Let the Buyer Beware: Caveat emptor!
This article is from About.com and is really well written by Patti Wigington. Read on and share:
1. “You’re possessed by a demon, and I’m the ONLY one who can help you. That’ll be $800, please!”
Sounds crazy? Sure does, but there was a woman not too long ago in my local community who was telling people this very thing. Not only was she telling them they were possessed, but she told them she was the only person in town qualified to help them. And for a few hundred dollars – followed by a few hundred more later on – she’d be happy to exorcise the demons. And the best part? She warned her clients not to tell anyone else about this, because it might make the demons angry, and then she – the psychic – might not be able to get rid of them! If a psychic or reader pulls this classic bait-and-switch routine, walk out the door and don’t go back. A variation on this is that you have a curse on you, and this psychic is the only one who can fix it. This doesn’t mean you aren’t cursed – you could be, although it’s unlikely, and you’d usually know it if you were. But if you are, any competent practitioner can help you, not just the individual who’s asking for more money right now. Often, the issue is not whether the person is a competent psychic, but are they an honest businessperson? Are they asking for a fair amount of compensation for their time and hard-earned skill, or are they demanding you pony up hundreds of dollars, because they are the ONLY ONE who can help you? Run away. Now.
2. “Your spouse is cheating on you/trying to kill you/stealing your money.”
Anyone who has ever worked as a psychic or Tarot reader will tell you that there are very few guarantees in the business. A well-trained, intuitive reader can look at a spread of cards and see warnings there, for sure. But they’re usually pretty general, not specific. While we might see an indication that someone in your life is being less than truthful, or that a person you trust is thinking of betraying you, or even that there’s danger looming on the horizon, the fact is that an honest psychic should never tell you that someone is trying to kill you, because that’s just too specific to narrow down.
Sure, if there’s some news that’s less than spectacular, they should tell you that along with the good stuff, but be very wary of anyone who tells you anything that precise.
3. “You’ve done a terrible thing! You’ve been very bad! You need to change your ways!”
I got an email once from a young woman who was very distraught. She’d gone to a psychic, and while the reading started off pretty well, by the time it was over, the reader was scolding and admonishing the client for some small lapse in judgment she’d had. The girl left the place in tears, and went home feeling like a terrible person, simply because she’d made a mistake at some point, and this particular psychic latched onto that, and wouldn’t let it go.
4. “Oh, no, you have cancer!”
I hate that I even have to address this, but I’ve gotten at least three messages from people in the past year who were told by different readers or psychics that they had some terminal disease. One heartbreaking email said simply, “A Tarot reader told me I have cancer and I have six months to live. I have three small children. What do I do?” (Answer: You go to a doctor, and don’t ever return to that reader.) If a Tarot reader or psychic ever diagnoses you with a specific disease, get up and walk out right then and there. Can a good psychic tell if you (or someone in your family) may be facing illness? Often, yes, and if that’s the case, they should certainly say something along the lines of “I’m concerned that someone in your family may be facing some medical issues. Has everyone had a checkup recently?” Even if they do pick up on the idea that someone close to you may not be long for this world, no one should ever tell you Grandma is going to be dead by next Tuesday. A far better approach – and more realistic one – is, “Your grandmother is quite elderly. If you’ve ever thought about spending more time with her, now is a good time to do so.” To tell a client that they have cancer or any other specific disease is just plain irresponsible. It generates fear, and no psychic should be doing that. Oh, and the gentleman whose email is quoted above? He did go to a doctor, and there’s not a darn thing wrong with him.
Are we victims of fate’s random whims, or do we choose our own destiny? No one can prove either way for sure, but each and every one of us has some degree of control over what happens to us. If you don’t like the way things are going in your life, you have the power to make the necessary changes. You may have to make them slowly, and one at a time, but you can make them. If a psychic tells you that everything he or she is seeing is etched in stone, and you just have to suck it up and deal, I’d be very skeptical. You have choices, and you get to choose your own path. After all, it’s your journey – you can decide where it leads you.