TAROT READER CHECK LIST
As a tarot reader, a good amount of my clients are first timers. I don't mean first time coming to me, but people who have literally never had their cards read before. Even if you're a frequent customer of spooky service providers, it can sometimes be hard to find the right reader for you. Relationships between reader and querent are extremely intimate. Think of it almost like you think of a romantic relationship: if you aren't being treated right, it's time to bounce. Here's a the TOP FIVE LIST, (as compiled by literally just me), of things you should watch (and watch out)for when you're finding a reader.
1. Websites/Online Presence
Look. Back in the day, you could walk ten paces out of the village and find a creepy old lady in a hut surrounded by cards. A website or an online presence wasn't a necessary tool for success; but, with the modern age of global access to information, you don't have to be in person to find a good reader. In my basic-ass opinion, I always find it a good sign if a reader has a website or online presence. This indicates to customers that the reader cares enough about the way they present their business. It also makes them more accessible-especially to first time customers who might feel a tad iffy about walking into a card reader's shack in the middle of Pacific Beach. It doesn't necessarily have to be a solid website, but I think an Instagram that shows people the reader consistently is booking appointments is enough.
2. SPECIFIC Reviews & Testimonials
The proof is in the pudding, people...but the pudding has to be good. The BEST part about websites/Instagram for tarot readers is the ability to provide PROOF. Nobody's going to come to you if you can't deliver on your promise to provide a service. For a "good" tarot reader, reviews need. to. be. specific. Reviews or testimonials that say the reader was "helpful" or "insightful" are somewhat helpful; however, when they say the reader was "spot on" or "knew things they shouldn't" gives you a better idea of how accurate your reader can be. Reviews or testimonials that seem to only be positive are also red flags. No reader is perfect, and no reader will mesh well with every client they have. A lack of bad reviews seems suspicious-if not rigged. That's not even an exclusive fact to tarot; but, for tarot readers in particular it is crucial beyond belief. Tarot readers help people make minor, and sometimes MAJOR life decisions. Obviously it makes sense that if we want business, we better bring receipts.
One of the first things I do when I book an appointment is have a conversation with the client. Because every client is different, the best way to find out how to read them is by actually talking to them. Some readers operate in a "tell me what your question is, and how much you want to pay" basis, and never go past that to see if the client has any individual need besides the generic preset menu offered to them. Add on to the fact that, more frequently than not, clients often don't even know what they want to ask about, and it becomes COMPLETELY necessary to find a tailored spread (card layout), or question for them.
4. In Reading Dialogue
If you already go to a reader, or have been to one, think about how you interact once you're in the reading itself. Do they pull cards and bulldoze you with information, or are you allowed to chime in and add insight? If not you might have a problem. This one is iffy, because I like to say "I'm a card reader, not a mind reader," but some tarot readers are both. Or they identify as both. In a general case, tarot readers don't know anything about your life. It helps us as readers be more accurate if our clients give input as we read them. This isn't because we're "cheating" by getting info from you. This is because there are a thousand different ways to interpret the cards alone, together, in the order they came in, the position they came in...you get the idea. One card might get pulled and mean your man has three side chicks, or it might mean somebody at work is trying to get you fired by telling your boss you smoke weed in the bathroom. Same card, right? Sure I can figure it out by looking at all the other cards around it, and using my intuition...but also that client could just come out and tell me they are single, and then I have more time to interpret and dive deeper into the cards. I know of some readers who do not allow clients to ask questions or speak during the reading. To each their own, but if someone is essentially analyzing my life and my decisions...I'd like them to talk to me a little bit about it.
Pricing is a good indicator of a reader's intent. A lot of people say "you get what you pay for," and to a certain extent that can be true. When I talk about pricing, though, that isn't what I mean. What I'm talking about is the relationship between how much your reading costs, where you are, and how long it is-and a little bit of the reputation of the reader. So for example, if I see someone offering readings in my low income area-where there's only a few readers-I would not expect them to using pricing that a reader in maybe...San Diego would use. Sure, the services might be the same, but not catering to your audience means you're only catering to yourself. That kind of energy isn't what anybody wants in a tarot reader, because that lack of care will translate to the cards, the reading, and ultimately your life.
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Last few things that don't have categories but should be considered:
- When you don't understand something and the reader tries to talk down to you or gets frustrated/say things like "let me dumb it down for you," or "let me simplify it." This means they wanna do their reading, and bounce, but not actually make sure you understand what you came for. Waste of your time, and your money.
- Celtic crosses and complicated spreads for non complicated issues speaks to lack of experience. Sure a Celtic cross spread is fine for large issues, but if someone asks about smaller less life changing things, all that information is unnecessary. If your reader can't distinguish a scalpel from a machete, they probably shouldn't be cutting open your life.
- TAROT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL HELP. Tarot readers who tell you to ignore medical diagnosis or medication are a-holes, and need to chill. Tarot is a good supplemental tool to understanding yourself, but it can't solve problems medicine can. Point blank. Done.
- Vibe. Last but not least. If you don't mesh with your reader, the reading will be difficult from start to finish. So go with your gut, and you'll find the right spooky person to go to.