Looking for success on the decks
Poonam Sethi, Tarot reader and Feng Shui consultant. Photo:Sandeep Saxena
COULD FAILURE in business, illness, melancholy, straitened financial circumstances, family acrimony and other problems that beset common householders be caused by the positioning of the doors of a house, the placement of the stove in the kitchen, mirrors in the bedroom, the absence or presence of indoor plants? Poonam Sethi - Feng Shui consultant, Tarot reader and Reiki healer who also specialises in anti Black Tantra - is convinced that these elements are capable of changing lives and helping people achieve their dreams.Practicing in a tiny office in Kailash Colony where the aroma of camphor and incense fills the air, she recounts instances of non-believers who took her advice with plenty of salt yet were converted after they found success poured in once they started doing the harmless little activities she suggested. A beautiful glass globe that could fit into your palm sits on her desk. Simply twirling it every day - more to oblige Poonam than with any expectations - made one sceptic businessman into a globetrotter, though he had earlier been struggling to clear the way for international transactions.
Poonam's method involves a combination of various traditions. She diagnoses a client's problems by using Tarot cards. A Tarot reading, she avers, is far more accurate than a horoscope, since it is being conducted at the present moment and is not dependent on time of birth or stellar combinations, both of which could be open to human inconsistencies. Not that Tarot is not subjective. It is highly intuitive, and the more she succeeds in helping people, the more confidence she gains, admits Poonam, adding that the gift of clairvoyance was one she had from childhood. Also, she feels her own channels are becoming clearer as she indulges in purificatory and meditative practices and these help her gauge situations more accurately. Clients are amazed at the truths the cards tell Poonam about them - truths they might not ordinarily have admitted to, like perhaps, an extra-marital affair.
For Poonam the job does not end with diagnosing the cause or magnitutde of the problem or hurdle. Her brief is to help overcome it, and she believes that Feng Shui has a remedy for most situations. From placing "energising" objects round the home to wearing artefacts on the person or incorporating meditation or prayer into the lifestyle, she recommends a number of measures that cut across systems. Much of her advice hovers round purificatory practices like lighting camphor lamps or incense. Her home gets purified so often that "people say it feels like a monastery," says this mother of three who started her career as a visual artist till she found her calling. She has an energy corner where she goes whenever she is in need of replenishment and comes out palpably refreshed. A few packs of Tarot cards always go under her pillow at night to get charged.
These cards are among her favourite tools, says Poonam, adding that her family including husband and sister-in-law who had started off with nothing but scepticism for her beliefs, now like to start their day with a reading to find out how it will go. But Poonam avoids reading for her own family, because, she says, the cards are so accurate she does not always want to know the truth. Somewhat like a doctor perhaps, avoiding treating members of the family as emotions interfere with professionalism.
Available on email at email@example.com, she still requires a meeting in person and charges a healthy fee from those who can afford it, but says her services are available to all, regardless of economic status. The only condition is that the client offer some form of payment, even if it be something cooked as a gift, simply because she does not want people to get into "karmic debt".
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