I am starting to see clients again in my (small, 9 feet by 9 feet) Uptown Kingston office WITH MASKS and squishy stuff to put on hands and with me putting the cards down on a table after I explain them so people can look at them without us being jammed together or sharing cooties. As a welcome back to the office, I am offering 50% OFF THE FIRST IN-PERSON SESSION FOR NEW OR HAVEN’T-BEEN-IN-A-WHILE CLIENTS–so, really for everybody. There is a big waiting room downstairs for clients, so social/physical distancing can be maintained, and I will come down to get the next client after previous clients leave so everyone gets space. This sale offer will be for September, so get it while it’s here. If you feel ill or like the office is too small for your comfort, please consider a Zoom reading instead so that we can all stay safe and well.
These days the available in-person hours seem to be Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and maybe Tuesday, all noon to 4 pm, and there could be additional hours possible depending on the week, including some Saturdays. The Zoom distance readings are also continuing, so please check with me for availability of those if interested.
Please email me at laughingdakini at twc dot com for appointments, and please read the page about ‘what to expect during a reading with me’ first, so that you know if it’s likely to be a good match for us. I look forward to seeing real people in person again!
Thanks and best wishes
I have figured out how to do zoom readings now (with the laptop sideways actually), and am happy to offer them. Thank you to the folks who already contacted me about distance readings–that has been really encouraging.
The best way to make an appointment is to email me at laughingdakini at twc dot com, since I am online much of the day and just am not a cellphone person. I am offering the same sorts of readings I do in person, which is either 20 minutes or 40 minutes on HOW TO BRING ABOUT THE BEST OUTCOME FOR ANY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE. Please read the page about ‘what to expect during a reading with me’ prior to making an appointment, and choose the deck you would like me to use from the list there, since that will save time during the reading itself. All of the decks listed there are available for our use now except for Heart & Hands, which is still at my office in Kingston until I go get it. These readings are a real bargain for the time being, since it seems fair to give a lower price while I am refining the best way to go about the distance readings, and since basically times are hard for everyone. As a result, the 20 minute readings are $21.00 (instead of $35.00 in person at the office), and the 40 minute readings are $42.00 (instead of $65.00 in person at the office), and I will not book them too closely together in case of possible technical glitches. You will be expected to send the payment in advance of the reading at the time of making the appointment, via Paypal to laughingdakini at twc dot com. The appointment is not considered confirmed until the payment is received. The readings will be done by Zoom, and we will be in touch about it all when you email me for the appointment. One thing that is great is that the cards show up really big on the screen, and that can help you see a lot of detail. Since many of the decks I use are unusual, that is a real bonus.
If I decide that this is a genuinely good venue for doing readings and decide to continue them for the long term, and people start to be able to get back to work etc., the prices will eventually go up. We’ll see. It would only be when I felt the readings online are as beneficial as the ones in person, and when folks aren’t in such tough financial shape due to virus etc.
Oh, and please, if you have had a reading with me and been happy with it, please consider sending me a little email endorsement that you would feel okay about me posting to the feedback section of this site, with your initials or name or whatever you are comfortable with attached to it. They can also be posted under ‘endorsement by client of 6/13/20’ or similar term for confidentiality. It’s okay if the reading was a while ago, as long as you can recall what you felt about it. I forget all the time to ask people since it is not my priority, and so am reminding myself and clients here.
Thanks, folks. I look forward to doing this new version of readings, and I hope it’ll be great for all.
Thanks and best wishes
From Mirabai shop in Woodstock NY:
Sometimes the hero is you.
Mirabai is currently in need of heroes. Legions of heroes. The sort of heroes that only Tolkien or Campbell or Rowling could imagine. Venerable souls drawn to the higher ground, to matters of spirit, to the power they see in small things, to idyllic spaces like our own. But like all such spaces, Mirabai is not only vital, it’s fragile, and at this point in the storm, our ship is sinking. This is an S.O.S. This is an emergency. This is not a drill.
Today Mirabai is launching a Gofundme effort to save the store: https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-mirabai-books-afloat-in-the-time-of-covid19?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1
For those of you who’ve been ordering gift certificates from us these past two weeks while the store’s been shuttered, we are forever grateful for that essential infusion of funds and the moral support those sales provided us. But as we head into the uncertainty of the virus’ curve and with income now slowed to a trickle, a mountain of overdue and soon-to-be-due invoices, mortgage payments and fixed expenses for the shop are overwhelming us right now. Money is tight all over, but won’t you please throw Mirabai a lifeline if you’re able? No amount is too small. The size of your individual contribution does not matter. What matters is that the expansive energy of this community be ignited, collectively. That is what we are asking. Words cannot express how grateful we have been for all of your support throughout the years and how much your contribution now – small or large – would mean to us at this crucial moment.
We realize this is a hard moment for everyone, but it’s also a big meaningful moment. When we took on the pleasure and responsibility of Mirabai 20 years ago this month, we knew we were not only inheriting a mission, but also fostering a community of like-minded souls seeking to discover a path that tilts upward toward a better world. It’s been our honor to serve that community these many years. Together we have co-created the space we know as Mirabai, and now we ask you to help save what you’ve created – to come to the rescue. Mirabai needs a hand. Mirabai needs a hug. Mirabai needs a hero.
Sometimes the hero is you.
With deepest gratitude,
Audrey & Jeff
The Gofundme link:
I am wondering if it would be of interest to folks to have video readings with me. Due to (my) technology, it might only show the cards and my hands and you’d hear my voice but probably not be able to see my face looking at you while I am telling you sincere stuff or laughing etc. Would that be okay, or seem too distant, or…?
My concerns about doing it only over voice phones would be 1) you can’t see the cards, and I use a lot of unusual ones sometimes, so it’s important for people to be able to see them if they are sighted/not blind or visually-impaired (otherwise describing them can take a longer time and use up some of the reading time), and 2) many folks tend to get distracted and browse other things while on the phone, and as an empath, it bugs me when I know it’s happening, and it seems like a waste of good money to not focus fully on a reading while the reading is happening.
I’d love to hear ideas on this theme, or sort of near these themes, even from those who are not clients. If you are a reader who has distance techniques that work or don’t work that you are willing to share, that’d be great too.
Thanks and best wishes
A local (Ulster County, NY) nature-oriented group, Wild Earth, provides opportunities for camping and outdoor activities. They just sent out this list of their best resources for the current situation. It includes health links, policy links, hotline numbers, all that kind of stuff, as well as information on hiking responsibly and not contributing to the climate change problems. They also want to hear ideas for more links to share (their email is included on the page). Please check this out if interested, and consider following their emails if you want to stay in touch with a nice group interested in preserving outdoors for all.
COVID-19 Resources + Local Actions
Thanks and best wishes to all
I made a little update to https://laughingdakinitarot.wordpress.com/what-to-expect-during-a-reading-with-me/ to address concerns that I might be ‘too psychic’ for some people, who feared I might have registered-trademark Special Powers that would know too much about them if they came to see me. Nope, I don’t. I’m more of a precision tool for certain things, and it would be foolish to waste that if it wasn’t wanted and didn’t benefit the client. So, please review that page, and feel free to ask questions here or at my email laughingdakini at twc dot com.
The new office in uptown Kingston, NY, will be open by appointment on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be aware that weather may affect the appointments–too icy or snowy equals ‘not safe to drive’, so I will not be there and will reschedule.
The office in Woodstock, NY, will be permanently closed as of January 31, 2020, due to the pending sale of the building it was in. It was a lovely place, but so is the new one, in a charming old Victorian house at a crossroads, interestingly enough loosely surrounded by handsome antique churches and some gorgeous big old trees.
The way to make an appointment is to email me at laughingdakini at twc dot com–I don’t use a voice phone for the business at this time. That is also the email to use for questions that are not addressed online–the website is incomplete and not fully as I intend, but life has been very busy. New clients will be expected to prepay the first appointment by Paypal to laughingdakini at twc dot com to assure that none of the appointment gets spent fiddling with payment–it seems a waste of time, especially in a 20-minute appointment. The address will be given to new clients after appointments are confirmed.
Details are still emerging so this post will get editted–for example, there will be longer hours as the days grow longer, and I am trying to arrange a day once a month for pay-what-you-want–but I wanted to have this current information available for those who have been asking. I look forward to seeing you there! Please feel free to email laughingdakini at twc dot com with questions or to book your appointment now.
Thanks and best wishes
I do not see that this sent itself out to the readers, so please forgive me if it did. I just wrote https://laughingdakinitarot.com/what-to-expect-during-a-reading-with-me/ to help people get an idea of what to expect from my in-person readings.
Check it out.
I had been taking a break from doing the candles for a few months due to being busy and feeling a little under the weather. On 12/16/19, I decided to just plain do a candle each for me and for my partner, and WITHIN THE FIRST FIFTEEN MINUTES the partner brought in the day’s mail, which contained a holiday card with an unexpected check for $5,000.00 for me. It seemed like an obvious reminder to do the candles even if life seems too busy or if my health feels droopy, as can happen in extreme cold sometimes. I will let my regular clients know when the service resumes, and I think it will be fairly soon. I’m sorry there has been a break from doing them and look forward to resuming them soon.