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Can I Ask for a Free Tarot Reading?

Updated on September 20, 2018
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I'm a professional tarot reader with 19 years of experience. For me, tarot is a fascinating system that reflects all human life.

Is it polite to ask for a free tarot reading? Sure, if the person doing the readings is offering them. However, requesting a freebie when no such offer has been made is plain rude. Perhaps you think that is a little harsh or judgmental. I’m going to explain why asking someone to work for free is not only annoying to them but demeaning to you.

Please note: I am mostly writing about people who ask for readings in the questions and comments sections of my articles.

It's complicated. It takes time. It's not free.
It's complicated. It takes time. It's not free.

How Tarot Readings Work

First of all, you must understand how online readings work. The reader and their client create a connection. That might be via emails, messaging, a comment box on a web page or whatever. If there’s no connection, it means that the reading is ice-cold. In other words, without a little golden thread between reader and seeker, the reader may as well be tossing their cards into the breeze.

Once the connection has been established, the reader will ask the client for their question. And maybe a little bit about the situation that causes the question to be asked in the first place, though that is not always necessary. The reader has now got a framework on which to hang the reading. He or she gets to work. Every reader has a different way of tuning in, but in essence when we turn those cards it’s almost like taking a photo of the energy surrounding that client. In that moment the reading is unique. The second the reader see those images, his or her intuition is kicking into action.

All this means that each reading is unique and sort of fleeting. If the same question was asked the following day, it would be a different result altogether. Yet, having said that, most readings can take a while for their interpretations and the unfolding of influences and events to become actuality.

We Are Experts

Not all, but most professional readers spend years and years honing their skills. Doing hundreds and thousands of readings. Many paid for and probably lots of free ones too. They study their craft. They read books. They write out interpretations. They meet client after client, all with unique situations. They are required to counsel, to give advice, to reassure, to encourage, to keep secrets, and to comfort.

Most readers work face-to-face. Others stay relatively anonymous online. However they work, you can guarantee that they don’t just sit down and rattle off a load of psychic spiel. Our knowledge is birthed from wisdom, yes, but also a ton of hard work.

My in-depth readings can take me three hours to complete. I do my best to give as much information as I can. I take all my own scans and photos to illustrate my readings, and I offer a free feedback and response service.

Tarot Readers Are People with Bills Too

Good tarot readers are professionals. They value their time as much as anyone else. Would you ask your hairdresser for a freebie? Should a maintenance engineer come and fix your washer for free just because you asked? Perhaps you could ask your bank manager for an interest-free loan?

Tarot readers have expenses just like you do. We have homes that need maintaining. Families who need feeding. Cars that need gas. Perhaps you have a volunteer day once a week when you go to work and don’t get paid? No? Oh.

When Free Reading Requests Are a Good Thing

If someone (like me) has a website where free readings are offered, then that’s absolutely fine. I love hearing from people, and most are generally appreciative of what I do. Often I build up a rapport with them and they become long-term paying clients. Very often I’ll carry out free readings for them to say thank you for their support. It’s a two-way conduit.

There are also brilliant websites where student readers can gain experience by giving free readings and getting feedback. I did this when I was starting out: The American Tarot Association has two free reading networks; one for single card readings and one for the more experienced, giving away three-card readings. TABI (Tarot Association of the British Isles) also offers freebies via a network of volunteers. This is an excellent way for any new reader to learn on the job.

I Won’t Be Your Tame Tarot Reader

Over the years, it’s happened a few times where people have asked for free readings and I’ve done them. Then as regular as clockwork they’ll come back month after month and ask for more. Eventually, and these days it’s sooner, rather than later, I just ignore them. Then there are those who ask for a reading, which I do. I don’t hear another word until they come and ask for another. There was no thank you, no acknowledgment, nothing. Until they want another freebie. I just delete those now.

So Why Shouldn’t I Ask You For a Free Reading?

Because it’s begging. What makes it OK for you to ask a complete stranger to sit down with their cards and carry out a free reading just because you feel like it? I bet you wouldn’t do it in real life. Do you believe that we are eager for any opportunity to practice on anyone who asks? Do you want to be perceived as a freeloader? A beggar? I assure you, that’s exactly what I think when I receive all these requests. Every time I write and publish a tarot article, the askers start asking. Even though I clearly state that free readings won’t be given; they keep on asking.

Recent Requests:

  • How do I know if my feeling for my crush is love?
  • Will I pass my exam?
  • Does he love me?
  • Will I be pregnant this time?
  • Is (real name removed) the soulmate for (real name removed)?

And so on...

I Won’t Interpret Your Cards Either

One of the weirdest things is that people buy themselves a tarot deck, open it, shuffle, turn some cards, and then ask a professional to interpret them. I can understand completely if someone gets a bit stuck or confused, but this is not like that. I had one woman request that I interpret her 6-card reading and then when I gently and politely refused, pointing out that I get paid for my time, she told me that I was money-grabbing and evil because she was ‘taught by her elders that no one should try to make money out of the sacred cards’. The funniest thing was that her reading was asking if she was going to win an Australian lottery. I was tempted to ask her if she would approach my web hosting company and request them to host my tarot site for free because they shouldn’t be making money from the cards.

When people ask me to interpret their cards, I ask them what their interpretation is first. Because, surely, they must have one seeing as they asked a question and turned their own cards. In almost every case, I never hear from them again.

She's not doing free readings either.
She's not doing free readings either. | Source

Want a Free Reading? Don’t Ask Me

So don’t ask for free readings unless you have been invited to do so. Don’t expect us to work for nothing, because we know you expect to get paid for the work you do. There are a multitude of legitimate free reading services out there. Go use them.

© 2018 Bev G

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    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      8 months ago from Wales, UK

      Vent away, Jean :)

      I just don't answer them :)

      Don't let it stress you out. It's an optional thing, so why not 'Pause' them to turn them off?

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      Jean Bakula 

      8 months ago from New Jersey

      You took the words right out of my mouth. I feel sorry for some of the people, but also find some who keep writing over and over with more questions, pretending to be others, but I remember the planetary combos.

      I always get questions where people jump to the bottom of an article which either answers the question, or they ask for free readings. One day last week I gave the woman three links of articles I wrote which would answer her questions better than I could in the Q&A. This is the 2nd time I got a nasty note back from the administration and was told my answer was not appropriate.

      I'm not writing a disclaimer at the bottom of each article, because many of them have other disclaimers the staff put on them as CYA. But I thought the Q&A was a pilot program. It clearly doesn't do anything positive, people don't read and skip to the end to ask what's already there. Why don't they get rid of it? Then after time if enough others don't read the answers (they get too specialized if I do interpret) the staff puts the answer on the wrong article. I'm so fed up. I drive a lot of traffic to Exemplore and was ready to close my account last time the staff attacked me over a rude person.

      I guess I should just not answer and write more, most of my articles are old. They took about 2/3 when they opened the niche sites. I have 6 hubs left on HP, and they are doing all they can to give me a hard time about getting what's left on niches. They are written as well as my other articles. I find the newer staff really hard to work with.

      I also think answering small, stupid questions has hurt my home business. I depend on that income, and these people think the little reading I give on Q&A is a whole chart interpretation. They are that dumb.

      Sorry, had to vent.

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      12 months ago from Wales, UK

      Indeed, Shaloo. I would say that for every one person who expresses thanks or provides a little feedback on my site (where I happily do free readings), there is another who doesn't respond at all.

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      12 months ago from Wales, UK

      Yes, that's true, Ravi. And I have such lovely clients too.

      The thing is, I don't care about getting orders for paid readings. That's not how I earn a living... it's just the fact so many assume that people like me have all the time in the world to donate. It's as if we are just machines waiting for them to ask.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      12 months ago from India

      I agree with you. I am an astrologer and tarot reader. Initially I used to do a lot of free readings but people don't value your time and not even the reading that comes for free. Some don't even bother to say thanks and then some will bring more of their friends for free readings. I still do free readings but only for family and a few close friends.

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      Ravi Kkapkaa 

      12 months ago from India

      Hi Bev, One more thing, I believe is intention. When one pays for reading, he clearly puts his intention truthfully and whole heatedly,with money as symbol for INTENT, which is most important part. Do i understand correctly?

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      12 months ago from Wales, UK

      Indeed Ralph. However I'm not referring to 'real life' people, it's the anonymous ones who ask on almost every tarot article I write (here and elsewhere). Maybe I need to make that clearer in the article?

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      Ralph Schwartz 

      12 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      My wife is a professional palmist and it's inevitable that anytime we're in a group setting, someone will thrust their hand in her face to make an inquiry about something. She's very nice about it and will give them a quick answer while offering to schedule a reading for them. Fortunately most people quickly see that they aren't getting much unless they are willing to have a regular (paying) session.

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      12 months ago from Wales, UK

      Thank you, Mr Happy. I appreciate your point of view. Just for the record I am talking about complete strangers who ask for readings anonymously, not people I know or people who come through my website.

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      Mr. Happy 

      12 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings,

      I have mixed feelings about this topic and I was glad to read that: "The reader and their client create a connection". I do not think many people are aware of this. It helps a lot to have details about any given situation but it is not a certain failure to work without a great deal of details.

      I have never asked for a penny from people for any Spiritual and/or Magic work but that's just my opinion and it is a personal choice. I do understand that as You wrote, people have bills to pay. I have a friend who did tarot reading some years ago all day long because he did not have any other way of making money. I can respect that.

      Over the years, I have had many friends and aquaintences ask for one thing, or another. I try to guide more than just give-out answers. It is a difficult thing working with other people for their well-being. What is often good for me, may not be good for others and vice-versa.

      You are also right that if You give free readings, some people will take advantage and keep asking for free readings. To me it's like anything else: You can ask me to come help You gardening and that's fine but if You keep asking me to come help You gardening (season after season) then, I might ask for some donations. It really depends on each individual situation for me.

      ‘taught by her elders that no one should try to make money out of the sacred cards’ - The only thing I can say here is that I know FIrst Nation elders who are very clear about not selling the sacred medicines: sage, cedar, sweetgrass and tabacco. People can get kicked-out of Native reserves for selling sacred medicines. Those are just rules on some Native Reserves and they need to be respected while on such Native Reserves. I never heard anything about cards but I also do not work with tarot cards much. I have done readings for myself but that's about it and for the fun of it. I really do not need tarots for my Being.

      Alrighty, thank You for this article. I appreciate reading other people's opinions and I can respect their opinions as well (as long as it does not hurt others/otherness).

      May Wakan Tanka walk with You.

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