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Horoscope Review: Valentina Tarot's Free Reading Sends You a Dark Warning
This Card Will Come Up. . .for Everyone
Did You Get the Same Three Cards I Did?
I clicked on an ad for "Valentina, Tarot Visionary and 3rd Generation Psychic Empath," and on her webpage claimed my free love-relationship reading by entering name, Sun sign, and an email address and clicking on one of these questions:
- Will I find love?
- Does my guy really love me?
- Will I get back with my ex?
Within 36 hours I received a link to a webpage containing 3000 words so bland and general they apply to anyone ("you are very sensitive"; "you are a good friend"). I tried again later with another name, sign, and question. The reading, including the three Tarot cards pictured, was identical. This proves that Valentina is not a real person but an e-mail robot.
For both my free readings, "Valentina" drew the Ten of Swords, The Lovers, and Judgement cards. Yours won't be different. But beneath the three Tarot cards are two short paragraphs in blurry blue print. Valentina says she blurred it because this information could be harmful to me unless I bought her "Full Venus Love and Relationship Reading." This is a tease: Anyone can read most of this message by enlarging the print. Unlike the bland material above it, it darkly warns:
"You will go through a great upheaval where everything you thought true is not true. Where there is great promise but you are one step from disaster. The name you should avoid is David, and you absolutely must not travel by bus or aeroplane near the end of the month.
He will take you for all the money you can muster and leave you only with a broken heart. The man you should be with will cry bitter tears as he sees you make this mistake and may never heal."
Valentina wrote that she'd finish my reading for 39 British pounds ($62 U.S.), paid through Paypal only to a firm called "Capital Publishing," based in Tampa, Florida. Customers who pay her and are disappointed cannot get refunds because, her website says, in consideration of "Valentina's" time and services, "All donations and payments are unconditional."
A Backstabber, or a Lot of Drama?
How Accurate was the Reading?
Did "Valentina" read those three cards accurately? No. The scary-looking Ten of Swords (pictured at the right) doesn't mean you'll be backstabbed; most of the time it means "a lot of drama" or a failure, with brighter days to come. "The Lovers" doesn't always mean romance or sex; it can mean connections of all kinds, or balance, or a choice, or tuning in spiritually to your higher power, all depending on the context, which "Valentina" withholds from you. "Judgement" does not mean anyone will be judged. Tarot cards can advise you not to travel, but Tarot cards can't predict that you'll run off with a "David," or a "Tyler" or "Cody" either. Also mentioned in the free reading but not pictured were the Six of Wands and Ace of Pentacles. None of these cards indicate deception, or a guy who'll steal your money.
With no cruel Davids in my life right now, I remain on the lookout. And if Mr. Right will "never heal" because I chose another guy, he needs counseling. I waited for the answer to my original question: "Will I find love?" Meanwhile, this fake with a Millennial face barraged me with emails saying "my future was at stake."
Nothing was believable. With 78 cards in the Tarot deck, the odds are against drawing the same three cards for everyone and only a fake sends identical readings to two different people asking different questions. Genuine Tarot readers do not tease people with blurred-out words and dire predictions or vague threats, or read cards literally. The Lovers card does not always show up in love-related readings, because there are many forms of love.
A good Tarot reader--an experienced human being you meet in person and connect with--will give you a full reading, normally of ten cards, not three, and will never threaten you. He or she will tell you the price up front, never stopping partway through and asking for more money to continue, and will answer all your questions crystal-clearly.
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