I'm Nadia Gilchrist and I live in Southern Ontario, Canada. I've been practicing astrology/reading Tarot cards for 20 years, and I launched Ruby Slipper Astrology in 2010. For Tarot, I work with the Rider-Waite and Thoth decks. All my readings are analytical and focused on practical solutions - I believe that past lives and spirituality are valid, but not much use if you can't make sense of them in the context of your daily life.
I'm not psychic, and I don't believe in fixed futures. I do believe that your free will has the upper hand, and this creates a range of possible results. Astrology and Tarot describe these possibilities, but the planets and cards do not dictate how your life unfolds - you do.
Thanks for your emails, but due to time constraints, I don't answer them unless they involve a consult.
When did you first become interested in astrology/Tarot?
I may have been 9 or 10 when I read a book about Sun signs (I don't remember the title) and I wanted to know more. Someone gave me a Rider-Waite deck when I was 12 or 13, and that got me started on Tarot.
Why did you first become interested in astrology/Tarot?
I love to analyze why, when and how things happen. Not just to me, but to everyone. I've always wanted to know these things, for as long as I can remember. When I discovered that applying this knowledge actually helped people, that made me happy. On an aesthetic and spiritual level, I love the archetypes. They're beautiful, and I connect with them in a way that confirms (to me, at least) that there is something beyond our mundane world. Call it spirituality, past life, a larger pattern...
Are you self-taught?
I've taken some astrology and Tarot courses, but am mostly self-taught. I started off reading as much as I could, then practiced, practiced, practiced on friends, family, partners and myself. I still read as much as I can about astrology/Tarot, because I like to continually upgrade my skills.
What other education/work experience do you have?
I have a degree in English Literature. I've worked as a software tester, receptionist and adoption agent in an animal shelter.
Can you recommend any good Tarot/Astrology books?
Yes...but the list is too long to put here. Stay tuned for more about this. If I had to recommend one book for beginners (in each respective field) it would be "Parker's Astrology" by Julia and Derek Parker and "Holistic Tarot" by Benebell Wen.
Do you teach/mentor/offer courses?
Not at the moment. I might, in the future.
Any advice on becoming an astrologer/Tarot reader?
1) Ensure that your grasp of basic theory is ironclad.
2) Understand how each theory works in real life. Practice, observe, take notes.
3) Repeat steps 1 and 2.
How do you calculate your charts?
I use a professional astrologer's software called Solar Fire.
What's your sign?
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org