5 Simple Steps to Read Tarot with Confidence

How to Choose a Great Tarot Reader Without Wasting Your Money

By June 27, 2012Tarotpreneurs

blog-20120627-how-to-choose-a-great-tarot-reader-without-wasting-your-moneyFinding 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

BT_1_ 60Most 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 Biddy 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.

Tarot readers may also be a part of a reputable association such as TABI, the American Tarot Association or 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. If you’re ready for an insightful, accurate Tarot reading, you’ll find the very best Tarot readers here on Biddy Tarot.

Over to You…

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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  • Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady says:

    Great post, Biddy!

    I’d also like to add two other things: be sure you know what you want – be clear that it is a tarot reading that you want, not something else (astrologer, medium, psychic). And most importantly, trust you own gut. If something doesn’t feel “right”, then put your wallet away. 🙂

    • Brigit says:

      Thanks Theresa for sharing those two extra tips! It definitely pays to do a bit of research into what a Tarot reader does and doesn’t do, to make sure that a Tarot reading is actually what you want.

  • Aasheesh says:

    I think certiied Tarot professionals are a safe bet.

  • Amit says:

    I differ a little on the certification part, I believe Tarot is nore of a response from your subconcious, gut and energies that assist you, what one may see in the card may never ever have been occured to anyone else, different meanings are interpreted from different people for the sams cards. Since Tarot is deep and vast it requires a lot of study and despite doing it more than 7 years now I keep on learning new things, the only problem is thougb we say we “learn”, the 7 day card learners become professional learners and predict wrong. Certification helps greatlt here to prevent misleading bur but nobody can choose if you interpret right or wrong.

    • Aasheesh says:

      One has to see from client’s perspective.Certification does ensure some degree of skills and not a total fraud.

  • Amit says:

    Sorry for some errors while typing, I was typing from my mobile phone. Apologi

  • Amit Jayen says:

    Hi, Aasheesh, I am not saying Certification is a fraud, I never ever will. I just say that Certification from a clients perspective is very much a concern, coz the charlatans today have actually made Tarot look bad, due to overcharging, predicting it the wrong way (or whatever comes in to their mind) or just misleading people. Certificate is an approval to those who don’t want to get fooled and read the cards wrong by the money seekers or the charlatans, but I feel an accurate Tarot reader (as Biddy says and I believe) need not be certified.

    • jackie says:

      can you legally make a profit from readings if you are not certified? if i got to the point where i wanted to make a profit i would want to be certified.

      • Brigit says:

        I am not sure about the legal implications, but as far as I know, you do not have to be certified to be a professional Tarot reader. There is not one agreed certification body, as such, that can certify all readers. So, it comes down to personal preference, both on the reader’s side and the client’s side. What’s more, not all professional readers are certified, and this doesn’t always mean they’re shoddy either!

        • jackie says:

          yes i guess in america ya have to be certified for everything! its kinda a gimmick. as after you are certifed for whatever you have to pays memebership fees, pay for advance training, pay for trade shows and classes, pay for travel, pay for books… its horrible! 🙁

          • Raymond says:

            I’m new to Tarot (about a year) and am hopelessly addicted. I had great confusion when I first wanted to learn about the cards, so I’m taking the correspondence course with the Tarot School with Wald and Ruth Amberstone. For me, a certification will be important even although I’m approaching this from more of a meditative than divinatory perspective. But even for myself, knowing I went through an intensive program (and Wald’s program takes a lot of good hard work) is very meaningful. The certification will reassure me that I can have at least a good rudimentary knowledge of a card, even with the caveat that I may still see a card differently than anyone else. Just my thoughts, thanks.

  • jackie says:

    thanks raymond sounds like something to look into. do you reside in the states?

    • Raymond says:

      Yes, I live in Cleveland, Ohio. I tend to be certification-oriented I suppose because I work as a psychologist and we have licensing requirements, standards for maintaining our credentials, etc.

      • Terry says:

        I think submitting to a certification process is a way of demonstrating transparency and high ethical standards. It’s a way for clients to know you’ve allowed yourself to be ‘vetted’ so they don’t have to do it for themselves.

  • Chris says:

    “Certification” as a supposed prerequisite for readers is astoundingly wrong-headed. Legit certification in any field of work is predicated on a quantifiable body of knowledge, as well as objective measures of performance in that field. But there is nothing objective about Tarot reading, aside from the memorization of myths, imagery and symbols associated with each card in a particular deck. I say this as a Tarot reader of about 27 years, who is successful at it.

    The manner of interpreting Tarot, and style of communicating those interpreted messages to clientele, is seemingly vast and endless. Often people who aren’t good readers feel the need to shell out $$ to become “certified” so they feel justified in charging people for their sub-par services. In fact most of the gifted readers I know never thought to waste their money on some nebulous certification.

    • Brigit says:

      Thanks for sharing your opinion. Certification is indeed a grey area, especially in this current context. Ideally, we would have a governing body who could assess readers based on professionalism and ethics, as opposed to style, since reading style is so varied.

      I have been ‘certified’ previously as a professional Tarot reader, but I also believe that a reader without certification isn’t necessarily a reader without skills. I know many AMAZING readers who are not certified and that doesn’t get in their way.

  • Jess says:

    For me as a reader, I post about my daily pulls on my Instagram feed. It gives them a chance to get a taste of my reading style and personality. Now that I have my website/blog up and running I will be posting more on there as well. 🙂

  • Carrie says:

    These are great tips. I absolutely love going to other readers, and I’m usually reading their blogs/watching their videos for a while before I decide to make a purchase (and recently started posting my own blogs & videos!). Online content is a great way to get a feel for someone’s personality & style.

    • Brigit says:

      Absolutely! And, as a reader yourself, it’s worth paying attention to how you choose a reader and how a prospective client might choose you 🙂

  • Stuart Little says:

    I had a horrible encounter with a reader not to long ago from a site called
    There were zero reviews and she didn’t seem to know much about what she was doing.
    Questions were asked and all I got were the meanings of the cards and not really any answers which frustrated me.
    We were interrupted a couple of times and at $2.50 a minute I thought she would have set some time aside for the reading, but she seemed slow to give out the meanings as in she was just after money and didn’t really care for anything else.
    I wouldn’t use her again.
    I admit she has a good blog and I found her on Google plus under the name Aerwyndale Smith, but I’m sorry to say I wouldn’t recommend her.

    • Anne says:

      Thanks for your advice I was considering that site, now I won’t do it, as unfortunately this is common… people can be easily fooled by fake people calling themselves “gifted” and tatot readers… This is the only comment i could find and it was useful
      I would add to this article… check the reputation and/or comments of the one you chose.

  • Mary Daniels says:

    I am a professional tarot reader in england and the most I charge for an email reading is £5 and £10 for a face to face reading. I do not have certification because I have found a lot of the places/groups offering certification ask you to pay to be certified with 60% not even testing your knowledge of the cards or even your ability to use them. Some of them just having cash in hand and an application form filled correctly is enough to get you certified. They are not the guarantee of quality the general public and clients think they are.

    • Brigit says:

      Thanks for sharing, Mary. If it helps, Biddy Tarot offers certification to readers who have successfully completed our two online programs, TF1 and TF2, AND who have demonstrated their Tarot reading skills. I personally review all applications and decline those that don’t reach the expected standards. Of course, Tarot is quite subjective and I leave room for differences in styles, but I also make sure that the certified readers are truly qualified at what they do.

  • Jonika says:

    As other professional tarot readers mention above , I must say that certification should not be a deciding factor for a customer. If someone claims he or she is certified doesn’t mean that the reader is a good Tarot reader. The certification sites usually just want your money; they are not really interested in making sure someone knows how to read cards. In addition, every Tarot reader develops his or her own unique style which may or may not follow the traditional interpretations of cards…how can anybody certify one’s psychic abilities?
    The reader’s testimonials, sample readings, price range, professionalism, and style should provide enough credentials for the customer to decide on who he or she wants to hire…what’s next: International Tarot Reading Certification Board????

    • Brigit says:

      I appreciate the differing points of view. However, not all certification is the same. Sadly there were some negative examples of Tarot certification where the ethics of the organisation were called into question. But there are also other certification options that do constructively assess knowledge of the Tarot.

      At Biddy Tarot, we offer certification to readers who successfully complete both TF1 and TF2. You must achieve 75% or more in the quizzes for both programs and then you must also submit 3 Tarot readings and a readings log. I personally review each application and do not approve certification unless I am confident of the reader. I’m also very aware and respectful that each reader has a different style and accommodate this in the certification process.

      Hope this helps!

  • Jonika says:

    Customer satisfaction is un-certifiable.

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