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.

Blessings

Lyn

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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.

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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.

Blessings

Lyn