More than 150 years ago, an old Gypsy woman instructed a young girl in the art of fortune-telling, saying, "When thou wilt tell a fortune, put all thy heart into finding out what kind of man or woman thou has to deal with."
The advice, good then, is just as valuable to the modern psychic reader, who can learn much by inconspicuously sizing up a client or sitter. What is learned, in the process, will enable the reader to further personalize the reading to the client.
Clothes, jewelry, personal grooming, and posture are just a few of the things about a person that will provide useful data. Face, hands, the color and styling of hair, all impart information about the client to the individual who is watchful and alert.
How does the person move? Is the individual overweight? Underweight? Is the voice that of an educated person? Does the speaking voice indicate tension? Anger? Hopelessness?
Religious and fraternal jewelry are easy to spot and identify. The working shoes of a mechanic or a nurse differ from their regular footwear and indicate occupation.
Each person who seeks you out and wants a psychic reading is motivated by some sort of purpose. Unless the reading is free or priced ridiculously low, people seldom come as a lark. They have other ways to spend that amount of money.
Most often, although they may try to hide it from themselves, they are worried about something. If you are to be really successful as a psychic reader, you have got to find out what's worrying them, what made them come for a reading. Without finding that out, your reading will never be one-hundred per cent successful.
Look for signs of anger, anxiety, fear, self-pity, frustration, desperation, or despair. They will narrow your search parameters. Anger, either on the surface or bubbling underneath, may indicate a problem in a relationship, probably another woman.
A woman worried about her own health or the illness of someone close to her will exhibit anxiety, perhaps fear. Anxiety and self-pity frequently are symptomatic of money worries, over which she has no control. Frustration can be associated to seemingly insurmountable problems and worries concerned with the quality of her life, including her job, ambitions, life status, or activities.
Desperation is an indication that time has entered the equation, and that some deadline, real or otherwise, is approaching, or has become critical. Will she find a soul mate, before it's too late? Get married? Have a child? Solve her problem? Get a job? Win the lottery?
Despair is the utter loss, or absence, of hope, and is an indication that the problem or worry that is plaguing the individual seems to be without solution. Everything has become too big, too complex for her.
In sizing up a client, or sitter, don't be afraid of your intuitive reaction. Sometimes, your subconscious mind will pick up and interpret information that your conscious mind misses.
But careful observation and deductive reasoning will tell you much, and are skills that can be cultivated. Here are some other tips that will help you:
■ The very young feel they are immortal, but as people grow older, they recognize that death is always close. If you see scars on the face of a person, other than diminutive nicks, you can say, "I sense you have stood, momentarily, in the dark shadows of death. You swayed close, but, through your own strength, pulled back." Most will relate, to this. Older people will relate to this statement, also, basing their agreement upon some event or illness from their past.
■ Most women, as they grew up, were told that they possessed the eyes of I their mother. Thus, you can say, "I sense you inherited your mother s eyes. They will agree. And, since most women are not happy with their nose, you safely can add, "And I feel you have your father's nose."
■ All women like to be told they possess more than average psychic ability. You can refer to a woman's eyes by saying, " They are very magical, very mystical, very psychic. "
■ With tall, lanky woman, you may safely say, "When you were growing up, and, even now, to a lesser degree, you hated your feet." Many women, particularly tall ones, feel their feet are too big, too conspicuous.
■ For the client with dark smudges or shadows under her eyes, you may mention "a problem or situation that bothers you, that worries you, that keeps you awake at night."
■ A relatively young man or woman, who has exceptionally straight, even teeth, quite probably had braces as a child. But don't look at the person's teeth and comment that he, or she, had braces. Instead, say something like this, "I sense you grew up in a comfortable environment. There was love rather than abuse. Attention was devoted to giving you, the right clothes, the right education, the right start in life. Money was not the major problem it is for some."
■ A person who has eyeglasses with a cord designed to keep them around the neck is usually a person who uses the glasses often. Say, "I see you doing a lot of work perhaps with words. Or maybe with figures." You probably will be right.
■ If you see a mole or birthmark on the neck or shoulder of a woman, the chances are good that she has one also on her back, probably her lower back. Don't comment on the one that is visible. Instead, during the course of your reading, say something like this, "There is a mole, or birthmark, on your lower back. You have been aware of it since you were a little child. As you grow older, you probably should have it checked periodically by a skin specialist.
■ Most different ethnic cultures, particularly European cultures, have dark eyes. This makes it possible to say to a dark-eyed woman, "You have the eyes of a Gypsy."
Not only will they see this as a compliment but many will respond, "Yes, my grandmother was a Roma, or Gypsy."
■ There is another way in which you may capitalize on the fact that many ethnic cultures are people of dark eyes. Watch for a fair-haired woman with blue or green eyes, whose married name is representative of one of the ethnic cultures. Tell her that her husband as dark eyes, and you'll be correct most of the time.
■ Should you notice that a person may have a twitch in, say, his left eye, don't say, "You have a weakness in your left eye." You probably will be wrong. The twitch is one probably caused by strain, trying to compensate for a weakness in the right eye.
■ As a guide to determine whether or not a woman is sensuous and sultry or cautious and rather cold, look quickly at her lips. Most sensuous women have full lips, while women with thin lips are not particularly happy with themselves. Treat women who consciously make their lips fuller with makeup in the sensuous category, for that is the way they perceive themselves.
■ In looking at a client's hands, use caution when you see a mark, which shows she has recently removed her ring. There may be marital problems, or she may have removed it so she would not provide you with information about herself. On the other hand, widows and many women who are divorced continue to wear their ring, so it's not a sound practice to assume a ring automatically indicates a continuing marriage.
■ Watch for a man, in particular, who wears his wrist-watch on his right wrist. It probably indicates he is left-handed. But, instead of saying something to that effect, say, "Many adults, when you were a child, tried to make you change your ways, but you chose a path not as populated as most. All your life, I see you marching to the beat of a different drummer..
■ Most men and women who wear a tattoo will relate to this type of statement, "You are the type of person who is not afraid to do your own thing. You are strong-willed, even anti-establishment, at times."
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