Robert Powell — I ran across this article through a friend and this was a bitter-sweet article that I strongly agree and disagree with to an extent. I read the first two paragraphs and agreed with a lot of it, until the last two sentences were made: “The fees do not have to be in the form of currency. It can be anything you can bring or you think you can afford.”
I have been a reader for several years and I see a lot of readers try to promulgate their own rules as if they are correct and stand as the only way. My issue with this statement is the payment method of this particular author uses in her own practices. I know hundreds of readers and fortune tellers who have their own methods of payment.
Then the author clearly states her prerogative and views of her payment method by talking about this Bulgarian Prophet in the third paragraph and I came to this assumption because of the latter statements in the article: “I don’t approve of any fortune tellers taking a huge portion of your money for reading the cards or any intuitive readings they may perform for you. I call them charlatans. If you see a big fee for a reading, your best decision would be to walk away. Any true authentic teller will never take more than you can give, for their talent is being witnessed by the higher power and at any time it can be taken away from them, not to consider other misfortunate consequences they may experience in their lives due to their own greed,” which is located in the fourth paragraph.
My issue placed on these statements is the idea that money is a bad thing, but we need money to pay our bills. I can see when a person is charging over $2.99 a minute, to me that is an issue. Some of the ideas on money is totally based on perception; one-hundred dollars may not be a lot to me, but it could be a lot of money to another person. To charge for a reading and at a flat rate (which is fair) should exhibit no shame whatsoever. We all have bills to pay and if I do not have the right to pay my bills with a talent or skill, then I may as well not have my skill or gift.
It is great there are people who can do readings for free or compensate with another skill; that is fantastic; I will put a gold star on their chart and a cookie on the side! That is the psychic’s own prerogative with how they want to charge; many will approve and many will disapprove of the methods of charging. Using these talented people who barter or work for little compensation as an example fails to regard other famous diviners who did charge and were accurate.
Henry Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1525) worked for royalty as a diviner for many royal families throughout Europe to make a living; Abram von Worms (who traveled the world in the late 1300′s to the 1400′s) has done magic and readings for kings and emperors as he were compensated with huge sums of monetary gain; Edgar Cayce worked by donation for many of his clients; Nostradamus was paid to use his diving skills in newspapers and other media outlets for the dark ages; Sylvia Brown has made amazing feats in her psychic career; and even Ed Dade has and still uses his remote viewing skills to instruct government agencies for remote viewing. There are very accurate people who charge huge sums of money and have always remained accurate. There are too many names to mention with great prophets, but they had a different ways of charging the client.
Another statement that bothered me was along terms of the gifts being taken away, as quoted in, “Any true authentic teller will never take more than you can give, for their talent is being witnessed by the higher power and at any time it can be taken away from them, not to consider other misfortunate consequences they may experience in their lives due to their own greed.”
The psychic phenomena are not a gift or talent. Ed Dade, who has taught government remote viewing has turned regular Joe’s into somebody’s. Ed Dade has great techniques that help the person use the unconscious part of our brains as 95% of the brain is in the unconscious and the rest of the 5% of the brain is marked by our consciousness. The psychic phenomena is marked by unconscious part of the mind which does not comprehend language, symbols, or math; rather it feeds conscious mind and is active during dreams. One of Ed Dade’s famous students successfully told a person where to mine for gold and the gold was found successfully; I will call his student “Jay” to avoid giving the persons real name.
If Ed Dade can teach a non-spiritual man to unlock his psychic phenomena in remote viewing and make a man spy a Russian camp, yet alone he can practice remote viewing for twenty plus years, there are holes about a divine taking away powers.
The author Hans Holzer has many great works on the psychic and paranormal energies concluding the science that stands behind this art that is in the mind. Hans Holzer has 119 books written in regards to the metaphysical with science to back much of the work; he also has a PhD in Applied Sciences and an MA in Parapsychology. I would recommend all of his books for the in-depth science behind the psychic phenomena in the brain.
We are biological and chemical creatures, like most organisms, but we have the complexity of the brain to make man more advanced in his surroundings. Tribal Man is more inclined to use his psychic and foresight for his survival; the conscious awareness with regards to book smarts would be at a minimum, but his unconscious mind would be more sensitive and effective for his survival. The tribal and third world countries rely more on feeling things with our human senses, rather than in civilized worlds teaching people to desensitize their senses.
The power of observation with technology has changed drastically. There used to be a point when man had to know the stars in order to harvest and learn, his power of sight was more enhanced to find answers; but nowadays we have computer simulators to map out the stars. When man was in the wild, he had to worry about predators eating him; so he was always aware with the feelings and vibes around him. However, all this has changed since the civilized world has become modernized with civil law. Man for a long period had feared death; during the dark ages, man was lucky to reach 40, but modern medical has made the life span make people live past the age of 100. When you consider you will be living to 40, theoretically you would do the best you can to stay healthy and make the most of your time if you know you were going to die so young; so your power of awareness will enhance your psychic ability.
The power of awareness is found in Buddhism, Middle Eastern cultures, Judaism, and other religions that show the power of observation. The wise man and best psychic is on who sees patterns in the world. It is Oberon Zell-Ravenheart (like other mystics) who said time revolves in a circle, this comes from basic observation, when a pattern is caught, then the unconscious mind sees this phenomena; the unconscious mind unlocks the mysteries of the psychic ability. It is through this awakening philosophy and mysticism that raises the power of observation.
The psychic phenomenon is more in relation to science and the human experience rather then something supernatural. It is developed through time and practice. Rarely does anyone just pick up tarot cards and automatically know how to read them; it takes practice. Some people will take the time to learn these abilities and others will not; so to say it is supernatural and can be stripped is demeaning to the human experience. A quote Josh Groben made in reference to God giving him the gift: “When people tell me, ‘God has blessed you with the gift of music’, you’re damn right I get offended. I did not practice hours a day for eighteen years to have my success attributed to a myth.”
In modern America, the law declares tarot reading and divination as a form of entertainment; in essence, when you are paying for a reading, it is also like paying for music or a concert ticket. You are going to an entertainer for entertainment purposes; without this legal disclaimer the reader could gather much legal trouble coming their way. So clients (whether they are aware of it or not) are paying for entertainment. I can name many psychics that go to parties to do psychic work. People will spend their money however they wish.
If a person wants to pay for a $100,000 for a car then who is anyone else to judge? If someone wants to pay $100 for a tarot reading then who is to judge the reader and the client if there is an amicable agreement that is legal amongst the two parties?
The nature of the fortune telling is to tell a fortune or to tell a future, and yes it does require psychic abilities, but it does not include healing or working to improve the future. The author clearly does not understand the nature of the word “fortuneteller”. So to use a healer as an example of a fortuneteller is a wrong example and has one thing in common—the spiritual use to achieve means of a goal.
About the Author
Robert Powell grew up in Indiana. He has deep interest in magic and the occult. As a young magician, his writings grew and he had his first e-zine publication at paganpages.org in July of 2010. He is now an experienced tarot card reader and has started the Yesodic Order of the Crystal Tower (2008) and the Templi XIII (2011). He seeks and still searches for different perspectives on belief and practices to help the people around him.