How to Be a Professional Tarot Reader: Detach

Sometimes clients talk about their reading like it’s therapy. There are many parallels. A Tarot reader is like a therapist. A mystical, underqualified therapist with feathers braided into her hair, but close enough anyway. What we have in common is that we are paid listeners. And we share a skill that is critical to therapists…

Stop Asking the Tarot About Your Stupid Crush. Please.

You want to know what your ex is up to. Or if your partner is cheating. Or what your boss thinks of you. Or if that girl you just met at the party is obsessing over you the way you are over her. Look, don’t bring these kinds of questions to the oracle. The poor…

How to Be a Professional Tarot Reader: Set Good Boundaries

Tarot is an unregulated practice. That means it is up to you to uphold standards of excellence and ethics. Truly the first step in professional conduct is establishing good boundaries with your clients. You can solve most other problems in advance by setting a professional tone and sticking to it diligently. Boundaries define relationships. How far a relationship…

Tarot’s Most Interesting Question: Should You Believe?

If you’ve read cards for any length of time, you’ve no doubt encountered a few friendly skeptics. They’ll approach gingerly, not wanting to insult you, but eventually arrive at their question: you don’t–I mean–do you really… believe in all this? It’s a fair concern. Popular imagery connects Tarot cards with snake oil charlatans, East Village…

Why Astrology is a Socially Acceptable Form of Prejudice

No doubt you’ve had a coworker or friend who likes to talk about themselves and sign-drops at every chance. Oh my God I’m a Libra, I just can’t, they’ll say. Or You know me–Aries charm! Ah! Delightful. These jaunty narcissists can light up a room full of insecure fawners with their self-effacing wit. They’re the…