Heigh-ho! It’s fair season again!
Psychic fairs; holistic expos; wellness conferences abound…there’s a smorgasbord of events for every taste. And we, the swamis, scurry forth from our winter hibernation and dust off our crystal balls or Tarot cards, and trot out the sage smudging-sticks and essential oils…there is suddenly a huge hustle and bustle in mantic circles, vying for punters’ coin; and for some of us, blinking in the sunlight as we emerge from our caves, this is all very disorienting. And for those punters—well, there’s one born every minute, right?
That’s the perception; and perhaps it once was true; nowadays, the dynamic is very different. Modern practitioners see fairs as opportunities to demonstrate in small the range of their skills and abilities, displaying our wares less to entice than to educate. We don’t expect to make money at fairs: they provide an opportunity to meet the world and strut our stuff, so to speak.
To connect. And if we DON’T connect—to correct our pitch, because the aim is to advertise.
But it is also to meet people; and to be entertaining in the process; and to have fun—because it IS fun.
“Can astrologers be Christians?” A dear friend floored me recently by asking that question. I stared at him; and then I realized what he meant: he thought astrology was like a religion; a belief system; an ideology.
Astrology is a tool for locating oneself in time and space, like a map or a compass. It can be employed as a framework of metaphors, nuanced in describing traits or events precisely. For the spiritually-minded, astrology may provide a collection of clues, tiny signatures that attest to the mind of God; but it is NOT a religion in or of itself.
And it is incredibly USEFUL.
Ariel Harper Nave
“I believe that there is NOTHING sent us that we cannot handle if we know ourselves well enough and that’s why I do what I do.”