What is it about the psychic process that speaks so eloquently to
women? What do they expect to find, and does the psychic connection
satisfy their quest?
The answer is typically a variation of, “It’s
because women are intuitive and feeling-based. They are more
non-rational, non-linear, and don’t mind seeking direction from
unconventional sources of knowing. Women are just more open-minded to
these things than men.” But why! I want to know what is in the feminine psyche that is so brilliantly ignited when it comes into tune with divination.
I’ll share a small sample of my discoveries, and hopefully stimulate an
interest in some of you to join me in this rich exploration of the
feminine knowing. Certainly psychic reading isn’t the only relational
field that is dominated by women. Most of the care-giving professions
remain high on the list for career choices for women. What all these
fields share in common is a focus on the relational. Women need to relate to others to mature and enlightenment is the ultimate goal of the conscious individual.
Feminine Developmental Theory
Leading the field in feminine developmental theory, Carol Gilligan in her ‘80’s book titled, In a Different Voice,
broke psycho/social, theoretical ground when her research revealed that
women don’t follow the same developmental path to maturity, as men.
until her research was published, it was touted as fact, that the male
path to maturity was THE path. Women, it was asserted, suffered their
whole lives, in a mire of perpetual childishness. Sadly, women were
forced to live their lives as immature males. Women, it was noted, got
snagged at certain stages of development related to achieving
objectivity, which justified why women weren’t permitted to the hallow
halls of Justice. For example, women were not permitted to be judges in
our court systems based upon this singular, sexist assessment of
women’s psychology. Women were too “emotional, sympathetic, and
biologically determined” to be objective in matters where “truth,
objectivity, and logic” must rule.
For women it is within the
context of relationship that women learn to communicate (and much
earlier than males), listen, analyze, assess, problem solve, develop
moral and social codes of behaviour, and interpret.
this is not all behind us. Just observe women’s discouragingly unequal
representation in parliament, Supreme Court justice, and the executive
board room. Evidence suggests that this sexist opinion remains deeply
rooted in the collective psyche.
Why women come to a psychic reader is rooted in our social norms regarding who and what women are.
Psychic readings are fundamentally a relational experience. The timeless image of the crone-like, eccentric fortune-teller
planted at her reading table, surrounded by mystical and magical
instruments is a universally, fascinating enigma. This image crosses
all cultures the world over, and has for millenniums. Rulers, royalty
and military elites have been seeking the counsel of fortune-tellers,
readers and diviners since the beginning of time. And ordinary women
Yet this highly valued, ferociously sought after
fortune-teller, is also denigrated, ridiculed, and marginalized by
established social institutions. Even as recently as last week CTV in
Canada did a story on how people are duped by so named “fortune
tellers”!. What is it about that fortune-telling Crone, which
ignites such passion, attraction and repulsion at the same time? What
does her station constellate in our collective psyche?
Suspiciously, fearfully, she is suspected of knowing just
too darn much. Where and how she obtains this knowledge is frankly too
obscure. With great aplomb, she traverses the mystery of birth, death
and rebirth. She intuits magically, the fortunes of individuals, and
collective humanity, and blithely bestows her wisdom at the humble table
that also sets out food for her family. She is the manifestation of an
archetype that resonates deeply in the collective unconscious of
The fortune-teller is a resonating symbol of
the sacred feminine; where the waters of intuition are the guide, where
life and death are meted out with an objectivity that is terrifying, and
where chaotic random rules. There is no order, planning, and
predictable, statistical outcomes in this realm! It is what is.
Fortune-Teller is the Psyche-Healer
I declare that the time is nigh for psychics to reclaim this denigrated title, fortune-teller. It is now incumbent upon us to bring her out of the darkness, the secretive, and the hidden. The fortune-teller
is the psyche-healer long before psychotherapy was even a word, who
listened to the suffering, fears, and deceit of thousands, in the
distant past to the distant future, for as long as humanity manifests on
this planet. She will tell of our patterns, secrets and passions and
give us a glimpse into a future. A future explicitly designed, in a
conjoined character-making dance we have engaged with destiny and fate.
Crone is the magi women consult when they need an objective guide, that
one who simply expresses what she feels and sees outside the
limitations of her five senses. Clarissa Pinkola-Estes states in her
brilliant book on feminine psychology,
”…when women connect with wild woman they are gifted with oracle.” (Estes, p. 8)
craft of questions, the craft of stories, the craft of the hands-all
these are the making of something, and that something is soul."
the proper question is the central action of transformation-in fairy
tales, in analysis, and in individuation.” (Estes, p.15)
reading is a way of knowing, learning and reaching higher levels of
spiritual awareness for many women. It stimulates their creative powers
of intuition and relatedness, their ability to absorb energies on a meta
level, and act with wisdom on information their sense is objective and
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