Tarot for the 21st Century!
One thing you'll learn about me very quickly is that I have some pretty strong gut reactions, and I also like to think (and think, and overthink...)! If I stay balanced between both of these things, it helps me be a great reader; it means I trust my intuition, but I can ground it in the "real world". But it also means that if something just doesn't sit right with me, I have to sit around and figure out WHY.
More than once in the last few of days, I've stumbled upon some people playing up the "mysterious Tarot reader" image. I've read about how to dress up at a party and theme your outfit, to play up a "character" in order to provide an entertaining atmosphere. I've seen people advised to deliver their readings via cryptic messages to leave everyone wanting more - messages that, from what I could gather, have no actual value or use! And these are people who clearly know how to use the cards, and to set up more "legitimate" sessions.
I'll never forget how during one of my first readings, all I had to say was 'you've had a loss' and the sitter burst into tears. She could have lost a job, an argument, a toothbrush. But she'd lost her husband, and those fifteen minutes she'd purchased turned into a session about grief, support systems, and her new normal. The cards have an uncanny knack for hitting the truth, bringing up what a person needs to think about, and making us take a good hard look at ourselves even when we don't mean to. Scary? Sometimes. Necessary? Absolutely. And only dangerous if you don't want to be a happier, more secure and self-aware person - which is what it's a good reader's job to help you do.
Have fun with the cards, and maybe costumes have their place if they're not messing with someone's culture. At Halloween and Camelot Days, I'll be right there with you in the ironic witch's hat. Not every reading is a huge soul-baring session, and a party isn't really the place for it anyway. But the Tarot deserves respect, and so do the people you're reading for. If someone is frightened or upset when you're throwing out mystic-sounding nonsense, or disrespects counselors and lightworkers because you're putting on too much of a show, that's doing a disservice, no matter how small. I'm not an authority to be throwing out edicts and rules, no one is, but I know what pings my radar and my gut, and all I can think is: being the "life of the party" will probably make you more mainstream, but it pays to be careful.
Another thing you'll learn pretty quickly: I'm always game to talk (and talk and talk) about it, even if you totally disagree - respectfully, of course. Leave a comment and tell me what you think!