identify my flaws in order to grow as a person. I have learned a lot about tarot and what it does to help me.

CD, Malaysia

This reading has definitely inspired me to keep moving forward and taking appropriate action. The information in the reading was very thorough and insightful and gives me hope that with some hard work I could build a thriving business that fulfills me on all levels.

N, England

What I most valued or appreciated about this reading is … The speed in delivery, the warmth of the reading, and the effort and involvement that Diane put into it!!!”


She’s pretty clear and to the point, I like that so I’m good with it.


I liked the spread because it gave a lot of information. I also liked the intuition part about the online dating site, because actually I met someone on a site right before the question was answered.

MN, Denmark

This reading really resonates more than what Diane realizes. There are additional things going on in our lives right now which sit completely with these cards. The helper and the path forward really do help to light up a bit of hope and light at the end of the tunnel.

I really appreciated how quickly Diane picked this reading up, sent me messages, the help is re-writing the question and the thought behind the reading. Thank you for this. The reading gave me a lot of insight into my situation, was extremely helpful to me and provided a lot of value! I would absolutely recommend you as a Tarot Reader to others!

What I most valued or appreciated about this reading is: It did affirm some of my decisions, about which I start being a bit nervous – my development is time and energy consuming and it doesn’t seem to have a clear outcome in terms of money or career, but I do believe it is a worthwhile investment at this point in my life. It pointed to some obstacles and necessity to change and chose, which is indeed something I struggle with, and someone needs to remind me that every now and then.
NS, Germany
The reading was presented in a very clear and easy to understand format. I feel like it helped me, gave me a clear view of my situation, and it feels accurate to what is going on with me. I think it helped me diffuse my paranoia about the situation because in the end, it is in the interest of all involved parties that we get along. In this respect, the reading helped me get peace of mind.
I appreciate the work given in this reading. It was a really helpful and eye-opening experience. Also, I am very grateful that the reading came so soon, exactly the time I needed it… I was feeling overwhelmed, scared, and emotionally burnout because of the thoughts about this relationship with my partner, I wanted to explode, then I took a deep breath, sat down, and started meditating. When I finished meditating I took my phone and saw the notification that my reading is done! I read it carefully and started smiling, everything made so much sense. Then as soon as my partner came I took action and at the end of the day I was feeling great!
D, Moldova
Honestly, this was fantastic. I wish I had constructive content to give you, but you did so well. But I’m just really thankful for you reading for me and for being so open to it. You articulated everything beautifully and I felt heard.
You completely gave me the information and insight needed to take action and move forward. And I’d like you to know that the reading just confirmed the things I have been already working on.
KV, Poland

This reading opened my eyes to the problem of me still dwelling in the past. I’m gonna push forward and keep going and focus on myself.

You shone light on a couple things that I was honestly just starting to take notice of and then GAVE ME SUGGESTIONS TO HELP WITH IT. I have never had that before. It has only been the “you struggling with XYZ”. I also REALLY appreciated the recognition of leveling up and preparing for a higher path. No lie or exaggeration, ma’am, I had chills. Brava.
I was amazed at how everything that has been going through my mind (including my hesitance to take action and move forward past the planning stage) was addressed in the reading without me having to actually ask specifics. With what I was told it not only gave me the push to move forward, but also the encouragement that I am thinking as I should but now need to start DOING as I should.
The reading connected so much to me and it felt like you knew me so well. The reading resonated completely with me and answered my question. I felt actionable about the reading, and it was very clear to understand…The Information stated about me and E. were specifically said and true I’m in shock.
J, Georgia

I think the reading is definitely actionable…I feel more at ease and also there is a lot more trust towards myself after reading the reading. I really appreciated your introduction of what your approach is toward tarot. That made it even more guiding…Also, I really liked how you build up the reading, the explanations of the cards, the reading, and the conclusion. Overall, I feel lucky to get my reading from you. I feel you have a lot of experience and also have a lot of empathy for me. Thank you very much!

S, Netherlands



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