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I’m Matt, and I’m a bad Tarot reader.

With an interest in the occult since early childhood, I’ve worked my way through several modalities over the years to become a Reiki Master, a 200hr CYT, an avid proponent of astrology, a student of magick, and last but certainly not least, a “certified” Tarot reader.

However, after studying, reading, and teaching Tarot here in Chicago for about five years, my relationship with the cards became strained when I realized that much of what I loved about Tarot (self-empowerment, practical advice, insightful guidance) was becoming entangled with what I viewed as some pretty ridiculous New Age practices.

As Tarot grew in notoriety among social media platforms, and occult practices suddenly became mainstream with my fellow millennials, it became increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction. Every holder of a Tarot deck was suddenly a “healer” and “channel for spirit,” and I felt I either had to follow suit or sit it out on the sidelines. I dove headfirst into reiki, crystals, and New Age certifications, trying as hard as I could to legitimize my practice and feel like one of the cool kids in the spiritual community. However, after a few years of trying to stake my claim in the “love and light” camp, I was unable to find a way to keep it from feeling disingenuous. I eventually packed up my decks, shelved all my books, and only picked up my cards on extremely rare occasions.
So why Bad Tarot Reader?

Because, despite all the ups and downs I’ve experienced with the it, I love Tarot. Within the deep and extremely murky pool of Instagram “gurus,” Tumblr “starseeds,” and YouTube “mystics,” I want to help create an approachable, down-to-earth, no nonsense gateway to teaching, learning, and reading the cards (something I wish I had when I picked up my first deck). I want to share the power it holds and empower others to use it as a tool for motivation, insight, and personal self-development. I want to share how cool it is. And after our little sabbatical, I fucking missed it.

I am in no way a Tarot master know-it-all, but I am someone that cherishes this practice and wants to create a useful resource for everyone, even those that think Matcha Tea is as woo-woo as it should get.

Does that make me a bad tarot reader? Probably, but if that’s the case, it’s feels so, so good to be bad.
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  • Exclusive e-zine
Exclusive Content
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  • Early access to weekly blog posts
  • Exclusive e-zine
  • Exclusive Tarot-centric content in the form of a monthly video, ezine, blog post, or podcast
Monthly Tarot AMA (Ask Me Anything)
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  • Exclusive e-zine
  • Exclusive Tarot-centric content in the form of a monthly video, ezine, blog post, or podcast
  • Monthly Tarot AMA video
Monthly 60-Minute Tarot Lesson
$20 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
  • Early access to weekly blog posts
  • Exclusive e-zine
  • Exclusive Tarot-centric content in the form of a monthly video, ezine, blog post, or podcast
  • Monthly Tarot AMA video
  • Monthly 60 minute one-on-one Skype lesson on Tarot subject of student's choosing
Mid-Month Lesson Follow up
$25 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
  • Early access to weekly blog posts
  • Exclusive e-zine
  • Exclusive Tarot-centric content in the form of a monthly video, ezine, blog post, or podcast
  • Monthly Tarot AMA video
  • Monthly 60 minute one-on-one Skype lesson on Tarot subject of student's choosing
  • 30 minute Skype check-in half-way through the month on how previous lesson is going
I’m Matt, and I’m a bad Tarot reader.

With an interest in the occult since early childhood, I’ve worked my way through several modalities over the years to become a Reiki Master, a 200hr CYT, an avid proponent of astrology, a student of magick, and last but certainly not least, a “certified” Tarot reader.

However, after studying, reading, and teaching Tarot here in Chicago for about five years, my relationship with the cards became strained when I realized that much of what I loved about Tarot (self-empowerment, practical advice, insightful guidance) was becoming entangled with what I viewed as some pretty ridiculous New Age practices.

As Tarot grew in notoriety among social media platforms, and occult practices suddenly became mainstream with my fellow millennials, it became increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction. Every holder of a Tarot deck was suddenly a “healer” and “channel for spirit,” and I felt I either had to follow suit or sit it out on the sidelines. I dove headfirst into reiki, crystals, and New Age certifications, trying as hard as I could to legitimize my practice and feel like one of the cool kids in the spiritual community. However, after a few years of trying to stake my claim in the “love and light” camp, I was unable to find a way to keep it from feeling disingenuous. I eventually packed up my decks, shelved all my books, and only picked up my cards on extremely rare occasions.
So why Bad Tarot Reader?

Because, despite all the ups and downs I’ve experienced with the it, I love Tarot. Within the deep and extremely murky pool of Instagram “gurus,” Tumblr “starseeds,” and YouTube “mystics,” I want to help create an approachable, down-to-earth, no nonsense gateway to teaching, learning, and reading the cards (something I wish I had when I picked up my first deck). I want to share the power it holds and empower others to use it as a tool for motivation, insight, and personal self-development. I want to share how cool it is. And after our little sabbatical, I fucking missed it.

I am in no way a Tarot master know-it-all, but I am someone that cherishes this practice and wants to create a useful resource for everyone, even those that think Matcha Tea is as woo-woo as it should get.

Does that make me a bad tarot reader? Probably, but if that’s the case, it’s feels so, so good to be bad.

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Early Access
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Early access to weekly blog posts
  • Exclusive e-zine
Exclusive Content
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Early access to weekly blog posts
  • Exclusive e-zine
  • Exclusive Tarot-centric content in the form of a monthly video, ezine, blog post, or podcast
Monthly Tarot AMA (Ask Me Anything)
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Early access to weekly blog posts
  • Exclusive e-zine
  • Exclusive Tarot-centric content in the form of a monthly video, ezine, blog post, or podcast
  • Monthly Tarot AMA video
Monthly 60-Minute Tarot Lesson
$20 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
  • Early access to weekly blog posts
  • Exclusive e-zine
  • Exclusive Tarot-centric content in the form of a monthly video, ezine, blog post, or podcast
  • Monthly Tarot AMA video
  • Monthly 60 minute one-on-one Skype lesson on Tarot subject of student's choosing
Mid-Month Lesson Follow up
$25 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
  • Early access to weekly blog posts
  • Exclusive e-zine
  • Exclusive Tarot-centric content in the form of a monthly video, ezine, blog post, or podcast
  • Monthly Tarot AMA video
  • Monthly 60 minute one-on-one Skype lesson on Tarot subject of student's choosing
  • 30 minute Skype check-in half-way through the month on how previous lesson is going