How to Tell If a Psychic or Fortune Teller Is Genuine
There are many psychic reading sites on the internet these days, and throughout the country you will find loads of weekend flea markets or sales that always have a psychic in residence. What with clairvoyant, medium or psychic painters selling their wares, how do we know which one is genuine or is in fact a con artist?
In my town we often have psychic fairs, and I have visited them loads of times—mainly to buy my tarot cards or pick out a piece of silver jewellery that catches my eye. Upon browsing around, I see loads of different readings—from tarot cards and runes, to ghostly psychic drawings that tell you that the person the psychic has drawn for you, is actually your great great grandmother. The point is, they all look so genuine.
And before I go on, I would like to add that I believe most of them really believe that their Gift is actually true. I doubt very much that someone would take up this profession without actually having some sort of psychic experience. What I do believe is that they think they can do the cards or speak to great aunt Elsie who lived years ago. But how do we know which one to pick?
Psychology, Suggestion, Manipulation
I have been reading the tarot cards ever since I was 16 years old. My whole life before that consisted of loads of different psychic happenings that got me interested in why and how this sort of thing happened. It was a natural progression that made me want to try and help people by reading the tarot cards. Before I go on, I would like to add that I have studied psychology for over four years, and I could have taken the last course and become a councillor.
So I am fully aware of the fact that a lot of psychic readings are nothing more than being able to ‘see’ what the person is like, read how they react, and be aware of the fact that they actually want to believe you, because they are paying you, and of course they want the excitement. Therefore they are very open to suggestion and can easily be manipulated into revealing information and then afterwards, thinking that actually they believe the psychic is the one that told them this info.
Signs of Fraud
First of all let’s address the fraud. This is blatantly a way to get as much money out of you as possible. The know they are fraudsters, all they want to do is manipulate you, and convince you that they are telling the truth.
So the first thing that you have to do when walking around a psychic fair for example, is to go and stand just outside of personal range as I call it, but make sure you can hear, see, and get the impression of what is true and what’s not. Not only will this tell you what’s going on, but you will be able to see whether the Psychic starts to look uncomfortable, giving you sidelong glances and fidgeting for example. I have seen this a number of times, and it’s a great give away.
Second, see how many times they repeat themselves. For example, do they ask for background info, and then throw it back at the recipient later in the conversation? By taking this initiative, it will be obvious that they are ‘fishing’ for information. By playing on the same words and conversation they are actually trying to make you remember the phrase or word that they have got right. They read people, it's as simple as that. Also a real Psychic will not charge you too much money. Always go for the cheaper option, because the more expensive ones mean they have been doing this for years. Watch the psychics face for a little smile or a sign of triumph. It's not hard to see. Count how many times they get something right, compared to what is wrong.
And don't forget to listen into conversations after the recipient has left. Many frauds like to boast to someone that the reading has gone really well, and 'I am such a good reader, etc'.
A psychic who believes that they are genuine will act with enthusiasm, treating the recipient with respect and smiling a lot. He or she will be so pleased with themselves when they get the answers right, that they tend to give themselves away by this action. It's as though they are guessing, and when it is clear they are spot on, will smile and preen. But what in fact they are doing is reading the person. It's not hard.
Take for example that the person getting the reading is a teenage girl. It's obvious that the psychic will automatically start talking about boyfriends and school, or meeting a talk dark stranger at a nightclub! Bit of a give away! They will look all innocent and in fact believe that they have nothing to hide. But in fact they are just getting into the zone of the participant. Even a teenage girl will have other problems, so this is a great give away.
The Real McCoy Genuine Psychics
A real genuine psychic will stand out a mile. If you know what to look for. He or she will only look at the tarot cards or the palm of your hand when doing palm reading. He/she will be concentrating so much on what they can see before them, they will not even take a look at the participant. Their concentration will be purely on the reading. Listen in, and you will see that they talk about all sorts of family life, court cases, illnesses that can be proven by the participant, and things that have genuinely happened in the past. And more importantly, they will admit their mistake if they read it wrong.
If they are doing a future reading, and the participant totally disagrees, instead of trying to rectify their mistake, the reader will turn and say something along the lines of, ‘well this is what I can see.
It may seem strange to you now, but I see this in your future whether you believe it or not’ In other words they won’t care if it sounds ‘out there’ or strange, they say what they see. Simple as that. A real genuine psychic will also give you a written or taped text of the conversation. They won’t be afraid of any come backs because they believe in what they are saying. Once the participant has got over the initial suspicion, they will see that everything they have been told Is in fact true, or as near to the truth as can be. Even if the reading turns out to be completely wrong, they will still appreciate the fact that they psychic tried their best and didn't try to lie to them.
How to Act When Sitting for a Reading
You are paying a lot of money for your tarot or card reading. So do not give them any information. Never ever tell them anything about your past, where you live or how old you are. But the most important thing is to stay blank. Literally.
Sit comfortably in your chair, do not smile, move around or do anything that will let the psychic read you. Even a small thing such as scratching your nose, will actually give off signals that they can read. Body language is a very easy thing to pick up on. And when they get something completely right, just nod and say yes or no to whether you understand what they mean. This way, you will be able to pick out the genuine from the fraud. All con artists use this ploy. You will totally stump them by keeping still, have a blank expression, and never ever give them info that they can work on. This is when they will show their true colors.
And the most important thing is to keep an open mind.
I have been doing readings for years, If I get it wrong, I hold my hands up. I also tell them before I start that I read the tarot cards with a dash of psychology to help them with a problem. If they ask me where the info comes from, I just hold my hands up and admit that I have no idea. I explain that it could either be a power from ‘beyond’ or a part of my brain that somehow picks up signals from the participant, even future readings, or something that scientists do no know yet.
And most important. The participants keep coming back. Because I tell the truth about my ‘powers’. Trust the participant, and most importantly they will trust you.
Have a great time with your psychic reading, and most importantly, never ever take it too seriously. Nobody knows the future, it is down to you. We are just there to help you see the choices that you can make.
Did You Know?
The tarot, first known as trionfi then later tarocchi, was mainly played by the French and the Italians. The cards were first used in Europe in the mid 15th Century. To start with, they were used as a pack of playing cards.
But from the 18th Century, tarot cards have been used by mystics and occultists to tell fortunes. Even though the word Tarot is taken from the Italian word tarocchi, it actually doesn't mean anything, but some say that it comes from the Taro river in northern Italy, near Palma.
More mysteriously, another idea is that it comes from the Arabic word turuq, which means 'four pathways'
But maybe there is an even darker side to the tarot. Some question whether it is related to the words Harut and Marut who were mentioned in a short sentence in the Qu'ran. According to the account, a group of Israelites learned magic, because Two Angels, Harut and Marut, wanted them to demonstrate it for them. But in reality, the two Angels wanted to test their will power. It was told that this magic would be passed on to others by the Devil.
Most tarot or card readings these days have to state that they are for entertainment only, so I will just say, never take it too seriously, have fun and at the end of the day, its something to chat about with your friends!
The above is my opinion and doesn't claim to involve any religion or infringe on anybody's belief.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
I had a call with a psychic today and she told me I should wait to get pregnant because my body might not be ready for it and there's something going on with it.. should I believe it? She did say I wasn't right but she could tell I was fertile and will in the future have a baby.
The thing is with this sort of reading is that she is obviously picking up on something. Either a real psychic thing or just psychology. As for saying that you will have a baby, I believe that maybe stepping a little too far. Just to be on the safe side maybe go and have a check-up. It will be fine I am sure, but that way you will be able to tell if she was right or wrong.Helpful 1
A psychic came up to me today randomly and said she needed to read me. She also said I had a generational curse on me and she could help me get rid of it with candles. Is this possible?
Yes it is possible to remove curses with candles. Its called Candle magic. I would although, find it rather strange that a woman would do that. I think she was wrong to do that. Not to worry, you can do 'Psychic cleansing' in various ways. Just put those words in Google, you will find plenty of help.Helpful 18
My cousin had her cards read and asked him who I was (using my name). He said I was in great danger and needed to go see him. Is this legitimate?
In a word, no! When a 'psychic' tries to make you see them, all they see is money. I noticed that he never answered her question! Says it all doesn't it? Find a good one!Helpful 15
I have always, since I was a teen, felt as though I have something very powerful I have to do in my future. What is it? How do I find out?
Try meditation. Turn off your phone, keep people away and open your mind; It may not work straight away, but if you keep doing it the answer will pop into your head. Either from your 'higher' mind, or the Universe.Helpful 10
What are the two best questions to ask a psychic when having a first time reading so to tell if they are legit?
I would say the best thing to do is to not ask any questions, just let them do a reading, but do not show emotion, or give any info.Helpful 8
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