A Page of Swords type called me on the phone the other day, seeking information. The conversation went a bit like this:
I’m thinking of booking a consultation with you but I want to ask some questions first. Okay?
Sure … go ahead.
Can Tarot foretell the future?
It can, in the sense that with yes or no questions it has a precisely 50% chance of being correct.
Can Astrology foretell the future?
It can, in the sense that anyone who can read an ephemeris can predict with pinpoint accuracy where any planet will be anytime over the next many several years.
So, if neither of these methods can give me the winning numbers, what use are they?
Are you saying that Tarot and Astrology do not tell fortunes?
I admit nothing.
Well what do they do?
They raise awareness.
Oh. Like mind-altering substances?
Well what then?
Okay, since you ask, both methods are sophisticated psycho-intuitive lenses that can penetrate below the surfaces of life. One can gain information about personal process, personal struggle and personal opportunity. This can greatly assist in the understanding of one’s strengths and vulnerabilities, and what creative responses are possible to the life-challenges that all of us face at times.
Isn’t that just New-Age psycho-babble?
Maybe … Maybe it’s better than that.
So, let me get this clear, you’re not a fortune teller?
No, you’d need a licensed professional for that … All this, in accordance with the law, is for entertainment purposes only.
Then why should I come and see you?
We’ll have fun.
Is that enough of a reason?
You tell me.
Oh, and by the way, is the Psychic Fayre still happening next week?
No. It was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.