18
Sep

Ethics

   Posted by: David   in Uncategorized

Ethics

I recently decided to have my cards read by “professionals,” that is, people who make their living as readers. My expectation was that doing it professionally they would be polished and their readings would be excellent.

I went to two local readers, the kind with the neon sign out front. Both advertised one rate for the reading but charged another higher rate for reasons I did not understand but they made some attempt to explain. In “the business” they call it the “fluster.” The hope is that you won’t put up too much of a fight as they attempt to fluster you into the higher fee.

Their readings were not only bad and off the mark they were the worst I have ever had. They used more cards than any spread I have ever seen and what they “read” wasn’t in the cards. The information they told me was based on psychological averages, demographics, and observations instead of what was actually in the cards. In other words, they were frauds, in my opinion.

They each told me I had this problem or that and that additional services could help me clear up this problem or that. I went along to a point for two reasons: I am a gentleman and I wanted to treat them kindly despite their inappropriate behavior toward me. Second, I wanted to see what they would do.

The tragedy of it is, as a true reader, I get many who want repeat readings and they want them with some frequency. I don’t want to foster dependence so I restrict the number of readings I will do for a person in a given period of time. I don’t have a rule but if I sense a person is placing too much importance on the reading or if they are becoming dependent I wean them off, slow them down, change the pace, or direct them to other professional services.

These two “professionals” attempted to foster dependence.

They could have offered me a genuine reading. It may or may not have “hit the mark,” either way, I would have appreciated their sincere attempt and I would have gone back at some time in the future for another reading. I wanted to make friends with professional piers. Instead, they will never see me again.

Those that we read for place a certain trust in us. When one reader violates that trust it damages the reputation of all of us.

I am developing both as a medium and as a reader.

As a medium I am working with a mentor. My mentor is certified by the National Spiritualist Association of Churches. I know that she has met a minimum standard in order to be certified and I know what that standard is because I aspire to be certified as well.

The tarot has the American Tarot Association.

Membership in the National Spiritualist Association of Churches and in the American Tarot Association is voluntary. There are good mediums and good readers who are not members.

Personally I am repulsed by institutional religion and by any “authority” that seeks to impose dogma over individual conscience. The notion is repugnant to me. However, where a certain amount of regulation can minimize abuse I am all for it.

If you are an aspiring reader or an established reader but you have not given membership in the American Tarot Association a chance I would like to recommend that you reconsider. Once you pay minimal dues they will send you their code of ethics and ask that you abide.

The American Tarot Association Code of Ethics:

I will serve the best interests of my clients, conducting my professional activities without causing or intending to cause harm.

I will treat all my clients with equal respect, regardless of their origin, race, religion, gender, age, or sexual preference.

I will represent honestly my Tarot qualifications, including educational credentials and levels of certification.

I will keep confidential the names of clients and all information shared or discussed during readings, unless otherwise requested by the client or required by a court of law.

I will recommend clients consult a licensed professional for advice of a legal, financial, medical, or psychological nature that I am not qualified to provide. If trained in one of these areas, I will clearly differentiate between the tarot reading and any professional advice additionally provided.

I will respect my clients’ right to refuse or terminate their reading at any time, regardless of prior consent.

To this code of conduct I would add:

I will treat others exactly as I would wish to be treated.

I will not lie, I will not misrepresent, and I will always represent what I see in the cards to the best of my ability.

The short story is this, if you are in the psychic business whether as a professional or amateur you are mucking with the lives of human beings. You need a code of ethics, you need honor and integrity, and above all you need to be motivated by love and not by greed.

Much love to you my friends,
David

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3 comments so far

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October 8th, 2013 at 3:41 pm
David
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October 9th, 2013 at 1:28 am
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October 29th, 2013 at 5:33 pm