Okay, so the Pagan Perspective is definitely on a holiday break. So, I decided to do one of my (non)VRs today in place of a response to their regular videos.
One of my favorite content creators, Mary-Grace Fahrun, did a video on YouTube at the end of November about how she uses tarot and about the stigma behind the use of cartomancy for predictive readings. She included a tag for responses, and I very much enjoyed her video and wanted to do a response.
Like Mary-Grace, I grew up with cartomancy. In my case it was Lenormand cards, then playing cards, and then tarot. In my experience, Lenormand in particular is all about handing you a roadmap of potholes along your path.
I don’t know where the judgement against predictive readings stemmed from, or why it is so prevalent among modern day readers, but it is very prevalent and highly frowned upon by a large majority of card readers out there.
Somewhere in my teens was when I ran into this issue. I was told that 3rd party readings and predictive readings are ethically wrong, and for a while I fought against using the cards in that way… but honestly? I gave up on that rather quickly.
Interestingly, I am not as strong at reading the past as I am at reading the present and future.
Intuition is intuition, and that information is going to come through whether I want it to or not. So I had a good look at my own moral compass and values and decided that for me? Both 3rd party and predictive aspects are a part of it, or I don’t read cards… because it just comes naturally. And I sure as hell am not hanging up my decks!!
I honestly do not understand why it is considered taboo or why people look down their noses at readers that do fortune telling (predictive readings, telling the future, etc). I’ve had people say it’s about clients seeing the predictions as written in stone, or taking away choice, etc. But the fact is? That is in the presentation, NOT in the predictive aspect.
Doing predictive readings requires the responsibility and sensitivity to make sure those you read for are aware of the fluidity of the future, and how even just having the reading can have the possibility of changing the results, because knowledge is power. It requires empowering people, so that they can build the future that they want, and be prepared for what is coming.
Any tarot reader, no matter the type of readings they do, has the ability to take away people’s choices and diminish their power. Not just during predictive readings. You are tapping into their needs and wants, desires, fears, and the depths of their psyche. And that requires sensitivity and respect and a sense of responsibility.
So yes… I am a fortuneteller. I am not ashamed of that. It’s how my intuition works and fighting against my intuition or ignoring my intuition’s voice is just… not the path for me.