Jesica Hanley Vega

Sing Your Song



Looking At The “Year Ahead”

Only a few more weeks until the days start getting longer again and provide a vivid sign that a new year is upon us.
Only a few more weeks until the days start getting longer again and provide vivid signs that a new year is upon us.

Just this week, I started preparing “Year Ahead” readings for myself and my clients. It’s really one of my favorite things to do because it provides such a comprehensive and vivid map of what a person can expect in the upcoming twelve months.

The format itself is based on the standard wheel of 12 “houses,” familiar to anyone who has received an astrological reading. Each “house” represents an area of your life and for each house, I draw a card. I lay the cards out in a circle and place one more in the center to represent the year’s overall theme. By relating all the “houses” to each other, and including the card in the center, I can discern  a “tone” or “flavor” for the year – including high points, low points, opportunities and pitfalls.

Of course, every spread is completely different and that’s the fun part. It’s an intimate and specific look at people as individuals and reminds me that one of the things I love most about my work is seeing how absolutely unique and special every single person is. Through spreads like this, I am also reminded that all people struggle with different challenges and are blessed with an infinite variety of different gifts.

Clearly, we are all profoundly gifted but, because our society tries to mold us into what it wants us to be, all too often we lose sight of our greatest talents by trying to be someone we are not. When I read a person’s cards, I see past the mold into which they are trying to fit and instead see the essence of who they really are.

Each and every time, it is a gift to reveal a person’s true and most beautiful nature back to them in a way that has them remember who they really are and why they’re really here. If this is something for which you are longing, do not hesitate to reach out and make an appointment. That’s what I’m here for and working together will be as great a joy for me as it is for you.

Tales of Synchronicity and The Dream Time

What some might regard as flights of fancy can open whole new worlds if you follow them with honor and respect.

Just as several weeks ago, I was awakened to my own deeper purpose to work with activists on the front lines of environmental sustainability and social justice, I was also recently reawakened to my own path of dreaming and shamanism.

Once again, I am confronted with the possibility that, perhaps, I can only do my deepest and most powerful work when I embrace its duality – in this world with clients and activists and beyond it –  in dimensions that cannot be apprehended with the senses.

For a sense of how I live and the guidance which I receive, I offer the following story:

Friday – I am in our local library picking something up for my son. As I stand on line to check out his Pokemon DVD, my attention is caught by a book on a nearby shelf  – The Boy Who Died and Came Back. Just recently, I’d remembered an incident in which I almost died and was given the choice to leave my body or come back. Like the boy in the title, I’d also chosen to come back. I grab the book – a memoir by Robert Moss, an author I enjoy and who writes about dreaming.

Saturday – I indulge myself by letting the kids play on the computer all afternoon while I dig into the book. What I read resonates strongly with my own experiences of having left my body at age 20 and the long journey of awakening that followed. Surprisingly, the book also reminds me of my daughter’s life. She also left her body briefly when she was a baby and has continued to be a mysterious and complicated soul.

Sunday – My husband is hosting a community drum event and an old client of mine is there. She asks me “Are you doing a dream circle soon? I really want to come.” The synchronicity with my reading from the day before is uncanny. I tell her I wasn’t thinking of it, but since she asked I agree to put something together.

Monday – I announce I will be holding two dream intensives, one over the phone and one in person. Immediately, I have the three dreamers necessary to confirm the phone class. The in-person registration is more complicated. Despite the fact that it was a Tacoman who requested the class, I surrender to the ease with which the phone class came together and let go of any attachment to the in-person workshop.

Along the way, I do readings for myself and the potential dreamers, continue reading Moss’ book and writing down my own dreams.

While it has often been difficult to classify my work, increasingly I am less concerned with that and more inspired by the many purposes which my work appears to serve. And while I’ve often been concerned about expanding its reach, I’ve come to a place where I am thrilled and honored to contribute to the lives of those who seek me out.

You are the ones I do it all for and who make it all worthwhile.

How I Found Some Wisdom – And You Can Too

When we share our gifts freely, we have no idea what seeds we are planting.
When we share our gifts freely, we have no idea what seeds we are planting.

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One day, when my son was a baby, I had a conversation with a woman who was a shaman and a healer. When I told her I’d recently been having a lot of dreams, she asked if I’d like to join a dream circle.

Money was an issue. Time was an issue. Childcare and breastfeeding were an issue. But still I said yes – not knowing how I was going to handle even one of those – because I just knew there was something in it for me. And there was.

Over the course of almost two years, our small group met weekly and I learned more than I ever could have imagined about my own gifts and the worlds of imagination, symbolism, healing and the unconscious.

Another day, while sitting on my bed, I had a conversation with a friend who is a passionate advocate for transformation and community. I was writing a book and she asked if I would like to join a Mastermind Call.

I had no idea what a Mastermind Call was, but I’d been facing the same professional challenges for years and, if I was going to overcome them, I just knew I’d need some support.  So I said yes.

Three years later, I still make that weekly call to share my intentions, my triumphs and my failures and to offer my support, my experience and my love. I still face many of the same obstacles I always did, but now I have an arsenal of techniques to overcome them and a team that’s got my back.

Both of these experiences have been integral to my growth as a guide, a teacher and a writer – as well as to my development as a human being. And while the settings have been relatively simple, their impact has been profound.

Sometimes the most powerful way to find our own wisdom is to hear ourselves speaking it out loud. It may be inside us all the time, but often it is only within the space of others’ trusted listening that we feel safe enough to express it and realize what we know.

That’s why I’m inspired to offer that opportunity to others. Because there comes a moment when you’ve read enough books and taken enough classes. There comes a moment when it’s time to listen and be astounded at what you hear – a moment when it’s time to speak and not know what you’re going to say.

What Do You Really Want to Know?

IMG_4669Often, someone will sit down across from me and ask a seemingly simple question.

“What about my job?” He or she will say.

“What about it?” I will respond.

“Well, how’s it gonna go?” They will say.

“Well, how do you want it to go?”

I’m not being difficult. I genuinely want to find out – what does this person really want to know? Do they like their job and want to keep it? Or do they hate their job and want to get a new one?

What’s most interesting to me is not that people aren’t specific when they ask me a question. It’s that, generally, even by the time they’ve made an appointment with me, they haven’t given much thought to what they really want or need to know.

What they do know is that something is nagging at them, or that an uncomfortable situation has gotten to a point where they can’t ignore it anymore — and they need to do something about it. They need to get clear. Ironically, what people often need to get most clear about are the questions themselves. 

What questions are trying to ask themselves in your life? What vague, still unexpressed feeling, is nagging at you? And how could you put that nagging feeling into words?

Questions I frequently recommend people ask me and – importantly -ask themselves, include:

    • What is my best approach to this situation?  
    • What will be my likely experience if I do something?
    • What will be the most likely outcome? 
    • What should I do more of in my life? 
    • What should I do less?
    • What do I really want? and
    • What do I really want to know?

When you ask  yourself the right questions, you may discover you already know the answers.

Whether you like them or not, is another matter.

How to Become a Tarot Card Reader


Over the years, more than a few people have asked how I became a tarot card reader. With the exception of people who hail from a long line of diviners and fortune tellers, it IS an unusual field to fall into – especially for a Puerto Rican Jew from the Bronx who only ever really dreamed of being a movie director and winning an Academy Award. 

On the one hand, all it takes is a trip to a bookstore and the purchase of a set of cards. On the other hand, you could also do it the way I did:

1) Have a dream  and pursue it to the best of your ability.

2) Lose your passion in the pursuit of that dream, but remain unaware that there are any other options out there for you.

3) Endure a traumatic event that completely upends your identity and ability to cope.

4) Meet a spiritual healer who observes that you are completely out of touch with who you are and that you would benefit from daily readings with a pack of tarot cards. 

5) Read your own cards daily and start reading your friends’ too.

6) Be sitting in a cafe one day, doing your taxes, when the party planner for “middle eastern night” announces their tarot card reader has just cancelled.

7) Have a really great best friend who tells the party planner that, in fact, there IS a tarot card reader in the house.

8) Have a great time doing readings for the public and making money.

9) Spend a lot of time in therapy letting go of the old dream and creating space in your life for something new.

10) Practice, practice, practice.



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