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Discrimination? Fraud? What do you think?

Steven Avery Reading and Opinion

This video is for entertainment purposes only and has no connection to the defense of Steven Avery or the prosecution of Steven Avery. This is simply my opinion and a Wheel of Destiny reading performed, regarding the topic of Steven Avery.

Advice to be taken with a grain of salt.

Non-believers cite that supposed psychics often use very narrow or leading questions, while at the same time they tell the person, “Now don’t tell me any details.”

For example: You hire a reader to find your Uncle George who disappeared 5 years ago. They say, “Don’t tell me anything!” But start the “reading” by saying “I see a ring (pause)…. a wedding ring… a man’s wedding ring…. does that mean anything to you?”

You respond, “No, Uncle George was never married…I don’t know anything about a ring.”

Well, the “psychic” just learned a fact (remember, they asked you not to tell them anything)– they learned Uncle George was unmarried.

Now, if they wanted to fool you, they could take “the ring” story and go further until they get you to say yes to some “fact”.

For example, they could say, “Yes, I KNEW Uncle George was unmarried, but this ring… I see it very clearly, a man’s ring… or maybe a woman had bigger fingers… but there IS a ring….” And you blurt out, “Well, George’s dad had a big ring—”

“Yes!” They interrupt, “yes, the ring is clear, it was… kind of a dark band, maybe it was dirty? (You shake your head no, giving them an “answer” without even thinking.) “Oh, no, maybe…maybe it was gold (you start nodding) with something dark in it, or on it….” You pipe in with “Well George’s dad liked to garden; maybe that’s why it’s dirty.” IF someone was pretending to be psychic, you just gave them a good explanation of the image they claimed to see.

However, believers and people who claim to be true psychics say that a “real” psychic would never, ever play those kinds of games; they claim they don’t have to because their own abilities are real. “True psychics” will distance themselves from the false tactics that pretenders use. “True psychics” often make a point to not be given any information also, and do a “cold reading” meaning without a photo, with no information, with no direction.

Police departments tend to believe the “cold readings” more. However, critics point out that the best police detectives *have* slipped and offered a bit of information, when answering another question. This is common human behavior. It is very difficult to ONLY answer “yes” or “no”. People tend to go on with an explanation. “Yes. The victim was last seen here. (Here is where they should stop but they go on and say…) The victim’s boyfriend helped her put on her jacket (what, not a coat?) and walked her to her car outside the bar (could have been another business but now the psychic doesn’t have to guess… she was at a bar, wore a jacket, last seen by boyfriend). A con artist could use that information to keep the ruse going.

If you pay someone for a “reading”, give NO information. If you want to cut to the chase and find out for sure if they are being false, tell the person wrong details and see if the “psychic” uses that false info as if it is fact or if they recognize it was a lie. As in all interpersonal communications, you should expect indignation about being “lied to”. But if the person truly has a gift, if the person is a psychic, wouldn’t they know it was a lie? And if they are a true psychic, wouldn’t they, more than anyone, understand if there’s skepticism?
_____________________________________________________________________Being skeptical is okay.
Being careful about what details you share with a “reader” is okay.
Assuming that every question is designed to nefariously get information out of you, is not okay.
Assuming that every reader who asks questions is a con artist, it’s not okay.
Answering with only “yes or no” (or worse: grunting, nodding or likewise) is rude, and will result in you irritating the reader which will negatively influence your reading accuracy.
Lying to a reader, is not only rude, it is very disrespectful. Would you lie to your doctor to test him and see how accurate his reading of your physical condition is? Don’t do it to someone who’s reading your spiritual condition.
No, we usually can’t tell when someone is lying to us. This is because we TRUST our clients to be honest an open and NOT CON US.
Finally yes, we understand that you may be skeptical, but that doesn’t give you the right to be disrespectful, dishonest, and down right rude.

How to avoid getting scammed

Many people question psychics, or spiritual counselors, when trying to make important decisions in their lives. While a number of psychics are  frauds or take advantage of your situation, there are many of us that are truly here to help you. There are a few key things to keep in mind when visiting a “seer” in order to know the difference and get the most accurate information.
DO: Research
Before visiting psychics, do some research on them. Ask your friends who have visited the psychic before about their experiences, or, if possible, find other past customers. Also do some research online so you get a well-rounded picture of their reputation. Look into the psychic’s fees and compare them to others in your area. Comparing the fees will tell you if the psychic you are thinking of visiting is overcharging which is a sign of fraud.

DO: Be specific
When asking the psychic questions, be specific about what you want to know. If you over generalize, you may not get any useful information. For example, if you ask for a general read on your love life, you could get something that may not apply for twenty years. If, however, you ask for a reading on your love life over the next few months, then you’ll get information you can use and compare to the outcomes in the near future.

DO: Listen or record
Question your psychic ahead of time about this so you know what the rules are, as well as if recordings are part of the psychic’s process. If they charge extra for a recording, then it is more likely a scam and they are just trying to get money wherever they can. Listening carefully during your reading, taking notes, or getting a recording, can be extremely useful for going back and comparing what happened to what the psychic predicted, as well as for revisiting your session.

However, please remember that shuffling papers, fiddling with your phone or a recorder, could distract your reader. Be considerate of their need to concentrate.

DON’T: Be overly helpful
Don’t be overly helpful. Give them the information they directly ask for, but otherwise you should be listening and not leading the psychic. However, don’t be rude. Being tight lipped, or answering with only “yes/no” can make the psychic feel you are ungrateful for their time. This can cause negative feelings towards you and alter the validity of your reading.

DON’T: Ask yes or no questions
When you ask yes or no questions of psychics. While sometimes you have to ask a yes or no question to find out what you want to know, as much as possible you should avoid them so you can get detailed information from the psychic.

Even when you do ask a yes or no question, don’t be surprised if you get a symbolic answer as that is how most readings come to the psychics.

DON’T: Live your life by what your spiritual advisor tells you

While psychics and spiritual advisors are great to visit now and then to gather information from, they aren’t 100 percent correct all of the time. You are responsible for your own life, and no matter how good a psychic is you should be the one to make the decisions that will affect the rest of your life. Visiting a psychic once in a while for input is great, but don’t base everything you do in life off of what someone else tells you.

Asking questions of psychics can be great fun, and informative, but the sessions don’t always go well. Not every session is helpful. Knowing how to approach a psychic in a responsible, but open way can help you get the best experience possible and help you get honest information.

The truth behind the Salem witch trials

What was behind the famous American witch trials in Salem in the 1600s?

I can usually spot him even before my talk is over – a middle-aged man with a smug expression on his face, borne of the total confidence of someone who spends a lot of time watching history programmes on television. Am I aware, he wants to inform me the moment the Q and A begins, that the real cause of the Salem witch crisis was ergot poisoning? I should look into it, if I wasn’t. Why, thank you, gentleman audience member. How good of you to share that with me.

In the 1970s – a time somewhat steeped in drugs, as it happens – a theory was advanced that the most deadly witch trial in North American history could be blamed on ergotism, a rare hallucinatory syndrome caused by consuming moldy rye bread. The adolescent girls who blamed their troubles on difficult, argumentative women in their community were suffering nothing worse than a bad acid trip. Comforting though this idea might be, the theory was discarded within months of its advancement. Not all the afflicted girls lived in the same household, for one thing. Hallucinations are generally preceded by violent vomiting, for another (which is absent in the contemporary accounts of the girls’ behaviour), and often conclude with one’s feet rotting off. It turns out that witchcraft cannot be solved with a simple disease, nor can it be safely consigned to the past. Early modern English witchcraft is more important than that.

The brutal truth is that witch trials had much more to do with power and gender than my interlocutor would like to believe. The typical person accused as a witch in the English Atlantic world in the 1500s-1600s was a woman, first and foremost, in part because at the time women were thought to be more innately at risk of temptation into sin. She was often someone who made her neighbours profoundly uncomfortable. Contrary to the Hansel and Gretel image of a withered old hag, most women accused as witches during this period were in middle age, or the time of life when they should have been at their most influential and powerful – heads of families, members of their church. Women who were childless, or had been abandoned by husbands, or who were destitute, or who were insane wore their exclusion from society in painfully conspicuous ways.

One North American English alleged witch, Rachel Clinton of Ipswich Massachusetts, was accused, among other things, of “hunching a woman of quality with her elbow” when the other woman passed her in the meeting house. What does this tiny detail nearly lost to history tell us about Rachel Clinton? First, that she is not herself considered to be a “woman of quality.” Second, that she doesn’t know her place. Third, that she is very, very angry. And finally, that when she is angry, she lashes out. Rachel, a childless, middle aged woman whose indentured servant husband had absconded with all her money, leaving her penniless and dependent on the charity of her neighbours in a time of great scarcity even for better-off people, embodies all the greatest fears of early modern English village women. Rachel’s desperation reminds all the other women of her small, closely-knit community what is at stake if they don’t behave the way women should.

In Salem Village Massachusetts in 1692 the last large-scale witch trial of the western world began because a little girl of about nine years old and her relative, a girl of eleven who was bound out to service, fell into fits that quickly spread to other adolescent girls in their community. Prayer couldn’t solve the girls’ fits, and neither could the nearest doctor. Only then was witchcraft floated as a possible cause. The first women accused were Tituba Indian, a slave from Barbados who was later beaten into a confession, Sarah Good, who was so poor that she survived by begging from door to door and had been absent “for want of clothes” (ie she was clad – literally – in rags), and Sarah Osburn, who had taken her handyman for her lover. Put another way, a group of severely disempowered girls living in a rigidly hierarchical society experiencing psychological troubles they lack the language to understand laid the blame on three women who had even less power than themselves.

Gender, power, and class form a powerful nexus, in the 1600s as today. Culture finds ways to punish people who don’t know their place, and who aren’t afraid to express anger about the status quo. Witchcraft wasn’t a quaint, archaic affliction easily solved by modern medicine and reason, no matter what my (usually male) audience member would like to insist to me, the sometimes angry woman speaking at the front of the room. “The past is never dead,” American author William Faulkner once wrote. “It’s not even past.”

Around Town 1

Every once-in-awhile something happens that reminds me that not everyone has a psychic in the family.


I was at Canadian Tire “black Friday” (you know that’s a myth started by the bigwig companies, right?) shopping and this little doggy was tide outside in the cold at the enterance (stores really need to let pets inside*). Everyone is just walking by and the dog is just watching them, not making a sound. Until she sees me. Then she started whimpering to get my attention.

“It’ll be okay little one. Mommy will be back soon.” I hunker down next to her,  out of the way of foot traffic, and start petting her. “So what’s your name?” I asked as I pet her.

The name “Kimmy” popped into my head, so since the dog isn’t going to actually answer me, I decide to address her as “Kimmy”.

“It’ll be okay Kimmy. Mommy will be right back.” I continue petting her. Within two minutes Mommy shows up. I apologize for petting her dog and explain how I couldn’tnwalk by such a cutie (especially since she whimpered as I walked by). “Mom” says “That’s more than alright. I’m glade someone was with her. I wish I could take her in with me.”

Not thinking I said “Well see you later Kimmy.”

“Mom” gets a weird look on her face and said “How did you know her name?”

I simply shrugged and said “It just came to me.” I smile. “Have a happy Holiday.” and walked back to my car.
*It’s to hot in the cars/etc. during 60% of the year and to cold the other 40%. It is time stores allowed pets inside with their human parents. Honestly, the canine “children” are no dirtier then human children. By this I mean, both types of kids play in the mud, splash in the puddles, jump in the snow, and etc. Atleast my dog doesn’t have a full diaper (but my neice might). Not to mention, if you’re worried about dog hair or dander, don’t you think that if I have my dog in the car, I already have hair/dander all over me? So let my furry kids in the store for their safety.

Halloween promotes unfair portrayal of witches

Everybody’s familiar with the image of the cackling, snaggle-toothed hag on her broomstick. Most of us recognize, The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, The nasty old woman with the candy cottage in Hansel and Gretel. But not many know where the stereotype came from.

In medieval Europe, the old-nature religions were practised before and then alongside Christianity. There were Druids, Norse Odinists and the witches who were the healers, priestesses and wise elders in many country villages. When the Inquisition was launched, all these groups came under attack, and in order to feed the frenzy, the inquisitors pictured the witches as evil, ugly devil-worshippers. It was propaganda in a religious hate war.

Over a period of five centuries, several hundred thousand — possibly millions — of women, children and men were accused of witchcraft and killed. many were not witches, but elderly eccentrics or wealthy or attractive people with jealous neighbours. The real witches went underground and practised their religion in secret. The witch stereotype was false centuries ago, and it is false now. This hateful image connects women, old age, and power with ugliness and evil. It is a disservice to elderly women everywhere, especially strong, old women. And it is a slander on a living religion called Wicca or Witchcraft.

Wicca exists today. It is a benevolent nature religion which teaches respect for the Earth and worships the Creator as both feminine and masculine. (Goddess and God). We celebrate the turning of the seasons, and full moons. We hold healing circles for friends and also send healing out to our ailing Earth. It has nothing to do with satanism, warts or hexes. I know, because I am a Wiccan priestess — a real Witch, not the fairy-tale stereotype.

As such, October 31st is a special day in my religion because it is the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. We call it Samhain (Sam ain, rhymes with rain). People may not know or remember that the word Halloween is short for Hallowed Evening, also referred to as All Hallows Eve. Hallowed means sacred. It is a time when we remember and honour our ancestors and friends who have gone on before us (“Passed Over”, “Passed On”).

While others are out trick-or-treating, we will be conducting a sacred ritual, one not so different from Christian ritual. We use candles, incense, and sometimes music. And we have cakes and ale (or donuts and apple juice, cookies and milk, etc.) to honour the Lord and Lady. As Halloween approaches, it saddens me to see the ugly images in store windows and advertising as part of the Halloween “fun.” I certainly don’t have any problem with the truly fun aspect of Halloween, such as trick or treating, or bobbing for apples. My niece and I go out trick-or-treating in the early evening before the adults get together for ritual.

However, putting down any group of people — whether blacks, Jews, Muslims, old women, Pagan, Wiccans, or anyone else — is a poor way to celebrate a holiday. So here’s a request from a neighbour. Decorate your house or store with goblins and spooks if you like — they’re not real. And black cats and pumpkins — they won’t care. But skip the ugly “witch” pictures — I’m real, and I do care.

Blessed be.

New Years Superstitions

2014 is almost here!

Make some noise, enjoy a feast, talk to an old acquaintance! Join in the fun and celebrations!

At this time of year, superstitions abound:

  • Kissing at midnight:   We kiss at midnight not only to share a moment of celebration with our favorite people, but also to ensure those affections and ties will continue throughout the next twelve months. To fail to smooch our significant others at the stroke of twelve would be to set the stage for a year of coldness.
  • Letting the Old Year Out:   At midnight, all the doors of a house must be opened to let the old year escape unimpeded. He must leave before the New Year can come in, says popular wisdom, so doors are flung open to assist him in finding his way out.
  • Loud Noise:   Make as much noise as possible at midnight. You’re not just celebrating; you’re scaring away evil spirits, so do a darned good job of it! According to widespread superstition, evil spirits and the Devil himself hate loud noise. We celebrate by making as much of a din as possible not just as an expression of joy at having a new year at our disposal, but also to make sure Old Scratch and his minions don’t stick around. (Church bells are rung on a couple’s wedding day for the same reason.)
  • Stocking Up:   The new year must not be seen in with bare cupboards, lest that be the way of things for the year. Larders must be topped up and plenty of money must be placed in every wallet in the home to guarantee prosperity.
  • Paying Off Bills:   The new year should not be begun with the household in debt, so checks should be written and mailed off prior to January 1st. Likewise, personal debts should be settled before the New Year arrives.
  • Money:   Do not pay back loans or lend money or other precious items on New Year’s Day. To do so is to guarantee you’ll be paying out all year
  • Nothing Goes Out:   Nothing — absolutely nothing, not even garbage — is to leave the house on the first day of the year. If you’ve presents to deliver on New Year’s Day, leave them in the car overnight. Don’t so much as shake out a rug or take the empties to the recycle bin. (Exception to the rule: Some people soften this rule by saying it’s okay to remove things from the home on New Year’s Day provided something else has been brought in first. This is similar to the caution regarding first footers; the year must begin with something’s being added to the home before anything subtracts from it.) One who lives alone might place a lucky item or two in a basket that has a string tied to it, then set the basket just outside the front door before midnight. After midnight, the lone celebrant hauls in his catch, being careful to bring the item across the door jamb by pulling the string rather than by reaching out to retrieve it and thus breaking the plane of the threshold.
  • First Footing:   The first person to enter your home after the stroke of midnight will influence the year you’re about to have.

There are even superstitions about who the “First Footer” should be:

  1. Ideally, he should be dark-haired, tall, and good-looking, and it would be even better if he came bearing certain small gifts such as a lump of coal, a silver coin, a bit of bread, a sprig of evergreen, and some salt.
  2. Blonde and redhead first footers bring bad luck, and female first footers should be shooed away before they bring disaster down on the household. Aim a gun at them if you have to, but don’t let them near your door before a man crosses the threshold.
  3. The first footer (sometimes called the “Lucky Bird”) should knock and be let in rather than unceremoniously use a key, even if he is one of the householders.
  4. After greeting those in the house and dropping off whatever small tokens of luck he has brought with him, he should make his way through the house and leave by a different door than the one through which he entered.
  5. No one should leave the premises before the first footer arrives — the first traffic across the threshold must be headed in rather than striking out. First footers must not be cross-eyed or have flat feet or eyebrows that meet in the middle.

Trickery was even employed to meet these “rules”. 

“Nothing prevents the cagey householder from stationing a dark-haired man outside the home just before midnight to ensure the speedy arrival of a suitable first footer as soon as the chimes sound. If one of the party goers is recruited for this purpose, impress upon him the need to slip out quietly just prior to the witching hour.”

Other superstitions attaching to the beginning of the new year are:

  • Food:   A tradition common to the southern states of the USA dictates that the eating of black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will attract both general good luck and financial good fortune in particular to the one doing the dining. Some choose to add other Southern fare (such as ham hocks, collard greens, or cabbage) to this tradition, but the black-eyed peas are key.Other “lucky” foods are lentil soup (because lentils supposedly look like coins), pork (because poultry scratches backwards, a cow stands still, but a pig roots forward, ergo those who dine upon pork will be moving forward in the new year), and sauerkraut (probably because it goes so well with pork).Another oft-repeated belief holds that one must not eat chicken or turkey on the first day of the year lest, like the birds in question, diners fate themselves to scratch in the dirt all year for their dinner (that is, bring poverty upon themselves).
  • Work:   Make sure to do — and be successful at — something related to your work on the first day of the year, even if you don’t go near your place of employment that day. Limit your activity to a token amount, though, because to engage in a serious work project on that day is very unlucky.
  • Laundry: Do not do the laundry on New Year’s Day, lest a member of the family be ‘washed away’ (die) in the upcoming months. The more cautious eschew even washing dishes.
  • New Clothes:   Wear something new on January 1 to increase the likelihood of your receiving more new garments during the year to follow.
  • Breakage:   Avoid breaking things on that first day lest wreckage be part of your year. Also, avoid crying on the first day of the year lest that activity set the tone for the next twelve months.
  • The Weather:   Examine the weather in the early hours of New Year’s Day. If the wind blows from the south, there will be fine weather and prosperous times in the year ahead. If it comes from the north, it will be a year of bad weather. The wind blowing from the east brings famine and calamities. Strangest of all, if the wind blows from the west, the year will witness plentiful supplies of milk and fish but will also see the death of a very important person. If there’s no wind at all, a joyful and prosperous year may be expected by all.
  • Born on January 1:   Babies born on this day will always have luck on their side

So with all the superstitions surrounding New Years Day, why risk the unknown?

Special New Year Reading-Only a few available per year

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