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Should Psychics Charge Money?

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It happened again.  I’m scanning my morning Yahoo headlines and see that a Florida psychic is on trial for scamming her clients out of — wait for it — something like 25 MILLION (with a “mill”) American dollars.  She managed to get otherwise intelligent folks to hand over gold, jewelry and cash, all in the interest of “sacrificing” to rid their lives of evil (’cause “money is the root of all evil,” get it?).

This shameless skank insist that her clairvoyant gift had been in the family for 1500 years.  Gee — with all that ancestral weight, you’d think shed’a seen the law coming to shut her down.

Houdini could escape the cuffs; you can't.
Houdini could escape the cuffs; the phony psychic can’t.

I friggin’ hate stories like these, because it tars all legitimate psychic/mediums with a bad brush.   No legit intuitive will EVER ask for more than their standard fee.  Extras like curse-removing, intervening with the gods on your behalf or invisible bitch-slapping should not even enter the discussion.  But this begs another question:  if you have a gift, should you be charging at all?

The answer is: HELL TO THE YES.

No matter how naturally intuitive someone is, using that ability takes energy.  A lot of it.  You don’t want to see me after a long afternoon of reading:  its not pretty and usually requires some serious time on the living room couch.

Most of us devote a lot of effort to keeping our gift sharp, in order to provide the best possible information we can to our clients.  We take classes, buy and read books, travel to sacred sites, meditate.  It’s not just for fun:  its specifically to help us be of service.

Then there’s the fact that a reading requires  time.  Outside of the actual session, there’s preparation involved:  in my case, I spend about a half hour before you even get here to meditate, tune in, clear the space with sage and incense.

Psychics could be using that kind of time for plenty of other things:  car pools, laundry, making flan.  Plus, most of the psychic/mediums I know have full or part-time jobs, families and other things pulling at us.  So, at the very least, you’re paying us for our time.

On the subject of “giving it away,” most every psychic/medium (myself included) has frequently used their gift for someone who’s in need, and not taken dime one.  We want to help, and our hearts are softer than most when it comes to a person who needs to hear a message or get some direction.  The point is, we shouldn’t be “expected” to work pro bono.

Very few of us get rich from this work.  The John Edwards and Theresa Caputos are few and far between.  But our efforts to help and heal others in our own little way should be honored monetarily.  Every reader has their own rate card; like any professional,  I’m up front with mine (which you can see here).  I’m not a fan of those “one free question” types or the ones who only charge you $5.  ‘Cause you KNOW they’re gonna suck you in for a lot more.  This is not a party game; it’s serious endeavor and should be respected as such.

What do you think about psychics and money?  Share your comments with me.

Sorta get what you pay for with this type....
Sorta get what you pay for with this type….

“Curses!” Or How They Get In Your Head

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Not long ago, I had a woman come in for a reading.  Well-dressed, educated, well-spoken  — and absolutely terrified.  It seems that she’d been to another reader earlier in the week, and was told that she’d been “cursed.”  She hemmed, hawed, tried to laugh it off, because, really, who believes in those things….

Yeah, she could've really used a Xanax.
And this was after a couple Xanax.

But as much as she struggled to brush it away, she was quietly freaked out.  Then she handed me a small piece of amethyst crystal and told me that the reader had promised her that this stone would help start to dissolve the curse. Operative word, “start” — she’d need new ones to keep it going (of course).  This little stone sold in our store for five bucks;  that reader had charged her — wait for it — four hundred American dollars.  And she’d paid it!

And it was about this size, too.  Pitiful.
And it was about this size, too. Pitiful.

Well, I spent the better part of our session comforting her, telling her that there are no such things as curses, except to the extent we let someone else in our head.  It’s a strong suggestion that we take to heart, and ultimately, make happen. A “curse” is the ultimate way of giving your power over to someone else.  And sadly, there are some who know how to work it like a drag queen on the runway.

"You betta work...."
“You betta work….”

These unethical readers can be very good at conning people (its too damn bad they don’t put those dodgy people skills to a good use).  They know how to zero in on your soft white underbelly.  Four hundred dollars later, you’re wondering what happened and feeling like a world-class idiot.

They'd be so much easier to spot if they really dressed like this.  But they don't.
They’d be so much easier to spot if they really dressed like this. But they don’t.

Please don’t blame yourself.  When you come for a reading, you’re at least a little bit vulnerable.  There’s something going on in your life that you need help with.  If someone’s going to take advantage of that, just know that there’s a special place in Hell reserved for them (its located next to that person who bores you to tears with pictures of their license-plate collecting hobby. Only here, you can never get away!)

My rule is this:  it’s perfectly acceptable to pay a fee for a reading. You’re paying for the reader’s time, energy and talent.  But once they start tacking on “extras” or giving you a sense that your life will totally derail without there special help, leave.  One of the cardinal rules of the metaphysical world is that we all have free will; a reading should encourage you to use it to advance your life in a positive direction.  Every esoteric system that I know of also emphasizes embracing one’s own power — so if someone is attempting to make you feel powerless, dependent, helpless, frightened, tell them to pound sand.  They don’t have your best interest at heart, just your wallet.

If you’ve found yourself in this situation,  don’t beat yourself up: take it as a reminder from the Universe to embrace your own power and not give it over to a psychic.  Or anyone, for that matter (as in crappy bosses, loudmouthed partners or your bitchy mother).

As for that store-front swindler that freaked out so many of my clients, well, she suddenly moved on.  I hear the cops shut her down (ya think?); unfortunately for her — and anyone like her — the Universal Cop will also come calling at some point, as well.   And no 400-dollar crystal will help them.