Your comment on Miss Cleo prompted me to write this post...a little off-topic from where you were going, but I feel like sharing, and this is as good a place as any.
I have a weird mix of beliefs. I am, most of the time, a very logical, rational person in terms of what I do and don't buy into. Not entirely, though. I'm not religious, but I am spiritual. I'm not superstitious, but I avoid walking under ladders and breaking mirrors anyway. Basically, I don't believe many "non-scientific" things, but I don't discredit them either.
Well, a while ago, I decided to pick up a tarot deck and a book on how to read the cards. Not really having anyone else to practice with, I've done numerous readings for myself. Most of them turned out fairly accurate, but I credited that mostly on the fact that, since I know myself so well, it's easy to read things into the cards that otherwise might not be obvious. It didn't help that I refuse to ask myself meaningful questions (things like where my relationship is headed, or job advice) because I firmly believe in self-fulfilling prophecies.
Since then, though, I've done a few readings for other people, and every time they've been eerily accurate in one way or another. Once, I even gave someone a reading who already had one done by someone else on the same question, and out of 78 cards in 10 possible positions, I got the same card in the same (rather important) position in the layout, and read the same meaning into it. And no, I hadn't known of the previous reading until after I did mine.
Of course, that's hardly typical -- it's only happened to me once. I find that most of the tarot readings I do are really a combination of skills. One is, of course, being able to pick out the meanings of the cards as they apply to what's being asked, and what they mean when looked at as a whole. Another is something that I was already good at before I started reading the cards -- knowing how to listen, and how to craft advice. A lot of the "answers" I've come up with in readings are nothing I couldn't have come up with on my own, just sage advice, but I find having the cards as a starting point helps me immensely. And of course, if the person you're reading for puts a lot of faith in "what the cards say," they're more likely to take that advice, for better or for worse.
Incidentally, I still need practice, and I'm willing to do readings for people...don't just ask simple little things, though. I don't like doing readings for people without knowing anything about them or the situation they're in, so if you can't type up a decent paragraph about it, don't ask. And of course, if I give you advice, and something bad comes of it, don't blame me. I'm a novice at this, remember =)
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