This summer, my landlady needed a cleaning agent to kill some pests, and I knew I had exactly what she needed, although it was nowhere to be found in any of my likely storage places. A few days after I'd promised her I could help her, I decided "what could it hurt if I asked my tarot cards?" I did a three-card reading and the answer I got was that it was "behind [or after] addictive substances." I don't have any addictive substances amongst my possessions- illegal anyways- but the closest I could think of was wine bottles, so I went to the storage room and checked at the back of a shelf behind some bottles, and voila- there it was.
Two days ago, I read an article on Fortune Magazine about how more and more executives are turning to psychics, astrologers, and tarot card readers to make important business decisions. From the perspective of the service provider, this is a good business to be in if you know your shit. Some of them charge up to 800$ an hour to give their clients insight into their competitions' business. I have worked with three astrologers- one of them studied with Carl Jung's daughter, and she charges 400$ CDN for 80 minutes. Most of her clients are executives, as she inadvertently revealed in a huff of impatience with me one session. She can afford to be picky; she books a year in advance, and she expresses a certain displeasure with you if you don't take the opportunities that she tells you about. Mr. M and I were referred to her by a former Pepsi exec and Fortune 500 VP that we met at a workshop. He'd used her to get through a divorce and found her to be extremely helpful.
Through experience, I have learned to take my horoscopes with a healthy dose of salt and rely more on personalized readings from astrologers who are actually reading my chart. I do really like one website, though, for their horoscopes: astrolis.com. One day this past May, after having read their horoscopes for a good year, I decided to click on the "tarot" section, wondering what baloney they were going to try and feed me, and when I clicked on the three cards, three cartooney pictures were revealed. I read the descriptions beside the pictures, and the sentiments in the card mirrored the general gist of what I was going through, so I asked another question and clicked on the cards again.
That was the beginning of my adventure with tarot cards. Since then, they've forwarned me about a break-up, warned me what it would be like if I went back to an old boyfriend, told me [correctly] that my next boyfriend would be younger than me, helped me understand why someone was being cold with me, pointed me in the right career direction, and helped me make good decisions while apartment hunting. Right now I'm using them to find something else that got lost last summer. They can be insanely tricky to read due to multiple meanings, or their meaning can be clear as day- the more you use them and sit and think about their meanings, the better reader you become.
Yes, there's a lot of hokiness out there, and you do need to be careful. My ex and I visited a palm reader for kicks last summer in an old, smoky, run-down house in Philadelphia, and she was way out to lunch. On the other hand, I had a tarot card reading a month ago, and she was off on some things [and I knew it], and embarassingly accurate in others. You can find quacks and frauds just as easily in a financial planning company or a law office as you can in a psychic's youtube channel. You can also find people who are grounded and wise in both places. Neither needs to be discounted wholesale, you need to follow your gut- ask a trusted friend for a referral. And of course, you get what you pay for. 400$ or 800$ an hour is going to give you much better quality information from someone with much more experience than someone who charges 50$ an hour.