I was recently interviewed with the talented people at the Psychic Advisor Network. Of course, all interviews have a nostalgic quality about them, and this one was no different. However, this interview really got me to contemplate the psychic industry back when I started in 1987 and the industry now in late 2012.
Now, some of the changes are absolutely obvious. In 1987, the entire concept of the internet was non-existent. I mean, who could have imagined that 1/6th of the world’s population would have a Facebook account and cellular telephones were in their infancy during the late 90’s. Psychic readings, at the time, were usually done in person and the entire concept of getting a reading via the telephone was a rather alien concept. Further the amount of resources available on subjects such as tarot, astrology, numerology, channeling, or developing your psychic abilities were very limited. You could only special order these products from large bookstores unless you happened to live in a very large metropolitan city that had metaphysical specialty stores.
In the second decade of the 21st century, it has all changed! One can order specialty metaphysical products at bookstores online or at Amazon. You can now order classes and participate in large metaphysical events simply by using the telephone or a webcam. The idea of getting a psychic reading via the phone is simply the name of the game and has expanded into readings via email, Skype, and online chat programs. The metaphysical world has expanded to the point that anyone who has interest in spirituality can now receive information in the blink of an eye either on their computer or their smart phone.
I decided to ask the tarot (I used the Mythic Tarot) a few questions to see where it thinks the industry has changed in the last 25 years.
Card: Queen of Swords
The Queen of Swords is committed to truth at all costs. I find it interesting that the forerunner or pioneer of the metaphysical industry was not one of the “well known” (if there was such a thing) names of the time, but rather an actress named Shirley MacClaine. MacClaine, who wrote the controversial book “Out on a Limb,” ushered new mainstream interest into a field that had been rather silent since the Order of the Golden Dawn at the beginning of the century.
In many ways, the Queen of Swords corresponds with the sign of Aquarius and possibly MacClaine was the voice of a collective that yearned for truths beyond organized religion. Possibly the world needed something much more humanized than the ideals that preceded it. Regardless, the New Age movement and the Metaphysical community owe a large debt to Ms. MacClaine.
Question 2: What has changed since 1987?
Card: 9 of Swords
I found this to be a rather interesting card to pull. Usually, the 9 of Swords is one of those cards that send people running in horror because it’s associated with nightmares and anxieties. However, the entire suit of swords is about mindsets and possibly what has changed is the perception of metaphysics over the last 25 years. In fact, many notable people such as Oprah have helped to elevate metaphysical authors to the forefront.
Question 3: Where is the Metaphysical/Psychic Industry in 2012/
Card: 2 of Wands
The 2 of Wands is a card about potential. It is the first step in manifesting the potential of the Ace. All of the wands have to do with creative vision and inspiration. Perhaps this card reflects that we are just scratching the surface after 25 years. This card promises that there is much more to come and although metaphysical philosophies have been around for centuries, we are still in our infancy.
Question 4: What direction is the Metaphysical/Psychic Industry headed?
Card: 7 of Wands
On one level, this card is a rather difficult one to see for the future. The 7 of Wands is a very difficult card because it involved competition and turf battles. This card may be warning that if we are not careful we could easily go down the rather political path of previous idealisms. After all, Christianity has led to many of the bloodiest wars in human history. On the other hand, the 7 of Wands being a competitive card could really bring out the creative juices out of people in order to aspire to up “their game” and produce quality material. In many ways, the struggle and the battle associated with the 7 of Wands could be an internal one that pushes us towards greater revelation and greater spiritual truths.
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