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es mi primer día!
so tonight was my very first job as a hired tarot reader at a party. it went GREAT!!!! I was nervous beforehand, but not once I was sitting at the table. I know I can read! (although of course I'm always trying to get better.)

it was a halloween party so most of the folks I read for were in costume. I got quite a few first-timers too - I always love introducing people to the tarot. did a lot of general readings and quite a few where I was told basically nothing until the last few moments - in which case I'd do a quick follow-up on some of the cards in the new context. as always seems to happen, the readings were relevant and clear whether they'd said anything to me beforehand or not. funny how that works!

several times people just wanted to hear what the cards seemed to say, and then told me exactly how it fit their lives. it was pretty similar to other times I've done a party or read for people at an event but the demographic was really different. mostly I've done countercultural events (burner or whatever alt scene) so even though I didn't know people, we had more in common.

(however, I do have to mention that on a deep level there are far more similarities than differences among people.)

I wound up doing several "couple" readings where they wanted to be in the room together and listen to one another's readings. I know this sort of thing is fraught with peril, but after I mentioned that it might not be the best idea - because you never know what will come up - I permitted it so long as it was ok with the person I was actually reading for.

these all actually went really well, and in many cases parallel stories were told - much to the delight of the sitters! again and again the same or similar cards were pulled, or she was the Empress and he was the Emperor... stuff like that. reading for the happy loving couples *rocked* and they all went away delighted! (it also seemed to me that being able to see some of the same cards and themes come up, as well as the same spread done twice, was an aid to understanding - you know, that repetition thing.)

of course there were the inevitable skeptics - in this case, a couple (or at least, there with each other). they, too, wanted to be in the room together. these were my last readings of the night and I'd just overheard a few bits and pieces of them across the hall, grilling my colleague. I wasn't thrilled when they popped into my room - but I was forewarned.

my, but they were combative! they both attempted to needle me, especially the woman, who went first. when I responded to her demand that I tell her future by saying that was up to her, she actually asked me *why*. well, because *you* are the one to decide what you are going to do. there are any number of choices you could make right now that would affect what happens next - it's all up to you. this did not make her happy, but she knew I was right. ;-)

before we even started, she peppered me with questions, and often didn't even wait for me to finish answering one before interrupting with the next one! (fine with me, it saved time.) at one point, she suddenly noticed the tattoos on my arm and, grabbing me without asking, insisted on knowing "what it meant" about one in particular. I talked about binary, ones and zeros and computers. her date joined in and he and I chatted a bit about binary. I particularly enjoyed mentioning that, unlike nearly everything else in life, binary was *certain* - it was either ON or it was OFF. heh.

she then (still very accusatorily and oppositionally) asked why do I get tattooed, "why?" "well," I said, "it's beautiful..." ("and permanent" interjected her date) and I said "yes, I can never lose it and it can never be taken from me," and added, "and it all has a lot of deep personal significance to me." I smiled.

"but," she said, "and when you get older?" (smirking!)

"well, I'm 43 now..." and I looked across the little table into her eyes, hard as they were with stress and frustration.

End of Discussion.

after a pause I said, "ok, so let's read the cards." we did the reading, and it said a great deal of what the other reader had told her, including some of the same cards coming up. then I read for him, and he was a lamb.

after that I was *beat* and actually glad our time was up. I think I did 16 or 18 readings over about three hours, mostly five minutes but, when it was early on, there was no one waiting and I had an interested sitter, some tens. no one even attempted to give me the teensiest bit of hassle except for those two... and even they admitted that their readings were accurate at the end - and thanked me.

a VERY auspicious beginning!

(BTW I did a couple of readings on this event, and being a paid reader in general and I have to say that no matter the question and no matter the deck, they were all Spot On. when I thought I was done - before the last two couples' readings - I shuffled as I'd been doing between each reading and just opened the deck: the Star. I already knew I was on the right path, but Oh My Yes!!!)

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20 smooches or Gimme Some Love!
mskittywhore From: mskittywhore Date: October 31st, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cool, you do tarot card readings

I love those.

djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: October 31st, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cool, you do tarot card readings

thanks, let me know if you want one! if you want me to read for you and email the results, ping me on my gmail, tarotbym and let me know.
mythos_amante From: mythos_amante Date: October 31st, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh that's all just fantastic! Go M!!
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: October 31st, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
thank you! I am so excited!

BTW if you talk to our mutual friend "R", tell him to go to the postoffice and pick up his freakin package!
From: clynne Date: October 31st, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad it was such a good event for you!

And, heh, yeah, doncha love that moment of shock when people realize you're, no foolin, TOTES a grownup?
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: October 31st, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know, right? yes, I'm 43 years old, I have purple hair and tattoos and I'm a freakin tarot reader - and I look half your age! LOL! she might have even been younger than me, I couldn't tell and her features were so distorted by unpleasantness. honestly, if you think it's so stupid, why bother with it?!

yeah, I had a great time and can hardly wait for the next one. I'm also planning to do some cafe research over in Alameda next week... hoping to find a place that'll let me offer readings. might check out a couple of the friendlier pubs too. I'd love to have one evening a week where I regularly go read someplace.
amaniellen From: amaniellen Date: October 31st, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
atta girl! I'm so glad your first party went so well.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: October 31st, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks! it went better than I'd hoped!

although I would have preferred not to have to deal with the skeptics at all, apparently it is not at all uncommon - there is a mindset that by reading cards you are presenting yourself as psychic - whether you actually are or not - and people have the need to attack this for some reason. believe me, I didn't want to see into her life! really!
dolphin42 From: dolphin42 Date: November 2nd, 2009 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
glad it went well, tho I admit to not wanting to know what my future looks like :) I suspect it's pretty dark out there...
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: November 2nd, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks! no worries, you do not have to look. the tarot doesn't so much predict what WILL happen as what is LIKELY to occur if things continue as they are. the future is too malleable to make hard and fast predictions. I use it more for insight.
edgeofthewoods From: edgeofthewoods Date: November 2nd, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fantastic! And good on ya for standing your ground for judgmental unpleasantness - some people like to wear their discontentment and negativity like a cloud and try to shuffle it off on others. Bully for you on deflecting it!

Looking forward to my email tarot reading! :-D
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: November 2nd, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
yes! I'm going to work on it this evening, I was too tired yesterday after being at a party in our building *much* later than planned (I ended up DJing from like 4am until 5 or so, to give you some idea.) I didn't want to read when I wasn't feeling clearheaded and awake. ;-)
theassassinnox From: theassassinnox Date: November 2nd, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
What an exciting beginning! I'm glad that the last two weren't too much trouble.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: November 2nd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
thank you! it kinda seems to come with the territory. fortunately for me, I have had a lot of practice at deflecing BS over the years. ;-)
jessicaberlin From: jessicaberlin Date: November 2nd, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a question: How do you feel about doing readings when Mercury is in retrograde? According to most astrologers that's a time when communication tends to break down and misunderstandings are common.

I recall being at a party once where they had a Tarot reader. I hesitated to get a reading because of Mercury in retrograde. I thought she might misunderstand what the cards are saying or I might misunderstand what she tells me the cards are saying. Then I went for it anyhow and sure enough we had a complete communication clusterfuck. I don't know much about Tarot but enough to watch her misread the cards to fit some personal opinion she had on the question I had asked.

What do you think?
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
well... I think it would be silly to avoid reading altogether during mercury rx - I mean, it happens several times a year and goes on for weeks and weeks! I would just take the standard advice of taking extra effort to be clear (and that also goes for formulating a clear question, which has a big effect on how clear the answer will be).

that said, reading into the cards to support a personal opinion about the question is a classic pitfall, that I really don't think can be blamed on Mercury rx. that's just the reader being careless (and possibly a mark of inexperience, if they couldn't figure out what to say and felt like they had to say something). one of the hallmarks of being a good reader is that you have to be honest, even if what the cards are saying goes against what you think should be done.

I'd also say that here, *you* had an intuitive flash ("this is probably not gonna work") and then did it anyway - so I would say, trust your intuition!

I hope it wasn't me, BTW! I don't remember ever reading for you but I was way into the tarot back then so it certainly could have happened...
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh god no, it wasn't you. You never read for me but I sure would love it if you would.

It was nobody we know. A lady whose name escapes me who read at a fancy Downtown fundraiser I attended. This was about 2 years ago.
crimsonmau From: crimsonmau Date: November 6th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is awesome!! Way to go, girl!! Miss you! HUGS!!
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: November 29th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
thank you! BTW I never got your FB friend request, must have been a different Bunny Watson...
crimsonmau From: crimsonmau Date: November 30th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
How odd....send me one then...

Jean Houser-Cantley

20 smooches or Gimme Some Love!