First and foremost, let me say unequivocally that you, my readers and friends, are the best readers EVER. Seriously. I mean this. I was a bit worried, a bit hesitant when I posted last week’s question. The very first question. Why? Because we’ve all seen it. We’ve seen the forums, email groups, and even chat rooms that have gone up in explosions because of “discussions” that devolved into arguments before becoming full-blown internet fisticuffs. I didn’t think it would happen here. But you never know. The wrong word, the wrong attitude, and it could have gotten completely out of control.
Granted, I’m skirting some of the worst topics. Let’s face it, there are some hot-button topics that would have the trolls, freaks, opinionazis, and whack-jobs on blog in nanoseconds. Starting with less controversial questions we can get to know each other, built up some camaraderie and respect before we get into the meatier things. After all, if we disagree but genuinely like each other, it’s a lot harder to dig into the bag of insults and snark. I am well aware that intelligent, well-informed, well-read readers like y’all are infinitely capable of both insultsand snark. Probably on monumental levels.
If we’ve bonded, tho, we’re less likely to focus those well-honed skills on each other and more likely to circle the wagons and attack outsider trolls when they come a-strollin’ by. Or so ’tis my hope.
So again, today’s discussion isn’t going to be overly biting, edgy, or political, but I’m hoping it will still have plenty for us to bat about at each other.
When I had the store, many…many people wanted to be able to read Tarot or pendulum, or whatever. At that time, I truly believed that anyone could. I hadn’t really formed an opinion on why the cards work. You know…who was it I was actually talking to? Myself? My spirits? My gods? *shrug* At the time, it didn’t really matter. They worked.
Same thing when I began using the pendulum regularly.
I also used to counsel constantly that reading the cards for yourself is next to impossible. It just seems to me, that it’s like psychoanalyzing yourself. It’s much more useful to have that outside opinion, someone who can see with clarity the forest that’s being blocked by the trees that you will undoubtedly see in your own reading. Admittedly, this theory looks suspicious. I was “selling” readings…and how best to protect your business if you’re showing everyone else in the world how do it? Talk about teaching yourself out of a job…but that really wasn’t the motivation. I seldom read for myself. I know I will see what I’m looking for. If I do it at all, I will write out the position and the “book definition” of each card while I’m looking at it to see if I can at least bring in the author’s perspective in addition to my own. Next to worthless, I know…but still better than nothing if your back is up against the wall.
At the same time…even today…I get insecure. Especially when someone else contradicts or doesn’t confirm the reading I’ve given. I will hem and haw and in general wonder if I’m completely off my rocker.
Which reminds me of something else along these lines. Padrino always told us that no one should see more than one reader. Because if they contradict each other, what will the client do? See a third? It’s more relevant for someone in his position because it’s not just “foretelling” but communicating with a Orisha, instructing them as far as what is wrong in their lives, what Orishas require offerings, whether or not cleansings are necessary. If a person were to be read by two different people and one of them was untrustworthy (especially in these situations where moneydoes change hands and therefore the unscrupulous could certainly lie/exaggerate to increase their own income)…well, headaches would no doubt ensue.
I see his point. However, in all the years that Mousie and I worked together, and read for mutual clients, we never once had that problem. Then again, neither of us is unscrupulous…however, it does remind me of doctor shopping. You know…they don’t get the opinion they want from you, so they see another reader, and another reader, and another…until someone tells them what they “always” felt was happening. *sigh*
So yeah, we’re talking about divination today. What’s your favorite, most trusted, most reliable form of divination? Do you think anyone can do it or is it a gift only a few possess? Is it necessary to study for years or can you pick it up overnight? Should it be instinctive? Would you/have you taught others how to use it? Who do you think you’re communicating with? Did you study your divination technique? Got a favorite book on the subject? A strange form of divination maybe we haven’t heard of before? Do you divine for yourself or rely partially/totally on outside help? Do you think clients that see multiple readers are problematic?
Last but certainly not least (and potentially the most entertaining)…got any really good divination stories? From the hysterical to the profound…doesn’t matter. We’re all family around these parts.
Again…house rules apply. Play nice. Remember everything you learned in kindergarten and forget all the stupid social bull kaka you learned in middle school. This is not a popularity contest. There are no points. Snark has its place. I highly recommend http://www.regretsy.com if you’re in that sort of mood. I’ve got a low tolerance level with opinionazis too. Get it all out & come on back & have some fun…
Okay, so here we go. Talk amongst yourselves…