Vanderbilt's Fortune Teller

Tarot reader 1Who knew that Cornelius Vanderbilt relied on a fortune teller to guide him? All was revealed at the reading of his will.

In his opening statement over the dispute of railroad tycoon “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt’s will, attorney Scott Lord proclaimed that Vanderbilt was “a believer in spiritualism” and “clairvoyance and was governed by its revelations.” Lord argued that these beliefs, among other “impairments,” rendered Vanderbilt susceptible to undue influence towards the end of his life while drafting his will. The will allocated the majority of Vanderbilt’s massive fortune to his eldest son, William Henry Vanderbilt, with comparatively modest sums going to the rest of the heirs. The claims of supernatural intervention brought the name of a well-known 19th-century fortune teller, Madame Morrow, into the contentious court battle between William and his siblings.

Read all about it in the book Mortimer and the Witches

Under the pseudonym Q. K. Philander Doesticks, P. B., humor writer Mortimer Thomson went undercover to investigate and report on the fortune tellers of New York City’s tenements and slums. When his articles were published in book form in 1858, they catalyzed a series of arrests that both scandalized and delighted the public. But Mortimer was guarding some secrets of his own, and in many ways, his own life paralleled the lives of the women he both visited and vilified. In Mortimer and the Witches, author Marie Carter examines the lives of these marginalized fortune tellers while also detailing Mortimer Thomson’s peculiar and complicated biography.

Word of the Day - Pythoness

PythonessI am always trying to improve my new age vocabulary and just found a new word - Pythoness!

A Pythoness is a woman who practices divination, a female soothsayer or conjuror of spirits. The word comes from the late 14c., phitonesse, Phitonissa, "woman with the power of soothsaying," from Old French phitonise (13c.) and Medieval Latin phitonissa, from Late Latin pythonissa, used in Vulgate of the Witch of Endor (I Samuel xxviii. 7), and often treated as her proper name. It is the female version of of pytho "familiar spirit;" which ultimately is connected with the title of the prophetess of the Delphic Oracle, Greek pythia hiereia, from Pythios, an epithet of Apollo, from Pythō, an older name of the region of Delphi (see python). 

The Fourth Turning Enters Pop Culture

Last October I wrote about The Fourth Turning which occur every 20-25 years or so. The final one in the cycle of a general human lifespan of 80-100 years is the Fourth Turning, a time of global cataclysmic change bringing an era of destruction, often involving war or revolution, in which institutional life is destroyed and rebuilt in response to a perceived threat to the nation's survival. After the crisis, civic authority revives, cultural expression redirects towards community purpose, and people begin to locate themselves as members of a larger group. The previous Fourth Turning in the US began with the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and climaxed with the end of World War II.

They say Steve Bannon is inspired by the Turning concept and now, according to the New York Times, so is pop culture which is weaving Fourth Turning references in plot lines. Here is an excerpt of this recent NYT article:

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Close watchers of “The Watcher,” the popular Netflix series about a couple who move to the New Jersey suburbs, only to be stalked in their dream home, may have caught the reference. It comes when one of the main characters, played by Bobby Cannavale, stumbles upon a creepy man in his kitchen who describes himself as a building inspector. After Mr. Cannavale’s character remarks that people are fleeing New York City, the man replies: “It’s the fourth turning.” The puzzlement on Mr. Cannavale’s face invites an explanation.

According to “fourth turning” proponents, American history goes through recurring cycles. Each one, which lasts about 80 to 100 years, consists of four generation-long seasons, or “turnings.” The winter season is a time of upheaval and reconstruction — a fourth turning. The theory first appeared in “The Fourth Turning,” a work of pop political science that has had a cult following more or less since it was published in 1997. In the last few years of political turmoil, the book and its ideas have bubbled into the mainstream.

According to “The Fourth Turning,” previous crisis periods include the American Revolution, the Civil War and World War II. America entered its latest fourth turning in the mid-2000s. It will culminate in a crisis sometime in the 2020s — i.e., now. One of the book’s authors, Neil Howe, 71, has become a frequent podcast guest. A follow-up, “The Fourth Turning Is Here,” comes out this month.

The theory is popular with people at both ends of the political spectrum. It also inspired an acclaimed Off Broadway play, “Heroes of the Fourth Turning,” which features a conservative Catholic writer, Teresa, who is obsessed with the book and its promise of a coming revolution. The play’s author, Will Arbery, 33, said he heard about “The Fourth Turning” while researching Stephen K. Bannon, the right-wing firebrand and former adviser to President Donald J. Trump, who is a longtime fan of the book.

A writer for the HBO show “Succession,” Mr. Arbery said he had also found references to “The Fourth Turning” in modern corporate culture. He described it as “this almost fun theory about history,” but added: “And yet there’s something deeply menacing about it.” Mr. Arbery, who said he does not subscribe to the theory, sees parallels between the fourth turning and other nonscientific beliefs. “I modeled the way that Teresa talks about the fourth turning on the way that young liberals talk about astrology,” he said.





The Dos and Don'ts of Psychic Reading Preparation

Learn the essential dos and don'ts of psychic reading preparation to maximize your chances of having a fruitful conversation that yields useful insights.


The Do's and Don'ts of How to Prepare for a Psychic Reading


By Emily Hicks, Guest Columnist


Preparation for a psychic reading can be a thrilling and enlightening adventure in and of itself. Your psychic reading will be more fruitful if you go into it with the right state of mind, the right expectations, and an idea of psychic etiquette.And it is even more important when going for an online psychic reading session.


Remember, things may look a bit tricky for online psychic readings because the setting is not always that comfortable. However, it is not always true for every online psychic website, especially like https://asknebula.com/, where you can use different modes of communication and even try free psychic chat to get a feel for the whole process.


Nevertheless, it makes great sense to learn a bit about some dos and don'ts of psychic reading before going for your appointment.    

Do's of Psychic Reading Online


Before you go for your session, whether it involves tarot psychic reading or psychic mediums, here is what you should do.


Do Give Some Thought to Your Goals


Take your time and carefully consider your goals for making the appointment before proceeding. Consider the questions you have and the areas of your life where you feel most confused. Knowing what you hope to gain from your reading will help you and your psychic connect more successfully.

Do Find a Reliable Psychic


Choose the free psychics who focuses on your questions, whether they have to do with love, work, enlightenment, or the afterlife. Do your homework on the many types of psychic readings available so you can select one that fits your personal preferences and needs.

Do Create a Comfortable Space


Setting up a distraction-free space is essential, as it directly affects how receptive you are during your psychic reading. If you are taking part in a remote reading, you should ensure your internet connection is stable and eliminate any distractions like phone alerts or ambient noise.

Do Come with an Open Mind


Be prepared to have your previous thoughts and desires challenged throughout your psychic reading; so, it is important to keep an open mind. Remember that psychics communicate with the spiritual world, thus their responses may not always make sense. Have faith in the procedure and consider the advice you may receive.

Do Ask Targeted Questions


Knowing the questions to ask a psychic matters a lot. Be sure to ask direct, open-ended questions that encourage precise responses to get the most out of your reading.


Try rephrasing your query as "What can I do to attract a loving relationship?" as an alternative to "Will I find love soon?" Asking your psychic these types of questions can help them provide you with useful advice.


Don'ts of Psychic Reading Online


Just like knowing what you should do, it is equally important to learn what to avoid before and during your psychic reading session.

Do Not Expect Instant Responses or Resolutions


It is important to keep in mind that psychic readings are meant to be a guide, not a magic bullet. It is unrealistic to expect the psychic to solve your problems the minute you sit down for a session.


Instead, take a growth-oriented stance. It means you should welcome new information and use it as a springboard for further development. In order to have a more fruitful psychic encounter, it is important to listen carefully to the advice given rather than looking for quick fixes.

Do not Be Closed Minded and Dismissive


You will not get anything from your reading unless you go into it with an open mind. Your ability to communicate with the psychic will be hindered if you have a dismissive or closed attitude.


 It is vital that if the information you get contradicts your prior views, you accept it with an open mind and do your research.

Don't Be Shy to Ask for Clarification


If you do not understand anything in a psychic's reading or need further explanation, do not be afraid to ask questions.


It is completely fine if something does not make sense or seems to be missing. Do not end your session feeling more confused.  A genuine psychic will go into greater depth with you to make sure you thoroughly understand their readings. So, ask for clarification whenever you want.

Do Not Focus on Timeframes Only


While it is natural to want to know more about a given time period, doing so obsessively can cause you to miss out on the bigger picture.


You should keep in mind that psychics may not always be able to provide you with accurate dates and times because in the spiritual realm, time is a more complex concept. Put your attention where it needs to be: on the psychic's actual messages, insights, and recommendations.  




The truth is, deciding what you want out of a psychic reading will not magically make all your problems disappear. More crucial is understanding what you should and should not do before and throughout your reading. Knowing what to do and avoid can go a long way to making your session as productive and enjoyable as possible.

ChatGPT Looks at March 2023 for Sagittarians

ChatGPT is a free Artificial Intelligence software where you can ask questions and a computer will give you an answer. I was intrigued and wanted to see how it might handle a question on astrology. So I asked the question: What can we expect for Sagittarians in March 2023?

Here is the reply:

As an AI language model, I do not have the ability to predict the future with certainty as it is uncertain and constantly changing. However, I can provide some general insights and advice based on the traits and characteristics associated with Sagittarians.

Sagittarians are known for their adventurous spirit and love for exploration. In March 2023, they may feel the urge to break out of their routine and try something new. This could be a good time to plan a trip or take on a new hobby or interest. Sagittarians should follow their intuition and listen to their inner voice when making decisions about what to do next.

In terms of career and work, Sagittarians may experience some changes or challenges in March 2023. This could be a time for them to reevaluate their goals and priorities and make adjustments as needed. Sagittarians should be open to learning new skills and taking on new responsibilities in order to grow and develop professionally.

In relationships, Sagittarians may experience some turbulence or conflict in March 2023. It's important for them to communicate openly and honestly with their loved ones and work through any issues that arise. Sagittarians should also focus on building strong and supportive friendships during this time.

Overall, March 2023 may be a time of growth and change for Sagittarians. They should be open to new experiences and challenges, and trust in their ability to navigate any obstacles that come their way.

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