What is a Psychic Medium / Clairvoyance?
A psychic is not necessarily a medium, but a medium has psychic gifts. Mediums communicate with spirits such as those who have died, spirit guides, angels, etc. While a clairvoyant will tune into the energy of people or objects, using intuition, a medium will tune into the spirit energy surrounding a person.
Mediums rely on the presence of non-physical energy outside of themselves to receive information. For those who practice mediumship, their role is to make connections with and deliver messages from people who are no longer living to those who are alive. A medium acts as the go-between for this side and the other, sometimes using trance channeling to allow themselves to completely go “out” and allow a spirit to take over their body. Some psychics can use automatic writing to channel the spirit.
Clairvoyance is using one’s ability to gain knowledge or information that is beyond normal human perception. It is a form of extra sensory perception, rather than a deliberate seeking out of spirits, angels or souls. If you are visiting a psychic who uses clairvoyance, they will be able to tell you things about your past, present and future using intuitive gifts. In contrast, a medium is someone to visit if one is hoping to contact a loved one who has passed on, to receive personal messages.
While you would consult a clairvoyant to validate things for you that have happened in the past and things that are happening now, there will be some who will hesitate to give direction about the future.
This is because the future can be subject to change, and free will must also be considered. Clairvoyants may be aware of having a specific psychic guide who passes on information to them, but this will be different to the kind of “performance medium” who gives shows there they will communicate with dead souls and give information relating to members of the audience.
Tarot Card Reading
There are actually two different types of Tarot readings: question readings and open readings.
In question readings, you are addressing a specific question. Tarot is not intended to answer specific yes or no questions. Most say it also shouldn't be used to make decisions, but instead should be used as a guide to help you make the decision yourself. For this reason, the way a question is stated is very important.
Keep your options open: If you have the answer before the reading, then you're not allowing the cards to guide your overall decision. Asking how you could encourage your mother-in-law to move out, as opposed to asking how you can get along better with her, is narrowing the scope of the true question by answering it before you even get started.
Find the best level of detail: Your question should be focused, but not overly detailed. Rather than looking at one particular aspect of a problem, find a way to look more broadly at it. For example, rather than asking how you can make your home life less chaotic, ask how you can better balance kid schedules and adult schedules. That is a focused question. But do not go so far as to ask how you can coordinate football, swimming and Cub Scout schedules and still have family time -- that's too detailed. Only include the minimum level of detail needed in order to express what you want to learn from the cards.
Focus on yourself: If the reading is for yourself, make sure your question focuses on you rather than on someone else who you think may be the root of your problem. For example, asking why your son is experimenting with drugs is focusing on him, not you. Asking what role you play in your son's decision to experiment with drugs brings the focus of the question back to you.
Stay neutral: In order to stay open to other points of view, your question has to be neutral and not convey a preconceived notion that your view is necessarily the right one. The cards can give you guidance if you ask for it. For example, asking why you're doing more work around the house than your spouse isn't neutral; asking how you can get more cooperation from your spouse when it comes to housework is neutral.
Be positive: Make sure your question is stated in a positive rather than negative way. Instead of asking why a specific event hasn't happened, ask what you can do to help make that event happen.
Open readings address the larger aspects of your life rather than a specific problem area or question. They're usually done when you're entering a new phase of life, such as getting married, graduating from college or starting a family. You can somewhat direct the reading if you have a general area you want to cover, such as your career or health, but that's as specific as the direction gets.