Laura sat on the chair opposite the tarot reader, Sheila, with a slight uneasy feeling in her stomach. She looked at Sheila arranging tarot card in front of her. Sheila was dressed in a long colourful skirt that nearly reached the floor and she had a lot of jewellery on her, ranging from crystal beads around her neck to golden rings on each finger. If Laura had met her at her yoga studio in London, she probably would have thought that she was a cliche psychic lady who overdid it with her decorations. But somehow here at this retreat centre, Laura wanted to believe that she was for real and knew what she was doing.
‘Do you know much about tarot cards?’ Sheila asked Laura once she was done with organising the cards.
‘I know a little bit’, Laura admitted. ‘But aren’t there different types of decks of cards?’
‘There are’, Sheila smiled. ‘Each one is designed for asking for guidance from the spirits. For example, there is a deck of angels for when we call out for help from them. Today we are going to use the ascended masters deck. It means that we get guidance from all sort of masters ranging from the Buddha to Jesus and well-known yoga masters.’
Laura nodded. She relaxed a little. At least there was some yoga in this too.
‘There are 52 cards in this deck’, Sheila continued to explain. ‘You can tell me an area in your life, which you would like guidance with. Then you will draw a card from the deck randomly and I will explain what the master is telling you. Is there a particular aspect in your life that you would like to know about?’
‘Well, the usual stuff, I guess’, Laura said hesitantly. ‘I am at the crossroads in my career and I am trying to figure out what to do next, which direction to take.’
Sheila smiled warmly and shuffled the deck. ‘Draw one card and we will see what the master advices you to do.’
Laura drew out a card from the middle of the deck.
‘Ah, the Light Master’, Sheila’s eyes twinkled. ‘This is good news. The Light Master encourages you to choose the path that focusses on creative work. He encourages the use of the left hemisphere and only shows up to people who he really feels have some sort of creative streak in them.‘ Sheila looked up. ‘Do you do anything creative in your life or have you thought of doing anything like that?’
Laura gave Sheila a half smile. ‘I have played the piano for many years and would love to turn that into a profession somehow. I have been thinking about it, trying to figure put what it is that I would like to do with it. I also like working with people, so I am thinking that perhaps teaching students to play the piano would be a nice thing to do.’
Sheila’s smile widened. ‘Seems like the Light Master is encouraging you to do just that.‘
Laura felt an inner peace settle inside her. Somehow it felt that she had needed this reassurance from an outsider to her situation in order to know that that was really what she should focus on when she got back to London. Now she knew for certain that it was.
‘Okay, is there anything else that you would like to ask the Masters’ guidance for?‘ Sheila shuffled the deck of cards again.
‘I suppose on a more general level if anything significant will happen in the near future. Or is that too broad a question?’ Laura looked at Sheila questioningly.
‘Not at all’, Sheila nodded for Laura to pick out another card. ‘Let’s see what the Master wants to tell you.’
Laura drew out a card and turned it over. There was a picture of a dark handsome man riding on a white horse. On the top of the card, it read The Master of Love.
Sheila studied the card, then she closed her eyes for a moment. ‘I am told by the card and the spirit that a handsome young man called Ted will appear in your life soon. You two will share a special bond that will last a lifetime.’
Laura giggled. This started to feel like a story out of a film. ‘Sorry’, she said. ‘It’s just that I’m still getting my heard around to how this whole thing works.’
Sheila smiled her trademark smile. ‘No worries. You just mark my words and let me know if you really do meet him.’ Sheila passed her business card with all her contact details to Laura who took it hesitantly. ‘You just wait and see. I have a hunch that these Masters are completely right.’