Placid-pool wrote:Oh dear - that's a common misconception - that prediction means that life is laid out and one can't escape one's destiny. Far from it - people are given choices every day and each choice means a change of direction, no matter how minor.
The purpose of real fortune telling (as opposed to quackery and fraud) is to show the "client" what their inclinations might be, what the consequences might be of a certain decision, to warn them of things that they might not be aware (such as colleagues plotting against them at work) - it's never about "this is what is going to happen" and much more about "this is what you will feel like doing and if you do, then this will be the outcome but you do have other options, which you ought to look at, and this person might help you or don't trust this person"
Unfortunately that's not what my wife believes, to her horoscopes are very important and that one's future is based on the date and time of birth.
The fortune tellers she has been to did not give options as you suggest, but told her for example that she will be a widow. I suppose there is a good chance of that as I'm older, but then again you never know.
Her sister went to one and was told she was posessed by ghosts. The only option was to go every year and have a ceremony - at the cost of a weeks wages. This has caused the whole family a great deal of distress.
Sounds like they've been to the quackery and fraud type. What would your view be of this type of prediction please?
My dear Graham - I am appalled. As you may have gathered, I am involved in this in a non-professional way as part of my healing work. Some people who come to me ask me to read the cards for them and I am happy to do so.
I NEVER say things will definitely happen and I don't give advice - I tell people what I see and after that it is up to them to make up their minds. I am always suspicious of people who charge money for this kind of thing (yes there is the argument that everyone has to make a living but for me it is a gift I have and I am very happy to share it). I am also very suspicious of people who claim to be able to see exactly what is going to happen - you can't. You can see trends and possibilities;
Can I give you an imaginary example - a friend is in a dilemma about her future. From the reading I know that it is work and not her love life that is causing her problems. I see Liberation - but liberation can be a double edged sword - jumping out of the frying pan into the fire and also if people break out of jail they are then on the run. I also see a card that can mean either a strong fortress or an obstacle in the way. Because of other cards around it I assume it is an obstacle. I will tell her that she should be very careful before leaving a job that is secure for one that is precarious no matter how tempting it is and that she should expect strong opposition from someone who should be her rock, that they might not be as supportive as she expects.
The whole subject is debased by the sort of people that you mentioned and the million and one charlatans that rip people off instead of helping them, because, let's face it, the majority of them go to get a reading when they are vulnerable and in difficulty. No - not what I do at all.