By day, Louisvillian Kate Blodgett works in IT as a support technician. Here, the language is mathematical in a way. The codes and processes are rigid, as when working with computers, there is no drawing outside the lines. One plus one is always two.
But by night, Blodgett sometimes steps beyond that inflexible practice into a more interpretive realm. Since 1992, she’s been reading tarot cards for herself and others to foster insight into the past, present and future. The tradition can be traced back to the 18th century.
Blodgett will be the featured tarot card reader at Revelry Boutique Gallery’s fifth annual “The Future is Unwritten” art show that’ll be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The exhibit showcases tarot-inspired art from more than 20 local artists, including Kathleen Lolley, Liz Richter, Patrick Jilbert, Julio Cesar and Bobby Hinkel, among many others.
Blodgett tells Insider she was first introduced to tarot by one of her oldest friends, Lisa Merritt, when they roomed together.
“She taught me a lot, and I became interested in it on my own,” she says. “We had so much fun reading for one another as roommates.”
After the two went their own ways, Blodgett continued to read tarot for others and honed her skills for interpreting the signs and symbols of each card. She believes the cards offer a snapshot into our inner lives, which — like the elements — are constantly changing.
“I don’t think anything is predetermined,” she explains. “The cards offer us a way to connect to archetypes and imagery that can be supportive to us when we are problem-solving or need support. The reader is the key. I feel like a good card reader always lets you know that you have many choices in life — nothing is set in stone.”
Get a reading from Blodgett or just go check out the art on Saturday. In the meantime, we asked her some very important questions somewhat related to the past, present and future …
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
I want to visit Transylvania, Romania. Dracula country, basically. I grew up on Transylvania Avenue in Harrods Creek, and I’ve heard the other place is absolutely lovely.
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
Mushrooms and black olives.
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
I would love to be 6 again.
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
Gillian Anderson and sometimes Annette O’Toole.
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?