Ian Parkin is the author of this post.
Professionals have their regulatory bodies and codes of practice, but individuals involved in mystical work are often self-taught. This can leave them feeling they are in something of a grey zone when it comes to dealing with the public appropriately. From the point of view of the client, it can make it difficult to find out who would be the best choice for your reader.
Ethical principles should guide the business services for all practitioners of the divinatory arts, whatever their intuitive field. Talking with a group of astrologers confirmed for me that the same types of problems face all readers whose clients have come seeking advice: dealing with difficult questions, the possibility of tragic events, what to do when people have depression or issues they cannot handle alone, and especially, avoiding dependency and the pressure it places on the practitioner. I will discuss here how readers and their clients can avoid these issues.
Initially, I would say, be clear about motives. As a practitioner, I think the best position is to have a set of strong values about your work that accord with your spiritual perspective. Being a person who tries to live life by Buddhist teachings I ask myself, “what is my motivation in doing this kind of work?” The answer that initially springs to mind is to help others by giving them the insights gleaned in a session, but it is more than that. It is to empower others to choose for themselves how to deal more effectively with problems in their lives by giving them information. Those who encourage their customers to become dependent on their psychic reading service are not being ethical advisors.
Client dependency usually occurs when people have a simplistic view of divination. They believe that a psychic reading reveals fate, a future written in tablets of stone that cannot be avoided. They see themselves in the role of puppets on a stage where larger forces are pulling the strings. If they get the wrong answer to their queries then real stress can result and clients can pressure readers to tell them what they want to hear by asking the same question again and again, until they get the right answer. It's easy to forget that the client invests so much in what a reader says and that readers need to be careful when faced with someone overwhelmed by life problems.
The best tarot card reading can show potentials, trends, and possibilities for a person at any one time. At no stage does that person lose their free will. Predictive psychics, tarot card readers, and even mediums who connect with the spirit world, need to show clients they have choices and need to be proactive through their lives. If you follow this path, then X may occur. If you follow that path, then Y is more likely. Does anybody get a new job or a new romance if they don't make some moves towards their goal? An accurate psychic reading should show ways of making desirable changes.
If you are a client looking for a psychic medium or a predictive reader able to provide real insight into your possibilities, then you should be looking for someone like myself who has the insight to explain things in this way. At no time should you feel you have lost control of your choices. The purpose of divination is to seek guidance not intimidation. Both seers and clients need to adopt an exploratory frame of mind in a reading rather than a fateful one. And clients should ask when they want spiritual guidance, “how do you work?” ‘what are the policies in your psychic code of ethics?”, “Is there only one answer to a problem or am I free to explore the possibilities open to me?”