I love me some Metaphysical Mysticism for a little bit of fun here and there, but let’s get this out there on the table. I wholeheartedly think that any “Fortune Teller” or “Psychic”, or “Mystic” (along with many other labels people take on) who is claiming to be “all-knowing”, and able to “accurately tell you, without a doubt, what will happen to you in the future, and there is no way you can change it….”, or something along those lines, is a fraud, whether they know it, want to acknowledge it, or not. Bold statement? Perhaps, but I think it is an important one…
I do not believe in, nor do I support fortune telling. Here is why.
There are so many people who charge clients money to tell them if their marriage is gong to fail, if they are going to die of this newly discovered illness that they just got diagnosed with, or if they are going to make a million dollars on a new idea or product they dreamed up. Some mystics, fortune tellers, and people who label themselves similarly, are 100% comfortable with telling there clients what they think (or what they want to hear), and insists that the reading is accurate and the outcome can not be changed. This is incredibly dishonest, dis-empowering and unethical, in my view.
Of course, this is not how every Psychic, Tarot Reader or Mystic works. There are enough people out there, however, that abuse their roles as psychic, spiritual, or intuitive counselors, and it is more than enough of an issue to raise considerable concern.
I have heard many horror stories about people visiting a Psychic and leaving feeling incredibly fearful, powerless, and even grief stricken over “future events” that the Psychic had told them would for sure unfold.
Some quick examples— “Your health is deteriorating and you will only live to 64 years of age.”, “Your sister is going to have an affair with your husband within the next three years”. ,”Your son is a speeder. He is going to drive into a tree down the road from your home, and it will be a fatal crash”. “Your husband is going to die an unexpected death at a job site in approximately two years. You should take out a life insurance policy on him so you can be financially sustained, come his time of death”. “Your husband isn’t right for you. You are going to find a new man next spring, leave your husband to be with him. You will be extremely happy together and move to your dream location.” All of these are actual examples of what people (whom I know personally) have heard from Psychics in the past, and these clients I speak of, BELIEVED THEIR CLAIMS.
These clients were distraught and the readings haunted them! They made huge life changes, burned bridges with the people in their lives and spread more fear onto others around them. They believed their loved ones would be unfaithful, believed that their spouses weren’t right for them even though they were actually very happy, and were panicked, thinking that a child of theirs would surely die in a tragic accident that no one had any control over.
Surprise, surprise, 5-10+ years have passed since all of these stories were told to me, and not one of these “prophecies” materialized. No one has died, no one has cheated (well, not in the ways predicted by the Fortune Tellers at least), but bad things certainly DID result from these incredibly dishonest claims. The people who received these readings let these dishonest predictions violently derail them in terrible and life shattering ways, and of course, “they looked like crazy people for taking a fortune teller’s word for it”. Should they also be held responsible for their bad experiences? Of course. The so-called Fortune Tellers didn’t magically create misfortune in these people lives from the lies they let their clients believe, but that did play a part in the individuals mindset. I always say, you are responsible for the energy you put out into the universe. The energy put out from these Mystics were anything but positive, or caring. With that being said, there needs to be a level of common sense that one takes on when seeking guidance from others. The truth is, many people are naive, gullible, desperate for any type of answer, and simply believe what they are told, because the information came from a “Psychic”. It is unjust for people to take advantage of this, in my view.
There is a theory or two that supports this topic of people believing what they are told, as being highly accurate and pertaining solely to their lives. Check out the theory put forth in The Forer (or Barnen) Effect, conducted by Psychologyst Bertrum r. Forter, as well as the concepts of subjective validation and cognitive bias, for more information
These situations are very sad and honestly make me sick, for a few reasons…
- These “Fortune Tellers” work with complete disregard to human ethics, the human heart, working to improve the human condition, or free will, which in my view, is exactly what the Tarot in particular is all about.
- A beautiful and ancient art form has been hijacked in a sense, and it’s purpose to offer positive and loving wisdom to a person throughout there journey on earth has been misplaced by many of these scam artists, who insist the tarot card foresees definite future events that the Seeker can not escape. Some even claim the laying of the card spread cause the future events take place, through forms of magic. This is of course a myth, and is described as the Myth of Divination-Fulfilling Prophecy. People who practice by these beliefs and motives are materialistic, selfish, egotistical, and if they actually believe what they preach, they have been grossly misguided, in my view.
- Additionally, they give honest card counselors, holistic tarot readers, intuitive coaches and spiritual mentors such as myself, a bad rep. Why? Because there are few “every day people” who really know the difference between the common labels that are thrown around with topics such as “Tarot Reader” or “Psychic”. Usually, when a person sits down at a table for a tarot reading for the first time, they really don’t know what to expect. Specific protocols are nearly non existent in these unique and very individualized practices. Unfortunately it is very difficult for the everyday person who is searching for guidance to be able to pick out the good and honest from the dishonest and greedy, without putting in some good research. An individual is seeing where the dice fall if they walk blindly into a tarot room, or sit down at a palmistry or healing table if they have no prior knowledge of the practitioner they are hiring. You could end up with a Witch, a Gypsy, a Holistic Life Coach, a Chinese Medicine Woman, a Spiritual Counselor with a Ph.D, or even someone who believes they channel demonic entities for the information they receive. Sure, they may all advertise the use of “tarot cards”, but they are far from the same type of experience! Eek!
I do not believe in, nor do I support fortune telling. Could I be wrong, and could such a thing exist somewhere? I suppose. What do I really know? I do, however, have good reason for choosing to believe that is does not, and if it does, choose to not support it…
Fortune telling, and other practices and/or people that claim to be “all knowing”, flat out reject the law of Free Will, and in my opinion, should be given no serious credit other than being an entertaining novelty, if that.
Free Will is the ability we each have to make our own choices, freely. These choices are in turn, what shapes our past, present, future, relationships with others, where we live, our career aspirations, etc. I do not believe that we were plopped down on earth, preconditioned, working as robots, programmed with specific fates and destinies, of which we have no control over through our choices, thoughts, or actions. Life in my view, is all about choice, and honors Free Will, which empowers people and allows us to build and create our own lives, based on our environments, our dreams, or beliefs, our culture, and what we like and dislike, etc. The future is a vast ocean of infinite possible outcomes. It is my belief that our choices, determine who we are, and the directions we decide to take on our path of life.
I have found that is it safe to assume that Free Will exists based on my own human observations and life experience, but for goodness sake, please don’t take my word for it! Take this opportunity to meditate on the Hermit, card number IX (9) shown below from The Wild Unknown, and do some soul searching to find out the answer for yourself… or don’t. 😉
So, what can we do to keep ourselves and others from falling victim to Fortune Telling fraud? We need be be honest and upfront as Practitioners/Readers, and informed as Seekers.
Dear Seekers, please know what to look for when seeking guidance from a Psychic, Fortune Teller, Tarot Reader, or other, for healing and/or guidance.
- If your Practitioner’s services are spiritual or religious in nature (perhaps they work with Archangels, Spirits who have crossed over, The Buddha, The Christ, Aliens, Nature Divas, or Spirit Guides, etc), familiarize yourself with the belief system they incorporate into their practice and/or the type of church/organization they belong to. This ensures you have the information needed to decide whither or not you are comfortable with this individual’s spiritual/religious belief system.
- Know your Practitioner’s philosophies and personal code of ethics.
- If an individual claims that they are all-knowing and believe that you have no power to change the outcome of their predictions, use your best judgment. I recommend not seeking guidance from these types of fortune tellers. If you decide to receive a reading from a person like this, use common sense, and take what he or she has to say as meaningless entertainment, and harmless fun. Do not take anything they have to say as fact.
- Do not allow someone to touch your body, attempt to heal your aura, access your past lives, energy fields, or the energy or etheric bodies of others without the consent of everyone involved.
- No one should ever tell you when you are going to die. This is a ridiculous thing for anyone to bring up to anyone seeking guidance, and is honestly something that is ultimately unknown. Medicine Science is advancing each and every day. The most appropriate guess that a person can give to an individual in response to this type of question would be a Medical Doctor giving council to a terminally ill or critically injured patient. This is not psychic information that is ever appropriate to talk about, or offer to clients, even if the Reader believes to know when the Seekers time for death will be. I personally feel this type of prediction only introduces fear into people’s minds and is frankly a question that no one really knows the answer to.
- If a Reader is willing to answer personal questions that you have about other people without the third party’s consent during the reading, this is an indication that this particular individual conducting your reading does not operate under a very strong code of ethics. In my view, it is unethical to do reading on a people who are not present for the reading, or have not given prior permission to the Reader.
- If you are uncomfortable during any type of reading, speak up, or remove yourself from the table. You should feel safe and supported while you are seeking guidance from a Reader. This is a time for your personal exploration, self healing, relaxation, enjoyment and growth. Your comfort, inner peace, and well being should be your Practitioner’s top priority, at all times. You should leave your session empowered, free of fears, and filled with optimism and clarity, with goals in focus. 🙂
You should be treated as though you are in the drivers seat of your life. If you ever receive an outcome from a tarot spread, or intuitive reading, know that you have the power to change the outcome to a more desired one, and brilliant one even! 🙂 Remember, we create our lives from the forks in the roads we are presented with. We choose which way to go, and our life forms around us, based on the directions we move in, what we decide that we want, and what we decide we don’t want. Free Will is your birth right, and you are the creator of your future.
So, what can you expect from an honest Tarot Reading? I will cover that in the next post! 😉