Vegas TV magician claims tarot and divination are not in the cards for him as “Mindfreak” blasts psychics
GUEST COLUMN: DANNY KENNY — In a CNN interview, Criss Sarantakos (a.k.a Angel) told Larry King, “no one has the ability, that I’m aware of, to do anything supernatural, psychic, talk to the dead. And if somebody claims to have supernatural psychic ability, I’m going to bust [him] live and on television.”
Ironically, Criss is Greek, and the word psychic also seems Greek to him (from the Greek psychikos—“of the soul, mental”) as it refers to an alleged ability to perceive information hidden from the normal senses through extrasensory perception, or to people who claim to possess such abilities.
Criss, like most great stage magicians, is a master of misdirection, so let me redirect you for a moment to one very key word in there. . . “perception.” Outside of my circle, whenever the topic of tarot cards or Pagan magick comes up, people’s perceptions of what those words mean jump out at me like rabbits from a hat.
So let’s start with misconceptions. If someone wearing a bandana and flashy jewelery tells you that they have magical powers and that for a price they can tell you (no, not you Criss) that you’re going to win the lottery, and you believe them, then you probably need a different kind of “psychic” advice.
Also with regard to misdirection, the other key phrase to take note of is “hidden from normal senses” or, in other words, divination. Now divination has long been viewed as the province of specially gifted persons, such as prophets, shamans, and magicians, and defined as “successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck,” where as prophesy is defined as “a prediction uttered under divine inspiration.”
Tuning into Higher Consciousness
However, I believe that most people have access to information that comes from “other” sources, they are just either unaware of it, have shut it down since childhood, or attribute it to something else such as, dreams, déjà vu or “the Divine”, (or they may just think they heard it on Oprah)!
As for the tarot, at its most basic level, a (tarot) reading with a reputable reader gives the subject an opportunity to sit down in a quiet, safe space and focus on her life, in the context of mind, body, and spirit. With the aid of ancient pictorial symbols and open-mindedness, perhaps she will see the patterns or problems in her life from a very different, but constructive perspective and then decide what to do with that information.
So even when looked at from that logical point of view, (without using extrasensory powers) it can be a very empowering form of therapy, in that it allows the subject to release and discuss issues often hidden or perhaps buried from those closest to them, including themselves. Of course, depending on your spiritual path or perspective, it can transcend that, often in quite “magickal ways.” In fact, for the reader, one of the “real rewards” of doing readings is seeing the lightness (of being) return to the subject after a different kind of light has been shed on his or her issues or concerns.
However, unlike “Mr. Angel,” I am not trying to sell tickets for a show or hang my shingle outside of my tent. Divination has been around since men and, often and more particularly, women (yes Criss; women, as I noticed you used the word “him” exclusively in your rant, but we’ll save that for another day) first looked up at the stars from their campfires and began to look for signs and forces greater than themselves.
Or perhaps cynics and skeptics are right when they say that if there wasn’t a power greater than us or a divine presence, we would have had to invent one; and also that time is linear, and that science can explain everything.
Science is revealing a deeper “Magick”
But what if they’re wrong, like “the learned scholars” who for so long thought the world was flat or that women were inferior? Ironically or perhaps not, as science “discovers” more about quantum physics (not psychics) the idea of linear time comes more and more into question.
So if it turns out that the past and the future are not clearly “defined,” then perhaps in the “future, as in the past,” people will return to the realization that regardless of what “the stars” or divine presence may have in store for us down the road to destiny; we still have the free will to heed the warnings or signs along the way or simply ignore them.
My advice is, don’t believe in “angels or demons” until you’ve given yourself the opportunity to discover or uncover the truth for yourself; you never know you may to turn out to be a “MINDFREAK!” yourself.
Truth, love and light always!
Danny Kenny is a San Francisco based writer and Wiccan witch.
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