The issue of charging for tarot readings is one that sparks a lot of controversy from not only seekers, but also within the tarot reading community. Some people seem to be under the odd impression that reading tarot cards is some kind of mystical gift from god. If only that were true – god could have saved me a fortune in materials and training costs!
Tarot reading is a skill – one that can be learned by anyone who is generally interested and dedicated enough to spend years developing their understanding of the cards.
I repeat – ANYONE can learn to read tarot cards.
It can be a frustrating and mind boggling process, as you attempt to store billions of possible combinations and interpretations in the recesses of your mind and I haven’t met a tarot reader yet who knows it all. One thing we all have in common is that we continue learning even after years and years of study.
Tarot readers are very dedicated people, and usually very open minded. We love what we do – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t work! Some tarot readings can leave us feeling genuinely uplifted and energized; but the majority of seekers come with complex problems, and looking into those can take a toll on our mental energy. It is not unusual after a series of readings to feel exhausted – we are diving into the worlds of our clients, although our bodies don’t move much (although – a dancing tarot reader – could be fun?), our minds are constantly exploring. Pretty taxing stuff!
And yet this doesn’t seem to be obvious to the majority of seekers. Apparently we should exhaust ourselves for free and then when we’re done spending all day helping people with readings, we can always magic up some food to eat for dinner, right? No.
Now there are plenty of readers who choose to read for free. Usually they are in a situation where financially they can afford to do so, and generally they only read the cards part time. But this post is about professional readers who are called to read tarot on a full time basis. For a lot of tarotists, money from readings constitutes as part or whole of their income! We can’t live off fresh air. There is so much to consider when going pro, that most people won’t ‘get’ unless they’ve had to do it themselves.
I came up with the chart below to give you an idea of the outgoings we professional readers have to take into account when deciding what is a fair price for our services. Very few readers make enough to sit on a beach sipping cocktails all day. Just like any other profession where a particular skill is required, an exchange of services, energy or money is needed for a tarot reader to continue doing their good work.
As you can see there is more to being a professional tarot reader than first meets the eye. It isn’t an easy job, but it’s one we are dedicated to!
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If you’re experiencing issues with a mass amount of people who expect you to work for free, my colleague Lisa Boswell has written a terrific email on how to deal with people who beg for free readings. You can read it here: http://fortunetellerlisaboswell.com/2015/02/12/dealing-with-people-who-beg-for-free-readings/
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