If you engage in divination- either as the practitioner or client- you have to consider ethics. Ethics? In divination? Yes, ethics always play a role in every aspect of life.
Before we can talk about that, let’s first define divination. For most people, divination means the practice of seeking information from supernatural means. For some animists (like me), it means looking to the natural world for information. If you see everything as natural, then there can be no supernatural. How we define this will play a part in where you draw the line.
No Hidden Fees
Some say that divination is a spiritual practice. Some believe that psychic ability comes from God. Many believe that spiritual services are not for sale. If you are one of them, charging for readings is unethical. Charing really high fees (like some famous psychics and mediums- and even not-so-famous ones), might also be considered unethical. While everything in Nature requires reciprocity to keep the energy going around, what is given and received needs to be in balance. Whether you charge fees or not, there should never be any hidden fees. The client should always know what the fees are and be in agreement with that before services begin.
Pan Society is offering divination services as a means to fund our church. Our readers set their own fee. We get a percentage of sales in return for hosting and managing the website. As with many ethical issues, there isn’t always a clear right or wrong way to see it.
Whether you have the Sight or are peeking over the fence to get information about someone, it’s a violation of Sovereignty to look where you are not invited. It’s also a sacred trust to keep confidential everything that is shared. That’s not a grey area at all. For example, I don’t answer questions about people who are not present. I only read for the person who is in front of me. ALL information is always confidential.
Telling the Truth
Whether you’re sharing your credentials or giving someone guidance, you always have to tell the truth. It might be hard for someone to hear bad news, but you can’t sugar coat it. You might ask if they want to hear it, but you can neither overstate nor understate anything. Making up stories to make someone feel good is also way out of line. Of course, if you don’t know, it’s okay to say you don’t know. Nobody is “on” 100% of the time.
Keeping the Client’s Welfare in Mind
People usually go to a reader because they are having problems. Sometimes they are even having crises. Preying on them make more money is wrong. For example, telling someone there is a curse on them and you will remove it for $1000 is wrong. (Yes, this happens!) Encouraging them to rely on you is wrong. Lying to them is wrong. Compassion and respect is always right.
Lots of times people go to readers because they want someone to tell them what to do. This can be a seductive trap if the reader likes admiration and wants to be appreciated. However, a good reader practices healthy boundaries and only helps the client to make her own decisions. She never tells you what to do. She respects the client’s point of view.
Works Within Her Skill Set
Nobody can help everyone. Sometimes clients need to see someone else. Maybe because it’s just not clicking today. Or sometimes the client and helper won’t ever work. Or it could be that that client needs a doctor, therapist, or lawyer. An ethical reader will refer you on to the person who can help you.
In all circumstances, our fellow creatures deserve respect. Going into an intuitive counseling session is no different. Regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, or sexual orientation, all people shall be respected.
If you have any questions about ethics in divination, leave us a comment. Let’s talk. By being open about things, we can avoid issues and encourage understanding.