Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Omily Tarot: Can Your Deck Go the Distance?

I used to take a hard line on giving people readings when we weren't physically occupying the same space: Tarot is too intimate, too dependent on the energy flow between the people involved, to 'work' long distance.

Full discloser: I'm not exactly a tech-maven. I had to be dragged kicking and screaming  into the age of smart phones by my apple-devotee husband, and I only surrendered because of the visual voicemail, and my Pandora and Rdio apps...ok, and the camera. But that's it. I only have three pages worth of apps after three years of smart-phone ownership, because I object to the whole thing on principle. For most people, they're just glowing pacifiers keeping them from engaging with the real world around them, and I want no part of it. Same thing for the internet: theoretically an incredible tool for human growth and development, most of the time just a massive time and brain suck.

But, hey, I use the smart phone, and I have a blog. And a Facebook page. And a twitter account. And a tumblr...or two...and vine...so, I mean, I can only throw so much shade before I start to look pretty silly.

The realization of of creeping hypocrisy (which is not to say that I'm giving into the rising tide of subsuming our lives to technology) planted the seeds of my change of heart. Simple necessity completed the job.

I live in New York. The only member of my family who also does is my husband (and our cats and plants, but they rarely request tarot readings). The husband's mom in Texas, my little sister in Ohio, my childhood best friend in Portland, all people who I love very much, started asking me for tarot readings. It wasn't so easy saying no. I gave it a try, with many a reservation...and it was fine.

It's a true fact that you can connect to and read a person better in  real life than via Skype, or any other technological connection. It's also a true fact, at least I think so, that we're all one. Energetically, we're all connected. If you can tap into that, then being in the same room as the person you're communicating with becomes far less important. And, anyway, people have been doing this for ages. Are they the most authentic outfits with the most integrity? I have no idea because I've never worked with them. But I know that I am.

All this is to say, if you get asked for a tarot reading, and you can't be there in person to do it, that doesn't necessarily have to be a deal breaker! If you're able to use some kind of interface so that you can look at each other while you talk, and the person you're reading for can see the cards, that's certainly preferable, but I wouldn't even rule out a phone tarot reading entirely.

That's not to say that you can't still feel uncomfortable with the idea. If you do, it's very unlikely to be a good reading, so what would be the point?

Aside from giving you the freedom to share the tarot near and far, I also impart this story to let you know that, yes, I will give you a tarot reading while I'm in Shanghai. You don't have to wait till I get back on November 17th. It'll be on Skype or Facebook or whatever, for a reduced rate because, to me anyway, it still doesn't feel quite the same. Interested? Shoot me an e-mail at Emily (at) emilyhursh dot com.

Or why don't you get out your own deck and give me one? Might be good practice, and I'm sure to be wanting a reading while I'm there...