PSA - you do not have to be all love, light, positivity or prim and proper to be a spiritual advisor. You do not have to act like someone who just finished 7 years at a spiritual boarding school to help others. You do not have to be an airy, lighthearted, polite “twit” to offer guidance.
I throw a lot of people off as a reader because I do not fit the stereotypical reader profile. On top of being a heathen who follows Ásatru, I am a foul mouthed, blunt, strongly opinionated rocker who likes the darker side of aesthetic life. I am not some mystical, bubbly, happy, energetic fairy who is fully on 100% of the time.
If clients do not agree with my approach, aesthetic, or point of views, that’s fine because by being true to my authentic self, that will draw the right people in who I am meant to help. My main goal is to help others - period. Helping someone does not equal making them comfortable 100% of the time. Sometimes you have to shake people, to be that wake up call for them in order for them to begin healing. That’s what I’m all about, especially when it comes to shadow work.
I’m tired of being told that I am not a real reader because I don’t fit the trope of what a reader “should be”, and I'msure I’m not the only one. There is no one way to be. And don’t get me started on how “heathens” shouldn’t practice divination. That is a whole other battle.
I am confident in my abilities and how I go about using them. I know that I honor my gods with my actions, even if the community doesn’t agree with them.
The point to all of this is - if you are a reader or advisor, or aim to be, DO NOT FORCE YOURSELF INTO A STEREOTYPE. If everyone were the same, what would be the point of having more than one? Be yourself, always. Never be fake. Never censor yourself. Be honest, integral, and up front about your mission. Always do what is right, and don’t worry about how it is presented.
Be yourself and they will come. Remember this the next time you have that urge to put the mask on for your services, or anything you do. Be unequivocally and fearlessly yourself always, and fuck what everyone else says 🤟