Theresa Reed is a Milwaukee-based Professional tarot reader and author of The Tarot Coloring Book (Sounds True). I met Theresa a few years back when we worked on some headshots for her, and we've been working together and plotting to take over the world ever since! I interviewed Theresa to pick her brain about bearded men in the Tarot, and other delights.
Interview by Jessica Kaminski
Jessica: Who is your current Celebrity Beard Crush?
Theresa: Jidenna! I love his beard, his style, his confidence. SWOON.
J: What's your favorite type of beard?
T: Truthfully, I like ‘em all. They hide a multitude of sins and give men a bit of swagger. I would probably say that the Van Dyke is my favorite because it gives men a devilish look. I like that. I also adore Clint Eastwood’s scruffy beard from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly days. That look still drives me nuts to this day.
J: As a woman, do you like it when men use beard oils or balms, etc? If so, are there any scents that you particularly enjoy?
T: Oh yes! I love a good smelling man! I especially like woody, earthy scents like sandalwood, cedar wood. or vetivert. I do NOT like vanilla anything though. Bleh. I don’t want to smell something sweet and assume you’ve got cookie crumbs in your beard. Keep it woodsy, guys.
J: Are there any Tarot cards that depict bearded men? If so, can you tell us more about that card?
T: In the traditional Rider Waite deck (the deck I prefer) there are few bearded dudes! Most of ‘em are clean shaven. Not sure what that’s about but perhaps the artist wasn’t a beard aficionado? Anyhow, I found four: The Devil, The Emperor, The Hermit and one old guy in the Ten of Pentacles. In tarot, beards were a sign of maturity and wisdom. I probably prefer that Hermit because he embodies mystical wisdom! Not sure how “mature” the Devil would be - in that case, I think the beard is a sign of mischief - which may be why I like those Van Dyke beards so much!
J: Do any of the Zodiac signs involve people or characters with beards?
T: If we had to put a beard on a zodiac sign, it would probably be Sagittarius or Capricorn. Sagittarius is the archer and he’s often depicted as a centaur with a beard. And Capricorn is the goat - most goats have little beards. (PS I’m a big goat fan. They are rebellious creatures and I like that.)
J: What do you think a beard says about a man?
T: Beards say "I’m grown. I know stuff. I might just be a badass. Watch me."
J: What is your prediction for bearded men in the year 2017?
T: I pulled a tarot card: Ace of Cups - this is the symbol of love. More people will be loving on bearded men. This is the year for those men to wear their beards with pride! Keep in mind that an Ace also symbolizes a beginning - could this be the year when more men start to let those beards unfurl? Might media be giving bearded men the love they deserve at long last? It appears that way. This might be the start of a beard-loving craze that gives hairy-faced men their due - and gives us beard lovers more bearded dudes to love! All hail the beard in 2017!
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