As diviners, we are often privy to sensitive information. There are degrees of sensitivity, of course, but most people prefer to keep things like job dissatisfaction, a mad crush, or a strong desire to end one’s marriage private.
The Trouble with Astrological and Geomantic Software
Many geomancers (and astrologers) use software of some type to calculate charts, and these charts are frequently either stored on the diviner’s computer, in cloud-based storage, or on a third party website, such as Astro. The trouble with this practice is that these charts, and the information they contain, could be accessed by hackers or, alternatively, busybodies who have access to the diviner’s electronics.
Granted, geomancy and horary charts are not usually targets of thieves and it is unlikely that a hacker would specifically target this kind of information. However, divination software is often set up so that at least some sensitive information is included in a reading:
- The names of the querent and the person or persons asked about
- The question being asked, i.e., “Will Sally marry me?”
- Important dates, birthdates, and birthplaces (in astrological readings)
Names, dates, and birthplaces can all be used in identity theft, so privacy is definitely a reasonable concern. But I’d also note that keeping readings done for clients, and yourself, secure is important. Nobody wants news of their latest bout of limerence showing up on Pastebin, or on a social media page.
Keeping Private Stuff Private
No doubt about it, technology makes things a lot more convenient for diviners. However, as we’ve seen, this convenience can be offset by the risk of data theft.
There are a few things that you can do to protect your client’s privacy, and your own, when using online or software-based divination tools:
- Natal chart information is probably the most sensitive from an identity theft perspective. Consider keeping natal chart information in hard copy only: Use it to generate a chart, print the chart out, and then delete the information from the app, program, or site.
- Avoid using real names when casting geomancy or horary charts. Instead, assign code names to the parties involved. Write the code names down in a physical notebook or password log book and keep this book in a safe place. (If you have people breaking into your home looking for your client’s code names, you have problems with which I cannot assist.)
- Protect questions submitted to you via email or text. Delete and trash them after you get the information you need. Better yet, take questions in person or over the phone. (Again, if someone is actually wiretapping you, there’s isn’t much I can say here that will help you resolve the matter.)
- Guard print-outs and hard-copy notes. Keep them in a secure place and, when you no longer need them, destroy by shredding.
While there are no HIPAA type rules in place for diviners, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a responsibility to our clients, as well as third parties who are the subject of some readings, to keep their private business private. If you haven’t reviewed your divination practice’s privacy settings, take some time to do so.
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