How to become a professional tarot reader

Tarot card reading has and falls out of favor with the public on a regular basis. When it’s hot, you can make a lot of money, maybe even enough to live on. When reading isn’t hot, as with any freelance career, you’ll need to keep your day job.

Either way, if you’re good at:

1. reading the cards

2. interact with people

3. promote yourself

you can be sure of earning money.

How to be a popular card reader

The first thing to remember about professional letter reading is that your client can tell if you are sincere or not. You have to be sincere. You have to really want the best for your client.

Second, you should always assure your client that what is on the cards is not set in stone. Tell her that only she determines her own destiny. Remind her that the cards simply reflect patterns. They don’t dictate what will happen to her.

If you get a “bad” card, for example, don’t tell the customer the “bad news.” Tell him that now he has the opportunity to overcome a problem. Frame your card interpretations in a way that encourages you to find solutions to problems in your life. You want to energize your client, fill her with hope and ambition, no matter what cards come up. Check out the Tarot section of the Psychic Tea Shoppe – all the readings, even the “reverse” cards, are hopeful.

get a job

You can go at this from many angles.

1. Get hired by a company over the phone or online. The company captures customers and forwards them.

When you work for a phone-based company, you must have a dedicated phone line with no add-ons like call waiting. Log in to your company computer when you want to work and sit by the phone with your cards for as long as you’re online.

two. Go independent. Like any professional, you will need business cards and a website. You can post ads in local newspapers if you are going to read for people face to face. If your customers will come to you by phone or online, you might consider Internet advertising.

3. Join a networking group, whether it’s a local in-person group or an Internet group.

Tarot card reading opportunities for freelancers include:

  • reading at parties
  • Rent a booth at “psychic” or “new age” conventions and do readings and promotions from there.
  • Hosting a table at a restaurant or bookstore, sometimes paying the establishment a percentage of your profits and other times letting the bookstore use your services to attract more customers from the store
  • Setting up a reading site on the Internet (requires obtaining a business credit card account and Paypal)
  • Set up your own phone Tarot reading business (again, you need to get a credit card/Paypal account)
  • Tarot card reading in person from a shop window. You can arrange for your storefront to be part of an existing store and pay the rent. (For safety reasons, don’t read to clients outside of your home and don’t go to anyone else’s home, unless it’s for a big party.)


There are plenty of laws, ordinances, restrictions, and city rules on the books no matter where you read your Tarot cards. If you are reading for money, you should first do some legal research.

Keep records and pay taxes. I would suggest a computer based accounting program. And make backup copies every night! Keep backups offsite in case of fire or theft, or purchase storage space online.

You’re in an unconventional business, and without excellent record keeping and impeccable tax returns, you’re going to create problems for yourself.

And finally, I would suggest purchasing an affordable liability policy.

people reading

Being a professional Tarot card reader is a great opportunity to observe others, get out of your own problems and needs, and make your clients feel good about themselves. Watch them come in, sit down, talk a bit. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or let them talk about a problem. Get their attention, make a connection. You will get better card reading.

The other side of the coin is this: don’t let them take advantage of you. When people start talking, they often can’t stop. Set a timer when the customer sits down. You are going to have many types of people as customers. Some will have big problems. Don’t take it personally if someone gets mad at you. And kick the customer out if he is rude or disrespectful.

Be good at reading cards. Be intuitive with people. You will be a fabulous Tarot reader.

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