I had my fortune told today

@5thHouse (1693)
Sheffield, England
September 10, 2016 1:50pm CST
Have you ever been to see a fortune teller? Every year at our local agricultural show I've noticed Gypsy Rose Lee in her little caravan and I've been tempted to go in, just to see what she'll say to me - not that I really believe it, but I've always been intrigued by things like this. Today I finally succumbed and after I had crossed her palm with silver -- well, a £10 note, rather -- she told me my fortune. Apparently there are happy things to come for me and over the next 12 months my troubles will be easing. I will be crossing the water in the next 3 months and will have important papers to sign. She told me that my lucky colour is blue and I should wear more blue (considering I was dressed in blue jeans, blue jacket and a predominantly bluish top today, I think I gave her a bit of a clue. My lucky number is 5. She also told me I "should have had a son." Not sure what to make of that one. So all a bit unremarkable and you could say I was truly ripped off, but it was just something I wanted to do for the fun of it. The last time someone read my palm was in 1987 and she asked me, "Who's the guy in uniform?" I didn't know but she assured me he'd be along. Well, I'm still waiting for him...... Did you ever have your fortune told?
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@Happy2BeMe (74680)
• Canada
10 Sep 16
I have never had it done but of the people that I know who did they pretty much felt ripped off once it was all said and done. I may get it done some day just for the entertainment fact.
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
10 Sep 16
I think you have to really just see it as entertainment. That's how I saw it today. It just seemed like a fun thing to do, not something I would do very often. This woman has apparently been going to our local agricultural show for 40 years! She must have her fans, I guess.
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@TheHorse (63929)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Sep 16
Yep. Entertainment value only. My Horoscope says I will breathe today, and at least consider going potty. Amazing!
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@Happy2BeMe (74680)
• Canada
10 Sep 16
@5thHouse oh I am sure she does. Some people take it very seriously.
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@CinnamonGrl (5806)
• Paradise, California
10 Sep 16
You know, I never have. I think it would be fun, though, just to see what they say. I used to work with a couple of young women who went to the local fortune teller a lot. And they did the "phone psychics" thing. I've never really wanted to spend the money. But just once it might be amusing. We'll have to try to find you the guy in the uniform, lol
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
10 Sep 16
I live in hope, Sue! Yes, it is a lot of money to spend really. It isn't something I'll be making a habit of. I have a friend who spends a fortune ringing the psychic phone lines. If she doesn't hear what she wants to hear from one, she phones another!
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@TheHorse (63929)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Sep 16
@5thHouse That's quite sad. I hope she comes to realize that we make our own reality. But it doesn't sound like she's ready to embrace that.
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@ramapo17 (23344)
• Melbourne, Florida
10 Sep 16
I did have my palm read many years ago and I was told some things that were true but I wasn't impressed. I always wanted to go to a median for a reading. So far I haven't done that.
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
10 Sep 16
I think most of the things they say are down to just lucky guesswork and being able to read body language etc. I do use I Ching and tarot cards at home and sometimes am quite surprised how uncannily accurate they seem, but I think we often read whatever meaning we want to into things
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@JudyEv (121314)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
I'm intrigued by all this too but some seem better - or more clever - than others. I have friends who believe and have a favourite fortune-teller that they recommend to all and sundry.
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
11 Sep 16
Well, this woman I saw did seem to have had a lot of satisfied clients, judging by the testimonials posted up on her caravan. My friend goes a couple of times a year to this woman who has been telling her regularly to avoid a particular shopping mall because it is going to be the subject of a terrorist attack. Not exactly cheery stuff.
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@JudyEv (121314)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
@5thHouse Wow, that is a bit scary. Of course, if there is an attack there the fortune-teller's credibility will sky-rocket.
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@ramapo17 (23344)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Sep 16
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@Corbin5 (103094)
• United States
11 Sep 16
I have never had my fortune told. Hope the guy in uniform shows up soon!
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
11 Sep 16
I live in hope
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@Corbin5 (103094)
• United States
11 Sep 16
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@TheHorse (63929)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Sep 16
Heh heh. No, I haven't but, like you, I've always been tempted. The psychologist in me wonders what "cues" they look for so they can be "in the right ball ballpark" most of the time.
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
10 Sep 16
I think they probably start from the premise that most people who go to a fortune teller have been having a bad time and are desperately hoping that better things are ahead, so they tell them what they want to hear. If you go away from it feeling positive, it may be that you're more likely to actually do what it takes to get your life back on track, so you tend to think, a few months down the line, "That fortune teller was right" when in fact it was your own actions that made it right.
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@TheHorse (63929)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Sep 16
@5thHouse That's a good point. But can they also spot smart-azz empiricists like me?
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@jaboUK (53541)
• United Kingdom
11 Sep 16
Like you, I tried it once - she told me nothing that wouldn't apply to half the population.
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
11 Sep 16
It's disappointing. You would think they might be a little more imaginative even if they get it wrong.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
11 Sep 16
It's fun but mostly nonsense.
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
11 Sep 16
I've always had a fascination for gypsy fortune tellers - the costumes, the caravans. It's all very romanticised though.
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@Gillygirl (17277)
• Sutton, England
11 Sep 16
I had tarot reading once but like you lol I'm still waiting!
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
11 Sep 16
I seem to remember also being told that I would live in a fishing village but that hasn't come to pass either.
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@Gillygirl (17277)
• Sutton, England
11 Sep 16
@5thHouse lol- Well you never know
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@ramapo17 (23344)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Sep 16
@5thHouse You are still young and have plenty of time.
@ms1864 (6993)
• Bangalore, India
11 Sep 16
I actually haven't had my palm read....living in the country that i am...i get skeptical about such things. I do understand being curious. It is more like a game...though yes.....it does look like you got ripped off.
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
11 Sep 16
I think you need to see it as a bit of fun and definitely nothing more
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@ramapo17 (23344)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Sep 16
@5thHouse Right. It was a night of entertainment.
@fizzytom (759)
• Maribor, Slovenia
11 Sep 16
Never been to one. They worry me a bit, really. Some people seem to invest a lot of faith in them and really they are just confidence tricksters using their observation skills. But it sounds like you did it in the spirit of fun and won't put too much into what she claimed your future holds. That man in uniform isn't very punctual though, is he?
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
11 Sep 16
He has been disappointingly slow in making an appearance in my life. Knowing my luck, he'll probably turn up because my house is on fire or something! I think the whole fortune teller thing does need to be done in the spirit of fun. In some ways you could say these people shouldn't be encouraged because they prey on the vulnerable, but that is true of a lot of people in any business, I suppose.
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@Tina30219 (33616)
• Onaway, Michigan
11 Sep 16
Never had mine done maybe one of these days just for the heck of it to see what comes up. I hope your man in uniform comes along soon for you.
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
11 Sep 16
I don't think I'll go back to this particular fortune teller, though she's bound to be at next year's show. I will probably have my fortune told again at some point. As you say, just for the heck of it.
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@Tina30219 (33616)
• Onaway, Michigan
11 Sep 16
@5thHouse Some people don't believe in them and some do. What is your view one them and has anything you ever found out from having one done come true or not?
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@ramapo17 (23344)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Sep 16
@5thHouse You should look for a medium instead. Did you ever watch the Long Island Medium? I don't know if they have something similar in England.
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• Southend-On-Sea, England
13 Sep 16
Although I've lost touch with him, I had a friend who was a medium and on three separate occasions, he gave me three brilliant readings.....he never charged anything. They weren't fortune-telling, but he was absolutely spot-on each time, telling me things that there is absolutely no way he could have known about. Shame you never met your guy in uniform lol. A few years later I had a reading (which I paid for but have forgotten how much) at the Mind Body Spirit Festival in London, but the guy giving me the reading although nice and friendly, was useless....he was way off target.
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
13 Sep 16
I will probably stick to reading my own tarot and I Ching as I seem to get more accuracy from that than when I go to fortune tellers, but now and again it's really nice to have someone else do the reading for you.
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• Southend-On-Sea, England
14 Sep 16
@5thHouse I've not touched my tarot cards for quite a long time although I did used to do readings for myself. Maybe I should get them out and dust them off, although the way life has gone I can't really see much happening as it's all gone quiet and I'm too old and not in good enough health to even think about any major changes.
@thelme55 (14348)
• Germany
13 Sep 16
I have not been to one. Scared of what I might hear and it is also a waste of money.
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
13 Sep 16
It is certainly a lot of money for something which is so dubious. Needs to be undertaken in the spirit of entertainment really and not taken too seriously.
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@thelme55 (14348)
• Germany
13 Sep 16
@5thHouse I agree with you. It's just for fun.
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@FayeHazel (17093)
• United States
28 Oct 16
I've never tried it. Like you say sounds kind of like a bit of fun. A friend of mine used to have these "oracle" cards. You were supposed to concentrate on a question and pick 1 from face down deck. They had pretty art work. Sometimes they made sense and other times they didn't. Mostly the cards just had nice advice on them. "You should spend time outdoors", or "you should mind your finances", or "Reflect on your choices" etc...