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3 Tips to Help You Have the Best Tarot Reading Online

Updated on August 14, 2014

Getting a tarot reading online seems fairly simple, because these days all you really need to do is pick a site, pick a reader and click on the ‘chat now’ or ‘phone now’ button. The truth is that getting a reading is easy, if you’re not fussy about who you consult, but having the best experience possible means doing a little research and considering three important things before choosing a reader and booking a reading.


Choosing the Right Tarot Reader or Advisor

Finding the right advisor for your questions and situation is crucial, because no two readers are exactly alike. Below I’ll walk you through some of the basic differences between the different types of readers and what each can help you with.

Mediums are psychic and may or may not use Tarot cards depending on how they work. A medium is a psychic with the gift of mediumship or the ability to communicate with the souls of the deceased. If you need messages from departed loved ones, you should speak to a medium instead of a Tarot reader.

Psychics can offer far more information than a Tarot reader can, for instance, detailed time frames, descriptions, information on how someone feels or what they’re thinking, as well as potential outcomes. If you’re looking for a very detailed reading, or very indepth information such as whether someone will call instead of text, or when you’re likely to hear from someone, someone with psychic abilities will be your best bet.

Tarot readers are advisors who read cards, and may or may not have any psychic ability whatsoever. What makes things a little more complicated is that a tarot reader needs to understand and know the meanings of the cards, but doesn’t need psychic gifts to do readings. The advice and guidance coming from the Tarot may be more general than from a psychic reading, but will also be accurate. Advisors who use Tarot only are often more affordable as well, for exactly that reason.


Reading Duration

When getting a tarot reading online, you should think about how much you’re able to spend or how long you’ll be able to speak to the reader. The length or duration of your reading will determine how many questions you are able to ask and how much information you’ll receive.

Five minutes or less allows a client one question and perhaps clarification or a followup question if the reader they choose is able to work very quickly. This is rare though, so you’ll most likely find that a reader asks for at least ten minutes of your time.

Fifteen minutes or more can be enough for two or so questions, and can be very helpful in situations where you need an in depth look at one particular situation. Once you’re on the line, time goes quickly though, so prepare your questions ahead of time and focus on those that are most important to ensure you make the most of the time with your reader.

Thirty minutes or more is ideal when someone wants indepth guidance and needs to look at multiple areas of life or has multiple questions. This not only gives your reader enough time to do what he or she needs to but also allows you to ask any questions you have as they pop up during the reading.


Reading Methods

The reading method will also affect the quality of your reading, so always take the time to see whether the reader you’re interested in offers readings in the format you prefer. Most independent readers offer phone readings, email reading, instant chat readings or text chat readings.

Phone readings are ideal for situations where time is limited because you’re able to talk to the reader in real time and ask any questions as they come up. If the reader of your choice offers a very short booking such as a 5-minute or 15-minute reading, this is the best delivery method because you’ll be able to get far more information than you would with other reading types.

Email readings are convenient because they are done remotely, so the client and advisor do not have to agree on a time to meet or call one another. This is the reason why email readings are often more affordable, but delivery times vary from one advisor to the next. Delivery times could be as fast as 24 hours or less or up to two or three weeks, depending on the reader. So if you’re in need of urgent assistance, email readings may not be the best option. The other consideration with this delivery method is that you’ll most likely be limited in the number of questions you ask, because your reader will have worked out the rate for the service according to the time he or she will need to answer a single question. It’s also not possible to get followup information or to ask followup questions without booking another reading, so keep this in mind when booking an email tarot reading.

Instant chat readings can be very helpful, especially in situations where voice readings are not possible. It’s more discreet than a phone call because you’ll not be overheard by someone else, and depending on the platform or software the reader uses, you may be able to get a transcript of the reading. Chat readings can be slow, so ensure that you have enough time to cover the questions you have, particularly if you or the reader you choose happens to be a slow typer.


Reading Fees

The first question you should ask yourself when booking a tarot reading online is whether you’d prefer to pay per minute, or whether you’d be better off with a prepaid session. Per minute readings are literally that, and the system will cut you off once time runs out. In situations such as these you’ll most likely pay more per minute because there are commissions payable to the site owners and to the phone system providers before the reader can take his or her share.

Prepaid bookings are often cheaper, especially if you work with an independent advisor. When you use a per-minute system, you may end up paying $3.99 per minute, whereas if you’re dealing with the reader in his or her independent capacity, you could pay as little as $1.50 or $2.00 per minute. That means up to double the time for the same amount of money.

When you have a prepaid reading or make an appointment with an independent advisor, you may be able to get a few minutes extra, because of the absence of automated and per-minute billing, but keep in mind that your reader will most likely have other appointments, so always ensure that the time you book is sufficient to cover your questions.


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The tips above should help you get the best possible , but if you’re really fussy about reading quality and accuracy, also ensure that the reader you choose is verified or certified and has at least five years or more professional experience. The more experienced and reputable your reader, the better off you’ll be, and you’ll be assured of a pleasant and positive experience.

Another helpful tip is to look for a psychic directory in order to help you find the best tarot reader, psychic, or medium for your reading. The best psychic directories usually have strict application and approval criteria and can be a good source of certified and reputable advisors.


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