Savannah has a little bit of every thing and that includes its share of tarot and palm readers. When most people consider a reading they look for the big signs and the flashing lights, sometimes even the costumes, but most consider it to be a form of entertainment or fortune telling.
Fortune telling and actual divination are two very different things. Fortune telling is done for entertainment purposes. It's not really supposed to be taken seriously and has been made famous by classic black white movies such as White Zombie or any number of others. In the movies all of the fortune tellers are gypsy women, usually dressed in flowing skirts, lots of jewelry, large earrings, scarves around the hair, and theatrical grade make up. There is almost always a crystal ball and always tons of scarves.
While I do sometimes wear the big skirts and big earrings, I don't subscribe to fortune telling. I practice the art of divination. Divination is different in that fortune telling is one part working knowledge of the cards and three parts reading body language. Divination is actually tapping into the universe to relay information that may be needed to the people that need it. Divination doesn't necessarily give you future events. It could be used to expand on current situations and offer advice and options to make things better in your life. It is not necessarily written in stone and because each person has thousands of options for every choice the readings may give insight to one possible realty, usually the one that is the most accessible at this point in their life cycle. Although tarot is the most commonly recognized form of divination, it may also be done using dominoes, tea leaves, feathers, runes, Dragon runes, dice, Ogham sticks or flats, coffee grounds, fresh chitterlings (as in right out of the pig fresh), channeling, crystals, bones, clouds, playing cards, or the flight, number, and species of birds.
When most consider tarot readings, they consider the very old large form of decks but they've come a long way and can now be purchased in every theme, shape, size, culture, and tradition. There are even erotic decks that are somewhat naughty. Readings are not only done with tarot. Oracle card have become very popular over the last few years. Oracle cards work a bit differently than tarot. Tarot decks have specific formulas of design, are divided into two specific groups, the lesser of that group also divided into suits or courts, each one representing an element. Oracle cards tend to be more ornate and usually have neither a set number nor a special set of suits. They are not divided into different groups but may be very specific in theme or have a varied theme. Oracle cards are used to tap into very specific archetypes to allow the user a focal point to tap into and connect with collective consciousness and receive the messages needed for that person. So whereas with the tarot you may get an answer to a specific question, with the oracle you will only get what you absolutely need to know. Neither guarantee a pretty message. If you ever want to know whether someone is a fortune teller or an oracle, ask them to do a reading for you. Most of the time a reading will have both positive and negative messages. They are very rarely overwhelmingly positive. An oracle will translate all possible meanings of the card to give you all possible angles and solutions. A fortune teller will only give you one side.
Most people are initially taught the person receiving the reading must be present, they have to have contact with the cards or other such method, and they have to at best give you an idea of why they are receiving the reading. The one thing experience has taught me is humanity can not put the universe in a box, assign it rules, and expect it to obey. It simply does not work that way. Keep in mind the Oracles of Delphi would relay messages for people who were not present nor allowed to be. This was a woman's trade and men were not allowed to be present during the receiving of the information. Eventually Oracles fell under the rule of Rome and were more politically motivated than spiritually. Eventually women Oracles were rarely heard of and men took their place.
If the person doesn't have to be there how is there a connection? How do the messages come through? How do you know they are for that specific person? There is a connection because we are all connected by Spirit. When someone has an in person reading appointment with me they are not allowed to shuffled my cards unless they ask. I may allow them or I may not. The cards are my tool. They are like my cauldron, besom, or chalice. If I wouldn't allow someone to handle them there is no reason why anyone should be allowed to also handle my cards. Once I connect with a deck I smudge it, consecrate it, and add a bit of ground selenite to the bag to keep it charged and cleansed. It's not necessary for someone to place their energy on cards that already have my energy on them. The connection needed for readings is truthfully between the oracle and the cards, not between the cards and the questioner. Contradictory readings occur when two sets of energies clash; the energy of the oracle and the energy of the person receiving the reading. So for this reason, I prefer no physical contact between the cards and anyone else.
The cards are a tool, just like a wand, a cauldron, or a besom. They are personal and should appeal to you on a tingling higher level that connects with some part of your consciousness. They may be traditional or non-traditional, very detailed or very plain. When I choose a deck it is usually the deck that actually chooses me. I feel an instant connection to it and an excitement to start using them immediately. The images on the cards are created to draw you in and open your awareness and consciousness.
Each person is connected to the next on a spiritual level and each person has a signature energy or vibration that can be followed to the higher self. This makes these readings virtually impossible to be for the wrong person. You don't need to be in the same room with them because their vibration is a part of their spirit and you are connected to that spirit also. Once the line of communication has been open, I start dialing the number so to speak. I'm not necessarily trying to get information from the other person, I am trying to connect with the higher self of that person to channel messages for that person. Once the connection has been made the messages start flowing through. The cards come into play in that the images connect with this higher consciousness. Most higher beings do not communicate the way we do. They don't use language as we know it. They use images, music, vibration, omens, and symbolism to communicate with us. When you choose your cards it is very akin to choosing a favorite song. It has the vibration that responds to your vibration. Your vibration is what allows you to connect. Once this connection is made and the information begins to flow it will continue to flow until the message has been received and translated. There have been occasions when after doing a long reading, I have added two other cards which fleshed out the rest of the message for the receiver.
It helps of the oracle is naturally empathic and has the ability to openly receive messages from the Aether, but I have also found the use of sacred geometry to create layouts to be an invaluable tool. Layouts such as the Pyramid, the Cauldron, Tree of Life, Triquetra, Pentagram, and Fairy Ring, tend to work best with distance readings. However, if you are comfortable with the Celtic Cross there is no reason why it can not be used also. Use what is comfortable to you and what meshes with your energy. Readings may go from 3 cards to as many as 24 and can take between a few minutes to as long as 2 hours to complete. They are a bit more energy intense than the more traditional forms, so be sure to avoid caffeine and opt for a fruit or veggie tray and cold water between readings. Use your friends as guinea pigs and start with small card layouts and move to the larger one as your abilities grow.