Archive | September 1, 2016

Tarot Reading Pricing

I believe that when it comes to tarot readings and divination in general there are always going to be three levels of pricing structures for the reader and the querent. Budget and low cost tarot readings, mid-range tarot readings and the premium tarot reading.

 

Budget and Low Cost Tarot Readings:

Budget and low cost tarot readings are great if you are offering these for first time clients or as an introduction as a first time professional reader. The downside is that most querents will get used to your budget rate and you can potentially under value yourself, which in turn will allow your clients to under value you also. These budget readings usually price at an unspecified donation amount and up to $10.00. Keep in mind these rate range estimates depend greatly on the reader. Everyone is different. Before I started reading professionally, I read over 300 people over a course of a year and a half for donations only.

 

Mid-Range Tarot Readings:

For the Mid-Range Tarot readings these are usually given by professionals who have been reading for over 10 years. This pricing structure seems to be the golden standard for most readers at $30-$60 a half hour session. I feel like this pricing strategy is a conservative and well-balanced approach for most professionals. Much like the Budget and low cost tarot readings, keep in mind these rate range estimates depend greatly on the reader. Everyone is different.

 

Premium Tarot Readings:

Then you have the premium tarot reading. These premium readings usually start at $100 an hour and up with readers integrating but not limited to a form of psychology, coaching, or spiritual study, etc. into their readings, or offering a holistic service and may or may not be known to have celebrity clientele or only cater to a specific niche market, if you are planning on offering premium tarot readings. If you are planning on offering premium tarot readings, you should be aware that you need to deliver a premium reading experience. You simply cannot charge a premium rate and then give a halfassed reading. You can potentially damage your reputation and any referrals you hope to receive.

 

A Plethora of Choices:

In the end you have endless choices when it comes to your rate. Your reading rate can be for time spent, by spread or by reading type. I personally prefer reading for time spent, it prevents a client from turning a six card spread into an hour marathon concerning every aspect of their life. (Just remember price does not determine quality).

 

Oversaturation is a Myth:

There is no such thing as an over-saturated Tarot reading market when we all have our own reading style and something different to offer. No two readings are alike. Pride yourself in being unique. There is only one you.

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Scary Cards and Your Querent

Death:

This card to many querents has them believing that they or something they love is going to die tragically in some horrific murder. The Death card can be explained to the querent as rebirth, the life cycle, transformation and ultimately how we deal with changes, however uncomfortable the may come.

 

The Devil:

This card to many querents comes with a lot of Christian connotations as they see two people shackled helplessly to a demonic creature with bat wings. The Devil card can be explained to the querent as their shadow aspect, and those parts of ourselves that are hidden and restrained, along with any failures, shortcomings and materialistic mentalities that we hold in our minds and hearts.

 

The Hanged Man:

The Hanged Man seems to be unsettling to most querents because of its name and their association with hanging from a noose. The Hanged Man can be explained as waiting and self-sacrifice. A new perspective that may be uncomfortable at first, patience, standing still as well as deep contemplation.

 

The Tower:

The Tower has many mixed responses from querents. Some immediately think of suicide, bombings, or their house catching fire. The Tower card can be explained to the querent as a card of making sure their foundation is strong and making sure they know who they are in all aspects of their life. The tower is about working out what is important to you.

 

Ten of Swords:

This card along with Death is seen in almost every horror movie where Tarot is implemented. Most querents fear this card because it looks like a horrible murder by swords. The Ten of Swords can be explained as a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis through great pain and endurance. It is another card of standstill, and not being able to move forward from a particular situation. It promises a new day.