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Becoming a Psychic Reader - Part 1

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Becoming a Psychic Reader - Part 1

Postby Craig Browning » 17 Feb 2010, 01:53

Becoming a Psychic Reader – Part 1

Given some of the things shared, challenged and confused herein, I thought I’d pull together a little outline on what it means to be a Reader and how one should go about developing said skills. Understand, we haven’t the room for me to go into extreme detail but I think a decent and fair portrait can be made that will answer some of the questions a few have posed.

What follows is based on what I teach established students from the magician’s world when they start asking about doing Readings and where they should start. The answer to that question is to start by finding one single Oracle that strikes interest in you, learn all you can about that one discipline based solely on what the “shut-eye” (non-magician/non/skeptic) sources tell you. This is the first step but it has a companion…

Applying that knowledge!

Take physical action and start doing Readings using only this base information. Do as many Readings as you can and take notes – get feed back! The objective is to do no fewer than 3 Readings a day (preferably 5 or more) so you are no longer working from wrote but more intuitively. It’s akin to what the Martial Arts masters would say about learning to throw a kick; once you’ve thrown a kick 100 times your body knows what to do with it; once you’ve thrown it 1,000 times you no longer have to think about it, it will simply happen as it must when you are placed in the circumstance of having to use it.

Almost everything in life works this way; we train ourselves how to unconsciously connect with an action such as writing, reading a book, riding a bike, etc.

Using Tarot as an example; we’re looking at a foreign language and it is only through repetition and “immersion” that you will become fluid and fluent with it. When it comes to the Tarot, or any Oracle for that matter, just knowing what the pictures mean by name and design isn’t enough – that’s just the surface – the top layer.

There are literally dozens of different ways of laying out the cards, each one giving you different correspondences based on card position, frequency of a number of suite showing up as well as the Major Arcana cards, Pages and where they lay in conjunction to one another. It becomes a very in-depth “science” of sorts complete with rules, boundaries and exceptions.

I honestly doubt anyone could “master” something like the Tarot in a year’s time, but you can become reasonably familiar with it and if you are hitting the frequency of Readings – even short 5 minutes bits – then you will be noticing a kind of “second nature” with things as you move into each session.

To be fair I would never ask a student to stick only with one Oracle for a full year, life’s too short for that and in order to be a proficient Reader you a minimum of two (preferably 3) alternative systems. If I were to do things all over again I would have started with Palmistry, Numerology and then the Tarot which is exactly what I encourage my students to consider (though most will start off with the Tarot or Runes for reasons I can understand but feel to be “poor”)

PALMISTRY is at the top of the list because 99.5% of the folks you meet in the world have two hands. If you but learn the basics about hand, finger and finger-nail shapes, and length, etc. you will have an arsenal at your disposal. But when you learn the mounds and lines, even at the surface level, you will have access to more information than you know what to do with. Especially if you familiarize yourself with the medical aspects tied to Palmistry as well as the Folkloric side of the craft.

NUMEROLOGY also hosts a logical reason behind why I position it high on the list or Oracles every student needs to know; everyone you meet is going to have a name and a birth date and voila! That’s all you need to know. From nothing other you can deliver an amazing array of information to you sitter and I promise you, it will connect so well to them, their personality and life experiences that it will make goose bumps creep across your spine more than every once in a while.

TAROT is simply a classic and one that’s easy to master compared to most others. The reason is likewise logical; they are cue cards… that is to say that once you learn the basics around each card and its meaning you have started learning the language of the cards and just as you learned how our alphabet makes up words, you will begin to see how the artwork and symbols within the cards reminds you what the meaning is and more importantly, you will start having specific portions of each card kind of “jump out” at you as you Read them… this is your subconscious cuing you and trying to wake up your intuition as to what needs to be said to the sitter, not what the script says (as in the book meaning behind each card).

The Tarot can get complicated because of the diversity around it but learning it is a very important part of your first year’s study in that its symbols will come in handy as you move into the second year’s scope on things.

But Where’s the Trickery? The Psychological Stuff?

, we'll get to it! ;)
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Re: Becoming a Psychic Reader - Part 1

Postby ciscop » 17 Feb 2010, 02:12

that was really good craig!
thanks for sharing!

please explain the reading tea part
that´s so interesting
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Re: Becoming a Psychic Reader - Part 1

Postby Craig Browning » 17 Feb 2010, 04:23

I'll post the other parts... one each day so I can cover the whole topic...

The Tea Party thing is something I came up with using Ron Martin and Larry Baukin's "Casual Little Miracles" material. Basically it's a gathering of 6-12 ladies at a local Tea Shop and I do quick Tea Leaf Readings for them while teaching them how to do them for themselves. They're a hoot to do.
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Re: Becoming a Psychic Reader - Part 1

Postby ciscop » 17 Feb 2010, 04:58

Craig Browning wrote:I'll post the other parts... one each day so I can cover the whole topic...

The Tea Party thing is something I came up with using Ron Martin and Larry Baukin's "Casual Little Miracles" material. Basically it's a gathering of 6-12 ladies at a local Tea Shop and I do quick Tea Leaf Readings for them while teaching them how to do them for themselves. They're a hoot to do.


i think that´s really entertaining
very well done!

i like the part about explaining how to do it

do you get much work from it? how many bookings you get for tea parties?
like 1 booking per week? per month?
that´s sounds so weird it´s interesting
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Re: Becoming a Psychic Reader - Part 1

Postby NinjaPuppy » 17 Feb 2010, 11:49

Craig Browning wrote:I'll post the other parts... one each day so I can cover the whole topic...

The Tea Party thing is something I came up with using Ron Martin and Larry Baukin's "Casual Little Miracles" material. Basically it's a gathering of 6-12 ladies at a local Tea Shop and I do quick Tea Leaf Readings for them while teaching them how to do them for themselves. They're a hoot to do.

Craig - Thanks so much for sharing this information. I find it fascinating.

Ciscop - I know you are not asking me but with tarot cards I can get swamped with requests if I allow it. If I had a desire to turn it into a business I could live very comfortably on it with 7-10 readings a day @ $35 a pop. Figure about 1 hour per person with only 30 mins of actual reading time. I've done large groups at get togethers of friends and do a 'quickie' in 15 mins. Most people ask me if I will take money for it and the 15 min. readings usually yield an offer of $10. Hope this helps.
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Re: Becoming a Psychic Reader - Part 1

Postby ciscop » 18 Feb 2010, 04:03

thanks NP!
i know Tarot is popular
35dollars per 30minutes?.. that´s like 70dollars per hour!..
wow!. thats some good money hey!
according to my calculations that means if you worked 5 hours a day for 6 days a week for 3 years.. you can get... mmm.. 5*6*3... minus taxes... mmm.. that means you can get a BILLION Dollars!
(yeah.. i am a psychologist, not an engineer)

i just wanted to know how popular Tea reading was
are you a Brit, Craig?

i am from mexico.. we dont have tea parties nor tea places here..
the closest to that is starbucks..
can you read a moka frapuccino?
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Re: Becoming a Psychic Reader - Part 1

Postby NinjaPuppy » 18 Feb 2010, 04:16

ciscop wrote:thanks NP!

Anytime Ciscop.

ciscop wrote:can you read a moka frapuccino?

Why not do a conversion to read the 'froth' from the frap? I bet it could be worked out. Or maybe read the cinnamon dust on top?
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Re: Becoming a Psychic Reader - Part 1

Postby ciscop » 18 Feb 2010, 04:25

i am honestly really interested in knowing how to read tea
that´s sounds so weird i gotta learn it

for me being a magician
means being like a kind of james bond (only sexier)
like having all sorts of weird knowledge and know-hows
lets never forget, at the beginning of time
art, religion, science and magic were all the same thing.
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Re: Becoming a Psychic Reader - Part 1

Postby Craig Browning » 18 Feb 2010, 05:23

:lol: I can't believe the enthusiasm on the Tea Leaf Readings... well, here's all you need to know http://www.mevproshop.com/casual-little-miracles.html

Not to insult anyone but $35.00 for a half hour is WAAAAY low... I get $45.00 for 15 minutes without so much as a blink of the eye. We have one guy in the region that gets well over $1,500.00 for an hour (though I believe that to be rather criminal and very wrong).

I won't do more than about four Tea Parties a month, the catch is you will want to do them once a month at four different locations for best results.

My package includes the over-sized Tea Cups & Saucers we use, a 2 ounce package of "organic" locally grown (insert all other politically correct, feminist inspiring buzz words here) Tea Leaves which makes things a bit more "special". They also get a copy of the booklet for learning how to do the Readings (included as part of the package noted in the above link) that's been printed on nice quality paper with a parchment cover... quite nice for "self-published" materials.

Because I schedule these as part of a Brunch or early afternoon Luncheon (typically with ladies) the price includes the midday meal as part of the get together; in other words I've worked a deal with the hosting location to cover a small salad, finger sandwiches, etc. for a cut of between $10.00 to as much as $25.00 depending upon the kind of establishment and economic element you're dealing with. The Teas, Cups, etc. noted above cost me about another $12.00 total so you can figure my actual out of pocket is around $30-35.00 with participants paying between $65.00 to $85.00 each. The typical group size is 7-9 paying guests, sometimes more sometimes less...

BTW... Part II of this series is now posted
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