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Why I require 24 hour in advance booking for my clients

Short answer: it’s for both of us.

painting by Orest Kaprinsky (1782-1836)

Why I do it for you: to avoid exploitation.
I tend to get the occasional client who wants a reading in person right now, or today. Sometimes this person is in tears, sometimes this person has had a horrible day, sometimes this person is scared, sometimes this person is drunk. Every so often I get someone so angry that it is a literal impossibility to read for them.

When people are in extreme emotional states, or need something now now now it’s usually a good sign they’re more vulnerable than normal. Vulnerability is always something I have to consider – and since I’m sometimes far more direct in my interpretations and advice than I mean to be, I have to be wary of my impact even when I know someone is having a good day.

I haven’t met the kind of readers that do this, but I have heard of certain psychics and the like that love getting people in these states because these are the ones that get the curse scam used on them. This is where they tell you that there is some horrifying curse on you and for “just $500 … (or whatever amount)” they can lift it. Of course, the only thing lifted is…$500. If someone follows up asking about it, they might lift an even higher amount from you. Sometimes the “reader” will just take whatever’s in your wallet at the time.

I do recommend additional services if I genuinely think they would help the client. I sometimes sell candles, I sometimes work spells, I often prefer to teach my clients how to do the spells themselves. But I want my clients doing it from a clear-headed place where they are doing these things or hiring these services because they have thought about it calmly and want to give it a try – NOT because they are scared, desperate, hungry, lonely, or sad.

The business of woo has no guarantees, no matter how I’d like to give them. All I can do is be faithful to you with my own faith.

Also, drunk people are my least favorite kind of people. Especially drunk people I don’t know.

I am a little more lenient with people I already know – for instance, having been subject to real life psychic attacks I’m more likely to take it seriously depending on how grounded the person claiming to have trouble is, and how much skepticism they bring to the table as a natural and often helpful defense.

Why I restrict to 24 hours for myself: Work/Life Balance

Psychic work, even if you happen to believe it’s just someone spouting from a brilliant subconscious, requires certain physical and mental states that take maintenance – also the vast majority of working psychics have to work other jobs and do this work for the flexibility and income/life supplement it allows. I am also a full time writer, I have a chronic illness (that’s improving) and I have an admittedly queer and quirky but still sometimes demanding family.

This means, along with doctor’s appointments, I need writing time, time to care for my household, and time to care for myself – which, in my case, means gym time. I am at my intuitive best when I am exercising heavily on a regular basis. This can be hard to achieve when I have a constant last minute client load.

Also, I am in a transitive space when it comes to my business. My “office” is at a yoga school where I am a member, and while I do have “official hours” on their website, I have to give them advance notice to reserve a time and space for my clients. I can sometimes work in a phone reading last minute, but even then, I prefer to defer a day so that I can bring my best, most intuitive and lateral-thinking self to our session.

While my practice is material, my aim is spiritual. I want my clients to find their lives improve from knowing me, whether I see them once and they find their spiritual calling or if I see them over several sessions as we use tarot, magic, and creativity coaching to urge them towards a goal.

The services I do are liminal and often unprovable so what people get out of it is their initial and extended emotional response to me. It helps my clients – and me – if we have time to set ourselves to as neutral an emotional space as we can achieve before we come together to look at their challenges and goals through a divination lens. 24 hours is a reasonable minimum amount of time to get into the right head state for that type of work.

Tarot Readings! From Moi!

If you have been thinking, “Gee, I really wish Di did tarot readings again,” you’re in luck. You don’t even need to live close by to be in the kind of luck you want to be in.

tarot cards

I am one of the new readers over at The Mystic Dream in Walnut Creek, California. ((Disclosure: I am a student with their Modern Conjure school there.))

The especially good news? I also do readings by phone, and it is possible for the right people – say clients from previous years – I can do readings by Skype. I’m in every Friday. You can get the phone number from the Mystic Dream website – book me in increments of 15 minutes, half an hour, or a full hour. It’s always a good idea to call in Wed or Thurs to make an appointment for me on Friday, but when possible I do take walk-ins.

My style is fast and skeptic friendly. While I do believe in psychic things and all things woo, when I work with someone with the cards, it is mainly about working with the beliefs of the person asking the questions. I see my practice as less “tall dark handsome stranger” and more “cosmic to-do list.”  I consider tarot a means of pattern recognition – based on your own behaviors that you may subconsciously recognize, where is your life headed? What pieces can you turn around for the best possible outcome? Where are you slamming your head into a wall?

I like to make sure my clients walk out with an action plan. Sometimes the plan involves magic, and using ritual practices to open new pathways or heal damaged ones. Sometimes it involves library visits, calling a career counselor, or having a heart to heart with a loved one.

Also, if you’re in the East Bay, this shop is a must visit. It’s artfully selected material for any magic worker of any path, and the other employs are diverse and incredibly fun, down-to-earth people.

Coming soon: details on my creativity coaching practice.


Fashion Tarot Cards

Fashion Tarot

Tarot Cards Get the Designer Treatment Thanks to Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Vivienne Westwood, and More – StyleList.

It all comes back around again, from the high style of the Italian courts, to fringe culture, back to fashion.

Awhile ago I discussed conjuring up custom-made tarot cards for an elaborate practical joke. A friend teased me about my cards and “superstitions” and so I looked into engaging an artist to find a series of symbols to plant on him in escalating creepiness. The project has not come to fore.

That said, with my new interest in mixed media and collage art, I may use the blank deck I bought when I went on a magic-tricks buying binge (my inner child really kicks up with “I waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant it!” when I pass sleight of hand kits in dollar stores and Marshall’s) and, once done combing magazines for Fat Chic, use the images to create a private visioning deck.