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The Hanged ManMiss Cleo, Psychic Friends Network, and the gypsy at the traveling fair are all guilty of leading us to mock the art of Tarot. They have made us chuckle at their silly portrayal of the typical Tarot reader. They have made us skeptics to the very trade they have "mastered," whether it be a true talent or a true fallacy. There have been many controversies on whether the Tarot really works or not, but of course no one will never positively know the truth. As long as there are good con-artists in the world, the people who really know how to read Tarot cards will always be questioned.


DeathUnfortunately there are some poor devotees who get swindled by the best of them. Miss Cleo's network the Access Resource Services, Inc. was prosecuted by 125 customers who were deceived by misleading direct mail solicitations that promised 30 "free" minutes of psychic talk time. Once they called, they were charged for services that were never met. One former call-taker reportedly said in an interview with KSAT-TV in San Antonio, TX that "She [Miss Cleo] just an actress. She doesn't even read cards, 16153 is her extension, if you call. You won't get through to her. You'll get another reader." It has also been reported that call-takers are trained to keep the caller on the phone for the initial three free minutes before sending them to the reader to get burned.


TemperanceAnother instance in which a con-artist posed as a Tarot card reader was with Senora Guadalupe. This woman was able to get away with $40,000 from Latino immigrants. She would sit and mumble a strangle language. Then she would read their cards, but in a manor that convinced her patrons that they were cursed and the only way to help them was for them to bring her hundreds to thousands of dollars for rituals. She claimed the money would be given back to them, but she left without any trace.


The DevilThese were just two of the many cases that have been linked to Tarot related scandals. It's sad that scam-artists are swindling people and the true Tarot readers are getting the grunt of it. The true professional readers deserve to be believed, but that's not going to happen until they get organized and hire a public relations representative. This rep could set up an association dedicated to the process of determining who the legitimate readers are and whom they should deem crooks. The rep could then release the information to the public. This would make the public less skeptic, since it's showing that the true professionals are concerned about the public and what the public thinks about them.

 
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