I’m disturbed by the negative aspects that hover around the card reading community lately. It’s not new in the cartomancy world, where such aspects have existed or years: fractured communities, self-promoting gurus, megalomaniacs, artists seeking (relative) fame, and anyone looking to make a few bucks in the New Age market. The Lenormand deck seems to be causing a resurgence, since money and reputations are at stake.


Rather than folks arguing, name-calling or jockeying for position, I think it would be better for all readers to let their skill speak for itself. If a reader is good, her repeat clients and word of mouth reference will ensure continued business and a good reputation.

Something else that bothers me in the card reading community is when people do what I think of as virtual prostrations to their guru. It’s great to respect someone who has put in the time to master their craft. It’s not great to put them on a pedestal, defend them blindly and proclaim that you are not worthy to be their student.


I work in the corporate world where it’s common to take training programs. Some of these are taught by people who have extensive experience or domain knowledge: they are masters of their craft. Yet they don’t get the worship I see granted to teachers among the card reading community.

To be fair, this cult of personality is common across metaphysical or New Age communities. It’s not limited to the card reading world. But at the end of the day, we are reading cards. They are a tool, not a religion.

Why should the average card enthusiast care about any of this? If you are looking for a professional reader — in a profession which needs a certain level of empathy or compassion — you may not want a reader who constantly attacks others to improve their own standing.

If you are a student, you hopefully want an educator who will encourage you to think critically and stand on your own feet. “Teach a man to fish….” to reference the saying. You don’t want someone who will hold you back because it bolsters their standing or income.

Lastly, if you care about card reading as an art itself — as I do — then you want to see it flourish. Endless bickering and jockeying for position doesn’t help the art itself, in anyone’s eyes.

I’m not singling out any one person or group with this post. I hope to raise people’s awareness of these issues. The best way to not perpetuate them is to avoid people and situations where any of the above happens.

Thank you for reading.