Today, I am offering something a little different.
I am writing a long overdue love letter to someone I have thought about nearly every day of my life for many, many decades.
Whose wisdom I have turned to so many times, I have worn out the references and had to buy new copies.
Who gave me my first ever “celebrity” reading many years ago at the Tarot Readers Studio, and I was so smitten, gobsmacked, and in star-struck awe, I could barely breathe.
Who has made me laugh. Think. Learn. And blown open my mind so many times, it seems almost natural.
She is one of the most brilliant human beings I have ever met (and I have met a few), and certainly one of the most prolific and creative.
Jewelsmith. Artist. Award-winning novelist. Poet. Teacher. Non-fiction author. Science fiction author. Essayist. Graphic novelist. Comic creator. Tarot legend. Deck creator several times over. Fierce champion on behalf of trans- and non-binary sexuality. Expert on countless topics ranging from premium quality pens to Jewish Kabbalah.
And cherished by everyone who has ever been fortunate enough to meet her.
Of course, you probably have figured out that this love letter is for Rachel Pollack, whose birthday today is.
I cannot imagine even the most casual Tarot dabbler not feeling the weight and beauty of Rachel’s influence. She has woven her heart and soul throughout Tarot as we know it today.
And for those of us lucky enough to have worked with her, known her kindness and generosity, we are enriched beyond measure.
Rachel is currently navigating serious illness, and has asked for the energetic support of her many communities, in all the myriad ways that we may offer it.
So I end with a call for everyone reading this to close your eyes, and send her massive ongoing blessings, in the name of the highest good.
I can never thank you enough, Rachel. But this is my small attempt to try.
Blessed Solar Return!
With love and gratitude, always,