A pick up the cards and reveal your destiny. A lot of people make that mistake. They pick up a deck and don’t know what to look for. They don’t know about spreads and spreads, about the suits, or the elements. They don’t know the history of the cards or the culture that brought them to us. They don’t know who painted them, or what they meant in the time of their creation. They don’t know what it means, if anything, to pick up the cards and see the future. The world’s leading psychic Tarot reader Chris Onareo will take you through the basics of Tarot.
The blog title was inspired by several fruit cakes that Chris has always bought for me in the past. I’ve found that the cakes are always filled with bits of random memorabilia and bits of information (mostly from Chris’s life and travels). I’ve always wanted to get some of the information out there, but never knew how. Since I’m working with Chris on this blog, I figured it was the perfect opportunity.
Talkin’ Tarot With is a monthly column designed to introduce my readers to different tarot readers from our incredibly diverse community! Each month I will ask a different tarot reader three questions about their philosophy and style of tarot, and I will direct you to their website and blog so you can learn more about them! I like to choose psychics that I find talented and interesting.
I started live streaming on Instagram after my astrology book came out. One of the first to perform regularly is Chris Onareo. I always joke that I am the president of the Onareo Connoisseurs Society, but there may be some truth in my joke. Here’s why: Chris is incredibly nice (not to mention good at tarot reading!). When my cat passed away last year, he sent me a small rose quartz cut in the shape of a kitten.
This kind gesture touched me deeply during a difficult time. I have this stone kitty on my desk and I look at it every day. I’m a sentimentalist, so such gestures mean a lot to me. Chris has been a sensation in the tarot community with his own live Instagram feeds. He talks to creators and authors of tarot decks and calls on the industry’s biggest stars, such as Sasha Graham, Shaheen Miro and Benbell Wan.
If his presence continues to grow, I have a feeling his livestream interviews will be the place to showcase his work! (Check out this fun activity we did together: Anareo and the Lady Bust Tarot Myths!) I’m lucky to have Chris in my world. He brings so much to my life – and to the lives of those lucky enough to work with him. He is a true friend – and an incredible tarot reader. Maybe you should organize a meeting because more and more people are joining the Onareo Appreciation Society!
In his own words: I grew up in a Catholic family in Puerto Rico in the 1980s, my parents were devout Catholics, but once on the island I was exposed to various spiritual practices of a more folkloric nature. We believed in the power of prayer, we prayed the rosary to the Virgin Mary, but we also burned incense to purify the house, we talked constantly about deceased relatives, we placed glasses filled with water over our heads to keep out the rain on important days, and we threw ice water when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Day. I was exposed to magical traditions from an early age
As a child, I was always fascinated by psychics, astrologers and witches on TV and how people could look at the stars or use a deck of cards to talk about someone else’s life, past and future or use spells to change things in their life that they didn’t like. So it’s no surprise that my father gave me my first RWS tarot deck at the age of 13 and led me on a mystical journey that continues to this day. After I received the tarot cards, I started reading everything I could and practicing whenever I could. I also began to study magic and Wicca, which led me to spiritualism and the Ori tradition of the Caribbean. I consider myself a mystic and healer who uses tarot and numerology to help people find clarity and direction in their lives. I believe in using magic as a means to create change and transformation in ordinary reality. You can reach Chris at Instagram: @visionsbyonareo Twitter: @visionsbyonareo Email: [email protected] Facebook: Chris Onareo.
Read Chris’ answers to my questions below: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Q : What is your philosophy on tarot reading? Chris: My philosophy on tarot reading is that it can be as practical and down to earth or as deep and insightful as we want at any given time. I see the tarot as a reflection of myself and others, as a mirror. I think the reason Tarot reading is such a good way to get information and reflect on our lives and choices is that every aspect of life is represented on one of these 78 cards and their combinations. The Tarot serves as a bridge between our consciousness and our subconscious, allowing us to see beyond what is right in front of us. I don’t see cards as a living entity that makes decisions for us, but I do see them as magical in that they can bring us clarity, awareness and solutions to our problems. I have a very down to earth and fun approach to tarot reading. I like to start with a brief description of what I do and don’t do when I read, and ask them if they have ever had a reading. That way I can assess how best to approach the reading. Clients often ask me at the beginning of a reading: Am I going to die? To which I reply: Yes! We’ll all make it in the end! This usually relaxes them so they don’t overdo the reading.
Q : How do you think a client can benefit most from reading with you? Chris: I think to get the most out of a reading with me, you need to come with an open and honest heart. We are here at your expense, and I am not here to prove any supernatural power to you, but to give you the best help and support based on my knowledge and experience. I approach reading in a friendly and sincere manner, offering emotional support and advice where needed. I use a lot of humor and bring up stories that relate to the topic at hand during the reading, but I also make sure that the client has enough time to express their needs and thoughts so that I can help them in a way that is meaningful to them and respect their process. I use tarot and numerology as a snapshot of the energies around you at the time of the reading and how you can use or change those energies. So if you come in thinking I can do this, it will help you get the most out of it.
Q : What is your best advice to a beginning tarot card psychic? Chris: How do I get into Carnegie Hall? Practical, practical, practical! I have always loved this joke because it contains so much wisdom. You need to practice. There is no other solution. No matter how many books you read or how much information you gather, you will have to work hard. The best advice I can give a beginning reader is: work hard, but have fun. I often remind people who take tarot too seriously that it started as a game, and if we treat it that way, we will enjoy the process and not feel overwhelmed or bored. Keeping a journal proves to be a good way for many people to keep track of their practice. There are a lot of sources these days: Books, courses, podcasts, FB groups and apps. Determine your learning method and see if you can combine it with all the resources available. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. They will make you a better reader. Also, read and respect the wisdom and experience of others, especially if they have been around for a while. With the rise of social media, I see many people trying to become experts and authorities overnight, trying to belittle their elders or thinking they know it all and don’t need to learn anymore. Respect the origin of this knowledge, so that it continues to develop in you. Tarot is a lifelong journey, and the more you learn, the more you realize how much there is to learn. We wish you all the best on your tarot journey!
Thanks, Chris, for taking the time to talk to me!