Hello I’m Thom Pham!
I am a professional tarot reader and deck designer from Paris and am currently give readings in Bali and Australia or via Skype internationally.
My background /Tarot journey
I was born in Toulouse, France. I was raised in a Buddhist family but do not consider myself religious or belonging to any religious faith. My main influence nonetheless growing up was Zen Buddhism and became really interrested in Non-Duality (or modern Zen) teachings when I moved to the USA from France at age 17. I lived in San Jose California where I studied Fine-Art and Graphic Design.
My love for Tarot comes from my mother who always read since we were kids. She used the “Tarot de Marseilles” and also created her own oracle system that used chopsticks with strange markings she had put on them. I never understood how it worked still to this day, but hey! It worked for her! And even though I never understood it, I guess in a way it influenced me in my tarot reading style to trust my own intuition, my own system of symbols and interpretation rather than what “books” or teachers are saying is the right way to read tarot.
When I moved back to Paris after 12 years spent in the USA, I worked for various advertising agencies as a graphic designer, but after a time I became quite depressed with the work I was doing so left to work as a caretaker for mentally handicaps. There, I had to work many nightshifts during the week and it was at that quiet time that I created the Heart of Stars Tarot deck. While creating the deck I became more involved with Tarot and took classes with Biddy Tarot in order to deepen my knowledge of Tarot. Brigit Esselmon’s tarot philosophy was all about trusting your intuition and your own guidance system. After creating The Heart of Stars Tarot deck, I became more and more involved with giving reading to people and after that started to read professionally.
10 Questions Every Tarot Reader Must Answer borrowed from the blog the Left Hand Path
1. Were you mentored, or were you self-taught?
l was both mentored and self-taught. I took webinar, online classes mainly from Biddy Tarot. I took their Tf1 and Tf2 classes that were highly instructive, inspirational and where I met a community of very nice like-minded people. Otherwise I was mainly self taught by reading forums, books etc…Creating my own tarot deck definitely contributed for me to learn the Tarot in a deeper way. But one thing that led me to learn tarot more than anything before that, was reading compulsively the Tarot for myself after a bad breakup. I read tarot for myself in such a neurotic and compulsive way just to get to the answer I wanted to hear that I ended up knowing all the cards by heart at the end…so yeah, using the tarot the « wrong way » can have its benefits 🙂
2. Are you a psychic or a Tarot reader?
I’m an ” intuitive” Tarot reader. I only read the cards and the story they are telling me through the free associations of symbols that comes into my mind while looking at the cards. I do have sometimes “flashes” of inspiration, or images that will come into my mind, but I don’t consider myself a Psychic, as I don’t depend on clairaudient or clairvoyant messages for a reading. I do consider myself an empath though, as I feel I connect with a client’s energy and their intent in a reading and can feel intuitively the questions that needs being answered that will help achieve clarity at the end of a reading.
3. Are your predictions accurate, and is accuracy important to you?
I don’t predict the future per say, I only reveal patterns that are more likely to occur based on the present emotional states of the querent and everyone involved in the reading. Those patterns are often hidden from the querent due to their conflicted desires, or messages they receive externally and interpret differently than what the situation actually is. So in that regards are my predictions accurate? Are the patterns I reveal to the Querent accurate? Yes.
But more than just revealing the patterns what is most important to me is giving different options, different paths, obstacles to avoid, advice to follow in order to navigate those patterns in a more “flowy” way. Like Lao Tzu says: “To be conscious of difficulties helps you avoid them.”
4. Is there anything you can’t predict in a reading?
A tarot reading reveals patterns and in that sense it predicts what is likely to come. Whenever I look at the patterns to come or draw a card for a future outcome, I will always focus on solutions to a given challenge. My reading will never leave you unempowered, miserable or wallowing in self pity nor will it leave you with an unrealistic sense of joy, based on saying what the reader wants to hear.
My reading will only leave you with clarity on a situation and mor options in order to create your own future.
If you ask me : When will I get pregnant, married or die? I’ll answer with : WHAT can you do NOW? to get pregnant, married or confront your fears of death? I answer the Whens and the Whys with What, « What you can do? »
What is it that you can do to realign with Flow? In a state of Flow you either achieve all your desires effortlessly or you realign your desires to things that are more serving. The Goal is Flow, and the Tarot is a tool that can be used to achieve that.
Do I still do reading about timing? Yes. Based on your current “vibrational states of being” (to borrow a term from Law of Attraction) I will predict the current best timing for your decisions at hand.
5. Do you use only Tarot, or are you multi-disciplinary?
I use different tarot and Oracle decks and I also use Runes.
6. Is the message in the cards, or in your head?
I read the cards first and foremost, then a free flow associations of symbols tells the story. How do the cards relate to one another, which detail in a card catches my attention? How does it relate to the question of the Querent? Why has this card jumped from the shuffle? There is always a main theme, a main story plot when a reading is revealed, then there are subplots that adds the details and contribute on the accuracy of the reading in revealing a certain pattern.
7. Are you a priest or a fortune-teller?
Neither. But I work with affirmations, energy work, visualizations.
8. Are you a fixer or a looker?
Coming from a Zen/ nonduality spiritual background I don’t see the other nor myself as something that is broken and needs fixing. I feel the more you fix the more you need fixing. It may be useful at a certain stage but it often becomes an endless process. Tarot being just a tool can be used in that tedious process or can be used in more holistic way. I start from the assumption that you are already complete, full, whole. The only fixing that needs being done is getting out of the way of what naturally unfolds … We are the only obstacle from seeing the patterns clearly and the ability to navigate through them. I use The Tarot to clear out the cobwebs only to reveal what we already know…
9. Do you read for free, or for fee?
Tarot reading is a full time gig, I charge a fee that I feel reflects the “energy exchange” that my service provides.
10. Is there anything you won’t predict in a reading?
I think I’ve already answered that one. No death, illness stuff…
I’m not bothered about the “spying” on your ex or lover thing like many other professional tarot reader. To me, it’s only very volatile emotions one is spying on, that can easilly change the moment the reading is over…So I warn that it may be what you see about this person now, but don’t get too attached to it because it may already be different now. The question is “What are you to do with your own emotions now? ” It s not about them but it’s about you.