About

Hello and welcome! I’m DaniGirl, and these are a few of the things that I am: a photographer, a creative, a mom, a Canadian, a teacher, an explorer, and a storyteller. My pronouns are she/her.

I’m fascinated by and currently obsessed with learning all I can about tarot. I’m a science and evidence sort of girl and more than a little skeptical of anything that feels like “woo”, so my passion for tarot cards felt out of character until I realized that it’s just a tool you can use to amplify your own inner voice, or akin to a corrective lens you can use to help clarify your own world view. It’s like a road map or an instruction manual, one you can use to help find the best version of yourself. I’m still quite skeptical about tarot for fortune telling or predicting the future, but I will admit that there is more than I can explain with my rational brain at work with the cards.

I’m a latecomer to tarot, never having had a reading or even really looked closely at a deck for most of my life. Something pulled me toward tarot, though, and from the moment I started flipping through my first Rider-Waite-Smith deck and learning about the cards, I was hooked. I immediately saw the potential of tarot as a tool for mindful exploration, and I immediately wanted to start sharing that perspective with others.

I chose the name Rideau River Tarot for a couple of reasons. We live on a small island in the Rideau River near Ottawa, and I look at the river almost every day of my life. So, it’s a great local and meaningful name. I happened to be reading Rachel Pollack’s (amazing) book Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, and in the chapter on the High Priestess she describes water behind the curtain on the High Priestess card, and that water represents intuition and the inner self. It made me think about how much water is a touchstone in my life – just being near open water feels nourishing, and I’m drawn to it over and over again, to the point that I’ve joked I must have been an old fish wife in a former life. Rideau literally means curtain, like the one behind the High Priestess. Water, intuition, Rideau, tarot, curtain, river. Rideau River Tarot. Perfect!

I invite you to join me as I continue to explore tarot. I have an Instagram account where I’ve been posting regular readings and explorations, and here I’m hoping to explore some longer-form content about the history of tarot, how tarot helps us tap in to our own inner wisdom, and how you can use tarot in your everyday life.

I’m very much enjoying this journey with tarot, and I’d love it if you joined me!

Disclaimer: In this site and related accounts, you’ll find information on topics relating to tarot for educational and entertainment purposes. The thoughts and opinions expressed here do not constitute professional advice. Never make decisions solely based on the information offered through this or any tarot site. Always consult a professional in the area of your particular needs.

Also, don’t rely on solely on tarot to make important decisions. Tarot is there to help you to make informed decisions, not make decisions for you.