Saturday, September 28, 2013

Recording readings / saving spreads and symbols

Some people like to record their readings to review later, over time there can be many things that take on a different relevance. Sometimes people relate that a part of a reading may have been puzzling at the moment and then days or weeks later the information really hits home. In some instances too people may want to take notes but that can be quite distracting both for the person being read as well as for the reader. I generally suggest that if you really need to take notes just jot down key words and then after the reading, while it is fresh in your mind, jot down the greater stuff. Of course if you have a friend along for your reading - and I enjoy reading for people together (if you have an open comfortable relationship) you could take notes for each other.

Of course the best solution is to digitally record your reading. For both in person or Skype (online) readings, recording is allowed for personal private use, but requires whatever device or system software you choose to use. If this is your choice, please have this functional and tested before the reading.

Please note that we no longer offer cassette tape recording, in the last while the availability and quality of cassettes and tape recorders has become limited and unreliable. If you wish to bring a cassette recorder that's fine but please have it tested and ready to go before the reading appointment.

Over the last few years, more and more people are using their smartphones or other devices that they bring with them to audio record the reading. Also saving a picture of the layout and / or individual cards is a great way to carry the mindfulness of a reading on the go and most devices have a camera function that will work for that. For Skype readings I send you a picture of the reading layout by email at the beginning of the session. Here's some things to keep in mind:
  • Readings are private, personal and confidential, any recording of readings is permitted for private, personal use only.
  • Please be familiar with how your device works beforehand, if you have an Iphone I can help (to a degree) with that. Most devices are fairly similar so these suggestions should help but I'm not a tech expert and we don't want to detract from your reading time by having to figure out technology.
  • I presently have chargers for IPhones 4 and 5 as well as for Blackberries, and most Android devices but it's best to make sure your device is fully charged beforehand.
  • We recommend you first put your device in "Airplane mode" this means you will not receive messages, text or phone calls during the reading as they are an interruption both to the process as well as recording. This is found in "Settings". You will need to turn Airplane mode off following your reading to reconnect to your services.
  • The recording application "Voice Memo" (in Blackberry it is "Voice Notes") is usually found in the home screen file called "Utilities".
  • We generally start recording after the shuffling and cutting of the cards.
  • Following the reading if you wish to photograph the layout of the cards or a specific card, feel free to use the camera function of your device.
  • *NOTE* The reading will be a fairly large file on your device, if you store a lot of other information such as pictures music etc. please make sure you have sufficient memory to record, also as the file is large you can generally only transfer the file manually (when you hook your device by it's cable up to your computer or other device).
  • Sorry we cannot be responsible for any technical problems around the recording of a reading.