There are many different types of tarot readers available today, from those who have tarot certifications from tarot associations, to those whom simply practice as part of their spiritual journey. There are also witches, life coaches, and dare I say…psychologists and mental health counselors who use tarot as a tool for clients’ self-development. People from many walks of life have taken an interest in the tarot and more so today, since the covid crisis.
Many people have taken an interest in learning the art of tarot, also known as cartomancy, and reading for themselves, while others would rather go to a professional. If a professional is more to your liking, how do you know if your tarot reader is legit?
First, don’t get discouraged if they are not certified by any association. That’s just a perk! A reader can study and practice for many years and never be certified. Certification does not take away or replace years of experience.
A legitimate tarot reader wants to know why you are there. Are you seeking advice in love and relationships, finances and career, or health and self-care? Or maybe you just want a snap shot of your current circumstances. Either way, it helps to know the general reason so that the reader can adjust the tarot spreads to best answer your questions.
During the reading, the reader should be asking if you resonate with his/her interpretation and answer any questions. Remember, these are divine messages for you! The reading should make sense to you. The tarot reader is simply the interpreter.
A legitimate tarot reader will engage you, make you look deeper into your issue rather than just make blank statements. There should be a discussion, a deep intimate conversation, not just about your specific problem, but about your whole life. They should help you find practical solutions to your problems and may even advise you to seek professional help for any serious matters. He/she should have a basic knowledge of resources that can assist you after the reading, whether that be books, videos, websites, phone numbers, etc. After all, you want advice from someone who’s knowledgeable on how to help others, right?
One red flag to be aware of is if your reading is full of doom! The reader should be compassionate and know how to deliver negative information. You can tell someone to be extremely cautious with their health and suggest immediate attention, rather than, “Dude, you’re gonna die!” There is such a thing as a “table-side manner” when it comes to tarot professionals. There are scam artists out there who will scare you to death with doom and destruction, and the only way to fix it is to pay THEM! Seriously!?
Which brings me to the magickal aspect of tarot. Some scandalous tarot readers will claim to be witches or spellcasters who can make all your problems go away for an astronomical fee. People! There is no way on God’s green earth, that a STRANGER in “Zimbabwe”, is going to perform a magick ritual for you to fix your problems. I don’t care if you’re face-to-face sitting in their office or how much you pay them. It’s NOT gonna happen! Only you can fix you. Spend that money wisely instead, by investing in yourself, like taking a course or seminar on mental health or self-development, or buying a self-help book, or booking your first professional counseling session. Investing in your wellbeing is never a mistake.
There are several tarot readers, like myself, who will advise the client to perform certain rituals. Some may consider them magickal practices. Usually these involve candle-burning meditations, musical meditations, reiki, mantras, journaling, yoga, and other holistic alternatives that the client can do on their own.
A legitimate tarot reader should inspire you, motivate you, open your eyes to possibilities. He/she should encourage you to be your best self. A legitimate tarot reading should leave you hopeful, grateful, inspired, and motivated. It should bring clarity and optimism to almost any situation. It should NOT leave you hopeless, drained, fearful, or confused.
You want to choose a tarot reader that you can return to when needed. Someone who will inspire you enough to want to call them back and share your good news with. Someone you can genuinely recommend to others in need of such services. Someone you may even consider a friend, after all, you are sharing your deepest secrets with them.
And lastly, someone who will follow your readings with notes so that you can keep a progress of your discussions. This way, after a few sessions you can decide if the tarot readings are a good fit for you or if you need to seek services elsewhere.
Just like with any service you acquire, do your research and ask questions. And remember, a tarot reader’s advice should never replace or supercede the advice from a licensed professional.