How to Choose a Tarot Card Reader

Choosing a tarot card reader is a bit like choosing a therapist or a personal trainer, especially if you're looking for regular readings. Asking the advice of a stranger (or a stranger's cards) is a big deal when it's about something personal to you. Here are a few tips to help you decide which reader is right for you.

Phony or For Real?

The obvious first step here is to make sure they're not peddling fear. There are some unscrupulous faux-pros out there who will give you a reading full of doom and gloom, then turn around and claim you're cursed. The "reader" will usually then ask for an extra fee to "dispel the curse," kind of like a real-life ransomware virus. For most people, this is an annoying waste of time and money that can tarnish their experience with the whole industry, but for some folks, this can create feelings of panic and anxiety.

But how do you know beforehand that the reader's a fraud? Dramatic costuming, very little contact information, using a fake or affected name (although not all readers with names like Madame Clara are phonies, it doesn't hurt to ask for more info), hawking at shows (if they're calling you over to their table with a "premonition," steer very clear); these are all red flags. When looking online, look for reviews, social media, or any kid of online presence like a website or blog. If they don't have one in this day and age, it may be safe to assume they're trying to hide something about their "business." Credentials are useful, too, but can be faked, so double check the validity of their "memberships" with tarot reader associations and guilds. Those groups will definitely want to know if someone is misusing their name.

Getting Personal

Now that you've eliminated sketchy characters from the reader pool, we can move on to the more personal aspects of choosing a reader. To really find a reader that will mesh with your needs, ask yourself a few questions like:

  • What kind of reading do I want?
  • How do I want the outcome delivered?
  • Do I want a more practical or spiritual reading?

When you've answered these questions, you can apply your responses to the readers you come across. If they don't offer the in-depth kind of reading you need, have reviews describing their "brutally honest" style when you're looking for a gentler approach, or practice a more secular form of reading when you prefer to hear from the spirits or have your reading applied to your chakras, you can cross them off your list.

Another criterion to consider is what subjects they will cover. Some readers will not read romance or health queries, and you might need an answer to a question about your marriage or your health outlook for the year. You'll want to know that before you invest, so if you're not sure, ask them.

Follow Up, Buttercup

Your choice of reader doesn't end when the reading is over, either. If, after all your checklists and analyses pre-purchase, they still don't live up to what you need, let them know (politely). A good reader should accept feedback. Don't let a bad reading put you off the whole industry; sometimes, it just takes time to vibe with someone. Remember, this is about you and your needs, so don't feel pressured to stick with a reader who disappoints you.

And if you find that advice from the cards isn't for you, don't sweat it. We won't be offended.

Here's a handy checklist for you to summarize all the advice in this article:

  • Make sure they're legitimate
  • Know what you want out of the reading before you decide
  • Get all the details of the reader's style
  • Communicate your needs to the reader before investing
  • Follow up on the reading, whether you liked it or not

If this piece helps you or you think it's missing something, or maybe you just have a question, leave a comment below and I'll answer it ASAP for ya. Thanks for reading!