How I do email tarot readings

I do most of my tarot readings by email.

People are often surprised by this, asking ‘doesn’t the querent need to be there with you?’

Nope! 95% of the tarot readings I do are by email and everything works just fine.

Theresa Reed recently shared a great post about how she does her telephone readings, which I found really interesting. It’s always good to get a peek into how someone else is running their tarot business! So I thought I’d share mine too.


1. The request

Querents request a tarot reading via this page. They fill in a little form and choose whether they’d like a shorter or longer reading, and let me know their question (if they have one).

2. Payment

I get an email with the request, reply to the querent personally, and manually send them an invoice via PayPal.

Many tarot readers have a ‘pay now’ button on their website and I can see how this would smooth the process! I have often considered doing the same. Presently though, I prefer to contact my querents personally and ensure I’m the right reader for them before they pay.

3. Preparation

I don’t have many rituals, but I lay out my reading cloth and light a candle for the querent before reading. I spritz a little of my cleansing mist around for clarity, and sometimes burns some oil too (I like rosemary best).

After reading over the question a few times so it’s clear in my mind, I work out the spread I’m going to use to answer them. Sometimes I create something new from scratch, other times I’m using one of my tried-and-trusted tarot spreads, or a good old Celtic cross.

I use a template document which I set up with the querent’s question and a few introductory words.


4. Reading

Then I put my computer away and shuffle my cards, thinking aloud about the querent and what they are asking. I try not to ‘imagine’ anything, but just hear their voice asking the question.

I lay out the cards and read them, jotting down notes, thoughts, ideas on paper first. This gives me space to notice conversations between cards and to let my intuition flow.

Then I type up the reading in Ommwriter – a distraction-free writing app. I turn off the internet and put my phone on silent and out of reach.

I actually set a timer for the readings. It may sound crass, but it’s a simple way I can maintain boundaries around my time and energy. When I first started out, I could spend actual days on a client reading. Now I take care to give everyone a fair amount of time that is sustainable for me.


4. Sending

When I’m happy with the reading, I paste it into the Word document I created. Finally, take a photograph of the cards and add this too.

I save the reading as a PDF to Dropbox. This stores the reading on my computer and securely online, and allows me to get a secret link which I send to the querent in an email.

From here, they can click and download their reading, or read it online.

That’s it!


Do you provide readings for clients? How do you do yours?

PS – If you’d like to order an email tarot reading, visit this page.


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  1. Oh wow I love this! My very first reading was done via email. I thought it was so strange at first and not “spiritual” enough. But then I realized how close minded I was being. The great thing about this day and age is that we have the ability to do readings from our own sacred space and can send this sacredness to someone across the country or ocean. It’s even more magical!

    I really love this and I really want to get a reading from you! I’m putting that on my list of things to do! 😉

    • Beth says:

      Hey Ashley,

      Yes, a lot of people feel this way about email readings and I can completely understand. For others, an email reading is a nice way to have some distance, you don’t feel as ‘on the spot’ as you do when you have a face-to-face reading. They are two very different experiences (as too are Skype and phone readings!)

      Sometimes I really want the distance and the written report of an email reading, other times I want to *talk* and it’s gotta be face to face. Different strokes for different folks or moods!

  2. raggedpoet says:

    I pretty much do mine exactIy as you do Beth, but have not used a timer in the past, I can see how it is needed though! I have stopped for a year or so because of college demands. The only other difference is I sometimes get help from my Tarot reading goat, Gypsy! I can’t share a photo here but will email you one!!

  3. Jeanna says:

    What a great write up. The timer for boundaries totally makes sense! And I hear you on tech distractions — I think that the time I spend on daily cards + readings during the day is the only time I spend with my technology truly “off” and out of sight.

    Have been wanting to get a reading from you, and I think this is the post that just pushed me to do so!

    • Beth says:

      Oh, wonderful! This wasn’t intended as an ad, promise 😉

      Yes, I use the timer every time now – it focuses me and I actually think my readings are better as a result.

  4. Matt says:

    Thanks for sharing! I just downloaded Ommwriter. I’ve just been listen to meditation music on YouTube with my headphones while doing my e-mail readings to help drown out outside noise…this is so much better!

    • Beth says:

      Isn’t it blissful Matt? I used it to write the whole of my tarot course too – swear by it now! It’s so great to find something that allows you to ditch every excuse not to write.

    • Beth says:

      No worries! It’s a new-found love of mine – I too used to type straight into the document and it wasn’t too bad, but I would sometimes get distracted by formatting and so on. With Ommwriter (or other distraction-free writing apps) all distractions are removed, which for a butterfly-brain like me is a godsend 🙂

  5. Monica says:

    Nice write up. Thank you! It is neat to ‘see’ someone else’s process.

    Curious what the deck is in the photos (particularly the photo above #4/Sending).

    Thanks! 🙂

      • Monica says:

        Ha! Of *course* it is! That deck sneaks up on me ever once in a while and says ‘nyah nyah nyah, you don’t have my out of print tarot treasure fabulousness’!

        I heard rumor–can’t remember where now at all–that there may be yet another reprint, but some of the folks involved were not sure they were up for it. With all respect to the artists and folks involved, my fingers are crossed it happens!

        Thanks for the reply (and great blog!).

  6. Cheryl Turtlemoon says:

    i do mine very similarly to you, except i dont use a template – GOOD IDEA!!! 🙂 the timer is a good idea too, as I spend sometimes too long on one reading! 🙂 excellent post!!! 🙂

  7. You said that you prefer contacting your querents personally to ensure that you’re the right reader for them. I have so much respect for that philosophy. That’s what I call the true spirit of service. Awesome! I would so love to pick your brain about other aspects of business. Thanks, yet again, for another wonderful post.

    Victoria a.k.a. BreathingSince72

  8. My favorite distraction-free writing app is Q10! Just throwing that out there.

    Also, do querents ever have follow-up questions? And do you have a procedure or set boundaries for answering (like how much time or a certain number of questions)?

  9. Kimber says:

    It was really interesting to read about your process! I use a similar process without the writing app (instead a template I made using Google Docs) and timer. I’ve wondered how other tarot readers do email readings and how long it takes them to do one. It takes me a lot of time (usually 4-6 hours; sometimes longer), so I’m making very little for as much time I spend. I look forward to checking into the OmmWriter and I love how you started using a timer to get a better time balance and set boundaries. I love what i do, but overdoing the time I spend is draining and means I’m making way below minimum wage an hour.

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