Paul Fenton-Smith is the author of the successful The Tarot Revealed, and founder of the Academy of Psychic Sciences. He has studied and practised these sciences in Australia, Europe and the United States, and teaches regularly in Australia, England and Ireland.
Clairvoyant, writer and regular media guest, Paul Fenton-Smith is the author of seven books on the psychic sciences. With simple language and entertaining examples, Paul takes a practical approach to the esoteric. Whether reading for clients, teaching or conveying his broad knowledge through his books, Paul aims to bring tangible benefits to people’s everyday lives.
In 1985 Paul established the Academy of Psychic Sciences in Sydney, aiming to set a standard in the industry. He is also a columist for several magazines and runs a busy private practice in Sydney as a clairvoyant, counsellor and hypnotherapist and he conducts one-day courses around Australia, the US and the UK.
Through practising and teaching the psychic sciences for more than 20 years now, Paul has always encouraged his clients and students to believe only what they can see or experience for themselves.
How did you become involved with the tarot?
In 1984 I was employed in a small shop in East Sydney as a palmist, having studied palmistry in Adelaide in 1978. I worked alongside a tarot reader and together we offered readings ten hours a day, six days per week. During winter business was slow, so to pass the time Carlos taught me the Tarot and I taught him palmistry.
How does the tarot work?
The client shuffles the deck of 78 cards. While concentrating on a specific question the client then selects a number of cards with closed eyes from a pack which is face down using the non-writing hand. The reader places the selected cards into a pattern and explains what they mean. Sometimes the reader tells a story which doesn’t make sense to anyone but the client.
It is surprising how often a client selects the same cards repeatedly when asking a series of questions. This is after the reader has shuffled the deck and asked that they select with closed eyes.
Some readings make more sense long after the reading took place. A client recently arrived for a reading, explaining that she had enjoyed her previous reading with me in 1999. She explained that it didn’t make sense to her at the time, but later events unfolded as predicted.
What do you enjoy about the tarot?
I enjoy helping clients to make sense of events in their lives, and offering hope when times are bleak. Sometimes a tarot reading offers a reminder that another summer is approaching, when you are knee deep in the snow of winter.