Proud with a glimpse in my eye that one of Sweden’s biggest daily news (www.expressen.se) gave me the title “The Swedish Tarot queen” on July 03. Here is my background as a fortune-teller, or I instead call myself the Tarot expert.
My Tarot career My first meeting with Tarot cards was in 1974 in Nottingham, UK. My friends had Tarot decks, and curious as I am, I had to pull some cards to see what it was all about. They told me the interpretation; I was impressed by how well it told what was in my life; it also made me more curious. I came home to Sweden again and back to the usual playing cards, and then I realized it was Tarot that was my calling.
My first deck Was a Rider-Waite; I still got it, once it got sold, funny story. I had a crystal shop, and one of the girls that worked there sold it to a customer that desperately needed a Rider-Waite deck since it was sold out; she did her best and sold mine cheaper cause it was used. I got sad, but everything has a reason. Some years later, I had a Tarot workshop, and one of the participants had some problems; her deck didn’t work. She asked if it could maybe have something to do that was used and bought second-hand at my shop. And of course, it was my deck, so we switched; I was happy, and she too.
Back in 1974 (so many years ago) I lay some spreads but wasn’t particularly good at understanding the interpretation. As usual, I did as people often do, laid some cards, and read from the booklet following the deck, with no conception and no basic about Tarot. I did practice reading directly from the booklet (and unfortunately, many still do that, and it takes time and doesn’t say as much as if you learn the basics).
The years went by, and many things in the new age followed me; I got my kids, and my life began. Now I had time to do the things I had in interest, thanks to their dad, who supported me in being a housewife. I followed a friend to a shaman and realized the wholeness of life, the elements, and the wheel of life. When I was “playing” with my cards, I suddenly understood the connection between Tarot and the elements (fire, water, earth, air, and ether).
Tarot got a whole new meaning for me; my readings went more profound and more insight; I then understood how to work, finance, love, and health around the soul. After that, numerology came into my life like a surprise, and I was shocked over how well it could tell about the moves and patterns we are into. I thought that the person that did my numerological reading knew me better than I did myself. And then, I started to learn more about numbers and their energies in Tarot. That was one more breakthrough in the truth of the Tarot. Astrology was already a big part of my knowledge, and I had already understood how it was connected to Tarot, now I only had to develop more about it altogether. Today I have written about 6000 pages about Tarot, not only with numerology and astrology, but I also connected with stones and gems and totems and colors.
Years of Tarot
Tarot is superior to all other methods of reading energies; it has it all and fits into all religions, all cultures, past times as the future, and of course, the present time.
At the end of 1990 Tarot became a full-time of my working time; I started to make notes about the cards. In 1992 I moved to another city; I opened my shop, “Crystal Wolf” (Ylva means wolves in Latin). Many people came to the shop asking for Tarot courses, and I didn’t know about any, and to have them myself, no way. The customer said – Please, write down my name and number if you decide to have some course in the future. With many names and numbers, I decided to hold my first course in Tarot, and it went on, one more, one more. In the beginning, my courses were one day a week for seven weeks, and in one city, I had a lot of courses, and it is also the city where I have my record in telling 92 people in a nonstop 14 hours.
200 Swedish kronor (S.kr=about 15 pounds or 20 dollars) was the first sum I took for my readings; then, I realized that to also be able to afford the taxes and expenses, I had to take 300 S.kr. In 1993 my first book came out, “Tarot step by step,” and I visited radio and television and raised the readings to 400 S.kr, and now I do readings from 500 S.kr to 800 S.kr.
In 1995, I and some friends got together and decided to start an association for Tarot (The Swedish Tarot association). Our goal was to have an organization for people to find the honest, professional Tarot readers authorized after some test. It was a nice, funny time. To begin with, we had the meetings in Umeå (north of Sweden) and be Sweden; it was big-time at the event; we had 44 people in one evening. We made announcements in papers and by commercial and had over 200 members around Sweden. Then (of course), someone thought he was the answer for the association, living in Stockholm (the capital of Sweden), and I was not particularly eager to take a fight. I had put so much time and money and was tired of it. But of course, it also leads to a lot of bullshit; unsure people have that pattern, he called me a charlatan, but I just smiled and thought about the thing with mirroring another person. I was the chairman of the association and the driving force with some other real enthusiasts. Some tried to continue after I left, but the association didn’t exist anymore after some months.
The criteria for readers were, too, on the other side of getting approved in the test, without alcohol and drugs (in readings), not talking about death, and having professional secrecy. I think we had about 20 authorized readers. The meaning was to give people a choice, like when you choose in another field, everyone knows that if someone is authorized, they at least had made an effort and were proven to stand up for the standards. And now, I certify readers who make a test after a course and follow the standards. I’m proud that they are the best and take the reading seriously.
In 2002, I got the insight that I’m good at what I do, a real Tarot expert. I was the first (what I know of) Swedish to write a book in Swedish (not translated), and today with 26 books, 16 of them are about Tarot, workshops, distance courses and an education. All the material Tarot for students, MP3 files, three decks, a lot of workshops and lectures every year, and on top of that, readings daily it makes me a Tarot expert. No one in Scandinavia has written as much as I have on the subject of Tarot. Is it anyone in the whole world that has performed more than me about Tarot?
I’m not the reader who does Tarot to make usual readings about life and love; I’m the one who uses Tarot with higher wisdom to create our own life with our thoughts. But sometimes, they are too mixed up to make us see clearly. But of course, real-life and weekdays, with health, work, finance, love, and spiritual growth, is a big part of that.
Looking forward to being in contact with you /Ylva