Thirteen Questions for Nancy Gill
1. In business since: I started reading professionally in 1994 at the East Side Exchange.
2. What exactly do you do: I do a number of types of readings. I do a psychic card reading, usually with the Tarot, though I have many decks. Two of my favorites are Brian Froud’s Faeries’ Oracle and Jamie Sams Medicine Cards. I also practice Astrology, doing birth charts and natal return charts. I read the Astro Dice and the Rune Stones and do a bit of energy work. I’ve studied the Enneagram, and aboriginal teachings at Red Willow Lodge. I also enjoy doing dream interpretations. I teach both the Tarot and Astrology. And for over 10 Years I’ve been writing a Taroscopes column, which can now be viewed online with The Aquarian.
3. Who will we meet when we visit your business (staff): I do readings at the Bella Vista Restaurant in the evenings, so if you came to see me there you’d meet the very gracious and helpful serving staff.
4. You started this because: I got my first Tarot deck when I was 13, but I didn’t start reading professionally until I was getting a divorce and needed a second income to make ends meet. A friend suggested I could do this for a living since I’d been doing it for years for friends. I answered an ad for a position at the East Side Exchange and I’ve been reading professionally ever since.
5. Your motto/vision statement: My guiding principles include: leave your ego at the door; never assume anything; be kind; be constructive and keep it “real.”
6. Most gratifying moment: The organizers of Winnipeg School Division #1’s Life Long Learning program were looking for a Tarot card teacher and they contacted me because I was highly recommended.
7. What Inspires you? What is your biggest inspiration or influence?: Dr. Joan McLaren was a huge influence in terms of the Tarot. I learned so much from her. I’m also inspired by so many of the stories I hear about ordinary people who strive to live a conscious life and fulfill their potential or reach a cherished goal in spite of challenges and set backs.
8. What are some of your company’s milestones, awards, events and special celebrations? As I am just starting this venture, I’m not sure how to answer this question. Ask me the same question in a year.As we approached the new millennium, CBC Radio’s Morning Show was doing a special. Maureen Pendergast interviewed me on my predictions for the years ahead. Also, going to the Petroforms at Bannock Point with world renowned Tarot expert Rachel Pollack, who came to do a presentation at the Tarot Symposium I helped organize.
9. What causes / charities / local events do you support? I support Cancer Care by doing readings at the annual Spirit Seekers Conference at the Hotel Fort Garry in March.
This year, I read at the Mediums and Manicures event for the Never Alone Foundation. And last year I did readings at a benefit for the “Believe Team,” in support of a project for a woman who had sustained a brain injury.
I’ve done readings at socials to raise funds for people I know who are fighting cancer. I have also provided gift certificates for silent auctions in support of youth programs, art programs, artists, musicians and programs for people with disablities as well as some student groups putting on socials to raise funds for their graduations.
I did readings to raise funds for the installation of an elevator to provide wheelchair access to a community centre. And I’ve done free readings at the Wolseley Farmers Market at their special event to increase community awareness. I have read at the Wolseley Farmers’ Market, the Makers’ and Market and at Adventures for Successful Singles Socials for the last two years. And annually I do readings at the Body Mind and Spirit Show.
10. What business-related story do you tell at dinner parties? I got a phone call asking if I’d like to do readings at an event. I said, “Sure, I’ll participate.” I met up with the organizer and other readers the night before. It was quite an exotic group of readers. The next day, the organizer gave the list of readers to the MC who read the names out over the P.A. system. I was busy at the time and so I wasn’t paying attention. But then a woman came up and asked if I was Nan Seagull. I guess the MC couldn’t read the organizer’s writing very well. And he was probably expecting something more unusual than just plain Nancy. My name wasn’t in keeping with the rest of the readers’ names. So, evidently, he saw what he expected to see. I got a good laugh out of it. And the name did fit a bit.
11. If you could tell your customers one thing about your business that they don’t know, what would it be? The cards, the stars, the dice, the stones—they are all just tools—ultimately it’s all about connecting to one’s intuitive knowing. A deck is just a deck. Nothing has power and conversely everything has the power to provide information. Technically a tool isn’t necessary; it just speeds up the process for me. But, the integrity of the reader, that is very, very important.
I am an evolutionary reader, which means I give the information to the client, but they call the shots. It’s their life. They decide what to do with it. We live in a time and place where we have the ability to personally influence our future more directly than the time in which the cards were first created and the star charts were first thrown. I am not a fatalistic reader. I feel we receive the messages so that we can change our future by changing our choices if we so desire. And if you like what is being revealed, then you’ll see it coming more readily for having heard about it in advance. Remember, you have the final say in the story of your life.
12. What do you hope your customers experience when they walk in the door? I hope when clients come for a reading, they have a sense of welcome and know they can trust me to provide information that empowers them. I hope they feel comfortable and respected and know that I will give them whatever messages come through that will prepare them to meet challenges and to take advantage of opportunities coming their way.
At my classes through the Winnipeg School Division #1’s Life Long Learning I teach in an elementary school library, when my students arrive, I hope they get a sense that they’re going to learn a lot and have fun doing it. I want them to feel that it’s a safe place to try something new.
During a reading or a class, I like to ignite a sense of possibilities, excitement, and joy. This doesn’t mean things are always “rosey.” However, even in tears there can be a joyful release. So, I also hope clients and students feel safe and that they can express all their emotions and talk about their life experiences in a place with those who are non-judgmental and respectful.
13. Plans for the future? Ultimately, I want to make a positive difference in my little corner of the world. I plan to expand my services—I am always eager to learn and explore the modalities associated with intuition and energy work. I consider personal development and lifelong learning a must. There is so much to discover about the wisdom traditions, and living consciously is easier said than done.
I am a work in progress, like everyone else. My vision for the future is to continue doing what I love to do and to provide classes to assist those who wish to tap into their sixth sense. Everyone has the ability to connect more dynamically with their higher self and the collective unconscious; though some are “wired” to more readily do so. I see the study of the wisdom traditions as a way to connect with the authentic self. I’m eager to share this with others so clients can discover their soul’s purpose and live a more fulfilling life.
I hope others will gain a stronger confidence in their ability to know where they are in life and where they are going without the need for external validation or direction. I want to give them tools to understand themselves and others and the complexities of life. I also hope to awaken an awareness of the spirit in all things. My main goal is always to educate and empower.