various YouTube political tarot readers and psychics (review)

(originally posted in March or April of 2018)

A whole new genre has popped up on YouTube: tarot readers and psychics who concentrate on discerning what is happening in the Trump/Russia investigation and related matters.  Since we are left guessing as to what is going to happen with our country and our lives, I find a certain strange comfort in these readers.

Overall I’ve found their results to be about as accurate as those of various legitimate political pundits, (meaning not Fox News, et al, who can never be right with their predictions because they can’t even admit present reality).  In most cases, I suppose that means a guess with cards is probably as good as a guess without; most of them have the occasional brilliant insight that comes true within 48 hours of the reading while the rest of the reading is yet unproven.  Once in a while they’re just plain wrong.

Here is a list of some that I’ve been watching, in no particular order:

(1) Tarot: PoliticsPlease note my opinion of this person has changed.  I will be leaving the following comments up, but I don’t watch her anymore.

I don’t know if she started this genre, but she’s been around a long time.  She underwent a huge change from being sort of over-wrought and long-winded to doing shorter readings in a more subdued key.  She did fall into the trap of getting overly optimistic about and adoring of Mueller.  (People, he isn’t Superman; he can only do what he can do.  This investigation has gone international, and he is only one part of it.  Granted, he may be the one who brings Trump down, but…)

Even in her more subdued state, she is still given to brief episodes of play-acting (fake tears, singing, imitating voices, etc.), incomplete sentences, playing with her hair, repeating herself over and over and over, and mispronounced words and names.  It can get annoying, but there’s always fast-forward.

She seems to be right most of the time…except when she tries to put a time frame on things.  In fact that seems to be a problem for all of these readers, and for political pundits as well.  This leads to the cause of this new tarot genre: massive uncertainty.  No one knows what the hell is going on or when it will stop.

(2) Ganga Tarot.  She’s very forward with her opinions, funny, flippant, and enjoyable to watch.  She’s an older lady and one gets the impression she’s been here before, even though none of us have; one good thing about age is that eventually you see that “there is nothing new under the sun” and I think she’s using that particular fact to her advantage.  Not all of her videos are political tarot readings; she often plays music as well.

(3) Dweller Between Waters.  I like her, partially since she just lives the “magic” life and somewhat rejects the New Age crap that a few other political readers have bought into.  She also throws an occasional F-bomb, which is entertaining.

She does tend to be very dark and very correct most of the time.  I feel that perhaps she isn’t clear on some fine details (she was really not up to speed on what happened with Al Franken, and instead of getting informed about it, she got nasty and defensive), but mostly she’s pretty knowledgeable about the numerous players in this whole dizzy affair.

Once in a while she’ll belabor a point until you’re ready to scream, but there’s always fast-forward for that.  Truth be known, it seems like the vast majority of YouTube tarot readers do that, hammering on the same points over and over in slightly different terms, often going on for several minutes.

P.S.  Lately she seems to be concentrating on making liquidy mouth noises, eating and drinking while speaking on her videos, and she even did an ASMR reading.  Seems someone has told her her readings are ASMR-y.  Mouth noises make me want to hit someone, so I haven’t been able to watch her as much.  It’s a shame.

(4) Truth Warrior Tarot.  Was impressive at first but then started going into long chirpy rambles about “crystal children” and just about every other bit of unhelpful New Age crap that has been invented.  She’s also into “indigo children.”  I view both with a wary eye — pretty soon we’ll have people arguing about whether they’re “crystal” or “indigo” very much in the same way as people are now arguing about which supposed “generation” they are, even though those “generations” have no real boundaries and are, in reality, nothing but marketing tools that have the side effect of increased ageism among the young and old.  Great.  Just what we need: more division.

Back to Truth Warrior, she started to refer to Trump as “Trumpie.”  Please.  That’s a fucking endearment.  (When does she start calling him “Trumpiekins?”)  She also goes all Jesus-y at times.  That’s okay if that’s what you’re into, but I’m guessing it’s off-putting if that’s not what you watched her video for.

Update: I started watching her again after taking a long break; she’s cut down a tiny bit on the happy/chirpy crap and seems to have pretty much stopped calling Trump “Trumpie” (although she’s now calling Hope Hicks something like “Hopey.”)  However, I now notice that she only shuffles the top 2/3rds of her deck, which frankly bothers me.  If she’s going to do that, she’s better off not shuffling on camera.

(5) SouLight Hypnotherapy.  Very down-to-earth and no-frills.  Long readings; uses a megaton of cards.  Doesn’t shy away from very, very negative, even explosive interpretations.

(6) Readings by the Empress.  Short and to the point.  Very soothing and reassuring, quite unlike SouLight.  I’d recommend watching one of her readings after watching any of SouLight’s; they’re as soothing as chocolate milk and a cookie after getting a bad report card.

(7) Lena Rodriguez.  She’s very popular.  She is also amazingly knowledgeable about Trump/Russia for someone not living in the U.S. (then again, it’s said that the investigation was started by an incident in which a drunken Trump campaign operative boasted about something to an Australian official).  But she lost me when she went all Bernie — I believe he’s part of the problem — and ageist (see Truth Warrior diatribe above).  She’s not bad, but only if you can put up with that crap.  Unfortunately I can’t.

(8) Psychic Violetta.  A psychic who often uses tarot cards to clarify her visions.  She’s a Polish woman who often does videos with her son holding her hand while he asks her questions about Trump/Russia.  Has a unique perspective, having grown up in a then-communist country.  Often hauntingly correct, way in advance of actual events.  Her son is a bit annoying, though; he even took over a recent video for some mumbo-jumbo…I don’t know what it was.  Because of him this channel is increasingly veering off into conspiracy-theory land* and I find that off-putting.  But Violetta herself is very pleasant.

(9) Linda G the Comanche Psychic.  A psychic who sometimes uses tarot cards to clarify what “those on the other side” are telling her.  She has a tremendous accuracy ratio, and she has a fun personality.  Seems very respected within the growing Trump-Russia psychic/tarot community, and for good reason — as I just said, she’s usually right.

(10) Kirsten Langston.  Tarot reader, astrologer, psychic.  Very hyper, animated and flits from subject to subject in a nanosecond, which can be annoying.  However she seems to be accurate much of the time.  Her videos are very, very lengthy (or at least, she’s so fidgety and loud and fast-talking, cramming so many subjects into such a limited time frame, that they seem that way).  She seems very respected within that growing community I mentioned above.  Also, as I said above, she’s a good substitute for Tarot:Politics if you ever get tired of Rosie’s bullshit.  9/4/18 update on Langston: she no longer seems to be doing political readings on YouTube, as far as I can tell.  She seems to have moved all her political readings to Patreon, as some readers are starting to do.

(11) Black & Orange.  (Added 9/4/18) Tarot reader.  Seems to be a recent addition to the festivities (within the past 2 months).  She is very watchable and easy to listen to; taking a lighthearted approach even if she gets volubly creeped out now and then.  Often she’s hilarious.  And her cat loves to help her.

(12) Revealing Light Tarot.  (Added 9/10/18) Another very recent addition (within the past few weeks?).  Seems to be from outside the U.S.  Very analytical, and approaches her readings from a celebral level.

(13) Trudy Lee Amirhosseini.  (Added 9/11/18) Yet another very recent addition (within the past 3 months).  Good, brief readings.

(14) Jenn Lynn Tarot.  (Added 12/13/18) Nice, concise reader from the U.S. Midwest.  She’s so new it remains to be seen how accurate she is (oldest video I could find was in October).  My one beef with her is that she says “um” too often — as in every other sentence.  It starts to get annoying rather quickly.

(15) The Lighthouse.  (Added 12/13/18) Her political readings are interspersed with her far-more-numerous readings on other subjects.  Very relaxing voice.

(16) David Johnson.  (Been watching for a long time but added here 12/13/18).  An American living in Australia.  Never reads cards; just talks to the “man in the moon.”  Can be somewhat sexist at times without realizing it, but that’s not a problem.  His recent video about Pence was explosive, and he doesn’t shy away from saying what he thinks.

(17) Milou H. Polycarpe – Psychic, Medium(Been watching for a long time; added here 12/13/18).  A psychic who does not read cards.  I’ve been watching him for a while but can’t remember anything really startling he’s ever said, but he does offer good interpretations of what’s going on.

(18) Tarot Tarot Tarot(added 1/9/19) Short, concise readings.  Asks one question and doesn’t meander all over the place.  Caught onto the fact that Trump’s threat to declare a national emergency wouldn’t work.

(19) Victoria Scerbo.  (Been watching for a while, but added 12/13/18).  A good go-to source if you just want to watch one reader.  She has good audience interaction and makes her ideas clear.

(20) Tarot by Janine.  An exception to the rule I state in the second-to-last paragraph.  I love the way she reads — she tries to view the cards as someone who has no idea who or what is involved in the Trussia scandal.  Very unique; worth a view.

(21) Light Between Stars.  This tarot reader has apparently been doing readings about Trussia on YouTube at least 6 months, but I just found her (1/9/19).  She’s very intelligent and articulate, and sometimes over-explains her positions, but she’s clear and interesting to watch.  No annoying habits, either (no excessive “um,” no histrionics, no liquidy mouth noises, no gum chewing, drinking or eating, etc.).  I’ve watched 2 of her videos — one on Mitch McConnell (predicting that he may possibly be deposed as Senate Majority Leader), and the one previous to that (on Trump’s bogus threat to declare a national emergency in order to get his vanity wall built — that reading turned out to be wrong on a lot of fronts*).  I’ll keep watching her and maybe add to this later.  She’s interesting.

(22) Tarot with Whimsy.  Apparently she’s been around a while.  Tries to see both sides of matters, which is slightly irritating to listen to when you actually know the truth about these people.  She’s a remote viewer who uses tarot cards.  A worthwhile listen.

(23) Tarot’s Apprentice.  Just found him (2/19); very straightforward.  Relaxing voice.  Have yet to find out exactly how accurate he is, but can say he hasn’t made any major mistakes since I’ve been watching him.

 

This list is by no means all-inclusive.  More readers are still jumping onboard, months after I initially wrote this article, and there are no doubt many I haven’t discovered yet who have been there all along.  I’ve also deliberately excluded pro-Trump readers/astrologers/seers for the simple reason that they are almost always wrong, and I tend to avoid those who veer too far off into la-la-land (that being reptile people, aliens, Edgar Cayce, Nostradamus, conspiracy theories, etc.), although as I said, Psychic Violetta has been doing that, mostly at the urging of her son.

*I’ve also noted recently that for most readers, the accuracy of their readings/visions tends to be directly related to how well they understand what’s currently going on — i.e. how little they buy into media hype, but instead seek real information.  The supposed Trump threat to declare a “national emergency” is a case in point; a few readers got caught up in the hype and as a consequence, wrongly predicted he’d do just that when their own cards seemed to be saying something else entirely.

Again, it seems like every week there is at least one more of these readers.  Drop by YouTube and look in.  It’s fun.

 

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More senseless drama…and let me do my own makeup review just to piss you off thoroughly

Gonna make this first part short and unsweetened: some silly cow made a video attacking Tati Westbrook for saying something less than glowing about an eyeshadow palette, and the silly cow’s silly followers started calling Tati a “bitch” (for not liking an eyeshadow palette?) and “old” (Horrors!) and other such things.  Tati has already addressed this vehemently, calling the silly cow out on some shady things she has done — YAY Tati! — and I have just one thing to add: people, it’s MAKEUP.  Further, life is not a middle-school playground or a high-school drama.  You don’t get to play mean girl without consequences, and this girl who went after Tati made what can only be called a “mean girl video.”  Some of her followers later made mean-girl videos whining that Tati was being mean to the silly cow.  That’s called mobbing; it’s related to bullying.  Got it?  It’s wrong.

Now grow up and get a life.

Okay, that’s over.  Now I think I’ll write a bit about what I really think about various makeup products, since it seems to piss people off so much.  And oh yes…before I start, I have to mention that unlike Tati, I actually am a bitch and I actually am old.  Great; now we’ve gotten that out of the way, so let’s start.

I’ll never be able to start a YouTube beauty channel (and there are plenty owned by older women — HORRORS!) because of the following: I avoid parabens.  I also avoid aluminum compounds whenever possible.  It’s getting somewhat easier to avoid parabens, but aluminum is ubiquitous in the makeup industry.  I’d run out of products to review within a couple of weeks because of this.

Parabens I avoid because the European Union has banned them from cosmetics.  I feel that’s compelling enough.

As for aluminum, I haven’t used aluminum-based antiperspirant in 20 years because of topical aluminum’s well-documented connection to the risk of developing senility…and also because I noted the skin on my underarms looked like chicken skin when I used aluminum-based antiperspirant, and the chicken-skin appearance vanished months after I gave it up, never to return.  Definitely a cause and effect there.

But now I note that aluminum is showing up in cosmetics — even so-called “natural” cosmetics.  I believe I read somewhere that aluminum is the most common metal in the Earth’s crust, so indeed it can be listed on a label as a natural ingredient. I try to veer towards “natural” cosmetics whenever I can, but when manufacturers insist on adding natural-but-not-desirable ingredients to their products, it makes it a questionable choice.

Maybe aluminum was always used in cosmetics, and I’ve only noticed what seems to be an increase in its use recently.  Anyway, there are lots of makeup products I won’t touch simply because aluminum is prominent in the ingredients list.  My current foundation, Physician’s Formula Healthy Foundation, has an aluminum compound in it.  If I remember correctly, this is about halfway down the list of ingredients, so I’m trying to live with it.  But any cosmetic that lists aluminum at or near the top of the ingredients list is something I won’t use.  In fact, Physician’s Formula has several blushes and powders like that.

I like Healthy Foundation because it lasts all day, is subtle, and offers medium coverage instead a mask-like full coverage.  It works well with Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Argan Oil and Coconut Water primer (you’ll almost definitely need to use a mattifying powder if you use this primer), and doesn’t splotch or collect in pores and wrinkles.

I was looking at Burt’s Bees foundation, which is aluminum-free.  But frankly it’s gotten such awful reviews — including from Tati, who appears to hate the entire Burt’s Bees cosmetics line — that I’m hesitant to try it.  Then again, I just may because sometimes things that everyone else hates work out well for me.  Many of the anti-Burt’s Bees foundation reviews centered on the smell of the product.  I figure if I could tolerate the solvent smell of the uber-popular Wet n Wild Photofocus foundation (a foundation that of course I don’t like), I can probably put up with whatever compost smell the Burt’s Bees foundation may have.  If that’s the only problem with it, it’s no big deal.

Speaking of Burt’s Bees, I do love their mascara.  This has gotten mixed reviews online — mostly complaints that it doesn’t help your lashes hold a curl, which is not a problem for me — but nothing but raves from yours truly: it doesn’t smudge, flake, or fade; it stays on until you remove it, and it’s easy to remove.  I only wish they would make a “brown” shade to finish off their color line (“black” and “black brown”).  I’ve also used Pacifica’s Stellar Gaze mascara, which actually comes in a taupe/brown color — which is great.  But I found it was rather hard to remove at the end of the day.  Another great natural mascara is Jane Iredale Purelash — but if you use the Agate Brown color, don’t be shocked at how subtle it is.  It’s really best for “no makeup makeup” looks.

Eyeshadow is a problem for me, since I am elderly (HORRORS), and fairly pale.  Shiny eyeshadows look hideous on older eyes and so does shadow that’s way too light, or, if you have a complexion like mine, anything that’s even halfway dark.

If you’re older and really want shiny eyeshadow, you can get around the problem by using appropriately toned mattes (not too light, nor too dark if you’re pale like me) with one tiny touch of something shiny on the top, in the middle of the eyelid just above the eye, where there are probably fewer wrinkles or folds.  This again brings me to why I keep harping about the prevalence of shiny eyeshadows: they accentuate skin flaws around the eyes.  Mattes tend not to draw extra attention to these things.

An aside: if you’re on the pale side, and especially if you have bleach-blond hair, for chrissakes don’t wear ’70’s white eyeshadow coupled with black eyeliner all around your eyes, and/or black mascara.  Especially don’t finish off the look it with thick foundation (particularly in any sort of orange shade!), and lips lined with a liner 10 shades darker than whatever pearlized pale lipstick you’re wearing.  That biker-chick look doesn’t work at our age.  Yeah, I know you can do whatever the hell you want.  But that means it’s up to you if you want to look like a fright.  BTW, this is not coming from some fashion-lemming millennial, it’s coming from one of your contemporaries.

Back to eyeshadows, another complication for older women is that at least 80% of the shadows out there in the world are in some way shiny.  Finding a nice paraben and aluminum-free matte is very, very hard.

As I said, it’s also hard to find a matte that is a lighter flesh-tone color, without being blank white.  I’ve been using NYX Nude Matte eyeshadow in Lap Dance.  It’s just slightly too light for me, but it’s all I can get.  It works fine, but seems to fade a bit by the end of the day, which is actually a blessing.  For contour shadow I use some of the medium shades from one of e.l.f.’s Mad for Matte palettes (I’m that pale).  This is the only palette I own, btw, as I’m against palettes because they’re wasteful.  You mad, sis?

Powders…another problem.  Many of the mattifying powders on the market today seem to be comprised of almost pure aluminum, so of course I won’t touch them.

Right now I’m using Wet ‘n Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder.  No aluminum there, but also, you can’t get the powder out of the compact.  It’s a solid brick and the product simply won’t come off on a brush.  After several days of agonizing over this I took to using an ancient, very sharp metal eyelash comb that someone gave me back in the ’90’s and I never used (because it’s very sharp).  It’s working perfectly at breaking the rock-like WnW product into a usable powder…but I shouldn’t have to do that.  Also, this powder is pigmented and tends to oxidize; by the end of the day you look like you’re wearing a light-toned bronzer.  I may in fact use it as a contour product in the future; it’s just about dark enough for that after a few hours.

Another powder I’ve been using is e.l.f.’s Perfect Finish HD Powder (edit: just found out that unlike e.l.f.’s High Definition Undereye Powder, this product contains lots of aluminum — so I will no longer be using it).  It works great under the eyes, making the area look matte without accentuating any wrinkles or crinkles (oddly enough, matte eyeshadows don’t accentuate skin flaws that much, but matte powder under the eyes can make you look like an old road map).  If you use this powder all over the face, though, you may end up with a ghostly cast.  It’s a transparent white, even though it’s marked as “Clear” on the container.  E.l.f. also sells a much smaller container of what I believe is the same product, touting it as under-eye powder (edit: see what I said earlier in this paragraph; I may, in fact, buy the Undereye Powder again because it doesn’t accent under-eye wrinkles, and it doesn’t contain aluminum).

Once I finish these powders, I’m going back to LBGG Historical Makeup’s 1908 Rose Complexion Powder for the rest of my face.  No talc, no aluminum, no parabens; very matte and velvety finish.  It has an almost imperceptible pink tint to it, but that does not affect your makeup (it may on darker skin tones, though).  Lovely stuff.  I don’t know why I ever stopped using it.  BTW, this is an indy brand you can get on Etsy.

Eyebrow mascaras (I don’t use pencils or anything else; too harsh-looking on me)…another challenge.  Right now I’m using NYX Tinted Brow Mascara.  It’s the best I’ve found.  I started on eyebrow mascaras several years back when e.l.f. had one in my shade.  They don’t sell it anymore; they had it very sporadically for a few years, then they only had black for a long time, and then they disco’d it altogether.  Now they have a new eyebrow mascara with a very, very thin brush that I’m not sure I want to try.

Anyway, when e.l.f. stopped making that product, I went on a wild and desperate search that led me through several terrible ones (Milani — who I think has put that product out of its misery — and some others I can’t recall).  Finally I landed on Physicians Formula Brow Last, but the lightest color of that one was a bit dark — very dangerous at my age and with my complexion — and the applicator was a nightmare.  Next I went to Essence, which was too light and faded by the end of the day.  Like I said, now I’m using NYX and I think I’ll stay with it…as long as they keep making it, anyway.

Eyeliner pencils: First of all, don’t expect to find a pencil that’s not waterproof and will hold a wing shape.  Ain’t gonna happen.  I have found, however, that Essence’s Extreme Lasting “waterproof” (it isn’t) eye pencil does in fact stay all day on the rest of the lid.  On the other hand, the very natural Honeybee Gardens pencil disappears by lunchtime, and for some reason I have two of those pencils.

Lip color note to older women: you’re on your own.  Don’t let anyone tell you your teeth are too dark for red or you’re too pale or your lips are too thin, or any weird theory that older women should only wear coral or pearlized pastels.  You can wear black, red, pastel, pink, purple, blue…whatever the hell you want, as long as you balance it with your eye makeup (i.e., too much of everything tends to look especially bad when you’re up in years).

My favorite lip color is Burt’s Bees Matte Lip Crayon in Redwood Forest.  It’s absolutely the most flattering nude red I’ve ever found, and I think just about anyone could wear it.  It stays where you put it, too (unless you eat or drink something), you don’t absolutely have to line your lips when you wear it, it doesn’t have any weird smell or flavor, and it’s comfortable.

Blush: been wanting to try Burt’s Bees and/or Pacifica; somehow never get around to it.  I did for a long time use a blush from e.l.f.; don’t recall exactly which one, but the color name was Tickled Pink.  They also have a blush/primer combo that interests me.  But like I said, somehow I never get around to buying it.  I guess it’s because I’ve seen some very old ladies abuse it to the point where they looked like they had fevers.  Or maybe it’s because it’s just one more thing to do.  Whatever the cause, I keep forgetting about blush.

Contour: I don’t use it, although I may experiment with the oxidizing Wet ‘n Wild powder in the future.  Bobbi Brown has said that the contour fad needs to go away because “it always looks like dirt,” and I agree.  It’s very, very difficult to get it to look natural.  In the days of yore we would simply use a slightly darker foundation in places where we wanted to create shadows.  That actually looks better, as long as you don’t go too much darker than your regular foundation.

Concealer: I don’t use it.  Well, I do…I have a NYX pencil called the Wonder Pencil.  Most of the time I wonder why I own it, but occasionally I’ll use it to erase a stubborn shadow.  But that’s the extent of my concealer use.  I really, really don’t understand the way most YouTubers/Instagrammers use it (in a big triangle under the eyes and extending down the sides of the nose).  We never used it that way in the days of yore because wearing gobs of concealer just makes everything look worse.  Definitely less is more.  Concealer was never meant to take up an entire third of your face.

Highlighter: I don’t use it.  It probably looks great with evening-out makeup, but during the day?  Well, I rarely see anyone wear it, but when they do, it looks like Halloween.

Boring, aren’t I?  But stick with me and you’ll probably eventually save enough on cosmetics to buy a car.  I’m only half kidding.

 

The Drama Virus Spreads? And Astrology Woes

Since I’ve been ranting mostly about YouTube…

The drama “community” on YouTube has now managed to tear the career of one beauty influencer completely apart, this time over the issue of racism.  I say “this time” because actually there have been two – another one, also a woman, had her career endangered when she was stupid enough to announce that she’s anti-vaxx.  Since then there have been numerous videos mentioning how the beauty community is in shambles, etc.  — all of which goes to prove my maxim that drama is its own punishment.

Yeah, it’s probably nice that YouTubers’ virgin ears will not be assaulted by known racists (if they’re female; at least two male beauty influencers have faced similar charges and survived with subscribership and viewership intact) and anti-vaxxers.  But as one person commented in a vlog, when does it stop?  When somebody commits suicide?

That said, it’s also nice to see that at least one of the drama cretins seems to be going down with the influencers, as his own past unfortunate tweets and posts have caught up with him.  Maybe if enough of the gossips get hit with gossip, it will shut them up?  I’m thinking that may happen, because they are, of course, incapable of the perfection they demand in others. What you put out there, you get back.  Be careful.

Of course, that doesn’t stop me from ranting.  And actually this rant is not about the beauty community at all, and it’s only tangentially about the beauty-drama community.  It’s about the extention of the drama community to the tarot community, because that’s what at least one person seems to be trying to do.

And it’s not me, lol.  This blog is here so I can get inconsequential stuff off my mind by ranting about it (I have other blogs that address more serious issues).  Although I have called out at least one person by name, I haven’t carried this argument over to YouTube or any other social media.  I just put it here and leave it here.  These are my thoughts.  I don’t start a campaign to get everyone to agree with me and ruin someone’s career.  I figure that if I’m right about them, they’ll end up ruining their own career eventually.

So with that denial in place, let’s talk about tarot drama…

Yeah, there are one or two tarot readers that I subscribed to and then unsubscribed from within a few days because I found that they spent more time posting defensive whines than they did reading cards.  There’s still another that I’m thinking of unsubbing from because she does this all the time.  What were they whining about?  It was mostly criticisms people had posted in the comments.  One seemed to be claiming that there was a YouTube vendetta directed at him, and far more of his videos were about that subject than any other.

But that’s not what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about something a bit more recent, when one tarot reader with a large following posted a video about how tarot readers who don’t shuffle their cards on camera are frauds.

Then she went on (in the next video) to yammer at length about how much she doesn’t care that anyone doesn’t like what she said.  Uh, hon..in my experience, the more you yammer that you don’t care, the more you do care.

And then, because she’s from a specific part of the country, she said she has a temper.  I’ve noted people all over the country having tempers, but okay.  It’s kind of like saying your family is from Norway, so you have a temper.  Or they’re from Sweden, so you have a temper.  Or they’re from….name a country.  That shit has been going on forever, and it’s no more true nowadays than it ever was.  Nobody’s temper is worse than anyone else’s simply because of where they come from or who they’re related to.

“Tarot readers who don’t shuffle their cards on camera are frauds.”  No, dear.  Tarot readers who don’t shuffle their cards on camera, don’t shuffle their cards on camera.  That’s the way it is.  If you want to start shoving the term “fraud” around, look at their long-term results.  If they’re always wrong, that maybe means they’re not good tarot readers.  But shuffling the cards on camera has nothing to do with anything.  Not everyone does things YOUR way, dear.  That’s just the way the world works, even if you do have a temper.

Anyway, the actual issue here is that I’ve been witnessing what’s been going down in the beauty community, and it kind of hurts to see it spreading to the tarot community, especially if the charges being made are meaningless non-issues like how and where you shuffle your cards.

I guess I’ll change the subject now to astrologers, but you’ll see that there’s not real change in subject except that there’s no drama community connected with the astrology community…yet.

Most tarot readers on YouTube mix their tarot with astrology, and some do it quite accurately.  I don’t know how that’s working, however, because I’ve been following some astrologers through this whole dizzy Trump affair, and they’re always wrong.  Always.

One guy in particular has been predicting apocalypse after apocalypse; he actually said that July would be a catastrophic explosion in which all would be destroyed, starting with the global economy (actually several astrologers said this, not just one), and somewhere out in all that destruction we will all be happy forever (“heaven on earth,” he said).  Or something like that.

It’s now nearly October, and everything is the same.  And it will be so in December, and January, and…

Thing is, human history just doesn’t generally move that fast.  What we have is more like a train wreck in slow motion, and that is unlikely to change even if you have a doctorate in planetary motions from thousands of years ago (and it seems astrology is so complicated that some of these people must have just that).

Another guy keeps noting that various people’s charts don’t match what’s going on with them right now, and/or he keeps predicting things that are totally the opposite of the way things are going.  I can only imagine his problem is one of two things: either he doesn’t realize that astrology seems to be based on charts that are at least a millennia out of date, or he’s simply misinterpreting the charts he does use based on his own prejudices — which is something all astrologers do because…see the section on tarot readers.  Yet he claims he loves astrology because it excuses you from having to make predictions.  It’s all right there in the planets, right?  Uh, no.  It’s all right there in how you choose to look at the planets.  Same as with tarot cards; the difference is that few tarot readers will say that there is no intuition involved in their craft (yes, a few do claim that, but I think they’re missing something).

While I’m on the subject, there was yet another guy, right after the election, who was chortling that Trump was going to save us all and it was in his charts!  And Hillary belongs in jail!  (Why did he fail to mention his Russian paychecks?)  And there was also the sad case of the very bleach-blond pro-Trump astrologer saying that Trump is actually a really nice guy, it’s just hard to tell.  Uh-huh.  Stockholm Syndrome, anyone?

All in all, I’ve lost any faith I had in astrology during this whole Trussia affair, and that was shaky to begin with.  The tarot card readers are doing a bit better in contrast — even if some of them don’t shuffle their cards on camera.  The thing is, they are using their own intuition (whether they know it or not) and not claiming authority from some vague long-ago planetary motions.  I’m thinking this is why they are correct more often.  I should note here that the psychics who use cards as a sideline — or not at all — are often the most accurate of the prognosticators.  (And they never use astrology!)

In the end, it all comes down to your own brain and heart.  So like I said,  let’s not start drama about it.  We’ve all seen where that leads.

 

 

Thanks for the kind comments

…and this reminded me that I haven’t had a proper rant in a long, long time.

Reason: I’ve had an insane work schedule.

Anyway, I’m currently deciding on whether to rant about the latest crisis in the YouTube “beauty community,” or the new political tarot-card reader I found there, or…

I have tomorrow off, btw…maybe I’ll rant then.  And thanks for stopping by.

Of YouTube and Rudeness

Last night one of my friends, who is a YouTube junkie like me and is much more strongly into the YouTube psychics and tarot readers who are currently doing readings about Trump and Russia, commented on one of Tarot:Politics videos that perhaps this Maria Butina who was arrested yesterday is the same woman that many psychics/readers have envisioned as being the key to bringing down Trump.  (For the record, a lot of people thought this would be Ivanka or Stormy Daniels, but I never saw the logic behind that; some even saw Putin’s ex-wife as the person, and I thought that was a stretch.  Butina, on the other hand, seems to have a lot of ties to the entire situation…so I can see where my friend came up with that idea.)

Here’s part of the answer she got, which was in all caps, from “Rosie” (Tarot:Politics) herself:

“OMG I AM SO TIRED OF THIS TALK ABOUT “THE WOMAN.”  THERE IS NO “ONE WOMAN.”  STOP LOOKING FOR SIMPLE AND EASY STORIES…”

What the fuck.

My friend was not looking for simple and easy stories, she was just mentioning that a lot of seers had sensed that a woman would be the one to break the complicated plot wide open in the public consciousness (of course, Trump helped that himself by openly committing treason on the same day), i.e., “take Trump down.”  She’s also commented on Tarot:Politics videos before and has always been polite, as far as I know, and never broken any of Rosie’s numerous rules. But yet she got shouted at and splashed with stupidity to boot.  (Note to Rosie: MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO COMPREHEND THE FUCKING COMMENT BEFORE YOU BLOW UP.)

At this point, all I can think of is this: for chrissake, woman, if you can’t handle simple conversation and/or are so sensitive that you have to make rule upon rule about what people can and cannot say, TURN THE FUCKING COMMENTS OFF.  Yeah, I can understand getting upset with trolls, and YouTube is full of them.  But a person who has demonstrated good behavior in the past just making a random comment?  Fuck off, B, if you can’t handle that.

I’d noticed Rosie being rude to viewers and even patrons before and that’s why I never really watched her anymore after initially becoming pretty addicted to her.  My friend continued to watch for some reason, but removed her comment that caused the outburst and finally unsubbed last night.  As she said, “sorry for not reading your mind, darling.”  (I would have said, “sorry about your reading comprehension problem, Rosie,” but..)

As it is, there are now lots and lots of other readers to watch.  No one really needs Rosie.

As for me, I have no use for fucking YouTube divas and won’t be paying attention to this creature in the future.  I’ll be altering the post I did about YouTube psychics and the Trump thing.  I believe my words about her were quite positive. Going forward, they won’t be anymore.  She’s no better than the people she’s doing the readings on.

Real First-World Problems

I don’t totally understand what happened, but apparently some YouTube-related event generated another event because some of the “creators” involved were incensed that they weren’t deemed interesting-enough by the first event.  And the second (because-we’re-pissed-off) event was a disaster.  Apparently the venue was too small and the admission prices too high for people to be compelled to stand in the sun for 5 or 6 hours because they couldn’t get in.

This has resulted in a plethora of videos in which whining teenagers and young adults complain about being crushed in a crowd, and standing in the sun for 6 hours (without being given free water! the horror!) and getting sunburns, and losing up to $80.00 they spent on admission to the second event.  All this to meet their favorite YouTube “creators.”  I’m gathering most of these “creators” are those nebulous pop-culture personalities who generally don’t do anything but wear clothes and makeup while talking about themselves ad nauseam, like the one YouTube “creator” I watched for a few minutes this morning, whose assessment of the whole situation was this: “I didn’t want to talk about this because everybody hates me.  You should see the comments…I just get bored.  My hair is like, so greasy.  But anyway I just get bored.  Thank God I have a few events coming up this weekend…”  This woman has over a million subscribers.

The rest of the “creators” seemed to be in the beauty community or the parasitic drama community — meaning that like the aforementioned lifestyle “creators,” none of them produce anything of enough substance to justify going through any discomfort to meet them.  To put it succinctly, they don’t do anything for anyone but themselves.

Meantime at our southern border, children are being taken from their parents and spirited away — possibly never to be seen again — and in the rest of the country, the only reason we haven’t heard of any school shootings in a few weeks is that most schools are off for the summer.  The latter sounds like a flip remark, but it is simply the sickening truth.

I couldn’t help but to think about this as I watched these entitled kids whining on YouTube.  For chrissake, focus on what the hell MATTERS, kids.  You getting ripped off only matters to you.  Border kidnappings (executed by our own government) and school shootings matter to all of us.

I keep hearing crap about this generation being “different.”  No.  You are no different from your predecessors, kids.  Now get off your goddamn cell phones and read the news (or at least read the news on your goddamn cell phone instead of spending hours yammering about drivel).  You may, for the first time, find out about real life and the danger we all are in.  Maybe then, if you can muster any kind of helpful reaction to what you see and hear, you will truly be different.  Right now you’re just a bunch of spindly little whiney-snorks like all those who came before you.

Pronouncing “tarot,” Project Pan, and other irritations

First I have to vent about one thing: the way the majority of YouTube tarot-card readers pronounce “tarot.”  About 80%* of them  now seem to be uttering something that sounds like “terROE.”  That is incorrect, sports fans.  It’s “TAREoh.”  Really.  If you doubt that, refer an online audio dictionary.  NONE of them pronounce it “terROE.”

Why does it matter?  Goes to credibility: if you claim to be an expert in something you can’t even pronounce, I don’t believe  you.

A friend of mine was silly enough to bring this subject up in an actual tarot-discussion group and was promptly slugged with a plethora of butthurt, including one woman claiming that that’s the way they’ve always pronounced it in Appalachia or some crap like that.  The anger was so intense that my friend took the post down.  Hilariously, a lot of the angry comments said that my friend was “intolerant” (think about that for a moment), and others just sniffed that it didn’t matter (then why comment?).

To address one issue, the overwhelming majority of these YouTube readers are NOT from Appalachia, and that wouldn’t make it right anyway.

In general, maybe some of them believe it makes “tarot” sound more elegant.  It does not; it just sounds like the speaker doesn’t know what the hell s/he’s talking about.  They lose whatever shaky credibility tarot readers already have that way.  If they really love tarot, they need to get over themselves and at least try to pronounce “tarot” correctly.

And with that, we move on to an unrelated but equally silly and annoying subject: Project Pan.

I’ve now sat through several ponderous YouTube videos regarding this subject.  Even after all that I still don’t know what it is exactly, but I think it involves actually using up your makeup before buying more.  Obviously if you are a YouTube makeup reviewer, that’s impossible; but a few of them are preaching about it anyway.

And preaching.  And preaching.  For some reason, this subject seems to generate very long videos.

Basically I think what they’re doing (without realizing it) is projecting their own insecurity about needless waste onto their audience.  It’s like the ex-smoker who will happily deaden your eardrums preaching against cigarettes.

As I said, YouTube makeup reviewers – especially the ones who receive free gifts from makeup companies (called “P.R.”) — cannot in one lifetime use all the makeup they have.  It’s just not possible.  A lot of them donate it; a few horde it.  But it all comes to the same thing in the end: waste.

Some of you may remember that in the past I have railed against makeup palettes for the same reason, but as that’s from another post, I won’t revisit it here.

Makeup is, of course, wasteful by nature because it’s not a necessity.  On the surface, it seems to make sense that using it up and recycling the container is the only way to make up (pun intended) for this.

Scratch the problem a little deeper, however, and another more basic issue comes to light: something like 90% of all makeup ends up going to waste*, and it’s not entirely the consumers’ fault.  It seems to have more to do with packaging and marketing, and that’s something for manufacturers to address because I don’t think it’s anything that consumers can do much about except by not buying more than they need and will use (I should add that palettes actually make that harder to do).

Anyway, if enough consumers eventually do cut sharply back on makeup purchases, it will put the YouTube reviewers out of business and cut into profits in the industry — but I don’t think the creators of Project Pan are thinking quite that far ahead.  For the makeup industry, it could be an issue if they refuse to recognize that their packaging and marketing are exacerbating the problem.  Shaming consumers into buying less is not going to force that realization; it will just put the idiots making the stuff out of business, guessing that they made the wrong color choice or there’s not enough “newness” or something, and that is why no one is buying anymore.  Business tends to have great big blind spots like that.

What I’m saying here is that Project Pan is pointless.  It may give some young sages an excuse to yammer for up to an hour at their YouTube subscribers, but that’s about it.  The real problem, wasteful industry practices, still needs to be addressed at its core — and to do so may be the end of the so-called “beauty community” as we know it.

*my guess