Libbey Dunham, a witch and a psychic based at the Aquarian Bookshop in Carytown, specializes in reading tarot cards. But her recent take on Richmond’s next year is light on stargazing generalities and more like a wish list from a Richmond Public Schools parent.
She happens to be one.
2015 will require Richmonders to be more civic minded, Dunham says.
“We need to focus on our schools in Richmond,” she says while she lays out a set of angel tarot cards, which are based around the principals of traditional tarot cards but have a softer look: no skulls. “It’s one of the messages that’s coming through very, very clearly.”
The key card on the table is the justice card, she says, which depicts Raguel, an archangel. It’s offset by the two of air, depicting two unicorns butting heads. This isn’t a good sign, Dunham says: “That card was us pretending there is no problem.”
There’s a long pause while she clutches a blue-green Shattuckite mineral, eyes closed.
“I saw the old downtown of the city — the parts that have just been forgotten and haunted by slavery,” Dunham says. “There’s a legacy in this city that needs healing. We need to take a long look at our history and what’s brought us to where we are. It’s easy to pretend everything is wonderful, but there are many who have fallen through the cracks and we need to take a look at the less fortunate. Especially the children.”
But who is we, really? She pulls the world lord card, which she says represents Mayor Dwight Jones. The mayor has a chance to make the next year about reconnecting with his constituents and representing their interests, she says: “He needs to be a man of his word.”