Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Tarot reading is the main avenue people choose to go, but I also receive requests for assistance with spell work consultation, or ritual advice.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Ask for references! This trade is largely spread through word of mouth, and being able to gain feedback from previous customers of a particular diviner can give you a good idea as to their accuracy, their sincerity, and their general attitude about their services. Also, don't allow yourself to be overcharged. So many offer these services at exorbitantly high prices, when it's about helping people after all, isn't it?
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. If I were a customer, I would want to know the integrity and honesty of the person reading for me. So many people seem to fall into the theatrical or "Hollywood" element of the concept of a "fortune teller" and I would like to know beforehand if the person I am seeing is down-to-earth and realistic.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. The only information customers should have before seeking me out is what they want to know about in their lives, what method of communication they would like to use, and their available times so that an appointment can be arranged.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I believe in honesty and integrity. My readings and my services are down to earth, honest, and simple to understand. I connect on a personal level with my customers and have their satisfaction and their well-being as my utmost concern. I care about my customers on a profound level.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I like being able to offer my services to them. I feel that I have particular talents that have been given to me for a specific reason: to help others by helping them work through their problems and helping them see the different avenues they can take to overcome obstacles in their lives. I like being able to connect with other people, and offer what I can to them through divination. I like being able to help.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How did you learn to read tarot cards?
As silly as it sounds, I just picked up a deck one day and with a few short sentences for explanation from a friend, I began reading. I have never studied a book on tarot cards. I just got to know my deck on a personal level. I've been using this same deck for the last 10 years.
Do you think you're always right?
I think anyone who claims to be correct 100% of the time is being both arrogant and foolish. I openly admit that sometimes elements in my readings are off, but if something seems unclear or uncertain when I do a reading, I make certain to inform the person that it's a possibility that I may not be entirely accurate on that segment. I am honest, and I tend to see things that others do not, but I am human and I do err, just like everyone else.
Is the future written in stone?
Of course not! Just because a tarot reading turns out a certain way doesn't mean that's the only option open to you or that you cannot change things. We are the masters of our own destinies, and sometimes divination is just a way to receive a head's up so that we can change things in our lives before something negative happens.
Doesn't tarot reading make you a devil worshiper?
Actually, the tarot deck as we understand it today was originally invented by the Catholics. I personally do not ascribe a particular religion to tarot reading. Most religions have had some sort of divination during their history, and tarot reading just happens to be one of the many types.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I have countless stories from my years working as a tarot reader that make me smile. I suppose one that sticks out a great deal was at a festival I worked at one summer several years ago. I was doing a reading for a young man, his friends crowded around him excitedly, whispering to each other about everything. I laid out the cards and I looked at him. I told him that a woman from his past was physically moving closer sometime in the very near future. I told him this was a woman he had cared about greatly. I also told him that she had long pale hair and that her name was Brittany.
At this point, the young man bolted from my table, and it took his friends a large amount of coaxing to make him return. After he calmed down a bit, he explained to me that his ex-girlfriend's (blonde, and named Brittany) had mentioned a few weeks ago that she might be moving back into the city.
It's a simple story, but one that has always made me smile when looking back.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I wish that customers knew that tarot reading is very subjective work and not something to be taken as a joke. I'm all for good fun, and a good dose of skepticism, but I believe that a certain level of respect must be maintained between diviner and client. I wish customers knew how much of myself I put into what appears to be a simple tarot reading, and how much I honestly care about their well-being, and my hope that I am able to help them with whatever they may be struggling with.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I had been reading tarot cards and doing natal charts for friends throughout my high school years and on into college. One day I was helping a friend at a summer street festival and we came up with the idea of me taking my deck of cards and going down to the new age shop, asking if I could sit outside and do readings for people. A cardboard box and throw rug borrowed from a nearby vendor, as well as permission from the business owner led me to doing many readings over the next few hours. I loved the feeling I received from being able to help others through my readings, and I've been doing it ever since.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. Lately, I'm proud of a lot of the readings I do. I have been able to pick up on more details concerning situations and therefore becoming more able to assist those I give readings to. A lot of the recent readings I have done have been very personal to those I have given them to, so I am unable to discuss the details.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Luckily, my field is one that has been around for a very very long time. I do however stay abreast with current literature, as well as spend much time developing new methods to use my skills for others.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. I would say the latest developments in my "field" are the facts that it is becoming more readily accessible, as well as more widely accepted.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. My most recent project was a reading I did concerning a relationship, its legal problems, as well as possibility of moving for the individuals involved. It cost $5, and took roughly 20 minutes to complete.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. For most of my work online, I just have a set flat $5 fee, though tips are never turned down and are always appreciated. I offer my services at that price because I understand that many people (like myself) are on a very tight budget, and also because I want people to know that monetary gain is not my main motivation for doing what I do.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. I would suggest spending a lot of time with your deck, getting to know what each card means to you personally, before delving into the public circle. Practice on friends and family, and then spread outward. Be certain to contact local businesses that might seem favorable to setting up a commission based relationship with you and let you work on their premises. Also be certain to check with laws in your area concerning things of that nature.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. How long do you see yourself offering your services?
For the rest of my life!