Have you ever had your fortune told?

I have once – many, many years ago. I was in New Orleans for a business conference. It was the early 90s when every trade show or conference event involved huge parties nightly for the attendees. This one was held on a casino riverboat and in addition to the free drinks, food and gambling – there was a tarot card reader, and I had her tell my fortune. What she said to me seemed pretty darned accurate at the time. Of course – what she said (and I don’t remember now exactly) had something to do with ‘my soul-mate, a man who was a friend and more than a friend…’ and probably was a pretty standard line for any single woman in their early-20s that showed up at her table. I’ll blame my gullibility on the free drinks.

So I’ve always seen fortune tellers, tarot card readers, palm readers – as just a fun party trick. But just recently I’ve noticed a number of signs all over Portland advertising palm reading or tarot cards…downtown, northeast, southeast – there are several on Broadway both in NE and over to SW. For a while there was a woman who regularly did readings at the New Old Lompoc over on trendy-third. Seeing the spaces in more downtrodden neighborhoods, places here rent is cheap and not many people go by doesn’t really surprise me. But to stay in some of the spaces I’ve seen – they have to be bringing in some decent business. Or they’re a front for some crazy gypsy scam.

I’m a bit of a cynic about this type of thing. Of course I also place hypnosis under that same cynical umbrella – and I have a friend who used to be terrified of fire – was hypnotized and says she no longer is – so who knows.

Portlanders always seems pretty intelligent to me – are there really that many out there who believe the lady with the scarves can really help them prepare for the future? Do they believe it’s actual ‘fortune telling’? Or is it treated more like a new age therapy session. ‘Cause that in Portland – I’d believe.

So my question is, have you ever had your fortune told? Did you do it just for fun, or were you truly looking for some guidance and enlightenment or hope for the future?

3 Comments so far

  1. capricious on September 9th, 2008 @ 11:55 pm

    Back in high school when I was looking for anything to get me kicked out of catholic school, I looked into the tarot reading thing. The boyo has said that, for a smart girl, there are things he doesn’t understand about me and this here is one of them.

    I’m not sure what’s accurate… I’m not sure if what I’m getting is coincidental or not. I do know that I’ve had some friends who have been a bit… taken aback by some readings. *shrugs*

    I pull out the cards when I just want to play with them. Personally, I think that people look at these things as crutches. There are times when I just need some sort of answer or guidance and sometimes (rarely) I’ll play with my cards then.

    I think the big draw is that everyone needs guidance, everyone wants answers. If you have a big decision to make, why not let "the universe" make it for you?! I think that people tend to want answers, even when they might already know it, or even if it’s just something someone pulls out of the arse! People want to KNOW and they want to be told that everything is going to be ok… or at least what to expect.

    Personally, I just want to know when our next meet up is! (How do you like THAT for a segue???)

    We can talk more about it there over a Plymouth and tonic. MMMM!!!!!

  2. mucklucky on September 10th, 2008 @ 10:21 am

    Heck yeah. I’ve not done it much lately. The things they said were by and large not accurate. They were wish fulfilment more than anything.

    Not that it isn’t nice to hear good news. Even if it isn’t ever going to pan out. But we make our own luck.

    I got to do tons of stuff, things I really wanted to do, because I showed up. Because I might not be the best or the most talented person applying, but I have a reputation (and in the arts community it is a very important one to have) to always show up, on time, prepared, sober, well rested, and clean.

    I thinks the I Ching is as good as the Tarot. And you can do it by yourself, at home, with three coins.

    We really just need some sort of illumination. And the I Ching often got me looking at stuff from a sideways view that then allowed me to make decisions that were deeper than "this feels good for now."

  3. freesnowcone on September 11th, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

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