Are you worried about getting a Tarot reading because you fear ending up in the hands of a charlatan? I have put together a list of things professional readers will not do to help safeguard your interests.
The three main marks of a true Tarot professional are:
- they have your best interests at heart
- the readings are empowering
- a lot of effort is put into formulating the right questions to help you move forward with your life
1. Be less than transparent about their ethics. Any professional Tarot reader worth the name will have their reader’s ethics published on their website and in any leaflets they hand out.
2. Help you cheat. If you go to a Tarot reader and ask about how to keep cheating on your husband without him finding out or if you are safe to leave your husband for someone you are seeing on the side because you are afraid of the financial repercussions they may or may not choose to read for you. Please understand this: a reader who does read on this sort of question is totally out of whack with their Higher Self and the ‘advice’ you get will be of very poor quality (low energy vibration). You are already in a bad place and getting a reading to try to justify it will only make it worse.
A true professional will decline to read on this because they have standards, seek to genuinely help their clients and simply don’t want that kind of karma on their soul’s record. This has nothing to with being judgemental, as some would claim, but everything to do with being spiritually discerning.
3. Suggest a medical treatment or a financial investment. Expert advice in these areas are best left to the experts. A Tarot reader who is also an energy healer or alternative health therapist may offer advice regarding complimentary treatments but will be very clear on the fact that this advice is never meant to replace that of a medical professional.
4. Take money off clients to reverse family curses. This is one of the oldest charlatan tricks in the world. Unsuspecting Tarot clients will go to a reader who delivers a string of bad news and tells them this is what their future will look like because you have a family curse on your head. Luckily for you, they know how to reverse this curse… for a small fee, of course.
5. Keep you hanging on the phone for as long as possible. Sadly, this goes for most psychic phone lines. Having worked for one myself and spoken with colleagues who have experience with psychic phone lines, it would seem they are all corrupt and many employ people who aren’t really Tarot readers at all. They act the part and have a script they use to keep you hanging on for as long as possible while the £££ pile up.
If you prefer a voice connection, I suggest finding an independent reader who offers phone or Skype readings.
6. Do free readings. While a professional may occasionally do the odd free mini taster sessions to promote their work, they will not offer free full-length readings. No real professional can afford to do so. Professional Tarot readers pay their bills, national insurance contributions and taxes doing what they do. Most earn just enough to get by. It is not a get rich quick scheme for those of us who take our work seriously and many of us often have another stream of income to complement our reading business.
Full-length free readings are often copy and paste jobs that are generated to suck people in. This is definitely true in those cases where the free reading is followed by an email where you are told that something potentially bad is about to happen but to find out more you need to pay for your next reading.
Please respect professional tarot readers enough to NOT ask for freebies. Years of training and great sacrifice has gone into their labour of love. Would you ask your plumber or dentist for a freebie? Didn’t think so!
7. Read for children without the consent of a parent or legal guardian. This really is a no-brainer. Some will read for over 16’s and others only for over 18’s.
8. Promise 100% accuracy. How to spot a charlatan in under two seconds: Reading ‘I am 100% accurate.’ anywhere in their promo material.
9. Have no refunds policy. While I do know a couple of professional Tarot readers who would not agree with me on this, I believe they are the ones who end up losing clients over it long-term. Because nobody is 100% accurate and even Tarot readers have bad days, it is much better business sense to have a no quibble refund policy in place. It also gives new prospective clients peace of mind as they can try you risk-free.
It is so incredibly rare for me to have to refund anyone that I am more than happy to be offering this policy. All it takes to ruin an online business is one unhappy client with a penchant for writing scathing reviews.
10. Do several consecutive readings on the same topic. This is the second-fastest way to spot a charlatan. They feed on desperation and will keep flipping cards for you until you get the answer you want.
A true professional always seeks to empower their clients to be as independent as possible. They will happily turn clients away when they spot a common-sense solution to their client’s dilemma and share that wisdom free of charge.