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I am exploring a too often neglected aspect of climbing training, an area which I think is going to be the new frontier in performance athletics.

Allow me to explain. According to my training spreadsheet, where I track cardio, weights, climbing, and recovery, yesterday was my day for a "long" run through the Berkeley hills. It was a beautiful Spring day, and I was ready to go. Unfortunately, the tendonitis in my knee was bothering me. Was it worth taking the day off and disrupting my training program?

I turned to my spiritual advisors for help.

The first card, indicating my present situation, is the five of pentacals, a card that represents injury or illness.

I am not making this up. This really was my reading. I won't go through all the cards with you, but my predicted short term outcome was harmonious, and I indeed went for a run and felt great.

Thank you, Spirits! You are truly all-knowing.

As a result of this discovery, I will be offering tarot-based training consultations out of the van for 50 cents a reading. Please help pay for gas and do what's good for you and consult the spirits.

My beautiful new deck is from The Wild Unknown, if you wish to take communication with the spirits into your own hands. I would recommend against this, however, and encourage you to pay me the 50 cents.

UPDATE: In response to a reader question (!!) - I'm learning to read tarot with the book Tarot as a Way of Life: A Jungian Approach to the Tarot, which I love and completely recommend as well.