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Visiting a fortune teller or psychic can be tempting if you want to get in touch with a deceased loved one, or you want insight into your future. However, you must be sure that you’re visiting a genuine psychic/fortune teller, as there are many scammers out there. Here are some signs you should visit a fortune teller, and what to look out for so you don’t get scammed:


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You Have Realistic Expectations

If you’re going to visit a fortune teller or somebody offering similar services, you must have realistic expectations. If you don’t, you’re going to leave feeling disappointed. Even real psychics might not say things that make lots of sense to you right now. They simply say what they say. Sometimes this might not always be clear. Just beware that fake psychics will ask lots of questions and regurgitate what you said to them later on. Real psychics may ask questions, but they will tell you rather than ask you. Even if you say that it isn’t ringing any bells, they will be confident that it’s what they see. They might record the session for you so you can take it home and listen to it later. This is a good sign, as it shows they believe in what they are saying to you.

You Know How To Act

Knowing how to act in front of a fortune teller or psychic is important. If you are too open with them, you’ll likely question the experience later on and wonder if they were real or whether you just gave too much away. You shouldn’t tell them too much before/during the reading. Make sure you’re not fidgeting, and pay attention to whether they are asking lots of questions or not. You should be able to tell whether they are ‘seeing’ something in their mind’s eye, or whether they are simply reading you as fake psychics do.

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Image – Claire Winter

You Know The Difference Between Different Gifts

There are many people who are pigeon-holed and called ‘psychic’, yet they have entirely different gifts. Some people see things in their mind’s eye, some hear things. Some even use different props and ways of getting this information. By knowing what sort of gift a psychic has before you visit them, you’ll know what to expect and you won’t be disappointed. Some psychics might claim to speak to the deceased, for instance, while others claim to be able to give you guidance for the future.

You’ve Done Your Research

If you’ve done plenty of research on different gifts and the different people you can visit, then you can feel confident making an appointment with one that you like. Word of mouth reviews can be a good way to find a great psychic. However, some people can be too gullible and will believe anything they are told. Make sure you ask for more information about the psychic, and their style. This will give you a better idea of what they can do for you.  

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Image – Martin Dubé

You’ve Reached A Point In Your Life Where You’d Like Some Guidance

If you’ve reached a point in your life where you’d like some guidance, it could be a good time to see a psychic. Many psychics say that the future isn’t set in stone, but they see it as it will be if you continue on the path you’re on. If you’re not sure whether you’re on the right path and you want some advice, it could be a good idea. If you’re stressed or confused about something, it could be a good idea. However, don’t expect to leave with a definitive answer of what to do, or how to win the lottery. You’ll have things to think about, but the decision to change things for the better is still yours.

You Aren’t Dependent

As long as you aren’t dependent on people like this to tell you what to do, going to visit one could give you a new perspective on things. However, don’t expect all of your problems to magically disappear, as you’ll end up disappointed. Only if you have realistic expectations should you visit a fortune teller. You don’t want to feel like constantly visiting them is the only way to know what to do.

Hopefully, you’ve now got a good idea of whether you should visit a fortune teller or not. Bear in mind, many spiritualists believe we have all the answers we need in front of us. Try meditating for a few days to see if you notice any ideas pop up.

This post has been contributed by Sam Bolton