Fraud. Scammer. Fake. Phony. These are some of the terms I hear attached to Miss Cleo’s name and it makes me sick as a Tarot Reader, Intuitive, and as a Black Woman. Her face and voice helped me make sense of myself. I remember always wanting to call her to ask her if what I was experiencing meant I was a psychic too.
I heard a podcast where, this well known, old school Tarot Pro said no one could possibly get all that information from the cards, in reference to Miss Cleo. That made my stomach turn, because if you try to read for any psychic hotline, they expect you do be able to do just what Miss Cleo did.
Here’s the thing reading the cards and being psychic, are two different things. Psychic abilities and pull more depth into your readings, because you are naturally picking up on different information. She was working for a company, not for herself, but it seems that the blame fell on her. It’s funny because I had an interview with a tarot reading service and they were expecting me to be a psychic, like Miss Cleo – but that’s not how I use the Tarot.
Before I begin, I Do Not Care if she was a ‘fake’ or not. Yes, I’ve heard about the investigations and still Do Not Care. She transitioned in 2016, and the only thing I ever hear about her is that she was a fake.
That’s so disrespectful to me, because of what she represented.
As a little Black Girl, who knew what people were thinking and feeling, and could see and sense things, she was the first and only representation of an intuitive that I had.
Seeing her ‘Call Me Now’ commercials lit me up inside and made me feel normal, because here is this Black Woman with an accent like my family members who ‘knew things’ too. I wasn’t crazy or making things up and it was okay.
I never shared the things I heard or saw, but I remember them vividly to this day.
I am thankful for Miss Cleo because she helped to keep a door open within me. I remember being fascinated by ghost stories, tarot, spells, and all of that, but I couldn’t explore it outside of library books.
When I found out that Miss Cleo had a Tarot deck I had to get it. I don’t use it, it’s a collector deck for me and reminds me of the little girl who was so confused. If Miss Cleo was a scammer, she still served a purpose, by helping me explore my gifts.
Maybe one day I will do more research to unearth my own truth about Miss Cleo, but for now, while I am freshly out of the Magical Closet, I will bask in sweet bliss as to what and who she represented to me when I was growing up.
My wish is that people put Respect on Her Namesake.
Her name is Youree Dell Harris. She was a Mystic, a Mother, a Creative, and a Woman, just like me. You can’t call her anymore, but you can definitely call me now for an accurate, professional, heart-centered Spiritual Love Tarot Reading.