Finding a great Tarot reader can be difficult and expensive! With each Tarot reading costing an average of $50, you can’t afford to keep shopping around and trying lots of different Tarot readers, hoping you’ll eventually find someone good enough.
So how do you choose a great Tarot reader without wasting your money?
As a professional Tarot reader and as someone who has purchased Tarot readings from others, I’ll share with you my 9 tips for choosing a great Tarot reader.
9 Tips for Choosing a Great Tarot Reader
1. Learn About the Tarot Reader
Read the Tarot reader’s About page. What’s their Tarot reading style? Are they intuitive, practical, predictive, spiritual? Are they straight to the point or do they like to weave long stories about the cards? What Tarot deck do they use? Do they consider themselves as counselors, predictors, spiritual guides, or otherwise? What’s their philosophy on the Tarot and how it works?
You also need to be clear in your own mind what sort of reading you would prefer so you know what to look for.
2. Find a Personal Connection
It’s hard to know if you have a personal connection with a Tarot reader until you have actually had a reading with them. However, you can often get a sense of whether you connect by reading their profile, looking at a photo of them, exploring their website and perhaps even asking them a question or two prior to your reading.
If the reader also has a Tarot blog, read some of the blog posts to understand more about their personal style.
If you don’t feel a connection or you still have reservations, then keep looking for an alternative.
Keep in mind that you may really click with a reader, while your friend may think they are absolute rubbish. It really does come down to personal choice and ‘fit’.
3. Get the Details
If you’re about to purchase a one-card Tarot reading, are you going to get a couple of keywords, or a decent sized reading on that one card? And if you fork out $100 for a 12-card Tarot spread, are you going to get a detailed interpretation of each card?
Find out exactly what you’re paying for. How long will the reading be? How many Tarot cards will be drawn? Will the reader discuss each Tarot card?
Also find out what to expect from your Tarot reading experience. Will you be able to ask questions after the reading is complete? How soon will the reader respond to your request? What if you want a refund?
You can usually find this information in the reader’s FAQ or terms and conditions on the website.
4. Read Testimonials, Feedback and Reviews
Most good readers are happy to share client testimonials and feedback about their Tarot reading services. Even better are those readers who request your direct feedback immediately after a Tarot reading as it is a sign that they really care about your satisfaction.
You can also do a little more digging and see out reviews and feedback elsewhere, by doing a Google search. I wish there was a Tarot reader review website that does this but, as of yet, I haven’t found one – wouldn’t that be useful?!
You can also ask a friend to recommend you a reader that they have used (but keep in mind that a psychic that’s good for your friend, isn’t always good for you).
5. Look for Tarot Certification, Association and Experience
Some professional Tarot readers choose to become certified with titles such as “Certified Professional Tarot Reader” or “Certified Tarot Master”. Keep in mind though that certification is a personal choice, so an accurate professional Tarot reader will not always be certified.
Look for membership to Tarot Associations, such as TABI, ATA and the Tarot Guild of Australia.
And look at the reader’s experience. How long have they been reading? What other related skills do they have? Do they teach Tarot or blog about it?
6. Ask for Sample Tarot Readings
The best way to know if a reader’s style is right for you is to view a sample Tarot reading. Now, there aren’t many readers that do this yet, but there’s no harm in asking.
A sample Tarot reading will show you how the reader interprets the cards, what length a typical reading is, what style the Tarot reader uses, etc.
7. Check the Fine Print
Unfortunately, there are a lot of psychic scams that offer a free Tarot reading or a low-cost reading, only for you to find out that in order to get the insight you really need, you have to pay a huge sum of money. Or, you may be strongly encouraged to make a second purchase after your reading, such as having to buy a spell to remove a negative energy.
So, check the fine print and make sure you know what you’re getting in for.
8. Look for a Code of Ethics
Ethical Tarot readers will have their own Code of Ethics, or a list of boundaries around when they will and won’t read the Tarot cards. Often it involves not reading for third parties who haven’t provided their permission, not reading on medical, legal or financial issues and not reading for minors.
Ethics will vary between reader and there are no right and wrong codes. But it is comforting to know that your reader has at least given some thought to their boundaries.
9. Stick Within Your Budget
Most good Tarot readers charge a reasonable fee – around $70 to $90 per hour is common. More ‘famous’ readers charge a higher rate, and while you may be happy to give over your cash for a reading, make sure you know what you’re getting into first.
Most importantly, make sure that you can comfortably afford your Tarot reading. You should be paying for quality, yes, but be mindful that you are not paying exorbitant fees just for the sake of it.
Selecting a great Tarot reader is just like any other consumer experience or transaction. To ensure that you are fully satisfied, shop around, do your research and make an informed decision. Apply these strategies and you’ll set yourself up for more rewarding and high-value Tarot readings.
What do you look for when selecting a Tarot reader? What strategies have worked for you and what haven’t worked?
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