Soothsayers and Charlatans—How to Choose a Psychic

Kait LeonardBy Kait Leonard

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Soothsayers and Charlatans—How to Choose a Psychic
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Choosing carefully before booking a session with a psychic could save you a cauldron-full of disappointment, not to mention time and money. It’s estimated that the psychic services industry has grown steadily for the past decade, bringing in over $2 billion in 2022 in the United States alone. Growth is expected to continue. Unfortunately, with this kind of money on the line, industry corruption is guaranteed. And even within the sea of seers who truly intend to give their clients a genuine experience, not all of them are quite as good as they believe themselves to be. This can make finding the real-deal psychic daunting, but there are some tips to consider when the need to glimpse behind the veil arises. Know What You Want First and most importantly, get clear on your goal for the reading. People visit psychics for myriad reasons. Some want to find out if a lover is cheating. Others ask how a court case will resolve. People yearn to know why their rescue puppy shakes in terror around sparrows. Clarifyingyour goal will help you locate a psychic who specializes in that sort of knowledge. It’s like choosing a doctor. A general practitioner can help, but if your back is out, why not see an orthopedist or a chiropractor? Narrow Your Search Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s not hard to find a list of psychics. An internet search of “psychic mediums” currently produces over three million results, many linking to practitioners’ websites. This is not the best way to find a reputable psychic, since most people manage to make themselves look good on their own websites. A more current option is to search social media, but here, too, it takes a savvy consumer to weed out the marketing gimmicks. If you’re new to the woo-woo world, it’s usually best to gamble on experience. Most psychics get their work through referrals, and those who don’t deliver don’t stay in business for long. Seek an Expert Referral A good way to get a more reliable list of spiritual practitioners is to visit a local occult shop. Just about every town has at least one, selling anything from bat ears to faerie wands, and they often have in-house readers. If not, almost all maintain bulletin boards where store-approved practitioners are allowed to advertise. These psychics may not be a right fit for you, but at least they’ve been vetted. Choose a Psychic who Aligns with your Beliefs Another consideration before booking is the psychic’s spiritual or philosophical background. Most people have a mini Doubting Thomas sitting on one shoulder, and he will scream loud and long if the psychic you’re working with speaks from within a framework you have difficulty accepting. Do you prefer a Christian? Would it be okay if the reader identified as a witch? After answering such questions, it’s time to visit the websites of the names on your shortlist. Psychics all explain their backgrounds on their social media sites and web pages. Don’t go to someone who doesn’t feel right to you. Consider the Costs Depending on where you live and what kind of service you’re seeking, a session can cost anywhere from $20 (lucky you if you find this price!) to well into the triple digits. Add this dollar amount to the emotional cost of putting your deepest questions into someone else’s hands, and you can see why it’s best to do some upfront work before jumping into a session. The Final Step? Enter with an open mind and a joyful heart. You’ll either be wowed by wisdom or at least have a good laugh. And remember, if that psychic didn’t work for you, it means exactly and only that. Try to figure out what felt wrong, and seek out a practitioner who might be a better fit. May the force of the Woo be with you! References:statista.com/statistics/1224176/psychic-services-market-size-us/
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