Terms used in this book

In this book I will use the term 'psychic reading' to refer to any or all of the services described above under 'What is a psychic reading?'. The only common factor is the claim, stated or implied, that a person can provide meaningful personal information other than that which can be accounted for by (i) the normal human senses, i.e. senses regarded as non-controversial by the scientific establishment (ii) rational thought (iii) guesswork and luck.

I will use the term 'client' to mean the person to whom the reading is given.

I will use the term 'psychic' to mean anyone providing such a reading and using cold reading to do so. This point cannot be emphasised too much. Let us imagine for a moment that there are genuine psychics, and people who pretend to be psychic but just use cold reading. This book is exclusively concerned with the activities of the second group.

Incidentally, this book ought to be welcomed by genuine psychics, if there are any. It will help people to discriminate between authentic psychics, generously bestowing their gifts upon the world, and shameless fakes.

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.

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