Don’t Call Me Woo: Why You Should Take the Sacred Arts Seriously

Earlier this week I added The Midheaven to my resume.

That's right. My real-life, big-girl, professional resume. Because I take what I do here seriously.

Over the years, I've heard many people refer to astrology and tarot as “woo-woo”. I'm not trying to pretend that this work isn't on the fringe. There are people out there who still view it as occult or taboo. But it's not just outsiders that are the culprit: intuitive readers and modern mystics often use the phrase to describe themselves.

Why does this matter? Because when we call each other “woo-woo”, it's a concession to cultural standards that say what we do is invalid, when that couldn't be further from the truth. The tradition of consulting oracles for guidance is ancient, and as any practitioner knows, the results can be profound.

When we refer to the intuitive arts as “woo”, we diminish the incredible value they offer to the people we serve.

Doctors, lawyers, or teachers aren't ashamed of the tools of their trade, so why should we be? Contributing to this sort of rhetoric only perpetuates the social stigma of intuition as somehow untrustworthy, when in fact it can be healing, revealing, and empowering.

I want to see more intuitive workers owning their profession. There's no reason we should hide what we do when tarot cards are in the pages of Vogue and Buzzfeed writers are having their birth charts read. If anything, the fact that the mystical is having a moment is all the more reason to step out and be proud of your art!

Of course, there will always be naysayers, critics, and skeptics. But if we don't take the sacred arts seriously, no one else will.

Let's stop apologizing for the benefits we offer society. Whether you're an astrologer, tarot reader, rootworker, or reiki master, be confident in your craft. And whatever you do...

Don't call me woo.