A paranormal blog
Pull out a deck of tarot cards and, like magic, you’ll have a group surround you. Everyone is fascinated by tarot. True believers desire to know their futures, while rabid skeptics expect you to show your flaws.
The gorgeous paintings and intricate symbolism are glossed over. Few really want to look at the details. What the hungry crowd longs for is to be fed. Fed a meal of the fantastic.
Or at least they think they do.
Watch as they shuffle, taking great care as they think of their question, watch their faces. See the concentration, the wrinkling of foreheads, the fierce frowns as they wonder if they are doing it right. They believe they have only one chance, one shot at hearing the truth.
But they don’t want the truth.
What the crowd wants is fun, frivolity, fantasy. They desire to be entertained. Tell them the truth: that they are will lose their job, that they are being betrayed, that they will die. Tell them the truth and see them deny. No, it can’t be right. You must be wrong.
The skeptics will say, “See, I was right. This is just a sham!” and leave. The true believers though, they want you to read over and over and over again. Shuffle and lay the cards out because they must have missed something. You can’t have gotten it wrong.
And in fact you didn’t, and they know you didn’t. What you did was show them the inside of themselves. Their souls.
The cards reveal characters, plot lines and conclusions. It’s up to the reader to make the crowd believe. Like readers turning the pages of a paranormal novel, if you don’t make them believe, help them see, they won’t stay. They’ll demand their money back and never come again.
As with any form of entertainment, you’ve got to give ’em what they want. Or at least make them think it’s what they want. Show them the cards, reveal their truths, and help them undestand. Their lives are their. Laid out in pretty pictures. Loss, betrayal, death.
Or, on second thought, palm that card and show them the next one. The happy ever after. The one that might be there if they wish hard enough. Turn the card and turn the page. Send out another happy customer.
Have you had your fortune told? Leave us the tale in the comment box. I’d love to hear your story.
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