The issue of Tarot ethics is very subjective, and I'm not intending to preach any kind of truth or certainty here.
It is up to each of us to work out what feels right – what is ‘Legal, Decent, Honest and Truthful’.
Here is my take on ethics and Tarot readings. I welcome your comments and feedback. As always, if you need to know the meaning of a word please just consult the
Firstly, when I am booked to perform, it is as an entertainer.
Before the cards even come out, I have obligations to the client(s). All pretty common sense really – turn up clean, sober, well in time and with a happy, relaxed and friendly mindset. I have musician friends with over thirty years of experience who still can’t get this bit right. Rather a pity really, since their bookings, (and ulimately income,) suffer as a result.
I offer a full ‘no quibble’ 100% money back guarantee on everything I do professionally, and it does help to clarify the mind wonderfully. My fee depends on the client being happy, so the focus remains on what they want.
Secondly, however, I limit the performance to relying strictly on reading the actual cards chosen by the Questor. As a magician, mentalist and psychology student I understand how both cold and warm reading work, and know that they can give a very powerful show indeed. In fact, I know one entertainer who gets excellent results using these techniques, and his clients are very happy.
I’m not saying he’s wrong, just that I personally feel a lot happier avoiding these methods and relying on the cards themselves.
Thirdly, I avoid giving just light and fluffy ‘Toadstool Tales’, ‘and they all lived happily ever after’ readings.
But I also avoid ‘doom and gloom’ ones. After all, if the spread of cards is a happy little mix of Death, The Falling Tower, The Moon and the three, five, eight, nine and ten of swords what should I say? ‘Don’t bother booking a holiday this year’? or ‘I shouldn’t waste money on any new clothes – those should see you out’?!
My philosophy is that we can not only influence what happens to us, but also our response to those circumstances. I therefore feel entirely justified to interpret negative cards as a warning and advise the questor to take care and exercise caution in the future.
Whatever your views on the actual validity of the cards as accurate predictors of the future, good practical common sense advice should benefit all and hurt no one.
Lastly, situations will occur. A personal issue came up at a staff party, and I felt that the right thing to do was let the Questor talk about it, rather simply glossing over or ignoring the issue.
Yes, I’m quite aware that I’m not a trained counsellor, and will always restrict my actions and advice with that in mind. But I was the person there at the time and there was no guarantee that they would seek out professional help in the future. Just letting people talk about what is bothering them can help on so many levels.
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