Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandy Rachelle.
Hi Brandy, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My story seems rather fictional or of complete fantasy to be honest. I was not always a professional tarot reader, at a time not too long ago, I worked in law enforcement as a Crime and Criminal Intelligence Analyst with a specialty in violent major crimes, terrorism and transnational organized crime. I have a masters degree in Security Studies (later recoined “Homeland Security”) and have worked across the country at the local, state and federal level. My role was to analyze crimes to identify, locate and aid in the safe apprehension of suspects and persons of interest. I loved what I did, and I was damn good at it, even more so with using the guidance of the tarot and my intuitive abilities. Unfortunately, despite law enforcement being filled with some of the most intuitive and perhaps even psychic people I have ever met, it’s equally full of those that can’t see past the end of their nose. While I loved the hunt and piecing cases together like a puzzle, I loved using the tarot to help guide everyday people even more. Through the years, I had read tarot in private for friends, family, officers, agents, analyst and word of mouth clients, with the intention of doing this work when I retired from law enforcement. However, it came sooner rather than later. To avoid going into a long story that will only leave you wanting more details and increasingly angry at law enforcement, I’ll just say that I went toe-to-toe with a serial suspect as an unarmed civilian in an attempt to get him off the streets, and it was in that moment that I knew it was time to go. So I left and started doing what I love to do most, helping people to unlock their power and potential to create their best life and live their purpose through the guidance of the tarot. After years of keeping things on the downlow and working through word of mouth, I flipped the script, launched Brandy Rachelle LLC in 2020 and went public. I still help law enforcement agencies on a regular basis, but they have to request my assistance, my participation is strictly on my terms, and I never accept money for using my gifts in this way.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Initially, my struggles were with coming to terms with letting go of the life and even identity I had so carefully crafted. You don’t just wake up one day doing what I did for a living, it took years of blood, sweat, and tears. Most of the people I worked for didn’t even know I was working with other agencies and even less knew about my intuitive gifts and use of the tarot. Once I came to grips with letting go of who I once was in order to make room for who I had been suppressing in the name of social acceptability, then my struggle with trust kicked in. Despite truly trusting the Universe, being able to recognize and interpret the signs so many others gaze straight through, my analytical and very much control-based side was in the fight for its life. Sure it’s super easy to preach to others to surrender, have faith and trust, but it became a whole new ballgame when I was faced with no other option but to do the same. Surrender was my biggest struggle, and right at the time I came to terms with it, then the reality of what it takes to build a successful and respected business hit me like a freight train. I have spent what seems like an eternity learning (and often struggling with) how to build and maintain a professional website, marketing, social networking, brand awareness and trust-building. In the end though and as cliche as it may sound, it is in my experience that anything worth having comes with hard work, struggles and can pretty much be described with any other word than “smoothly”. Of course, some parts of the journey are smoother than others, but what journey doesn’t have its trials and tribulations.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I am a professional tarot reader. Tarot reading is a form of cartomancy, the ability to divine information about the past, present and future through cards, often those with symbolic imagery. Tarot readers are a dime a dozen, but all are not created equally. I’m a professional reader, meaning that I have spent years of continuous study on the tarot and the language of symbolism through various religious and philosophical belief systems, learning how to work with and be of assistance to people from all walks of life and viewpoints that are often contrary to my own, and setting and maintaining high standards of personal and business integrity. This personal responsibility is what separates myself and other professional readers from those who simply pick up a deck and try to make a quick buck with slides of hands, theatrics and a lack of ethics and integrity, the charlatans. While I do use the tarot to address virtually any topic or question, my personal favorite is helping guide others into discovering and living their purpose through making the best decisions that are right for them while maintaining their freewill. In an effort to prevent bias, I read in a way most other readers steer clear from, cold reads. When I read for a client it is no questions asked, I simply read what is in the cards. IF they still have questions afterwards, then we use the tarot to explore them. The less I know beforehand, I don’t even want to know the topic, the better I can go strictly off of what the cards say and I’m being shown. This is rather similar to how I read tarot while in law enforcement, there are a lot of key intelligence gaps in an investigation and the tarot allowed me to fill those gaps. Aside from being able to accurately cold read, I’m known for my ability to pack in a substantial amount of details in a short amount of time. This packing in the detail comes from years of writing intelligence briefs where speed and efficiency mattered. There are a lot of things I could be proud of as it relates to running the business, but the only one that matters to me is that I am constantly practicing what I teach to others as it relates to centeredness, mindfulness and reason, and that I show up for my clients as the best version of myself each and every day.
How do you define success?
Success is not measured by the things (and perhaps people) you have amassed along the way or even the attainment of that “end goal”. Rather, true success comes from strength of character we build in the process and having the courage to engage in the pursuit, particularly in the face of adversity and struggle where an easy out is readily available.
- Email: Brandy@BrandyRachelle.com
- Website: www.BrandyRachelle.com
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