Psychic Reader Profile: Merryn
Tarot cards, astrology, intuitive
Psychic awareness is strong down the female side of my family and I grew up surrounded by fascinating aunties who read everything from cards and tea leaves to palms and crystals. My mum also had strong psychic medium ability but was always afraid to open up to it, so I kept it quiet for a long time after I started reading about alternative things, as I didn't feel she would approve. The unknown or spiritual side of life has always felt like the 'real' life to me though, and it feels as if I've been on a lifetime's journey to explore and understand it. I believe that we are all still learning for as long as we are here, and it's a good feeling to be able to help others along their path, and experience 'lightbulb' moments together.
What do you like most about giving readings to clients?
I like the fact that every person and every situation is a one-off. You'll always get similar circumstances coming up in people’s lives, but every connection with a client is unique in time and space, so each reading begins on an unknown ‘edge’ where anything can reveal itself. It's always good to feel a breakthrough or an 'aha' moment with a client. You hear something different in their voice and feel their energy changing.
How would you say you are typical of your star sign?
The Sun in Gemini means I am curious and interested in people. Gemini gives an ability to understand and grasp situations quickly on a mental level, while my Pisces moon helps me to tune in intuitively and pick up less ‘logical’ information. That combination of air and water signs is channelled through a very ‘earthed’ ascendant in Taurus.
When do you remember being first aware of your gift?
From being quite a young child I was always self-contained and in my own world – one time scaring my babysitter by asking “who’s that lady behind you?” when there was apparently nobody else in the house. I got into astrology in my teens, when it was still seen as quite weird and books were hard to come by. As word got round at school, girls started asking me to tell them what their boyfriend’s star sign meant, and if they were compatible.
What is your most memorable experience with a client?
An email reading I did for a lady who seemed to have had a difficult background and was still suffering in relationships as a result. It was a hard report to write and I tried to be as sensitive as possible, so I was worried when I got no response from her for a while. I wondered if I'd got it wrong or gone into some uncomfortable detail – but then many weeks later I got a thank you from her saying she had been so shocked by how accurate my report was, and couldn’t understand where I’d got my information from.
What other experiences or qualifications do you have that you feel compliment your work as a reader?
My first job was as a reporter on a local newspaper, which is a great way of studying human behaviour and psychology at the sharp end. It certainly helped make me a good listener and observer. I've also been a volunteer with several charities that help people in times of crisis. Over the years, I have done a whole series of courses and workshops that explore the alternative and spiritual side of life – from astrology to Tarot, Reiki, energy healing and shamanism.
What is the most important thing for a person to consider when they decide to have a psychic reading?
Having a question or situation clearly in your mind before calling will always produce the best result, so it's good to take a bit of time to focus first. A reading is a good way to consult an outside observer who can open you up to a wider perspective than the limited view you may have from inside your situation. It's a way to see your life in a new way, or your situation from a different angle, and can also pick up on the current and unfolding energies around you, to sense the best way forward.
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