Today I am so excited to be interviewing the amazing Brigit Esselmont of Biddy Tarot. Brigit helps people live more mindful and enlightened lives using tarot cards as a guide. She's also the creator of the Everyday Tarot, which will be available very, very soon. You can pre-order it right now on Amazon and pretty much everywhere books are sold.
Brigit, thank you so much for being here with us today.
Brigit Esselmont: It's my pleasure. I'm excited to be here!
Ashley: Would you mind if we kind of just dive in right in and tell everyone who's listening a little bit about yourself, your mission, and how you got started with tarot in your life?
Brigit: Yeah, absolutely. So I started reading tarot over 20 years ago. It's kind of freaky. I was really drawn to the tarot because it's such a rich spiritual tool. It's something that can connect us to our intuition, our own sense of pure energy, and our source energy as well.
It's interesting though, when I first started to read tarot, I was more concerned about learning all of the right tarot card meanings. I kind of forgot all of the intuitive pieces. Like, "Oh, am I getting this right?" But when I was doing it that way, I ended up feeling quite robotic in my readings. It really wasn't until that point where I was like, "Okay, I don't have to do this all right. I don't have to be correct every time. If I just trust my intuition, and really go with the flow, things are gonna be very different." And that was when I decided, "Okay, put the books away. I'm just gonna really connect with my own inner wisdom here and read the cards. Once I did that, all of the magic happened.
From there, my readings just really flowed in a beautiful and powerful way. I had much more valuable insights to share with my clients, and from my own personal readings as well. So packed with that knowledge, and that approach to the cards, that's when I started teaching tarot through Biddy Tarot. It's really become the core essence of what I teach.
Tarot doesn't have to be about learning the right way to do it, or all of the esoteric systems that go behind it. That's great to know, but it's okay not to know it. It's more about using tarot as a tool to connect with the intuition.
Tarot is about knowing that you've got all of the answers inside of you. You don't have to be reliant on other people telling you how to live your life. It's already within you, and the tarot is this beautiful tool that helps to connect you with that inner power and wisdom.
So that's really where I stand now in terms of my vision with tarot. I'm helping people connect to that beautiful part of themselves. That is highly intuitive part. The truth is that we are all highly intuitive. It's not just like this magical gift that a selected few are given. We're all intuitive, and the cards help you get there. I think the other part of my vision is about bringing tarot into the mainstream, and just making it normal and accessible. And like, who wouldn't read tarot? It's nothing to feel funny about. It's just an ordinary, everyday part of your life.
Ashley: So I'm sure that this is something that you probably cover in a big way in the Everyday Tarot book, given that it is kind of at the core of your mission. This idea of people developing their own intuition, their own inner guidance. The idea that the tarot as this tool that's really useful for shedding some light on situations, and helping us gain more understanding.
What are one or two of your favorite ways that people can start to develop their intuition?
Brigit: Yeah, absolutely. It's funny. I think often times people think, "Oh, I need to be really intuitive, so I can read tarot." I certainly felt that at the start. I thought, "Oh, I've got to be psychic to read tarot cards. But what I've discovered is, you can actually start to read tarot to help y...