Updated: Sep 16
While there are far many more considerations for ethical tarot reading than I will explore in today’s post, here are some four best practices for tarot readers to get them started on building credibility and trust with their clients.
First, be clear about your process and what you do and do not provide.
I mentioned this in the previous post on the 3 Surefire Signs of Unethical Tarot Readers, but it bares repetition: A good tarot reader sets expectations and boundaries. If a reader is not forthcoming about what kinds of services and guidance they can provide, they are not committed to or upholding best practices.
Tarot reading itself comes with a lot of baggage and tarot readers themselves are often misunderstood based on the bad rap the tarot has unfortunately gained over the years in mainstream society. As such, a tarot reader should be well-versed in open-mindedness and non-judgment. If you feel that you as a client are not being treated in a fair way or are the recipient of discriminatory words or deeds, this is NOT a professional.
3. Client confidentiality
If you are just starting out tarot reading for others, or if you are just about to receive your first ever tarot reading, know that true professional readers do not disclose. Trust between reader and tarot is vitally important for authentic conversations. Maintaining confidentiality is an important step to building that relationship. If you are a new reader or meeting a new client for the first time, it doesn’t hurt to reiterate and reassure out the outset that the conversation stays in the room.
4. Appropriate clientele
An ethical tarot reader will not read for children and will also only read for those who are present and have provided consent to obtain a reading.
When it comes to reading for children, youth are impressionable and may not understand the power that free will and choice plays. A good tarot reader will be cognizant of and deny reading for underage children to protect them and their best interest.
A good reader will also only read for the adults present in the session. These are the individual(s) who came to you and can express their consent for a reading. It is not ethical to read for someone else without their permission.
If you as a reader encounter pushback on any of the above, it may be best to end the session prematurely and offer a refund. And if you are the client in any of these situations or have concerns related to the above, I encourage you to be empowered to ask to stop your session and request a refund rather than be uncomfortable.
Next week we’ll look at things you should never say (or hear!) in a tarot reading.
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