Hanna McElroy

Name: Hanna McElroy

Lives in: Seattle, WA USA

From: I was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and grew up in New York City

Occupation: I own a large used book store called Magus Books in the university district of Seattle and am getting ready to open a second in a nearby neighborhood in October 2022. I am also a tarot reader and have a substack newsletter regarding tarot and the Enneagram.

My husband and I are huge book lovers and my husband scouted for used books to feed his excessive habit. He would find books at estate sales and sell them to the local book stores in town. When the owner of our favorite store, Magus, decided to retire he offered to sell us the store. My background was in corporate merchandising, and I was a buyer and planner for such companies as Starbucks and Eddie Bauer. My business knowledge and English and Philosophy degrees married with Chris’ book knowledge made it a great fit for us. We bought the store in 2004 and have been going strong ever since. We will open our second store, the Magus Annex in mid-October.  Magus was a great place to raise our two boys who are now 23 and 26.

Tell us your first three jobs (ever!): I sold cookies in Grand Central Station in New York.
I sold flowers in Santa Cruz, California.
I sold toys in Seattle, Washington.

Zodiac sign: Leo

Enneagram type: Type 8, Leader/Boss/Challenger

What do you love about Greece? I’ve never been but it is on my bucket list.

Tell us something most people don’t know about you: I went to the High School of Music and the Arts in NYC, the FAME school.

Where we are most likely to find you in Lynn’s community:  On the Type 8 panel sharing my experience during the online narrative traditional Enneagram trainings.

First time you tried Kundalini Yoga? I did a 40 Day Kundalini Intro last year with Dharmanjeev Kaur.

Tell us your top tip to combat climate change: Take a walk. Climate change feels insurmountable, as if there is nothing to be done because the problem is so big. When I walk in nature it puts me back in touch with the earth and helps me to remember that little actions add up. I can make small choices, like walking instead of driving, turning lights off, eating local food with a small carbon footprint, and I can have an impact in my own small way.

Anything else you’d like us to know?: I do Enneagram-informed tarot card readings and love to talk about the ways they work together. If you’d like to know more, visit my site

Enneagram-informed tarot is something I was doing in my readings without really realizing it. Once I put a name to it it began to make perfect sense for me. Tarot is not therapy or fortune telling, but it is a way to help people understand their pasts and how they inform the future. When I know someone’s Ennneagram type, it is as if I have a head start in looking at the cards with them. I have clients who are not interested in the Enneagram, and it is not necessary to read tarot, but I have found that when a client is interested in both the systems, they work together in surprisingly helpful ways.  If I know someone identifies as a 2 the cards may looks very different from someone whose type is an 8.
I am working on an essay which may turn into a book, really digging in to my philosophy about these two systems working together. When I think of the Enneagram, with the nine types, and twenty-seven subtypes, and wings, combined with the seventy-eight tarot cards, the combinations are endlessly fascinating…

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