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Collected Item: “Patricia Tate Oral History, 2022/03/11”


Patricia Tate

Who conducted the interview? List all names, separated by comma.

Kit Heintzman

Who was interviewed? List all names, separated by commas.

Patricia Tate

Email Address(es) for all interviewers. Separated by comma.


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#AIDS, #Appalachia, #aquarius, #astrology, #authenticity, #chiropractor, #COVID+, #Christmas, #collectivism, #dog, #family, #fear, #Florida, #freewill, #hair, #holistic, #hospital, #hugs, #J&J, #joy, #Ohio, #optimist, #married, #mask, #meditation, #motherhood, #moving, #NativeAmericans, #pet, #prayer, #prioritizing, #PTSD, #redlight, #reiki, #rodeo, #shadow, #spirituality, #supplements, #tarot, #Thanksgiving, #travel, #Ukraine, #vitamins, #volunteer

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In what ZIP code is the primary residence of the interviewee? (enter 5-digit ZIP code; for example, 00544 or 94305)? In what city/town/village does the interviewee live? In what country does the interviewee live? All comma-separated.

Barbodon, Ohio, USA

What is the gender of the interviewee? Be sure to allow interviewees to self-identify their gender in the pre-interview or interview. *Do not assign a gender identity to interviewees.*


What is the age of the interviewee?

55 to 64

How does the interviewee describe their race or ethnicity? Be sure to allow interviewees to self-identify their race/ethnicity in the pre-interview or interview. *Do not assign a racial or ethnic identity to interviewees.*


Describe the oral history.

Self description: “My name is Patricia Tate. I consider myself a healer. I use astrology, tarot, I’m a Reiki Master, and I use Aka Dua, and so I’m an energy worker. And the goal is to help work with others through whatever they… or to guide them or to give them information. I receive dreams. And yeah, I don’t know what else you’d want to know about that.”

Some of the things we discussed included:
Knowing something big was coming from astrology; preparing with adult children for change; new beginning; pushing comfort zones.
Adult daughter moving home during the pandemic.
Digital connections and the air element; the importance of in-person connection.
Moving homes, downsizing hoarding, reconnecting to space.
Take clients home to do energy work.
Socially distanced reiki work.
Recent traveling in an RV; campgrounds and other state facilities being shut down because of the pandemic.
Family moving away during the pandemic; letting go; separation from parents and social distancing; driveway visits with parents.
Husband had COVID early in the pandemic; neighbor died early in the pandemic.
Catching COVID in December 2021; holistic treatments; going to the doctor; slow test results; symptoms.
Fear of dying alone in the hospital and staying home.
Different ideas about medicine and health in the family; discussions with family members and vaccination decision; others’ assumptions about masking and vaccination status.
Fibonacci sequence, ley lines, pyramids.
Routine falling apart during the pandemic.
Commitment to service; volunteer services shutting down: Appalachia Service Project
Equinox and Spring Seed Festival; Serpent Mound; ceremony; Goddess gatherings
Social media and policing safety behavior.
Old structures collapsing and making room for the new: governments, hospitals, schooling.
The war in Ukraine; nation’s and national leader’s astrology charts; synastry charts.
The move to greener energy.
Planetary alignment in April 2023.
Choice and trauma; that we chose when we came into the world and learning lessons from that generation; free will and determinism in astrology.
The difference between surviving and thriving.
Shadow work.
Helping clients learn to use video-chat and Zoom; technological change, life before computers; Zoom Thanksgiving.

Some other cultural references included: Zoom, GoogleMeet, YouTube

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