A few years back I found a cassette in the local Barnardo’s charity shop (maybe 2013?). It was before compact cassettes got trendy again, and possibly only of interest to anyone else to record over and reuse..
I regret not listening to it when I first found it.
For as long as I can remember my Mum was an astrolger and psychic (also an author, dramatist and journalist) and offered a range of services including Astrological readings, tarot and palmistry. Through the 1980s and into the early 90s she would record the readings for clients onto cassette so they could listen back as they liked. Interesting to find this in a charity shop, something so personal and potentially loaded with meaning to someone..
After my mum died in 2015 I found the cassette again in a drawer of her desk and though I don’t remember that it had anything written on it when I bought it, it now has the name ‘Lou’ written on both cassette and case. I was slightly taken aback by this as Lou was the name of my best friend who had died almost exactly a year before my Mum. Slightly freaked out by this I decided to put it away and look at it again another time.
Since then I have speculated what might be recorded on it: was it a reading for another Lou and just a weird coincidence it was my friends name? or was it a reading for my friend from years before? or a message from not so long ago..?
I felt I wanted to do something with it, to play it purposefully, for a reason. I also wanted to be sure the tape player was not going to destroy it and set up to film and record it playing. So here we are some years later and I decided it was time to play it for Mother’s day 2019…
So the side with the name written on it was blank – I have a memory of her asking if I had a means of making voice recordings in the last few years she was with us and I suggested she use her mobile phone – what I think happened is that my mum tried to record a message for Lou, but the microphone or tape machine didn’t work properly and just wiped the existing recording.
The second side has a recorded tarot reading for an unnamed client and has predictions for them for autumn and winter 1988, it sounded like they had a quite a busy time ahead!
I would be really interested to hear from you if you have one of these cassettes or a written horoscope/reading by Liz Whittaker, there must be quite a lot of them out there in the attics and cupboards of West Wales…