I have a good friend who is a palm and tarot card reader. She is beautiful, sweet and funny, and despite our obviously different worldviews, we have managed to stay good friends forÂ many years. When I painted a painting about psychics, she agreed to be the subject. Before I shared it with the world, she came over to take a look at finished painting to give her approval.
During her visit, we had a conversation about her psychic powers and she told me essentially that she was more of an “intuitive”. She told me that the lines on your hands and face are a road map to who you are, where you have been, and where you are heading.
I asked her to tell me something about the future. She said she couldnâ€™t predict the future; she can only warn people of where they might be heading. I asked here where the information comes from when she gives readings and if she has ever heard of cold reading. She told me that she is aware of cold reading but does not use it. She said there is energy all around us and just like a cell phone picks up waves, she too can tune in to certain energies to find answers and to give meaning to clientâ€™s questions. We went back and forth for a bit. I told her she had a profound misunderstanding of science and technology and that psychics are just scamming people for money. She smiled and told me that she inherited her abilities from the women in her family.
Then she got a call from a client who needed a private double reading done and had to leave. She approved of the painting and asked if I would make her a print. We hugged. Neither one of us had even slightly changed our opinion; both of us convinced that we are trying to help the world by spreading the truth in our own way.
I wrote a â€œreadingâ€ of my own that I put on the painting. It is meant for the viewer (that’s you).
As the moon begins to wane this month you may become more and more aware that things are not quite what you thought they were. Your house of finance may be threatened if you donâ€™t come to terms with these new realizations. You may want to reevaluate where you stand in the world or you may find yourself disappointed. The truth is a slippery fish but the fishbowl it resides in is clear. You just must be willing to look. You may regret it if you let the chance slip by and remember, when the student is ready the teacher will appear, just be sure the teacher isn’t after your wallet. There is a new friend and a new foe around every corner and you will find them both. Put your trust into the outstretched hands of the wise and not the greedy or the uniformed. The future tells no tales. The cards and the stars are blind to your folly.
This experience has left me with a few questions. If you truly believe in what you are doing or if you simply donâ€™t know any better, is it less of a scam? Is it a scam at all if you are just giving advice based on what you believe to be true? Is my friend a psychic or a life coach with props? And ultimately, can a skeptic and a believer stay friends?
Here is a 35 second video of me painting this painting. It is my first attempt at documenting the process of painting.