7 Questions You Should Ask Your Tarot Reader

Before you part with your hard earned cash to get some psychic advice ask your Tarot reader a few questions to make sure he or she is on the level with you. Although this isn’t a foolproof list you can gain some insight into your reader and the level of experience they have.

How long have you been reading Tarot?

Look out for ambiguous answers like ‘since I was a little girl’ etc. Genuine readers will tell you how long they’ve been reading.

What first attracted you to Tarot?

For many readers there is a point in their life where Tarot appealed to them. They felt drawn towards it for a particular reason or perhaps a friend did a reading for them and it ‘just clicked’. Every reader has his or her own story to tell so be aware of cookie cutter answers.

How did you learn Tarot?

There may be some readers that can genuinely say that they just picked up a deck and knew all the answers but I haven’t come across one yet. A lot of readers learn by reading books and practising on friends; others take a course and some learn through spiritualist development circles. Be a little wary of ‘I’m the seventh son of a seventh son and have this wisdom passed down to me’ type replies.

What experience do you have?

Get to know how your reader has worked in the past and/or present. Did he or she do telephone lines? Has he or she read for a free organisation like Tabi or the ATA? Have they done the psychic fairs circuit? Do you read through your own personal website?

Which Tarot decks do you use?

Don’t be bought off with ‘the traditional deck’ – there is no standard traditional deck. The most common deck is the Rider Waite and most readers have at least this one in their collection. Dig a little deeper with your reader and ask how many decks in total they own and which are their favourites.

How often do you recommend I have a Tarot reading?

Any reader that tells you to come back every week is probably more interested in your money than helping you. A good answer is about every 3 months or when there is a ‘big’ decision or change in your life coming up.

Which card is usually known as the ‘wish card’?

If your reader is used to just reading out answers from a crib sheet then he or she probably won’t know the answer. People who have studied Tarot on some level will be able to tell you straight away that it’s the 9 of Cups.



Tarot Scams and Psychic Frauds

crystal_ball.jpgcrystal_ball.jpgJust thought I’d share my own experiences of the sometimes unethical psychic world. 

A few years ago I worked for 2 different Tarot phone lines.  The first one hired me on the spot without me doing any kind of reading… they just took my word that I knew Tarot and within a few minutes I was up and taking calls.  The 2nd company did ask for a sample telephone reading, which I did, and again a short time later I was live.  Both companies paid me by the minute in arrears and they made it quite clear that you earn more money that longer you can keep the client on the phone.  They pass more phone calls to readers who talk for longer so if you want more business then you have to keep the caller on the phone for as long as possible.


I’d like to point out here that I didn’t agree with the ‘keep them on the phone’ tactic.  In fact I probably had some of the quickest phone calls ever because it really doesn’t take 30 minutes plus to answer people’s questions.  Usually people would ring up with one or two important questions and you don’t need to do a celtic cross spread to help them.  (This is one of the reasons why I started TarotMinutes)

So if you’re going to spend £1.50 a minute calling a Tarot line I know from experience that you may not necessarily reach a Tarot reader or psychic.  I also know that every one of your minute counts to the telephone company and your reader may be swayed financially to keep you talking for much longer than needed.

I also worked for an internet company doing psychic email readings.  I had to submit a sample reading so that was ok – they knew I was genuine .  I did 3 or 4 readings for them and never got paid.  I chased the company many, many times and no money was ever forthcoming.  So in this case I was the subject of a psychic scam.

About a year ago I found another scam.  Someone was advertising on gumtree (which isn’t all bad because I advertise there too!)  claiming to be a psychic but was using photos from genuine readers on eBay.  Incidently, it’s quite hard to scam on eBay because of the feedback rating (I’ve worked really hard for my 100% positive btw) but it does still happen.

I suppose the moral of this posting is to choose your psychic adviser with care.  Almongst the genuine people there are many who would love to take your money and give you nothing but an empty bank account in return.



Easter and new project….

swimming_pool_large.jpgIt’s been quite a strange Easter and now I’m back blogging again.

I finally made good on my promise to my sons and on Saturday I took them swimming.  I think I last went swimming about 6 years ago and was quite pleased to learn that I hadn’t forgotten how to do it.  Witches do, indeed, float 😉  I now have to take them ice skating as also promised.  I’m not sure I’ll survive this one as it must be 10 years plus since I last went.

I had a migraine on Sunday which usually knocks me out for the day.  Paul came to my rescue with a hypnosis session and I lost about an hour instead.  Anyone who suffers from migraines will understand how amazing this is.

We watched a couple of films (including Knocked Up – really good) and just relaxed.  Oh, and I ate quite a lot of chocolate 😉

I started my next pendulum project over the Easter holiday.  I’m putting together charts for contacting spirit guides – I’m really excited about this.  I’ve been using my pendulum for spirit guide communication now for several years both for myself and other people with some really fantastic results.  I’ll keep you posted on progress!

That’s it for now.  I’m working hard on Paul’s new project which we are hoping to launch within the next day or two.



Cures in your kitchen cupboard

I’ve been doing some PC housekeeping and came across this article from the Daily Mail website which I’d printed out.  It’s a list of cures for common ailments using items you’d usually find in your store cupboard.

Cures in your kitchen cupboard



Poppet Money Me

If you’ve read my other blog you’d know that Paul and I spend Saturday night making poppets.  If you haven’t read it click here and you’ll know what I’m talking about 🙂

Just thought I’d give you an update on how my money poppet is performing.  As of last night I had gained a new client who wants a website (this is through Rosmerta), sold another Pendulum Book and got a new Tarot Minutes client.  This adds up to £294!

This isn’t bad going 🙂  But I do have to work for the money – websites don’t design themselves, readings need to be done and I’ve already put in oodles of time for my pendulum book.  That’s the thing with magick – the Universe delivers but be prepared to put in a little work yourself.  Even winning the lottery requires a purchase of a ticket 😉



Tarot Minutes

advert.jpgadvert.jpgPaul and I have been really busy lately working on some exciting projects. One of those is my ‘Tarot Minutes’ idea.

I’ve been trying to find a way in which readings can be easier on the client – it’s either time consuming to make an appointment to come and see me or it can be inconvenient making phone calls. An email reading is great but it can be time consuming typing it up.

So I’ve given it some thought and I’m now offering Tarot Minutes.

It’s really easy (can’t believe I didn’t think of it before). You email me questions and I answer as many as I can in 10 minute blocks of Tarot Minutes. I’ve also got other plans for Tarot Minutes and I’d love to keep you informed so if you send me an email then I’ll add you to my free Tarot Minute monthly competion.



Is it expensive to be a witch?

witchstuff.jpgwitchstuff.jpgI remember a while ago being asked to read for a lady who had just decided to come out of the broom closet and declare herself a witch. Much kudos to her, I thought. Then she asked me if I could only charge her half my normal fee because she was buying all the stuff she needed to be a witch and didn’t really have enough money to pay me. Grrrrrrrr…….

witchstuff.jpgShe said she needed an athame, a chalice, a robe, an altar cloth etc. etc. I politely explained to her that although it’s lovely to have all of the items she listed it isn’t necessary. The roots of witchcraft lie in practicality; especially since the burning times when witches were forced to go underground in order to avoid persecution.

There are so many things lying around your home that can be used in rituals or you can easily pick up items at a supermarket. It isn’t how much things cost or whether you bought them from a New Age store – it’s if your ritual items are special to you.

I’ve found charity shops to be a great source of chalices. People seem to love giving away the odd silver goblet which usually just need a good clean to be restored to their former glory (don’t bother with silver cleaners – toothpaste works a charm).

Need an athame or boline? You can find knives with different coloured handles in supermarkets and cooking shops.

If you don’t have a fortune to buy a want then make your own. A piece of quartz crystal (inexpensive) can be tied with string around a stick and there’s always plenty of those lying around the park.

With just a little imagination you can have everything you need. It won’t cost a fortune and it will all be special to you.