A Fortune Helper, not a Fortune Teller
My tag line for my Tarot business says “I’m a fortune helper, not a fortune teller,” which I thought had rather obvious connotations, but I’ve come to realize it could use a bit of explanation. For me, being “a fortune helper, not a fortune teller” means that the main intention of my Tarot readings is to help people create the best future possible for themselves. Yes, psychic insights about the future may come up in my readings, but that’s not the main point. For one thing, I don’t think that the future is etched in stone. We all have the ability—the responsibility even—to create our own future, so I’m not going to say, “Such-and-such is going to happen” as if you’re stuck with it. Even when an insight into the future does come up in a reading, it just indicates a possible future—the “shadow of things that may be, only.” Another implication is that my readings are more focused on what’s going on right now in your life, because the present is always where we live. Thus, I focus on things like what challenges are you facing, what are the lessons in them, and how can you overcome them. Again, it’s about dealing with the issues in your life here and now so that you can move toward the future you want.
Here’s an example of one way that you can use the cards in a fortune helper (vs. purely predictive) kind of way. In a recent reading in which the Ace of Swords came up, I mentioned that swords are two-edged (at least, the one on the Ace of Swords in the deck I was using had two edges). Thus, this card can indicate the primal power of both our positive and negative thoughts. In other words, our thoughts can either benefit or injure us depending on their nature. One healing suggestion for the querent that came to mind, then, was to do a mediation in which she visualized some of her negative thoughts written down on paper and then see them fade away and be replaced by compensating positive thoughts. In this way, she could use the reading to create a better future.
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 In Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” Scrooge asks the Ghost of Christmas Future, “Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be, only?’”