BUSHWICK — Think you have the gift to read tarot cards?
According to local reader Molly Burkett, everybody does.
"Everyone has this intuitive natural capability," Burkett said. "It's a matter of practicing and letting it come out. You don't have to feel like you are an oracle or psychic to come."
The Indiana native started reading tarot at 15, when her mother first gave her a deck. Since then, she's also become certified in reiki healing, a form of holistic, energy-based healing, and embraced mystical practices.
She's taught classes on how to read tarot cards before but found that most people also wanted a place to practice after the class under the guidance of a more established reader.
While many beginners tend to "cling to the book" that describes the meanings of various cards, the Tarot Lodge will be a place where people can get more comfortable moving away from the book and relying more on their natural gifts, she said.
"Those meanings are inherently limited. They're static," Burkett said. "But we're not static. It's about using those as a base for your own interpretation."
The most important part is keeping an open mind and remembering the cards only say as much as you want them to, Burkett said.
The session is open to anyone, from people who are just getting to learn their new decks to people who've never tried before. The class will start with a meditation and discussion about tarot, led by Burkett, before the tarot card reading practice.
It's not just a fun activity for parties, either. Learning how to read tarot cards for others is a way to enhance personal intuition and understand others better — something that can be used in everyday life, she said.
"You naturally enhance your compassion for other people," Burkett said. "You’re able to respond to situations rather than react."
Tarot Lodge will take place on April 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 75 Stewart Ave. The class costs $25 and requires an RSVP. Tarot decks can be rented for $2. Artist and tarot card reader Mary Evans will also be at the session.