What to Expect From Your First Tarot Reading

"You should be treated with respect"

“You should be treated with respect”


Walking into the tarot reader’s door for the first time can be an intimidating experience. You’re not sure what to expect. There may be a beaded curtain and some candles lit for soft light, incense burning in the background as you sit in a cozy chair, surrounded by statues and crystals. Or it could be the back room of a shop with a reclining office chair and a woman dressed plainly with an open, friendly smile, encouraging you on back to what could easily be any therapists office. Whatever the setting, you should be able to expect the same things from any ethical tarot reader. Here you’ll find a brief explanation of some of those realistic expectations, along with a list of things you shouldn’t be expecting as well.

What You Can and Should Expect

Movies often depict surly tarot readers who test their subjects before they deem them worthy of their visions, when you’re seeing a professional you should be able to tell immediately that this preconceived notion is entirely fictional. The person doing your reading should display an honest and sincere desire to help you with whatever problem you bring to their door, no matter how trivial you may think it is. Whether you’re looking for information about a loved one that passed on or just looking for a little help about what you should major in, you shouldn’t be on the receiving end of any judgment. Confidentiality should also be guaranteed, much like it would be with a doctor. And going back to that part about a psychic’s mysterious aura being a complete work of fiction, they should also explain to any first time reader what the cards are, what they do, and how the process is going to work. You should leave your session feeling empowered, or at the very least entertained.

What Not To Expect

"Never expect your card reader to be 100% accurate"

“Never expect your card reader to be 100% accurate”


No one has the power to see into your entire future, after all. A tarot reader may be able to see what could be coming down the road based on your current life situation, but as we all know life can shift at any time. Any number of small choices you make could alter the outcome of your reading. Another common movie myth is that anything bad in your life will be blamed on some kind of curse or string of bad luck – which can be cured by the purchase of this trinket or spell. No ethical or legitimate psychic will ever try to sell you this line. The point of the tarot reading is to help you highlight potential future pitfalls so you and your psychic can help navigate around them. Just as you wouldn’t expect an honest, legitimate therapist to try and sell you on a particular drug or product unless they thought it would truly help you, your psychic reader should never push you to buy additional products or services.

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