Leviathan 9: Love and Light? Hate and Fight.

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A curious thing you'll encounter is sitters who only want to hear good news. Depending on the circumstances, I can be tolerant of my sitters' preferred fantasies, but then—depending on the fantasy—I can be very intolerant. There are very few fantasies I won't indulge, and one of those is the fantasy that a performance should only be a positive, uplifting experience. Want to know why I don't indulge good-news-only fantasies? Here are four reasons why.

First, the performance of a good-news-only performance feels too much like sniffing butterfly farts and eating unicorn poop. I just can't do it. It's revolting. And if you have to know, it's a special kind of dishonesty that I can't accept. You probably think I'm a fraud, but I feel a personal obligation as an entertainer to follow the rules of my performance, and for me the principal rule is to just read the damn cards. The Tarot cards are my script, and while there's plenty of room for improvisation, I always follow my script. Whether the cards write a comedy, drama, tragedy, horror, or thriller, I consider it my job to tell the story as it's given to me.

Second, many sitters assume that I'll butter them up, which is true—I'm a shameless flatterer—but I don't do it how they expect. If the cards predict doom, I praise the sitter's ability to overcome it. If the cards say that the sitter has made a terrible mistake, I praise the sitter's ability to learn from it. If the cards reveal a cheating spouse, I praise the sitter's ability to be the better person. When I do this, the sitter is more likely to think that I’m a genuine reader who is being honest about what I see, instead of an insincere fraud who might be lying just to win the sitter's trust.

Third, sitters seek fortune-tellers because whether they acknowledge it or not they need to see outside of themselves. They've lost their perspective, and as a result don't know where they stand in life. If I provide a deception which fails to sufficiently stimulate their thoughts and emotions, they'll find another fortune-teller and I'll never see them again. Bad news is a critical ingredient because it not only provides the expected drama, but also forces a realignment of their perspective. 

It really doesn't matter if the predictions I make during a performance are accurate because so long as the sitter is startled into action, he or she will validate the quality of the performance and praise me for my efforts. This is the only possible explanation why a large number of my sitters who do repeat business with me would continue to do so long after my earliest performances proved to be inaccurate portrayals of their reality.

This is a point that I’ve repeated several times in this book, and while you might be skeptical of my claim, I know it to be true because of the repeat sitters who continue to do business with me no matter how many bad predictions I make. There are so many examples I can give you, but the one which illustrates it more clearly than any other is the woman who wanted me to predict when she would be with her lover. The man she wants to be with is married to another woman who is pregnant with his child, but this man also has another mistress on the side. Finally, this man lives lives in another country but travels on business every few months to sleep with the sitter in question.

This sitter always asked me the same question: When will her lover divorce his wife, leave his unborn child, stop seeing his mistress, and move to her country to live with her on a permanent basis? Every 2-3 weeks she asked the same question, and every 2-3 weeks I gave her the same answer. Sometimes the answer was that the critical transition would be within two or three months, other times it was happening within six months, and sometimes I’d even find a major breakthrough in the relationship within the next three weeks. Time after time, one prediction after another was proven false, but she just kept coming back to ask me to look again, again, and again no matter what I predicted. 

Fourth, presenting sitters with bad news enables them to really wallow in, and consequently release, their anger, frustration, sadness, and disappointments. Many people are unable to safely purge these feelings, and it is only by paying an entertainer to deceive them that they're able to process their worst feelings and find release. Sitters often have a strong emotional reaction during the performance of a deception, and it doesn't even matter if the prediction is accurate or not—the sitter will either remember it as accurate, or will describe it as shadow-work which made them confront an ugly reality and thank me for helping them do an unpleasant task.

For all these reasons, you must never fear to predict bad news. So long as the sitter is warned in advance that bad news could appear, adequately praised when it is presented, and pointed in the right direction at the end, the entertainer's performance will be appreciated and sometimes even generously tipped.