…and maybe an apple of discord. 😆
Not so long ago – in the 80’s or 90’s? – somebody decided that people who do cold readings and candle burning scams were just “fortune tellers” and the ethical readers (such as themselves) were diviners. As in “The Divine”.
Which sounded good, in theory, but wore thin pretty quickly. People who were too “ethical” to do predictive readings (What? Isn’t that what the people are paying us to do, try to predict the future?) are doing psychological readings. With no training in psychology. The rule seems to be “Say ‘Jung’ a lot. You don’t have to read him or anything!”
Fortune telling doesn’t mean ripping people off, it just means telling people’s futures, whether they will have good fortune.
And now, the “diviners” are selling Prosperity Consciousness. They say that they can tell you how to weed out bad thought patterns and think yourself rich. All for a hefty price, of course.
There truly is a sucker born every minute. The Power of Positive Thinking got regurgitated as The Secret and made a bazillion dollars, but if it worked, don’t you think people in Third World countries would use it so they wouldn’t have to watch their kids starve? It’s actually offensive.
These people are just a variation of the kind of readers who tell you to “get all your money out of the bank and bring it to me so I can take the curse off of it”.