People: The Rev. Stephen Meade

February 23, 2004|JENNIFER BRUMMETT

The Rev. Stephen Meade has pursued studies of Qabalah, which is derived from a root that means "to receive." Qabalah is "received doctrine," Meade says.

"Legend has it that God taught Adam (the Qabalah) in the Garden of Eden," he explains.

The "received doctrine" was passed from father to son for generations. Meade has been studying Qabalah for more than 20 years.

As part of his religious beliefs, his teacher told Meade he need to learn two methods of divination. Meade chose pendulum dousing and tarot card reading. Meade, an ordained non-Christian minister since 1997, gives regular readings from his home in Junction City. He says the cards show a "picture book knowledge of the Qabalah."

The first use for the cards, Meade says, is "to get closer to divine forces" through meditation on the cards. Telling the future through the cards is a secondary use for tarot cards, he adds.


He provides a service for those who want it, he says, filling a void left by the late Molly Walker, who Meade says was a local psychic. Meade gives tarot card readings on particular aspects of an individual's life.

"I prefer to read by categories," he notes.

The most popular reading is about the client's love life. Next in popularity is money matters. Family and health categories also are requested.

Meade gives two types of readings. The basic reading, for $20, involves 13 cards, plus seven that deal with the future specifically. For $25, a client can request an astrological reading that looks at an overview of the individual's life as well as "something specific," Meade notes. For those rates, he adds, it should be apparent that he isn't trying to cheat anyone who comes to him for a tarot card reading.

"The cheapest phone psychic is $3 per minute," he says. "I'm obviously not here to rip anyone off."

There are a number of different decks of tarot cards. The Arthur Edward Waite deck is popular. Meade likes to use the Hanson-Roberts deck. "It feels better," he notes.

For a reading, Meade asks the client to tap the deck of cards three times - "to get a bit of yourself in it," he explains. Next, the client cuts the cards, then Meade shuffles them. As he lays down the cards in a particular order, Meade explains whether the card is good or bad. Each position has a different meaning, including the center of the matter, time frames, environment, hopes and fears, and final outcome. If the cards are upside down to Meade, they have a meaning different from that of the right side up cards. Often, when the card is "flipped," it has an opposite meaning.

"The way prophecy works, if things keep going the way they're going, A, B, C or D is going to happen," Meade explains.

"But nothing is set in stone. If I tell you something bad, it needs to be changed. If it's good, it needs to be maintained.

"You have the power to change. The cards advise, but they do not tell every action. A lot of people don't understand that's how prophecy works."

There are five suits of cards in tarot: Swords, which reflect mental and physical activity; rods, which reflect friends; pentacles, which reflect money; cups, which reflect emotional matters; and trumps, which reflect spiritual intangibles.

When he reads, Meade considers four ideas: The position of the cards; the meaning of the card itself; the subject matter for which the client wants the reading; and his own feelings as he lays down the cards. It is tough to read the cards as they come up sometimes, Meade says.

"The hardest thing for me to do is tell people the bad," he explains, "particularly when it is mostly bad."

What he enjoys is feeling like he helps out the clients who engage his services.

"It helps them get their ducks in a row," Meade notes, adding some clients return to tell him how accurate his reading was. "You see things from another perspective, which has to help you out."

To contact Meade, call (859) 854-9236.

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