Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Tess Dawson, author of The Horned Altar.
The primal nature of ancient divination texts 3,200 years old often strikes a modern reader with distress. In our sanitized environment we see rare but normal events as gory. Revolted, we turn a blind eye. Ancient people could not look away; deformed animal births heralded omens. We can learn still today from ancient wisdom, if we are willing to take a deep breath and examine nature's horrors.
In 1928, archaeologists rediscovered Ugarit, a Canaanite city nestled near the turquoise Mediterranean in what today is Syria. Archaeologists uncovered about 2,000 tablets here. Ancient scribes wrote them in
It was decades ago when I moved into one of the rooms of a two-bedroom apartment with Scott Cunningham (for more about what I learned about Scott over the following years, see my eBook, The Magical Life of Scott Cunningham, available through the Kindle Store [LINK], Kobo [LINK], Nook Bookstore [LINK], Sony [LINK], and iTunes [through the store in iTunes]). One night, Scott was out with some friends. I was at home, reading, when I heard pounding at the door. I went to the door and opened it. It was a friend of mine, a highly intuitive woman I'll call Linda (and no, that's not her real name). It was clear she was in a panic.
She threw her arms around me, begging for help. Linda was one of
Whether you read professionally or not, you will probably find yourself at some point facing ethically challenging situations. One way to minimize troublesome on-the-spot moments is to determine your ethical guidelines ahead of time. This is helpful, but no matter how thorough and careful you are, you might find someone at your table asking something you never even thought of.
Ethical considerations are shaped by your philosophy about the cards, the purpose of readings, and your role as a reader.
Type of Advice
Some readers will never give medical, legal, or financial advice because they are not doctors, lawyers, or financial advisors. Most readers, although not all, would