In the leaves for Salt Spring

March 9, 2014

This is really just a continuation of my other blog on WordPress which you can go to at  I changed my email address and that led to creating a new blog site but, as on the writingsmall site, this blog is about recording the articles, reviews, poetry, fiction and even a play that I have had published in a variety publications over a number of decades. It will also contain a number of articles written by and about me as a tea leaf reader, tarot reader and psychic channel/medium. I also have published four books but this blog is more about the articles than my longer works.As far as I know, I am the only one who has worked at both for many years. Nowadays, I do many more psychic readings than I do freelance writing but I still keep my hand in it.

The following article is about something that I did every year for several years when I lived on Salt Spring Island, BC; annually predicting aspects of the island’s future:

Gulf Islands Driftwood

January 5, 2000

In the leaves for Salt Spring

by Gail Sjuberg

Tanya Lester and I are at Treasured Spirit talking about prediction for the new year.

Susan Cassidy and Catherine Lily-Hooper are busy preparing for the shop’s Millennium Eve Seers’ Gala, making festive party hats and testing out the warm cranberry juice they hope to serve at the shop’s two-day, year end event.

Everyone’s vision is beamed on the future as Lester tells me about astrologer Bryan Gray’s reading for Salt Spring (See related story.)

Suddenly she says, “Should I do a teacup reading for Salt Spring?”

Why not, we agree.

She fixes herself another cup of tea, and when it’s finished she inverts the cup onto the saucer, turns it the requisite three times and, with her left hand on the cup, meditates on our island home for about a minute.

With characteristic openess, Lester speculates she might be going out on a limb here: this is her first reading of a place rather than a person.

But when she peers at the leaves, there’s no doubt that what she sees relates to Salt Spring.

Lester describes new or changed buildings, a healthy year for established businesses and continuing conflict surrounding the Texada Land Corporation.

The first thing Lester sees is a new castle-like structure — or at least a stone building — “that almost has a feeling of a monastery.” It appears to be set in the Mount Maxwell area.

The image is “as positive as the stone it’s built out of,” she says.

Her focus then shifts to downtown Ganges, where she sees some cosmetic changes to Thrifty’s

and the nearby area, including some different landscaping, and a new car dealer or car rental outlet.

She also seems more changes to the Ganges Village Market centre and that end of town.

A seniors housing complext will get the green light, Lester says, although it might not be constructed on the property first imagined.

A new dock — or maybe an old one that falls apart and needs rebuilding — gleams from the water. It could be a private or a public structural problems with a dock are suspected by anyone, the owners would be advised to get on with fixing them.

Lester sees only one specific tragedy: a workplace injury or possible work-related death.

Salt Spring Islanders “who know how to do things the right way ” in running a business will make a fair bit of money this year,she predicts. “For established businesses on this island, it will be a good year.”

Some of that money could be made from involvement in foreign or off-island ventures. People thinking of investing in new projects should look to Vancouver Island north of Victoria, not the province’s capital city of Vancouver.

I’m interested in how the Texada lands saga might unfold, so she looks for the answer in the cup.

“For the next six months, it will like spinning wheels as far as what the environmentalists want,” she says. “They will feel like there is nobody listening.”

After the first six months, Texada may try to develop some of the lands, but will run into hassles with bylaws and regulations.

Overall, Lester has a solid sense of “people in groups” on Salt Spring being active and involved in their community. She also sees joining groups as providing a measure of security for people in an uncertain time.


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Tanya Lester’s published books are Dreams & Tricksters, Women Rights/Writes, Friends I Never Knew and Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader. To take a look at the first few pages and to purchase Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader go to the title and author name at



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