5 Signs that you are NOT ready to go Pro as a Tarot Reader

Hi Tarot Tribe, today I am going to be talking about the signs you are not ready to go pro as a Tarot reader.

As with everything that I share, these are my views, simply take what resonates with you and leave the rest.

While I believe the skills we will be talking about today are essential, at the end of the day, only you can decide whether you are ready or not. You can develop any of the skills to help round out your toolkit as a Tarot Reader.


1. You Can’t Deliver Hard News

Professional Tarot Readers have to talk about the HARD stuff in life. People do not go to readers when things are all rainbow farts and cute puppies. They seek us out when they have hard choices to make, are at crossroads in their lives and when they need healing and seek understanding for what is going on.

You are going to have to tell you clients things that they might not want to hear. I can’t tell you how many times I do love readings and the question is, “he left me, will he come back?” The answer is almost always, no.

Clear and effective communication is one of the top non-mystical skills of Tarot readers. If you have a need to be liked or don’t want to be seen as the bad gal (or guy), you probably need to do some work around that before you become a pro Tarot reader.

How to Develop This Skill

Brainstorm and practice how you could deliver hard news. Where are your boundaries? For example, will you predict a physical death or serious health issues?

Think about the types of readings you want to do, consider the types of discussions you might have to have and then practice your delivery to made up clients or a practice buddy.

Talking about tough stuff gets easier the more you have to do it, but there are always going to be days and situations when it’s hard. Accepting that will help.

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2. You Are Scared To Talk About Money

Does your friend still owe you for that thing she said she would pay you back for five months ago? She forgot about it (again) and you can’t bring yourself to ask for it back because asking for money makes you squirm.

If you want a full time Tarot business (and the income to go with it) you need to be okay with having conversations around money.

I get messages every day asking for my rates. People ask for free readings or want to do barters. Because I need to pay my bills and put food on the table, I’ve had to get very comfortable with talking money.

Your rates are your rates. They are not a reflection of who you are or your personal worth.

If someone has a problem with your rates, it’s not about you, it’s about them. There’s a lot of money shit in the spiritual community and it stops people from being successful and thriving. Lines like ‘It is a gift and you shouldn’t charge for spiritual gifts’ are just throwing that crap around and I simply have no time for it.

People who say that usually aren’t professional readers, they want something for free, or their landlords are accepting meatloaf as rental payments.

You don’t have to be Scrooge McDuck, but everyone deserves to thrive when they work hard. You are no different.

Money is energy, it is also how we live in the modern world, for now. I know for a fact that the more I have worked on my money relationship the better my relationships with people and my business has been.

How to Develop This Skill

Set your rates. Tell people your rates. Don’t apologize, don’t justify. It might feel uncomfortable to start, but that’s ok.

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3. You Find Yourself Judging Your Clients

Remember how I said you are going to hear anything and everything as a Tarot Reader?

At some point, one of your clients is going to trigger you in some way. Maybe they don’t share your political views or they are doing something you would NEVER do.

No matter what, it is not your job to judge that person.

You have been hired for a service and if you are unable to put your personal biases and judgements aside it’s a sign to pause and do some spiritual work first.

It is okay to recognize that you would make different choices in their situation, but holding judgement will make your client feel shitty about their life, situation, or the hard decisions they’ve had to make.

You aren’t Judge Judy (and she ain’t a Tarot reader).

We have to be able to put our egos and opinions to the side and hold a non-judgemental space for people. That is one of the marks of a true professional.

How to Develop This Skill

Meditating before sessions and practicing non-judgement are great ways to develop this skill. Journaling and reflecting on yourself is another.

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4. You Have to Look Up the Card Meanings in Books

Imagine going to see a doctor and seeing them pull out a book or jumping on WebMD to look for the symptoms you’ve described. Or, turning up to see a lawyer and they don’t know the basics of law.

You would not be very happy.

Tarot readers are no different. I hear feedback from lots of people that readers in paid readings have brought out books to look things up or have copied and pasted things from websites in email readings. It’s unprofessional.

I have a mountain of Tarot books that I still love to read but never while giving a Tarot reading since I went pro.

If you are still looking in books or online for the meaning of the cards DURING a session, you still have your training wheels on and it’s time to study more and go pro later.

I do know that there are readers who never use the more traditional meanings of the cards and that they just use their intuition, I am not talking about those readers as they usually don’t read guidebooks. I am talking about someone who is learning the Tarot as a system. I also believe that we should tell our clients what kind of readers we are up front so that they know what to expect.

How To Develop This Skill

You need to log hours giving readings so you can become familiar with seeing the cards in different scenarios and understanding their meaning at a glance.

While you are learning and giving readings for tips and feedback, tell people know this up front and let them know you will be referencing your books. Don’t try and hide your proficiency levels and pass yourself off as something you aren’t (yet). Otherwise, it will bite you in the ass.

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5. You Have No Real Track Record

People are likely going to connect with you and trust you with their situation, energy, time, and hard-earned money when they know that you are trustworthy.

That is one reason I like having my Etsy store still as there are verified reviews up there. This is why I have been and always will be an active member in our community and why I consistently create content.

Free readings are a great idea when you are learning and building your practice and it can give you good feedback.

I believe you can’t just do one course and set up a shop and demand top dollar for your readings with nothing to back it up. Hey, maybe I am old fashioned that way.

How To Develop This Skill

Give lots of free readings. Be reliable. Do what you say you are doing to do when you say you are going to do it. Ask for feedback. Look for ways to improve. Keep learning.

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A Final Note on Going Pro as a Tarot Reader

There are many different ways to getting a solid client base, whether you work for yourself, from a shop, do fairs, or parties. Whatever your business model, there is a pathway to success.

The one thing they all have in common is THE WORK.

You can not expect to just put up a website or open an Etsy shop and be flooded with readings if you have no credibility or following. Anyone is telling you that you can make six figures in six months as a reader starting out is full of shit.

It took time to build my business. If my love for the Tarot didn’t run deep in my DNA I couldn’t have invested all of my time and energy into it.

Tarot reading is an art form and no matter how good you get, there is always room for improvement. Whether that is learning more about the communication or people skills, or the admin and marketing skills – there’s always something to learn.

It never really stops being work, you have to show up, be present, and consistent.

What you do think about my list? Have I been too harsh? Any exceptions to the rule? I would love to hear what you think about going pro as a Tarot Reader and thank you for dropping by.

  • Colleen Pritchard
    Posted at 15:23h, 10 October Reply

    I really liked this article. I am thinking of reading professionally and these are questions I wrestle with. I don’t know if it is harsh but being self-employed is not an easy task, it takes a lot of discipline, perseverance and the right attitude. It certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. I have enjoyed your tutorials.

    • Ethony
      Posted at 12:45h, 11 October Reply

      It sure does and thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

  • Erika Robinson
    Posted at 16:46h, 11 October Reply

    Excellent list! Not too harsh at all!

  • Joan
    Posted at 06:53h, 16 October Reply

    I surely agree with this. At the start I did refer to tarot books but now I am super used to my cards I don’t need it anymore. 🙂

  • Jamie
    Posted at 15:38h, 17 October Reply

    Heck it could be harsher in my opinion! I have noticed so many people who read a book or 2 and think they are a pro even charging more than people with 20 times the experience. I feel they do the tarot community as a whole as well as their clients a huge disservice

  • Ael Xander
    Posted at 16:48h, 17 October Reply

    This post was fabulous. Hit home on the hows, the whys. It also shows the weak areas where you can only do to get there. Love this. Thank you, Ethony.

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