‘Do you always tell people the bad news if you see it in the cards’?
This is a question I often get about my cartomantic practice of reading cards. What is often inarticulate in this question is a certain anxiety with how we define the ethics of card reading.
On this, after I simply answer the question with ‘yes, I tell people exactly that which I see is happening’, I add this: ‘Being ethical in card reading amounts to being neutral.’
By neutral I mean to say, completely disengaged from getting personally involved in whatever people put on the table. You get involved, you lose power.
I see it as the highest in my practice, namely, to be as detached as possible. I read cards, not people’s emotions about the cards.
I acknowledge emotion and the rational content about a situation that a querent may present me with, but I don’t take it upon myself to be ‘nice’ – that is, emotional – or smart – that is, rational – in the name of compassion, where compassion is often as misunderstood as ethics.
Reading cards is all about creating a neutral and balanced space between the reader and the querent. For compassion to work, and be more than a cliché, it needs to take place in this space, neither mine, nor the other’s.
As this is a space we share, it is about listening, not about possessing. This space is about getting beyond emotional and intellectual states. It is about recognizing mirror states, reflections, and projections; in other words, it is about seeing things clearly.
It is especially the reader’s responsibility to keep a cool head in the face of real crisis that the querent often faces. In this sense, a reading is not a democratic country.
This is something that fortunetellers of old understood. They demonstrated a tough spine, penetrating vision, and the capability to sit on the dot, unimpressionable and detached.
What makes you a good reader of cards?
In addition to teaching people to read the cards like the Devil – a promise I’ve kept, according to many who have followed my teachings so far – I teach people about what makes a solid, robust, clear, and precise reading.
I teach the power of visual language, the power of truth in cards, and the power of daring to deliver the message that makes an impact. In other words, I teach magic, though in the context of Cards and Magic, there are cunning folk rituals that we engage with and devise in our own names.
Due to popular demand, I’m thus running the online course Cards and Magic once more in the successful format of last year.
Registration opens on August 24.
Join a marvelous group of dedicated readers. Become confident in the art of reading cards, and learn why the Marseille Tarot has been celebrated throughout the ages.