Maneuvering your way through the overcrowded and, sadly, disreputable world of psychics is a tricky task indeed. Unlike almost every other professional you’d hire to provide a service, there is no accreditation required to call yourself a psychic. Any person can make himself or herself a sign and hang it in their front window and start making a profit. If you’re looking for honest psychic readings from a gifted medium, you’re going to have to do a little bit of legwork to be sure that your experience is a positive one.
How’s Their Reputation?
Word of mouth is probably the best way to ensure that the psychic you choose is not just out for a quick buck or two. You could choose whomever has the most interesting sign or the biggest, sleekest advertisement in the back of a new age magazine, but you’d still be handing over your money without the slightest idea of how skilled they are. The best way to ensure that you’ll be receiving an honest psychic reading is to frequent pagan, Wicca, or spiritualist forums. By introducing yourself and becoming involved in the community, you’ll be able to learn from other people’s experiences and be referred to quality readers in your area. The more positive reviews they have from unaffiliated sources, the more honest they tend to be.
Making Contact With the Psychic
When you have narrowed down your list of providers, don’t be shy about asking for references. The medium’s response to this request is one of the quickest ways to determine if you’ll be receiving an honest reading. Any reputable businessperson should be more than willing to supply you with references so that you can feel comfortable employing them. If, during your initial phone conversation or email correspondence, you get any indication that they are hesitant, defensive, or unprepared, move on quickly.
Be Your Own Psychic
Perhaps the best way to determine if you will be receiving an honest reading is to trust your own innate psychic powers, better known as your intuition. Keeping in mind that psychic professionals are paid for their time, try to keep your initial meeting brief. However short the meeting is, remember to pay attention to your gut feelings. Is there a lot of eye contact? Does your psychic sound and act professional without seeming “slippery” or too polished? Do you get the impression that this person is legitimate? Your initial impressions will tell you a great deal so don’t ignore them. Paying attention to your gut feelings may be the difference between an honest, helpful reading and one that does nothing other than empty your wallet.
Watch for “MAGIC”
If your chosen psychic starts laying the drama on thick before you even open your mouth, you are most certainly wasting your money. Watch for mentions of curses or evil. Be wary if the psychic mentions money or fame. Be particularly concerned if this individual gives you incredible detail such as hair color, shirt color, or exact dates and names. This is the realm of exceptionally gifted, world famous mediums and although your psychic may have these powers, giving away these kind of details tends to be more for dramatic effect than honest ability.
It would be nice if it were as easy as wandering into someone’s apartment, sitting down, and letting the spirits carve a path. However, in an industry packed with charlatans, this is seldom the case. If you are searching for guidance, don’t waste your time and money on just anyone with a sign in their front yard. Do the legwork and ask the right questions. An honest psychic reading can be a life-changing experience and it’s worth the trouble to find someone who knows exactly what they’re doing.