Eliza Collins was born in Western New York in the very late winter of 1898. Arriving on the heels of the Fox sisters, who were famous for their contribution to the Spiritualist movement, she was intrigued by the various forms of mysticism sweeping the world in the early 20th century. However, a few chance encounters with "floating" tables on levers and rather indiscreet uses of cheesecloth left her questioning her path down this seductive road.
While in Paris (sampling champagnes and hoping to run into Cole Porter), she wandered into a quiet shop and stumbled across a beautiful deck of the most unusual cards she'd ever seen. The shop owner explained - while crossing herself - that these were "les cartes du diable," the Devil's cards, and she begged Eliza to take them with her so that she might never lay eyes on them again. After doing a little more research, Eliza realized the cards aren't evil at all - they are a tool, similar to meditation, to allow an individual to still themselves and hear what inherent knowledge is there. They are a guide to ask the questions that need to be asked - the ones we so often avoid, or sometimes don't even know to ask. She spent the next eight decades perfecting her skills, and after relocating to Rhode Island in 2014, she is now sharing the mystery of tarot with New England, and the world.