Revelations: Card reading offers reminder of true prophecy

Jennifer Preyss

Money. Success. Love. Three children.

A tarot card reader and curandero told me Tuesday, these things I shall have in my future.

I hadn't planned to sit down with a soothsayer and spiritual healer this week, but Jesus (Castillo, not Christ) offered to demonstrate his tarot card services the other day - so I followed him into the consultation room.

There, at a small wooden table, he picked up a deck of colorful cards I'd never seen before and counted out my future.

You might be wondering what I was doing with a tarot card reader. I was on assignment, working on a story about curanderismo.

Several weeks ago, after getting my nails done in a shop along Navarro Street, I noticed a store next door called Velas y Mas (Candles and More). Glancing through the glass window, I spotted a variety of Catholic-inspired candles and statues, and a sign that offered tarot card reading inside.

I was intrigued. My faith reporter wheels started turning.

I reached for the door handle, the store was closed. I'd have to return another day.

I probably would have assumed it was just another psychic reader store if my friend, Brian, wasn't with me that day.

We glanced through the store windows together, and he explained the shop was a modern Mexican curanderismo shop, or herbaria that fuses Catholic traditions with spiritual healing and Hispanic alternative medicine.

Curanderismo? Curanderos? I'd never heard of it.

I started asking some of my Latino friends if they'd heard of it, and surprisingly, many of them did. How could I have never known about this before? And why didn't they ever mention it?

A few weeks later, I stopped by the store and started asking a few questions.

It was fascinating. It's not very often you get to have conversations about the spiritual realm, good and evil, energy balance and alternative healing.

Jesus and the store owner, Debra, were delightful to be around. I felt comfortable in the store, and was appreciative she didn't shoo me away.

After a few requests to let me interview her, she agreed to let me do the story.

During my next few visits at the store, Debra and Jesus explained about the alternative medicine treatments - the herbs, the magnets, the candles, the oils, the incense, soaps, and room sprays that essentially protect and cleanse and rid your house, your soul, your mind of the evils of the world.

And Jesus precedes his spiritual cleansing rituals with tarot card readings to determine the type of healing his clients require.

So, on the final interview day, when I asked him for a demonstration, I wasn't expecting him to do a demonstration on me.

I'd never had my cards read before, or visited a psychic before. I'm not really interested. I know the Bible is clear about not being deceived by false prophets, and that God will "expose the false prophets as liars and make fools of fortune-tellers."

But there was something genuine about Jesus that day. I felt compelled to take his gift of prophecy seriously, if only for a moment.

I listened carefully as he described my life, my hopes and dreams, and personal struggles, with impressive accuracy. As he laid the cards down, he uttered a new prophecy.

He told me I often wonder if putting my career and future plans over getting married and being a mom, was worth it. That was true.

Another card.

He told me I sometimes feel frustrated that I haven't advanced in my career (and those goals I still have for myself) as quickly as I hoped. That was true.

Another card.

He told me I'm often afraid of relationships and love because of past hurts, and sometimes I use my job to hide. That was true.

He told me I have huge potential to do big things in the world and I'm allowing fear to keep me from accomplishing them.

Then he said I'd be successful, enjoy a great love, have tremendous wealth, and be a mom to three children.

When I left the store, I wasn't sure what to think about Jesus' prophecy of my life - although I must say, his cards certainly loved me to predict such a wonderful future.

But later that night, I remembered another prophecy written about me. Written in the book of Jeremiah, the Lord says, "For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

That's a darn good prophecy, I thought. And I think both Jesuses would agree on that one.

Jennifer Preyss is a reporter for the Victoria Advocate. You can reach her at 361-580-6535 or jlpreyss@vicad.com or on Twitter @jenniferpreyss.