**UPDATING PAGE Aug 2016**
In order for us to get to know each other better, let me fill you in on a little background information about myself. My name is Vivien Ní Dhuinn (Irish for Dunne). Although originally from Dublin, I have lived in Co. Kildare, Ireland, for the past 15 years.
Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by everything mystical, metaphysical and esoteric. Indeed it was during childhood that I experienced many strange or supernatural experiences which left a strong and lasting impression on me. I was also lucky enough to have been brought up with a love and respect for nature and the animal kingdom.
Summer holidays were spent in the Cavan countryside when uncles and aunts would regale me and my siblings with stories of fairies, banshees and local hauntings. It was fascinating, wonderful and scary all at the same time. However, it was not until adulthood that I began to actively pursue any form of real study in the above areas of interest. Once I started it seemed to snowball and I found myself craving more and more. My appetite had been whetted and my thirst not quenched. I read and read anything I could get my hands on. Some areas of study held less appeal for me than others but eventually I was drawn to certain spiritual disciplines such as healing, divination and the exploration of past lives.
My Great Grandmother and an older cousin of mine read the Tarot. As a result it always held a certain fascination for me. However, I did not come into the possession of a deck of Tarot until early 1997. I had never gone to anyone for a reading either. I had once approached my Great Grandmother for a reading when I was barely a teenager and she sent me away with a firm lecture about being too young and the likes. My cousin who was much older than me used to read the normal playing cards too; Clubs, Hearts, Spades and Diamonds, when she visited for social occasions and family gatherings. She was drop dead gorgeous, in a lace mini dress, back combed hair and false eyelashes. She drank beer and smoked heavily while she read. She had a great following.
When I bought my first deck of Tarot and a couple of books on the subject, I remember thinking I would never get to grips with trying to learn the meaning of 78 cards both upright and reversed. I was exposed to card reversals from day one as the books I was studying from never mentioned that it was optional. I attended a, rare to find, Tarot Course in Dublin back in the nineties and it covered Reversals too so it was with me from day one.
It is strange how one evolves in Tarot Reading. When I first started out, I saw Tarot as being ultimately a metaphysical discipline, a tool of divination, but as the years passed and I began teaching and writing about the subject of Tarot I feel I approach it more from an academic point of view. I see the psychology behind it in the archetypes and personality profiling. I shun the fortune telling reputation Tarot is famed for and realise now that it is so much more than that. I was introduced to a psychologist at a party some time ago. During the conversation she asked me what I did and when I told her I was a Tarot consultant, writer and teacher, instead of her eyes glazing over, she became extremely interested and told me that when she was study psychology in college, most of the students had decks of Tarot Cards and would spend their weekends studying them and doing readings for each other. She said the college tutors actively encouraged it as an excellent way of understanding the human psyche and individual personality types. She told me she still turns to her tarot cards for inner guidance and they continue to surprise her.
I think the change came for me when I started to write about Tarot. The more I delved, the more I found. I was quite alarmed to discover that each card has a bottomless pit of information and knowledge of the human state. It overwhelmed me at times and continues to do so. Tarot is a record of Human Psychology in all its aspects. Every book, play, movie and song dips into its knowledge during the creation, writing, character forming or composing stage. Everything that has ever happened in the human state is reflected in the rich fabric of tarot. That is why it can be used for divination or predictive purposes.
My writing about Tarot is set to continue for many years to come. The more I write about the tarot, the more expansive it becomes. By the time I finish I hope to have created a Grand Tome of Tarot that covers the subject from as many angles as possible. I also wish to return to the classroom to teach Tarot to individuals and groups. I am going to be quite busy!
I have two children. Katie (32yrs) who was awarded her PhD at Trinity College, Dublin in 2015. She is now a doctor, a Medical Microbiologist, working in Clinical Research for Cystic Fibrosis. I am so very proud of her achievements. Not only is she super intelligent, she is also a wonderful, caring, loving and conscientious daughter, and was the perfect older sister to her brother, Conor. A week after her graduation, Katie was back in Trinity College, Dublin, but this time to get married. Her story is still ongoing!
My other child, Conor (11yrs), my gorgeous son, is no longer with us. He passed over to the Spirit World in December 2007 as a result of a Brain Tumour. His loss has left a huge void in my life. I am forever heartbroken. He is so deeply missed by us all. It gets harder as each year goes by, but he lives on in our hearts and minds forever. My beautiful boy. I pray he is the first spirit I see when my time comes. I hope it is Conor who comes for me.
Conor was psychically gifted from a young age. He could see auras and sensed energy. He believed in faeries and magic and was especially drawn to crystals and stones.
Conor had a deep love for a very special place in Ireland, called Dingle. The Dingle Peninsula sits on the Atlantic Coast in the County of Kerry, South West Ireland. We holidayed here several years in a row and always felt homesick when we had to leave the peninsula behind to return home. Dingle is where Conor chose to spend his last holiday when he became terminally ill.
Fungi, a bottle nose dolphin, made his home in Dingle Bay and we often went out by boat to visit him. We used to watch him dance in the waves and chase the fishing boats as they came into harbour. Both Conor’s and my ashes will be scattered at the entrance to Dingle Bay.
I am blessed to have found a Very Special Man, Billy, to share my life with. Billy is a retired Primary School Deputy Principal. He is also a musician and has gigged for years around Ireland and the UK. The type of music he plays is traditional Irish. He doesn’t play as often as he used to and now prefers to casually join in on an informal session when the occasion arises and the mood is right. He has bought his retirement home in Clonakilty, West Cork, just beside Inchydoney Beach on the Wild Atlantic Way. He, we, had our hearts set on Dingle but unfortunately that never came to be, but I think he got the next best thing. Dingle will always hold the magic for us. It is not that far away from Clonakilty, just over 2 hours of a drive, so we can always visit.
Clonakilty is a bustling, cosmopolitan town which draws creative types from all over the world. Live music is available in just about every pub on a nightly basis. Many big names travel to Clonakilty each year to play small gigs in intimate venues where the atmosphere is lively and friendly. Celebrities mix casually with the locals who never make a big fuss about their presence.
Most music sessions are unplanned. Musicians can arrive in a pub, set up in a corner and start playing. If other musicians arrive, they can join in too. The crowd send up requests and then sing along or an individual will get up and sing a song. Billy has joined in on a few of these sessions and enjoyed it so much he is eager for more. It is hard to decide which pub serves the best pint of Guinness, but Billy is working diligently on this one. The streets are full of local artist and potter’s shops, and galleries. There is an excellent Farmer’s market every Friday in the town center and the choice of organic and artisan food products is to die for. Clonakilty is a Coastal town. It enjoys a great reputation for several blue flag beaches, surfing, sailing, diving and fishing. This is laid back living and one never feels under pressure or rushed living so close to the sea. Billy has also started to dabble with painting and is working on some coastal scenes which he intends to hang in his new home. It is possible to see if the tide is in or out from the back windows of his house. He has been writing poetry too and has built up quite a collection. So with walking on the beach, swimming, cycling and exploring the magnificent coastline of The Sheep’s Head Peninsula and surrounding islands, retirement is set to be a very busy time for Billy.
The Local Beach, Inchydoney
We haven’t been able to do much hill-walking or long cycles in recent times due to my poor health but we do hope to get back into later this year.
Neither of us have a television in our homes, so must rely on each other for entertainment and company. When we are together, dinner can go on for hours as we discuss all the woes of the world over a nice bottle of wine. Sometimes Billy takes out his guitar and we sing songs together which we like to think of as our party pieces. We started singing lessons in summer 2013 after my doctor suggested some vocal coaching for a chronic jaw problem I am plagued with. I discovered I have a Mezzo Soprano voice. I learned four Italian Arias and would love to do more. Billy has more of a voice for Traditional Irish Music and could seriously be taken for one of the Dubliners. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and personally I found it profoundly liberating. It is something I intend to take up again.
I live in Kildare, and at present Billy and I travel up and down to see each other so we get to enjoy both worlds, one close to Dublin City, the other surrounded by breathtaking scenery and a laid back lifestyle. I live beside the bogs and forests with great walking and cycling right on the doorstep. Kildare is the Thoroughbred County of Ireland and is famous for its racehorses, trainers and stud farms. One day I will have to choose between the two but maybe I can have both!
UPDATING AUGUST 2016
I have two cats; Isis and Morgan. They are sisters. I found them years ago under a lampost on a busy road when they were only tiny little kittens. One is nervy and awkward (Morgan) while the other (Isis) is demanding and what we call “overly enthusiastic” all the time. She is nearly 13yrs old but behaves like a kitten. She loves the bed and especially when someone is in it. She would happily stay in it all day long. Up until recently I had four cats but two of them died. The most recent one a couple of days before my birthday in April. I was heartbroken as I had him a long time and he had been my ‘big man’ around the house until Billy arrived. His name was O’Malley and he had come to me as an emaciated feral cat many years ago when I first came to live here. My other cat, Tiger died suddenly in his sleep last year. He had been blind for two years prior to that. I did have a beautiful dog too, Lillie, a Cavalier King Charles. She was my baby and came everywhere with me. However, she got old and ill and sadly died exactly three months before my son did. I don’t think I will ever be able to replace her.
(2012 update) With great despair and dreadfully heartbroken, I lost Morgan. Morgan developed Kidney failure. I had to put her out of her misery. It was such a sad time. She now rests beside O’Malley under the Weeping Willow in the back garden. I have Isis left and of course my trusty strays out the back garden, The Landlord (very old too), Bridie (a newcomer) and several other visitors. We now have a hedgehog who makes a guest appearance every evening for his plate of food.
I have a couple of hobbies. Well, of course writing is one but the other is a growing passion of mine. I have been making ‘Boudoir Dolls’ for the last few yearso and am trying to develop my skills in this area. Boudoir dolls were especially popular during the Art Deco period. Also know as Flapper/Smoker/Bed Dolls they were designed and manufactured not for children but for adult females. They were dressed elaborately in the fashions of the times and mirrored their wealthy owners’ styles, or those of the Silver Screen. The came with accessories, jewelry and fancy lingerie. They adorned the boudoirs of their owners, resting on cushions or sitting on a chaise longue. I have been teaching myself how to make their clothes, hats and style their hair. At present I have three new doll projects I am working on. Jean Harlow is close to completion and the other two, Coco Chanel and Marianne Faithful still need a lot of attention.
I have always been sporty and active since childhood. I spent my young years competing in gymnastics and athletics. I also played a lot of tennis and of course my horse-riding (I really need to get up on a horse again soon) along with boxing and kick-boxing. Cycling and Hill-Walking have featured strongly in recent years but ill health and cervical spine problems have grounded me considerably. I remain positive in regaining my former strength and fitness levels.
Qualifications and Career History
I am a fully qualified Tera-Mai© Reiki Master and hold diplomas in Advanced Past Life Hypnotherapy and Crystal Healing. A Tarot Consultant and Teacher, I have been a Student and Reader of the Tarot for over 14 years and in the last six years have begun handing down my accumulated knowledge of this fascinating subject through my specially and personally written in-depth Truly Teach Me Tarot Courses. I also teach courses and workshops in Reiki and Crystal Healing.
I am a qualified Medical Secretary and spent some wonderful time working in the Cardiac Department of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Ireland.
My previous careers found me working in the Hotel Business for approximately 8 years. I have bitter-sweet memories of this time. So much fun but also so much stress.
I worked with horses for 7 years. This I enjoyed so much as it was earthy and so worthwhile. Days were long and often wet and cold but it was wonderful. I had my own horse then and competed at Riding Club level in Showjumping, Cross Country and Dressage.
Prior to working with horses believe it or not I worked in the Fashion World for nearly 13years. Again, bitter-sweet memories of this time. I was young and we burnt the candle at both ends back then because we were able to. All my money went on clothes and there was a great buzz and excitement with Irish Designers at that time. However, the industry became very demanding with long hours, late nights, no breaks, barely any holidays and ever-increasing targets to reach. Burnt out and unhappy I was glad to eventually swap my high heel shoes and make-up for mucker boots and the windswept look.
My Spiritual Quest
To serve and help those who seek to rediscover their true self, those who may have stumbled on their journey or lost their way in life. Those who have known pain, loss and suffering, deprivation and despair yet within still flickers a flame of hope and faith that tomorrow will be a better day.
As a Healer I seek to work through understanding, compassion, empathy, and encouragement. To work with Universal Energy, Spirits of the Light, Angelic forces and the Individual to remove blockages and return balance of mind, body, emotions and spirit. To bring awareness to those who cross my threshold of the connection that exists between all life and the sacredness of all creatures great and small in our eternal quest for balance, harmony and peace both within and without.As a Tarot Consultant I seek to offer guidance and direction to those who cannot find their way out of the dark or a solution to their problems. To share wisdom and constructive advice but to never interfere with the free will of the individual. To gently bring to the surface and expose repetitive negative patterns, attitudes or behaviour that holds one back from their true spiritual purpose and destiny. To hold a mirror to the individual’s soul so that truth and understanding comes from within and not from being told what to do.
As a Tarot Consultant I seek to offer guidance and direction to those who cannot find their way out of the dark or a solution to their problems. To share wisdom and constructive advice but to never interfere with the free will of the individual. To gently bring to the surface and expose repetitive negative patterns, attitudes or behaviour that holds one back from their true spiritual purpose and destiny. To hold a mirror to the individual’s soul so that truth and understanding comes from within and not from being told what to do.
As a Teacher I seek to expand the consciousness of my students to become more aware of other worlds beyond their three-dimensional existence. To open their minds to grow, question and challenge conventional beliefs and the scientific world. To open their eyes to really see deep into the souls of those that surround them and the colours of nature so often taken for granted. To open their ears to hear the rhythm of life and the natural world. To hear the words of wisdom from their inner self and spirit. To listen to and respect the opinions of others and tune into their silent cries for help. To open their hearts in order to feel, love and connect to the heartbeat of all who share this planet we temporarily call home. In doing so the spirit is set free. Then true healing and spiritual growth occurs not just for one but for all.
Faerie Blessings to All,
Copyright © 2013 Vivien Ní Dhuinn