Check that Check

In song and story, Gypsy fortune-tellers of old had the individuals for whom they read cross their palms with silver. Base metal was the accepted means for exchange for any service.

Today, if you work at home or in a store-front office doing psychic readings, you'll discover many of your clients will pay for their readings by check. And, of course, a check is usually enclosed with most requests for mail-order readings. You even may receive checks, if you work restaurants, psychic fairs, or private parties.

Examine the checks carefully. They can be a surprisingly valuable source of information about your client. Such information is particularly useful if you are doing mail-order readings. With the check in your hands before the reading, you have the opportunity to study it and factor the information it discloses into the reading.

But even when you receive a check from a client after a reading, you can add the information to your file on the person, and have a fifty-fifty chance of using it later. About half of your clients will return for future readings. (If you have a personal computer, maintaining such a file poses no problem. But even an index-card file is easy to maintain, and will prove useful).

Account Opening. Many checks will show a tiny, three-digit number printed to the right of the name and address of the payee. The numbers, for example, might read 5-87, 4-79, or 8-88, indicating May 1987, April 1979, or August 1988. The numbers denote the date when the account was opened. This frequently will indicate some major change or upheaval in the person's life. It could indicate a move or job change, or a marriage, separation, or divorce.

Different Address. Should you receive a check that has a different address printed on it than is shown on the envelope, it may be an indication of a recent move.

Stamps and Logos. Many personal checks bear stamps or logos that might indicate the payee's job or occupation. For example, credit unions, hospital trusts, and steel workers or teachers' credit unions will further identify the person.

Oversized. Oversized checks that come from a ledger-style checkbook indicate that the person operates a business of some sort. The business name may, or may not, be on the check, but the check's size will indicate a business venture, which you can refer to in your reading.

Telephone Numbers. Along with the payee's address, one of the most common bits of information to be found on a check is the person's telephone number. It allows you or someone else to call the number, under some pretext, and glean additional information.

'Also Known As.' A person's name, followed by the letters AKA (Also Known As) and a second name, usually indicates a person in the entertainment field.

Scenes on Check. Banks frequently offer customers a choice of checks with various pre-printed scenes, such as wildlife, floral, or scenic. The selected scene may indicate a preference or artistic interest of the payee.

One Name Only. Checks printed with only one name on them usually indicate a single status.

Post-Dated Checks. A post-dated check may indicate some momentary financial stress on the part of the payee. It may be that she is simply waiting for a deposit to clear.

Money Orders. When a person sends a money order instead of a personal check for a reading, it usually indicates she is trying to conceal her activities from some skeptic or non-believer, such as her husband. In your reading, you can say that you feel the presence of a negative influence near her. The same may be true, if you receive cash through the mail. Certainly, it is indicative of a trusting nature.

Social Security Number. An increasing number of individuals have their social-security number imprinted on their checks. The information it will tell you is covered in the next chapter.

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