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Online, Phone, and In-Person Tarot Readings: Pros and Cons of Each

Updated on December 20, 2019
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Shaloo Walia is an astrologer and tarot reader. She is an Art of Living teacher and also an ardent Krishna devotee and a follower of ISKCON.

There will likely come a time in your life when you'll want to seek the insights of a professional tarot reader. After all, men and women around the world have consulted the tarot cards for hundreds of years (in some cases and forms, thousands!).

Tarot cards offer an alternative glimpse into potential influences and possibilities that may go undetected in our waking lives; they pose solutions we may never have considered. For those and many more reasons, investing in a professional tarot session can be a life-altering experience.

There are several ways to obtain a tarot reading, the main three being: in person, over the phone, or online. Each carries certain pros and cons, and in this article we'll discuss them at length to help you consider the method that's right for you.

I. In Person Tarot Reading

Pros: This is the most recommended and typically successful method for having your cards read. Tarot readers are as intuitive as they are talented, and much of what the cards reveal is conducted through psychic frequencies picked up by the reader directly from the cards themselves, in response to the exchange of in-person energies. In other words, tarot cards react to both the reader and subject (in this case, you), and the physical presence of both ensures an accurate response.

In-person tarot readings also instill trust between the reader and their client. Let's face it, being able to look another human in the eyes, introduce yourself, and chat a little beforehand creates an organic foundation upon which a healthy reading can take place.

Cons: Geography is generally the only obstacle where in-person readings are concerned. If you live in a city or larger town it will likely be quite easy to research local practicing tarot readers and set up an appointment with one of your choosing. Otherwise you may have to do some traveling.

If it's your first time don't be nervous, but go prepared! Understand the rates, time allotted, and methods used to assist you. Professional tarot readers are no different from any operating business, and it's important to respect them as such to ensure a successful session.

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The Original Rider-Waite® Tarot Set
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II. Phone Conducted Tarot Reading

Pros: There is certainly no shortage of phone psychics and tarot readers advertising their services, which leads one to assume that this is a perfectly acceptable method. Phone-conducted tarot readings are employed by most professionals for reasons of convenience, client anonymity, and reaching a wider client base on the reader's behalf. Over-the-phone physic readings still allow for an organic interaction--albeit only by voice--and exceptionally skilled tarot readers will be able to employ those frequencies to accurately interpret the cards' response.

Many who do not live within a reasonable distance of a tarot reading service often have no choice but to turn to phone consultations, which can provide wonderful results and even result in long standing customer loyalty.

Cons: More or less what we discussed above, phone-conducted tarot readings are convenient in terms of geography and personal comfort, but do not provide a person-to-person rapport. Some simply prefer to be able to engage with their reader in a more intimate proximity.

As the poet plays with words, the musician with sounds and the painter with colours, so the tarotist plays with the interaction of tarot cards and the psyche.

— Philippe St Genoux

III. Online Tarot Reading

Pros: There are two factions within the tarot reading community: those who endorse online readings and those who discourage them. A quick internet search will draw up innumerable online tarot reading services, with reviews that cover the spectrum of positive/neutral/negative.

It's important to take a moment to differentiate between the two types of online tarot readings.

The first type, while conducted online or through a chat medium, is still performed by a living, breathing tarot reader; there's a human on the other end. The second type is an auto-generated reading, in which the random drawing of the cards reveals pre-written interpretations for each card. While the former is still widely recognized by the tarot community, the latter is most definitely not.

As with tarot readings conducted over the phone, convenience is the main factor working in an online reading's favor. If one is physically or geographically unable to seek out the methods listed above, an online reading may be the only option available.

Cons: A reading conducted online between the client and tarot professional can absolutely be insightful, but results may not be at par with an in-person or even phone-conducted reading. But that doesn't mean an online reading isn’t successful. In most cases the tarot reader will ask you for your birth date and a few key personal facts that will contribute to their knowledge of you beforehand.

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Ultimately, there is no right or wrong method for receiving a tarot reading. No two readers or clients are alike, and energies and concluding messages can be exchanged a number of ways. More than anything it is important to research your prospective tarot reader ahead of time, gather reviews, and decide for yourself if his or her chosen medium will be of assistance to you.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Shaloo Walia


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