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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.