Susan’s Journey

Many people are sensitive souls with a connection to their own intuition, or have a precognitive dream that came true, or received a message from a deceased relative.

As a child, I too was sensitive, empathetic, and intuitive. Being a Pisces born in the year of the Sheep, I was naturally clairsentient. And because I was born with the sight, meaning I visually can see what people call ghosts, I can read energy, and sense events before they happen. When I read Witch Amongst Us by Lois Bourne, I felt that someone else understood my intuitive experiences.

If I spoke of my connection to the invisible world, the adults around me didn’t want to hear about it. If I told other kids, they weren’t particularly interested. My experiences just seemed odd. So I kept my observations to myself and kept my nose in a book.

When l read about or experienced the world of metaphysics and magical systems, I always got good news. For examples, my astrology chart has a fortunate grand Water trine, the numerology of my birthday is angel number 11 and master number 22, and my tarot soul card is #2 The High Priestess. A Santeria priest told me that “the dead like you” and I’m a daughter of Obatala. The more information I learned from spiritual systems, the more it was encouraging, not scary, so I pursued spiritual lines of inquiry and study.

40+ YEARS OF TAROT

Introduction to Tarot by Susan Levitt

Introduction to Tarot by Susan Levitt

My first tarot card reading was in 1972 at age 17. Right away, I liked tarot’s symbolic language. The card reader noticed my sensitivity and encouraged me to read tarot cards. I bought a tarot deck, and just started. Tarot became a practical divination tool that provided me with insights, and clear and accurate answers to specific questions. It offered guidance through pictures. 

What started as a serious hobby in my home town of Chicago became my profession after I moved to San Francisco in 1983, and I became a professional tarot card reader in 1986. 

Like the art of tarot reading, astrology is well-loved in the Bay Area. In Berkeley in 1993, I received professional certification in AstroCartography from AstroCartography creator Jim Lewis that confirmed I’d relocated to a most fortunate Jupiter line in the Bay Area, leaving Pluto IC and Moon DSC lines in Chicago. In lovely, picturesque San Francisco, no one thinks it’s odd that I read tarot cards and cast horoscopes.

The Complete Tarot Kit

Each tarot card reading tells a fascinating short story. So I look forward to reading tarot cards. I see it as literature. I am grateful for and thankful to everyone who shares their life story with me when I read their cards or cast their astrology charts.

People kept asking me how to read tarot cards, so I taught tarot classes in the Bay Area in the ’80s and ’90s. Soon I had so much information that my pile of xeroxed notes became my book Introduction to Tarot, published in 2002.  That same year I was awarded “Best Astrologer” by the San Francisco Weekly.

In 2016 Introduction to Tarot was awarded the “The People’s Choice” award for iconic book from COVR The Coalition of Visionary Resources. I’m proud that Introduction to Tarot is a book of the people; it really does teach you how to understand and read tarot cards! People ask me all the time if anyone can do it. Yes, if you apply yourself, and start with one card a day. At the end of one year, you’ll have read tarot hundreds of times.

Introduction to Tarot in Chinese

Through tarot, I was able to live in Mexico. I read tarot cards and taught tarot at Rio Caliente near Guadalajara every winter from 1996 through 2010. I led tours to the agave fields where tequila is made, to the sacred ball court of Teuchitlán, and the arts and crafts of Tlaquepaque and Tonalá. 

I still have my first astrology book from when I was 11 years old. Now I have over 50 years’ of experience as an astrologer. Being an intuitive Pisces born in the year of the gentle Sheep, reading tarot cards and discussing horoscopes is the perfect lifelong career for me. I love tarot because the pictures tell a story, and I love astrology for the same reason: I’m fascinated by the stories and myths that unfold in each astrology chart. 

ASTROLOGY EAST WEST

Taoist Astrology by Susan Levitt

Taoist Astrology

When I first arrived in the Bay Area, people were practicing acupuncture and the other healing arts described in a book I had studied in college, The Yellow Emperor’s Medicine Classic. I started getting acupuncture and attended classical Chinese medicine lectures by Susan Kaplan. One of my first tarot clients was Victoria Lapp, a master Chinese herbalist, who taught me Chinese herbs and face reading.

For relationship compatibility charts when doing astrology consultations, I noted how couple’s Chinese animals and elements mirrored their Western synastry chart. But few people knew their Chinese astrology sign, even people who were Asian or Asian-American. So I typed up a few pages about the Chinese animal signs, and gave the pages to my astrology clients as part of their astrology consultations. 

I had a clairaudient experience that led me to the publisher Inner Traditions International. With the assistance of a strong and knowledgeable Chinese scholar Jean Tang, my relationship notes became the book Taoist Astrology

FENG SHUI

Being a sensitive, I feel things in an environment and in 1997, I became a certified feng shui practitioner and studied Black Hat feng shui under Lin Yun Rinpoche, Teacher Ho Lynn Tu, and Seann Xenja. I studied concepts of landform feng shui, celestial feng shui, and Chinese pole star astrology with Taoist monk Liu Ming of Da Yuan Circle.

Taoist Feng Shui

From Jon Sandifer, a respected colleague in London, I learned about I-Ching astrology and application of compass feng shui. From dear friend Clear Englebert, who lives in Hawaii, I learned about gardening with feng shui. But what transformed my life and turned me into a slow-foods chef was studying Taoist macrobiotics at Nam Singh’s Academy of Cooking with Chinese Herbs in San Francisco. 

Many of my tarot and astrology clients knew when I became certified in feng shui and asked me to do feng shui in their homes. I like doing feng shui in the intimacy of a home where I can explain what I am doing and why I am doing it.

The feng shui balance of a home is so different from what is best in an office and soon my feng shui clients wanted me to feng shui their workplaces. I was asked to do feng shui consultations for offices and businesses, including large corporations like the San Francisco SPCA, EA Electronic Arts, and Club One.

I have spoken extensively on the subject of feng shui and pick up the energy of everyone in the room. I’ve lectured at Yuan-Yuan, the Worldwide Lin Yun Educational Foundation/Yun Shi Jing She Center in San Mateo, California, and I was a featured speaker on the National Feng Shui Teleconference series. I taught graduate-level feng shui courses in the Asian Studies and East/West Psychology graduate program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. It was the notes from these graduate courses that became my book Taoist Feng Shui

Teen Feng Shui by Susan Levittt

Teen Feng Shui

For years, I attended and lectured at the San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium where I met many kind tarot people including Brian Williams. Brian was a tarot scholar, artist, and author of many tarot decks including A Renaissance Tarot. He produced the cover art and illustrations for my book Taoist Feng Shui. 

When my publisher Inner Traditions began a series of books for teens they asked me to write Teen Feng Shui. Initially I declined because I thought the concept was not dignified. But Teen Feng Shui is part book and part workbook and was successful for teens who like to journal. Through writing they can personalize feng shui to their bedroom and can clearly understand feng shui concepts without the scholarly details in Taoist Feng Shui. 

Taoist Astrology in Czech

The publisher represented my books at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany where they sold the foreign rights. Taoist Astrology is now published in English, Czech and Bulgarian. Taoist Feng Shui is published in English, Spanish, Russian and Croat. Teen Feng Shui is published in Bulgarian. 

COMMUNICATION
I’ve come a long way from the child who no one wanted to hear speak. My popular lecture on Taoist astrology every Chinese New Year has become an anticipated event at East West Bookshop in Mountain View, California. I’ve also lectured at Stanford University, and presented at numerous conferences, including the Whole Life Expo and the San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium. In July 2008, I was interviewed in my home by CNN about the future of the United States economy and was interviewed on the television program Chicagoing in my home town.

Taoist Feng Shui in Spanish

While I enthusiastically spread the word about tarot, astrology and feng shui, I prefer to quietly write and remain behind the scenes. Since 1995, I’ve written an annual Chinese New Year column for We’Moon lunar calendars. I also write a Chinese New year column for the Taoist journal, The Empty Vessel. I’ve written astrology columns for Feng Shui Journal and Sage Woman magazine. My articles and book reviews are published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Gnosis, Magical Blend, Shaman’s Drum, and several other spiritual magazines.

 

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