By Lyn Thurman
Before you part with your hard earned cash to get some psychic advice ask your Tarot reader a few questions to make sure he or she is on the level with you. Although this isn't a foolproof list you can gain some insight into your reader and the level of experience they have.
How long have you been reading Tarot?
Look out for ambiguous answers like 'since I was a little girl' etc. Genuine readers will tell you how long they've been reading.
What first attracted you to Tarot?
For many readers there is a point in their life where Tarot appealed to them. They felt drawn towards it for a particular reason or perhaps a friend did a reading for them and it 'just clicked'. Every reader has his or her own story to tell so be aware of cookie cutter answers.
How did you learn Tarot?
There may be some readers that can genuinely say that they just picked up a deck and knew all the answers but I haven't come across one yet. A lot of readers learn by reading books and practicing on friends; others take a course and some learn through spiritualist development circles. Be a little wary of 'I'm the seventh son of a seventh son and have this wisdom passed down to me' type replies.
What experience do you have?
Get to know how your reader has worked in the past and/or present. Did he or she do telephone lines? Has he or she read for a free organization like Tabi or the ATA? Have they done the psychic fairs circuit? Do you read through your own personal website?
Which Tarot decks do you use?
Don't be bought off with 'the traditional deck' - there is no standard traditional deck. The most common deck is the Rider Waite and most readers have at least this one in their collection. Dig a little deeper with your reader and ask how many decks in total they own and which are their favourites.
How often do you recommend I have a Tarot reading?
Any reader that tells you to come back every week is probably more interested in your money than helping you. A good answer is about every 3 months or when there is a 'big' decision or change in your life coming up.
Which card is usually known as the 'wish card'?
If your reader is used to just reading out answers from a crib sheet then he or she probably won't know the answer. People who have studied Tarot on some level will be able to tell you straight away that it's the 9 of Cups.
Lyn is a UK white witch and co-founder of http://www.wizardandwitch.com - a website dedicated to delivering ethical magick, readings and advice. She is a psychic Tarot reader, spell caster and healer.