From astrology to the reading of tea leaves, there are many dozens of different techniques used to 0 tell fortunes. Some of them date back thousands of years. Each method has its adherents. You will see them everywhere.
In Paris, at a table in a sidewalk restaurant, a young dark-eyed girl leans forward, as she patiently interprets a layout of the colorful and mysterious-looking cards called Tarot. Thousands of miles away, in a candle-lit room in Los Angeles, a woman focuses her eyes, as she looks deep into a polished crystal ball. And aboard one of Hong Kong's famed floating restaurants, an old man, obsidian eyes set in wrinkled parchment, casts three ancient Chinese coins, to start an I Ching reading.
Cards, crystals, coins, seashells, flower petals, rune stones, sand, sticks, gemstones, and feathers, these are just some of the tools and devices used by fortune-tellers in their trade. Yet there is nothing really mystical or magical about any of them.
One well-known East Coast Psychic has described them as psychic crutches. That's a reasonable description. "They are a focal point, " he tells his clients. "The psychic insight still must originate with the person doing the reading."
His explanation is a good one, and it is one the novice practitioner should remember. But it doesn't mean you can dispense with the various tools and simply do readings.
The same East Coast psychic, some years ago, was participating in a psychic fair. Readers around him were using crystal balls, tea leaves, cards, and other devices, but he sat behind an empty table that was covered only with a blue cloth. When people stopped at the table and asked what he did, he replied, "I do psychic readings..
They asked what he used to do his readings, and he said "I don't use anything. I just talk."
That day, he made almost nothing, although everyone around him was kept busy. But, following that experience, the psychic went out and did some shopping. He bought a crystal ball and a pack of Tarot cards.
Numerous psychological studies have shown that people are more prone to believe statements if the statements, purportedly are interpretations of something that is controlled by, or unique to, the individual. This would explain the continuing popularity, among the general public, of palmistry, graphology, and astrology.
On the other hand, continuing elements of mysticism have long provided a protective mantle of plausibility to the ancient rune and witches stones, the crystal ball, Tarot cards, and I Ching.
It doesn't matter which one of the techniques you pick, but you'll benefit by using one of the fortune telling devices in conjunction with your readings. Pick one that you'll feel comfortable with, one that's right for your personality and reading style. It will help your client explain what you do.
If you are the intense, darkly-brooding type, you might experiment with the witches' and rune stones, or with I Ching. Those individuals who are quiet and mystical in nature might try Tarot or card readings. If you are a sensual, touchy type of person, palmistry or psychometry would be methods you should explore. Studious types would be comfortable with graphology.
One easy method to determine which method or technique works best for you is to try several. Stay with the one that seems to get the best reaction from those for whom you read.
Some of the methods, of themselves, provide additional information about the sitter, and make them suited for readings by mail. Graphology for example, will reveal such things as whether or not the individual is outgoing or introspective, assertive by nature or mild, angry or despondent. It s just that type of information, of course, that will enable you to personalize your reading for the individual.
Although it is much overlooked, one of the best techniques for readings by mail is the photograph. When a client sends you a photograph, he or she unwittingly provides you with a great deal of useful information. You have the opportunity to leisurely study the client, seeking useful information from the way she is dressed, her jewelry, her age.
You'll gain additional information from a study of the surroundings in the photograph, particularly if they show the inside of a home or workplace. Still more information will be revealed by studying others, if any, who might be in the picture with the client.
Turn the picture over. Many photographs have a date stamped on the reverse side, indicating when they were processed. If you're lucky, you may even find names or other us6ful bits of information written on the back of the photograph, in pencil or pen.
Photographs, in other words, can provide much the same sort of information that you might glean from any client, who walks into your office or home. But they can offer still more advantages, too, such as the built-in possibility for repeat readings and for additional readings.
Asking potential clients to forward a photograph is a favorite reading technique for the psychic reader who has been called King of the Cold Readers. A significant amount of his income is derived, now, from mail-order readings. The readings result both from advertising placed in magazines and from the word-of-mouth, referral advertising of satisfied clients.
"No other technique that I have used with mail-order clients has provided me so much useful information about the client, he pointed out. "With a photograph, you are able to apply the same skills of observation and deduction that you must develop for one-on-one readings."
Along with the photograph, he encourages clients to forward three or more handwritten questions, depending upon whether or not the requested reading is to be thirty minutes or an hour in length. The questions, of course, enable him to further personalize the final reading.
The reading is returned to the client in the form of an audio tape recording, on a high-quality major brand cassette tape. He sets aside several days and a number of evenings each week to handle incoming reading requests. He selects days and times, of course, to accomplish his mail-order readings that don't conflict with his schedule of in person readings.
"When the requested photograph includes people other than the client, I always point out at some point during the taped reading that I could be more specific if the photograph was of the client alone," he said. "My readings, I explain, are impressions, and the additional people in the photograph provide conflicting impressions."
With surprising; regularity, this approach engenders a further reading with a new photograph, of the client alone. In the same manner, during the course of a reading that is based upon a photograph of more than one individual, he may briefly provide a quick impression or two about someone else in the photograph. The result, frequently, is a request for a reading about that individual.
One seeming disadvantage of using a photograph poses no real problem. You might worry that the picture you receive is of someone who had subsequently died and you would lose credibility if your reading didn't reflect this fact.
The answer to this, and to any similar fears, is simply to state in the early part of your reading that the impressions you are providing are ones relevant to the period in which the picture was taken.
You'll find the same type of disclaimer useful at those times when someone hands you an item with the request that you do a psychometric reading from it The item may be something handed down to the individual from a favorite grandmother, or it may be something the person picked up that day at an antique store.
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