famous tarot card reader singapore
Joanna Ong-Ash, 44
Her full-time job: Head of corporate and marketing communications at AIA
Her hobby: Numerology, astrology and tarot-card reading.
It became a side business when… She founded Sun Goddess Tarot in 2010, providing all three services to clients in person, over e-mail and on the phone.
Stats: She has up to 60 clients a month, earning $2,000 to $3,000. She does e-mail readings every day after work and meets clients face-to-face over the weekend.
I was going through a difficult time in my life 15 years ago – a divorce, single parenthood and a career at crossroads. That’s when I first went to a tarot-card reader, and I was surprised at how useful the session was. I gained insight about my personality type and advice about how I should respond to my challenges
I took it a step further in 2009 when I attended a two-week workshop in Singapore to learn more about doing readings for other people. I fell in love with the art. I followed up by taking courses online to get certified by the Tarot Certification Board of America as a tarot reader, numerologist and astrologist. I had to take nearly a whole year’s worth of examinations.
My hobby definitely gets stifled laughs and weird looks. My second husband sometimes jokingly asks where I’ve parked my broom! He’s really supportive though, and often asks for my opinion before making big business decisions.
And no, I don’t have a crystal ball. There’s nothing mystical or creepy about what I do! Most of my sessions just involve conversations with my clients about the challenges they’re facing.
My colleagues often ask my opinion when they have personal questions or are confused about their career. I never charge them. In fact, I did free readings during my company’s annual dinner and dance and charity fundraising month. Even my boss gamely asked for a reading!