To Charge Or Not

This above all: to thine ownself be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Hamlet, Act I, Scene III

There’s always the question of whether or not to charge for readings. Some say it’s a gift from on High, others say it’s a skill. There’s eternal debate on this issue and frankly it drives me nuts.

My answer? Do what feels right for YOU, the reader!! I charge for readings, but I’ve also been doing this virtually my entire life. I’ve spent countless hours reading books on Tarot, and indeed the occult in general, as well as reading cards. I’ve gotten some decks for gifts but I’ve bought most of them on my own time with my own money. I’ve also spent vast amounts of time just reading cards for test readings. This doesn’t count ancillary skills, like listening well and counseling, that are critical to being a good card reader. Sure, the reader can interpret the symbols, but if they don’t LISTEN to their sitter, they’re going to suck. Then it’s time to drop the mike and go home.

That having been said, my fee schedule is a lot more flexible than people realize. I’ve got quite a few people on my barter list and they pay me via things like sushi dinners, drinks at the clubs, etc. I’ve also known most of them since we were all kids. People I haven’t known a long time are only as good as their money is, and I *will* tack on what I feel is an asshole surcharge. In other words, a client argues about my fees, and they go UP, NOT down. Begging for free readings gets a Grumpy Cat and nothing more.


Failing to respect that tells me far more about the client than it does about me as a reader. If they continue, they get another Grumpy Cat image:


I also have no problem firing clients if I have to.

So anyway, the moral of the story is that you, the reader, need to decide if you want to charge for readings. If you do, great! The best course of action there is to find out what others in your area are charging, if there are any other readers in your area, and then set a median price. You don’t want to go too low starting out, but you don’t want to overcharge, either. You’ll find a happy medium in time. And if you don’t want to charge for readings, that’s fine too! It’s up to you. Decide what you want and then stick to it. Respect your time and your boundaries and you’ll find others will as well.