This past week, I received an email from a follower on Instagram. They wanted to alert me that someone had created a bogus account using my name and picture. As you can imagine, I got hotter than a ghost pepper. (Worse yet, they chose an unflattering photo, which added fuel to my ire.)
Off I went, letting Instagram know that this was not me. The phony account was quickly deleted. Believe it or not, this is not the first time. In fact, I had this same scenario pop up a few weeks ago.
You’ve gotta wonder what makes someone think it’s okay to swipe someone’s online identity. In one case, the offender sent private messages to people asking if they wanted “me” to read their cards. It’s obvious what that ne’er was up to. The other situations…well, it might be the same motive or something else. I don’t understand that mentality because I’d never think to play Catfish, ever. What you see is what you get (unflattering pics ‘n all).
Attempting to clone a profile isn’t the only way that some shady types try to get a foot in someone else’s business door. I’ve seen people do other grimy tactics such as posting links to their site on other people’s social media or blog posts (that’s happened more than once in my world). SO. GROSS.
I understand that people want to make a living. I get that. But you can’t shortcut your way to success by pretending to be someone else. Hopping on someone’s coattails doesn’t get you far either. The best way to create a successful, enduring business or brand is to simply be YOU.
Not anyone else.
Because people want to work with those they know, like, and trust. And no one trusts a fraud or a clout chaser. Do better, people. Do YOU.
SAY HER NAME. BREONNA TAYLOR.
Check out this uh-may-zing review from Christiana Gaudet of Tarot: No Questions Asked – Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading. I’m so honored!
From Jake Register: Mercury in Scorpio Is Bringing You Intense Vibes.
The word on the street: “It’s Gonna Be Tense for…Who Knows How Long”: A Report From the Streets of Louisville.
Want to write a book? Check out The Tiny Book Course from Alexandra Franzen and Lindsey Smith.
Climate Uprise: Join the movement. Because Mother Earth can’t wait.
It’s going to get even harder: Finding Abortion Care Is Even Harder Than It Seems.
Needed to read this from Yes and Yes: How To Stop Researching + Start Taking Action.
It was such a blast talking with Aliza Kelly over on the Stars Like Us podcast.
Well let’s see if she can: Sheryl Sandberg Wants To Right The Wrongs Of 2016.
To get you in the mood for Halloween: 35 Scary Movies on Netflix to Watch Right Now.
This week, I was busy! One of my favorite moments: this rich convo about politics and astrology with Glow Girl Podcast!
Melissa Cynova’s Kitchen Table Magic is out!
Necessary reading: Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art.
I’ve always been curious about tea leaf reading: Reading the Leaves: An Intuitive Guide to the Ancient Art and Modern Magic of Tea Leaf Divination.
Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading will get you reading intuitively – and confidently. This is the manual I wish I had when I started out!
The Uncommon Tarot: A Contemporary Reimagining of an Ancient Oracle is already hitting the shelves. Did you get your copy yet?
The Tarot Coloring Book is perfect for a cozy weekend in with a cup of coffee and a good cat!
Shaheen Miro and I wrote Tarot For Troubled Times last year. Little did we know how much this book would be needed today.
Astrology is soooo hard! Sound like you? Walk this way with quickness: Astrology for Real Life: A Workbook for Beginners (A No B.S. Guide for the Astro-Curious).
Events and Classes:
October 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd 2020: Tarot For Beginners – a live video workshop for total tarot newbies! These classes are live-streaming videos. You can watch online from anywhere in the world. Each class runs for 1 hour. For the first half, you’ll watch as I explain and demonstrate a Tarot concept. For the second half, you’ll practice using your deck and try out the concept you just learned. Give it a whirl! $199. Use this tuition coupon code for $50 off: TAROTLADY
Join my Patreon Community! I am serving up extended card of the day interpretations, astrological tidbits, community tarot practice, political astrology, early sneak peeks to horoscopes….and more. Higher tiers get access to live classes, replays of previous classes, mentoring, and more.
May 2-8, 2021: The Tuscany Tarot Intensive. Where: Italy! A full week of tarot immersion. Due to the Coronavirus, we moved the event to next year. Good news: the dates allow for a few extra seats which means you can join us next year! Yay!
What I’m Grateful For:
The legacy of RBG
Late night conversations with friends when your insomnia won’t let up
Soundtrack for 9/18/20:
Lazeretto by Ghostemane
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2020
images from stock photography and personal collection