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The other day, I got a call from a prospective client who had a ton of questions for me. Before she would book an appointment, she wanted to know things about my rates, how I work, my sign, the usual stuff. But finally she asked, “Are you legit?”

(Me) “Um, what?”

(Her) “Like, are you always right? Are you 100 percent accurate?”

The answer to both questions is, “No.” But that doesn’t mean I’m not a legitimate psychic. Some people think a psychic is a machine, some sort of cosmic Wikipedia that knows every damn thing. But that’s not how it works.

We use our special sensitivities to tune into a 10,000 foot view of your situation, then give insights and advice as best we can. But we’re never 100 percent. Sorry to bust your balloon — and if any reader tries to tell you that they are, they’re yanking your chain.

Some think this admission of imperfection means that psychics are therefore utterly phony. Its either 100 percent or nothing. While I freely admit that there ARE those who set out to defraud people, a greater number of us genuinely want to be of service. Like any professional, we do our best, but we have good days and bad. I actually think admitting that should make you feel better – only a fake would tell you otherwise.

I’ve gotten some comments on celebrity psychics like John Edwards, Theresa Caputo and the late Sylvia Browne, about how they’re fakes. I don’t know any of them personally, but have heard through various channels that they are/were each “legit.” Sadly, though, celebrity bring its own pressures, namely, to be dazzling and right every damn time. I can only imagine the dilemma that puts them in – trying to explain to producers and handlers how this really works. Then being overruled or edited a certain way to make it look like your psychic brain is being run by the computers at NORAD. It sets up some unreal expectations among the civilian population.

Psychics are not circus freaks. We are human. The best advice I can give anyone concerned about “legitimacy” in a psychic is 1) get a personal recommendation from someone you trust and 2) take what resonates from the reading and leave the rest. Don’t try to force anything – some things will make sense, other things won’t (why I suggest recording your reading; it might come clear later on. Or not).

And if you want 100 percent accuracy, get a sports watch.

 

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