Machine or Reader

Good morning all,

While Lyn and I work to update and enhance our site I have had to do a great deal of re-reading articles.  I came upon one that I wrote about a year ago entitled “Man versus Machine”.  At first I was not going to list it in the new archives because I admittedly was rather abrupt in some places, but I changed my mind because I feel the main points are still relevant.  However, I wanted to add a more balanced look at the ways that you can receive a reading in this rushed world that is bursting in technology.  So lets look at the pros and the cons of getting a reading via a random generating machine.


  • Does not cost much– Much? Oops, perhaps I should have said anything.  There are literally   hundreds of freebies out there when it comes to random card generators.  You can use them on the net or download one to use at your own leisure.  To add to the thrill you can get them with your favourite deck built in and with the capability to do a number of spreads.

  • Can get an answer within seconds – There is literally no down time.  No more waiting to book time with your reader.

  • Anonymity factor– No one but you has to know that you are getting a reading.

  • Can get a reading 24/7– A generator has no need to sleep or take holidays.  Therefore you can always trust it to be ready to take your requests (provided of course that there is not a power cut for whatever reason).


  • Interpretation is up to you solely– Though normally this is a good thing when you are in your right mind, please remember that often you will choose to consult the Tarot when situations have you stressed to the max.  This is rarely, if ever, a good time to confront your position all by yourself.
  • A machine has no experience or training– When you are in a stuck state and you are clueless as what to do, you need an objective person to guide you to options that you are to overwrought to see.  This requires a person with experience and training.
  • A machine gives a one dimensional answer and cannot help you to see how it can be creatively applied to your situation– This means that you could get a stock answer that does not have a thing to do with your situation.
  • A machine cannot give feedback- You must decide what to do without being able to bounce ideas off of someone.

Bottom line to me now is this, “Both Machines and Readers have an important role to play.  However, the person electing to get a reading must think carefully before s/he chooses which would most effectively meet her/his needs.  I believe the most important question should be, “Am I in a state of mind that I can interpret the advice from the Divine?”  Answer with care brothers and sisters, or you may find yourself in unnecessary pain.



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