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If you've been following for the last few weeks, you know that I've been sampling several popular methods of divination or fortune telling.  The practices I chose were:
  1. Face to face professional Tarot card reading.  (Oct. 1, 2010)
  2. My own self-directed Tarot card readings.
  3. Two professional psychic phone readings.  (Nov. 10, 2010)  (Nov. 23, 2010)
  4. Professional computer generated astrology report. (Nov. 24, 2010)
  5. My personal impressions.
I have blogged on several of these methods separately and you can read about them via the date links above.  But what I wanted to do in this entry is to comment on the relative value of the information, both individually and as a whole.  I present myself as believer in intuition, and the energy force in this universe however it is understood.  I also present myself as a believer in absolute divinity, though not to the exclusion of multiple dimensions.  This means that I see psychic phenomena as points on a continuum or more specifically as points radiating outward from our own center of physical and spiritual awareness. 

Professional face to face readings:  I have had a fair amount of experience in face to face Tarot card readings over the course of my life.  I have found that most card readers sincerely believe that they are tapping into something supernatural and I believe that the good ones probably do.  I'm not sure what they are connecting exactly and I always wonder just how much I am projecting in terms of my own wants and desires.  Still the information is often right and sometimes unexpected.  It is information to factor into a decision but not the decision itself IMO.  A good face to face reading may be insightful, thought-provoking and affirming.  Your can read my review of my own face to face reading with a successful local card reader here.

Reading your own cards:  A lot of people tell me that they can't read for themselves and I do understand why.  Psychic energy, is frequently subtle.   Mental and emotional energy is more discrete.  You will feel desire, fear, ambition or anger harder and longer.  So if you're thinking about things that trigger any of that you're probably making it harder.  Still if you ask the right questions it works.  If you listen it works.  Things happen.  A card falls out of the deck for example and it gives you something to think about - in the absence of or as an adjunct to other information.  I'm going to put up one of my own readings at some point.  For now, you can get a good idea of how I read through my interpretations of my pro reading as linked to above paragraph.  There will be more on Tarot in general in upcoming posts.

Psychic phone readings:  Psychic phone readings have a bad rap and it is one that was unfortunately earned by the industry, particularly in the 1980s.  Reputable lines exist now, however, and are run as businesses with experienced psychic readers acting as individual contractors.  Are face to face readings better?  Sometimes.  The relationship between distance and psychic phenomena is not understood but it's my guess that speed is relative to physicality in some form so I don't mind the physical distance of a phone reading.  Not as fun or as in depth for me personally as the multi-sensory experience of visiting a psychic on her own turf but can yield good info.  Read about my Psychic Access reading and Psychic Source readings in Nov. 10 and Nov. 23 blog entries.

Computer generated professional astrology reports:  Computers have made getting an accurate report of the position of the planets at the time of your birth easy and relatively inexpensive.  You can buy the software yourself or, if it's not something you're likely to use again, pay someone else to run your through their program.  I didn't expect a whole lot from this but was surprised at the heavy emphasis my report placed on spirituality, religion, and odd intellectual pursuits.  I found this to be the most interesting method I investigated because it says something about energy and our relatively immediate universe.  I have an interest in astronomy and science and some very real concerns about 2012 so I'm going to be looking into this further.  See Nov. 24 entry for my birth chart highlights and please check back for more on this topic.

In general:  I believe in intuition and that there are many different ways in which a person can receive advice or direction.  I also believe in supernatural phenomena including EVPs and mediums.  I don't believe in predicting the future per se.  ButI do believe that things which are about to manifest can be understood intuitively.  On many levels, I'm hammering it out as I go along.

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