For the last two days, I’ve been giving Tarot readings to anyone who requested it. This has been a long, fun, exciting, thrilling, and tiring event. Actually, tiring is very much an understatement: ‘exhausting’ will do. I kind of knew how much went into giving Tarot readings, but it never dawned on me (before now) how much umph one needs to maintain the ability to give Tarot readings accurately, promptly, and successfully.
For months now (literally, months), my mother has told me repeatedly that I should go into the Tarot reading business. Mostly, I didn’t bother to even think on it because I didn’t think I was good enough. I was out of practice and I didn’t really want to get back in to practice. However, Hwt-Hrw has been harping on me about the magic stuff and Tarot is related to in, in a sense. So, I decided to have a look-see. This experience has been a sort of… experiment, shall we say. It’s experimental in regards to whether or not I can do it; whether or not I want to do it; and whether or not I find my readings to be accurate.
I’d like to say that my readings are accurate and based on the feedback, insofar, I am. I’ve always been really good at this whole sort of thing, but this experience has really taught me that I need to refine my techniques. Also, I seem to do better in giving readings when not faced with the questioner in my face. I mean, I’m good at reading things for others, but it’s far easier, for me, to read complete strangers who aren’t touching my cards instead of acquaintances or friends who can touch my cards. I’ve heard this isn’t normal.
I guess I’m just weird.
I gave a sum total of eleven Tarot readings in the last two days. Yesterday, I did six or so and found myself so exhausted by seven o’clock that I just went into my room and went to bed. It didn’t seem like an important point to stay up. Today, I finished the last five requests for readings that I had received yesterday. I’m not as exhausted, but I could still go in for a nap. I don’t know how to correct that, either. If I’m to go into the business–and it appears that I might just–how the hell do I manage to keep my energy levels up?
Another issue that I’ve run into is the cleansing option. I cleanse my cards infrequently, but that mostly stems from the fact that I mostly give myself readings or The Sister readings. Since I only, usually, have a sum total of two people who I read from regularly, a normal run-of-the-mill cleaning is almost unheard of in this house. However, after reading number two yesterday, it dawned on me that I had to figure something else out for cleansing options. I mean. I couldn’t very well have bleed-over from one reading to another, now could I?
In between readings, after doing a brief deck shuffle, I decided to spread the whole deck out. In the very center of the line of cards, I placed the quartz chip that I have in the Box That Is Home to the cards. This seemed to work appropriately for the time being, but I don’t know if it’s going to last. And to be perfectly frank, while it works now, that doesn’t mean that it will work later. I, of all people, know how much you have to go with the flow and get with the changing. So, what other possible options do I have to work with? I’m at a complete loss here so any and all suggestions are welcomed.
I still haven’t come to a decision about whether this is going to be a business venture or not. On the one hand, I really do need the extra income. Any extra income, at present, really. And it would be nice to have some money stashed in the bank besides what’s left of my meager savings: a whopping ten dollars. (Oh, look how far you’ve fallen, bank account!) However, I don’t want the simple need and desire for money to be the sole basis for this. That feels… wrong, somehow. I’m probably being stupid, but it just doesn’t seem like the best bet for making this kind of decision.
And on the heels of that, how the fuck am I supposed to turn this into a business? My mother said the Internet was a great place for burgeoning enterprises and that PayPal is the fucking man. I agree on both accounts, but it kind of confuses me as to how to go about all of that. Should I open a shop on Etsy or a place similar to that? Should I just start whoring myself out there for all and sundry to stare at via Facebook and WordPress and TC? Or, should I honestly consider doing the face-to-face business practices that quite a few of the Tarot readers I know participate in? I DON’T KNOW.
Advice. I need some bitchin’ advice.
In worlds elsewhere…
The Swamp Witch had mentioned during one of my myriad of posts that she would like to see the cemetery I had gone to in daylight hours. I had always wanted to go back, after my Mini-Fet Ghede Party, because I wanted to know if my offering was still there. Obviously, it was. I was both excited, unnerved, and intrigued that it had stayed there. It goes to show that when it comes to the older cemeteries, there really aren’t too many people who bother to visit. This has spurred me to (A) visit that cemetery (called Fuller Cemetery) more often since obviously it needs some lovin’ and (B) go around and visit other older cemeteries.
I really enjoyed just taking picture after picture during the daylight hours. It was mid to late afternoon, so the sunlight reflections were exquisite. I’ve always had a thing for cemeteries (they’re quiet; they’re solitude embodied; I’m weird…) and the older ones are far more exciting, to me, than the new ones. You can see my Fuller Cemetery pictures, if you so desire. I expect that I’ll have more than just the one album and I also expect that I’ll have more cemetery related albums come the future.