tarot business

  • 108 Blog Post Ideas For Tarot Bloggers

    Feeling stuck? Have writer’s block? Get some ideas for your tarot related blog here!

    Why specifically 108 Blog Post Ideas for Tarot Bloggers? The number is fodder for a different post! For now, though, I want you to know that even the most prolific writer gets a bout of writer’s block from time to time—so don’t get upset with yourself if you sit down in front of your computer and come up with… ummm…. hmmmm… what should I write about today? It’s totally normal.

    These writing prompts can get your creative juices flowing so that you can publish a blog post every week of the year (or more!). I’m going to give you 108 tarot themed writing prompts and blog post ideas for you to use! You can use this to plan out 2 YEARS of content for your tarot themed blog if you so desire…

    Writing Prompts for Tarot Readers and Bloggers

    1-78) The Tarot Cards, themselves. You can give keywords for the cards or treat each card as if it was not only the first time you’ve seen it but also the 4,000th time.

    Don’t forget that you can get back to writing about the absolute basics in your blog. 

    79) Cards that stick out. For example, the Mary El tarot has a very interesting version of the 4 of Swords that is a bit different than a standard Rider-Waite visual. Pick out those cards that stick out to you and write about how they broadened your understanding of tarot or of a reading.

    80) Your favorite deck type. Are you a fan of Rider-Waite, Thoth, or Tarot de Marseille? Write about your favorite deck type and why you love it.

    81) Your favorite deck. What is your favorite deck and why? Choose a couple of cards to highlight your why.

    82) Your least favorite deck. Did you get a deck you just can’t connect with or one that the artwork turns you off of? Tell your audience about it! Bonus: Auction it off on Instagram or Facebook.

    83) How you “got it”. There are some cards and combinations that are difficult for people to understand. For example, many people have issues with the court cards. If you have a great system you used to gain clarity or insight when reading, share it.

    84) Rituals. Do you have any distinct rituals you use for connecting with your deck, cleansing it, reading preparation, ending a reading, moon cycles, holidays and high celebrations? You might be able to plan a blog post for your overall reading ritual and then one for the different times of the year.

    85) Deck reviews. You can do this with old decks that have been in your collection since the dawn of time or the latest greatest decks on the market.

    86) The story of your introduction to tarot. What was your first reading like? Did you have any childhood or teenage experiences that led you to pursue working with tarot?

    87) Lore and myth. Explore different “old wives’ tales” and myths about tarot, like reading for yourself, being gifted your first (and subsequent) deck(s), “tarot is evil,” etc.

    88) Special spreads. Do you love to create spreads or do you have a twist on the interpretations in classic spreads? Or you can go totally old school and explain commonly used spreads.

    This is my go-to spread for general readings:

    89) Daily draws. I have to admit that daily draws are my least favorite of the bunch unless they have something spectacular included in them.

    90) Talk about other tarot readers you admire. There are so many fabulous tarot readers and authors, artists and icons out there. Pick one you admire and explore that person’s world and work, explaining why you like it.

    91) Tarot + spirituality. Some readers read tarot solely and don’t have a spiritual practice as a foundation. For others, tarot is one tool in a toolbox of different practices and modalities.

    92) Tarot + psychology. There are those in the tarot community who are counselors, psychologists, and therapists. If you are someone with a more academic background, share how that background influences your work with tarot and interaction with clients. Perhaps even give some advice, guidance, or resources for newbie pro readers who need to refer a client to a more psychologically based reader or to a therapist.

    93) I’d never… Create a list of 10 things that you’d never do when reading tarot or that you’d try to avoid at all costs.

    94) Your favorite tarot books. This is great for a “Top 3, Top 5, or Top 10” list.

    95) Your reading style. I’m off the hip, honest, and a bit pragmatic when it comes to tarot readings. My style brings a lot of life coaching into the mix, along with any channeled messages I receive. I don’t sugarcoat, but I have tact. Some people have a different style: more academic, a touch of Kabbalah, gentle messages, full-on intuitive… every single one of us has a different way of reading and communicating the messages we receive. Talk about yours.

    96) Conferences and conventions you’ve gone to or would like to go to. Usually, one convention can lead to quite a few posts, if you consider lead up excitement, being at the convention, who you meet, what you learn, what swag you buy or get for free…

    97) Symbolism. Tarot is practically filled to the brim with symbolism, aside from the Elemental roots of the Minor Arcana. Talk about important symbols in tarot and what they mean to you.

    98) Your own Fool’s Journey. If you feel like you’ve experienced a journey akin to the Fool’s Journey, then talk about the steps you took and what you learned along the way.

    99) Major Arcana versus full deck readings. Do you do readings with only the Majors from time to time? If so, what is your experience with working with them as the entire deck?

    100) Reading add-ons. Do you ever bring other fortune telling tools into your readings? If so, which and give some advice about how to use them or to pair them with your tarot card reading.

    101) Adding decks. Do you have a special way that you add oracle decks, regular playing cards, Lenormand decks, or even multiple tarot decks to a reading? Tell us about it!

    102) Reversals. Do you use them? Do you love them or hate them? What do you think?

    103) Best questions/worst questions. As we all know, there are ways to phrase a question for tarot and ways to avoid. Go into your ideas about what you recommend and what to avoid.

    104) Tarot swag and tats. Do you have (or covet) a really cool tarot poster, mug, or vintage lamp? Tell your readers about it. Got a great tarot tattoo (or have you seen some you’d like)? Share that as well!

    105) Your reading space. Do you have a cool space that you use to read tarot for yourself and clients? Show it off! Tell people about the different parts of it, especially if you have something unique.

    106) Tarot pets. Do your pets get involved in your readings? I know there are quite a few kitties out there who love to lay smack dab in the middle of a reading. Is your dog or cat a tarot energy lover? Also, people just love animals, so you could talk about your pets in a post.

    My doggies make me feel like a real life Chariot driver when I am walking them! I have one old, black, gentle female dog and one rambunctious, energetic, aggressive and “typically male” little white dog. When I walk them both at the same time, I feel like I am in the Chariot card.

    107) The Elements. Earth, Fire, Water, Air – what do the Elements symbolize for you and how do you integrate that into your tarot readings?

    108) Everything else in your life. Each and every one of us is a unique and interesting person with his or her own experiences and ways of seeing the world. Your life, itself, is something to write about. People will connect with you because of your quirks and oddities, as well as the trials and even the boring stuff you have going on in your life.

    These 108 writing prompts for tarot readers should keep you busy writing for a while, or at least help you plan for your next year’s worth of tarot-related blog posts.

    Do you have any topics you would add to the list? Feel free to add them to the comments below!

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  • People Who Con Tarot Readers – Avoid Being Scammed

    The realization just dawned on me that no one talks about or covers the people who rip off or con tarot readers and psychics. It is a HUGE problem in our community, so much so, in fact, that many of us can’t work with PayPal or other payment collectors. These companies might think there is too much financial risk in working with psychics and tarot readers, not only because of the fakers and scam readers out there but also because of the issues caused by refund seekers and people who demand refunds for services already rendered.

    And—perhaps because most of us are solitary practitioners who work alone most of the time or because of privacy and confidentiality restraints—we aren’t really talking to each other about the people who rip us off.

    I used to work for a psychic hotline doing administration, quality assurance, customer service, and pretty much all of the background stuff. I saw the seedy people on both sides of the business—both “psychic readers” who were anything but psychic, and also the con artist clients who would rack up hundreds—even thousands—of dollars worth of readings and then request a refund for the whole amount, even after leaving 5-star ratings and communicating about how happy the person was with their readings. I’ve even heard of PayPal reimbursing hundreds of dollars to clients who decided that they “weren’t happy with a reading” and requested a refund, again, after praising the reader. You never see those stories on the news, only the stories of the sham psychics who con hopeful lost souls out of their life’s savings.

    The refund requesters aren’t the only people who rip tarot readers and psychics off. There are some people who will call a psychic or initiate a chat, using the site’s free minute promotion—which is totally fine. Some of those people, though, try to dupe the hotline, creating multiple accounts to get more free minutes. They even try to contact the SAME expert to continue the reading where it left off. Many times, the hotlines don’t really even do anything to keep these people from coming back, especially if one of their profiles has spent money on the site.

    Then there are those people who ask for an IOU for the reading they desperately need right now but don’t really have the money to pay for. Those IOUs oftentimes sit for weeks, either until the person needs another reading, or the reader just gives up on collecting funds and chucks the amount of time into the “business loss” tax pile (don’t forget to claim those as time lost from services). Oftentimes, these clients start out as OK clients, but then overspend or get addicted to readings (make sure you watch out for this) and then, like those who rack up thousands on a credit card just to file bankruptcy, they turn their backs on the money they owe.

     

    When you are a part of the reading and healing communities on Facebook, it’s common to see the same people regularly requesting free readings. They go from one group to the next, shopping for freebies and hoping to hook someone, anyone, into doing a reading for them. There are also those who play a more subtle game, posting a reading they’ve pulled for themselves—without providing any of their own insights or interpretations—expecting the tarot readers in a group to kindly interpret the meanings of the cards for them, free of charge, of course.

    Before I learned my lesson (or as the grounds for the lesson itself), I got conned by a woman who called me requesting a live reading. She found my profile and phone number at Best Psychic Directory. I told her my rates and she said, “Oh yes, bill me to this email address after the reading.” We talked for 2 hours. She never paid me. When I mentioned this person to another tarot reader friend, we compared the email address; she said the woman had done the exact same thing to her.

    You know, clients can look up our ratings on the sites we work with or on Yelp!, but we, as readers, aren’t allowed to collect or share data on our clients, even those who are playing games and ripping us off. It isn’t fair, but it is the reality of our work.

    Tarot readers, psychics, and healers have to have solid boundaries in place, or readings booked for 30 minutes will extend into 90-minute sessions—but for the 30-minute price, naturally! Even if you remind these people of the time—of course, of course—they want to continue the conversation and make it awkward, if not impossible, to end the session. Then they send emails or chat requests to discuss “just a point”, and get us involved in yet another discussion, requesting more cards be pulled for them.

    Honestly, these things happen to professional tarot readers all of the time.

    I get requests in my email and Facebook inbox for readings. When I send a response that includes my prices and a link to my calendar, I either get ghosted or chewed out for being such an awful person who won’t share her gift for free! People expect that I will drop everything to honor their request for a free reading, nevermind that I might be doing homework with my son, doing my accounting, or just plain chilling out. These people expect something for nothing, and NOW, plain and simple.

    My time is just as valuable as any other person’s time is. And really, requesting a refund for a reading that was given, that you’ve given excellent feedback about—or one that mentions that you have some work to do in your life that you don’t want to face—taking my time and then requesting a refund is stealing from me.

    So, how does a professional tarot reader, healer, or psychic guard against being ripped off by one of these con artist “clients”?

    1) Require an appointment. This is one way to eliminate spending time on a call or chat that doesn’t pay—and it also sets up good boundaries for potential clients to honor your time. If you have the time and desire to cater to your client at the moment, that’s great! But make sure you get paid before you start the session.

    2) Collect payment in advance. (Internet only) I don’t get my cards out for a spur of the moment telephone or chat client until that person has paid the bill in full unless it is from a trusted client—unfortunately, as I mentioned, I learned this the hard way. You can send an invoice instantly through PayPal, and Facebook even allows you to bill via PayPal or bank transfer (in the US). The client can hold the line while payment is processing. In person clients, however, can pay at the end of a session.

    3) One person, one freebie from you. It might be hard, but you might want to keep a running list of the people you’ve done free readings for. Aside from a birthday reading special, a prize, or a bonus, you shouldn’t give one person multiple free readings (unless you want that person to expect free readings in the future).

    4) Having a strict “no refunds” policy in place. This is one that I’m not fully sold on, because people will play “the customer is always right” or go around you, right to a credit card company if they really want to get a refund.

    Ultimately, it seems like there are more protections in place for clients than there are for service providers, like tarot readers, which is a shame. Most of us come to the table with a HUGE dose of empathy and skill, keeping the client’s highest good in mind. Most of us are also extremely generous and have given tons of free readings while we were working on honing our crafts and growing our businesses. Of course, a reading will be off from time to time, and I am one who totally ends a session right then and there if the energy is off, and I do refund the cost in those cases (we can tell in the first 5 minutes).

    As a professional tarot reader, you will have to keep firm boundaries in place about your time and payment structure. Hopefully, you can use some of the recommendations I’ve made to avoid getting ripped off or conned by a client. While we read plenty of articles about psychics and tarot readers who take advantage of their clients, we never hear about the other side of this, and it’s time that we tarot readers and healers start talking about this topic so that we can all avoid being taken advantage of in the future.

    Are you a professional tarot reader? Have you had to deal with being ripped off by a client? What did you do about it?

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  • Tips For Newbie Spiritual Entrepreneurs And Tarot Readers

    When you are working to start and grow your spiritual business or tarot reading business, you need to know a few things. Growing a spiritual business can be exhilarating, but it can also be hard work. Far too often, people give up before they really even put effort into their spiritual business or tarot business. Here are some tips that will help you understand that you aren’t alone, that your efforts will be worth it — if you put the effort in, that is!

    I want to let you know that this list is honest. It’s not airy fairy and it’s not Law of Attraction based. It is the real deal. Far too many people will tell you to wish until it comes true. Well, while you are wishing, here are some things you should know…

    You are going to have to work. 

    Sorry to say it, but you will have to put some hours into growing your spiritual business. Blog posts don’t write themselves. Podcasts and videos don’t appear out of the clear blue. You can spend all the time you want journaling and wishing, but if you don’t put in the effort, you won’t make a profit or grow your audience.

    This is one reason it is so important for you to LOVE what you do, so much so that you could write and talk about it all. day. long. to anyone who will listen, up to and including your partner or your pet. My dogs learn all about symbolism when we go for our walks, and they help me to get focused on what I want to talk to my audience about.

    It’s going to take time.

    This is one thing I see over and over again — people expecting that they will write a blog post or two, put up a Facebook page and an Instagram account, and WHOOSH — the money will start rolling in. When it doesn’t, they get sad and quit.

    Patience, Grasshopper. It WILL happen, but it WILL take time, energy, and focus. Your business will grow day-by-day and with loving care from you. Nurture it. Give it love and time. Cut out weeds, prune when needed, make adjustments, and it will grow.

    Shout it from the rooftops

    “If you build it, they will come.” Even Kevin Costner got a big wakeup call when he followed the advice he was given by Spirit. It wasn’t just about building it, but also about letting people know it was there. So, share your blog posts, videos, and readings with anyone who is interested in seeing them. Keep sharing. And then share some more.

    You can and should share your blog posts and videos multiple times — that is totally OK. The algorithms limit who sees your posts to like 10% of those posting, and then they have to be online that day to see what you broadcast.

    Create great content and share it all around!

    Also, the more you talk about and share your business, the more eyes you’ll have on it. Once your audience grows, people will start sharing your blog posts and videos and recommending your readings. Encourage them to share your spiritual based business and don’t let their sharing stop you from sharing.



    I can share it for you if you want me to. Let’s chat to see kind of help you need for your spiritual business.

    You do you.

    There are millions of spiritually based businesses out there — and the difference between what you are doing and what they are doing is 100% personality. You know the old adage: your vibe attracts your tribe — well, get out there and vibe it up!

    The thing is, when you aren’t being you, people feel it. It dulls your work and, on a subconscious level, steers people away from you to someone who is more real and honest. YOU are a totally spectacular part of your spiritual business — your personality, your thoughts about different topics, your journey, your unique take on things. Don’t hide that from the world. Embrace it and let the world get to know you!

    Speaking of honesty.

    It’s the best policy. I’ll tell you, there are charlatans and scammers GALORE on the market. Don’t be one of them. It cheapens you and your work and it cheapens our collective work as a whole. It makes people distrust all healers and readers. Don’t be the person who sows that kind of energy into our space.

    Don’t rely on unicorns.

    What is a “unicorn”? A unicorn is a client who spends bank on your services, day in, day out. Someone who is addicted to your readings and hands a huge chunk of their decision making process over to you. The bad thing is, these people are likely not making the changes or doing the internal work, but putting all of their hope into you saying or doing some magical thing that will bring them love or fortune. When the results they are hoping for don’t come to them, they’ll be asking for a refund. In full. For all the money they’ve paid you through the months and years.

    I have seen this happen more than once. It’s not good. If you find someone becoming overly reliant on you for advice, healing, or spell-casting, it’s time to draw a line in the sand and let them wing it until something changes in their lives. It might be hard to turn down the money, but you don’t want to nurture unhealthy, codependent relationships with clients.

    Boundaries will save your sanity.

    Trust me on this one. I’ve been “overly available” for clients before. I’ve let people continue to contact me after knowing (and telling them) they should see a psychiatric counselor or just give things time to unfold. I’ve let people spend my time looking things up they could Google themselves.

    People are impatient and the internet — especially things like Facebook Chat and What’s App — gives people far too much access to your personal space and time. They want to get you to do freebies or they want to get around paying or doing the work themselves. I’ve been down this road before, and it led me to burn out and resentment.

    People will value your time if you value your time by setting boundaries and being strict with them.

    Get a scheduling application, like Acuity, and do not allow your clients to PM you or just reach out to pick your brain. Make them continue to work with you over the chatlines or through a pre-paid app. Make them pay for their appointments BEFORE you send an email or spend an hour with them (you can send a PayPal invoice right through your Facebook messenger). Trust me on this one.

    I’ve talked to many other readers and healers who got scammed out of hundreds of dollars by clients — and I have as well. Keep firm boundaries and honor them, or your clients won’t honor them or value your time.

     

    Speaking of value, charge your worth.

    This might rub sandpaper on the nerves of many a generous and “5D” spiritual entrepreneur, but we are still living in a 3D world and we still have stuff to pay for. Our businesses have real expenses, like computers, internet access, phone lines, new decks, training seminars, electricity, an office space (or home office), gas, parking, rent, etc. — and we have needs (food and clothes) and desires, too.

    If you want to be a full-time psychic, tarot reader, or healer, you have to charge a rate that will cover your expenses and pay for your living costs, food, clothes, and the things you want in life. If you don’t want to charge for your time, then go get a job and do your spiritual work as a hobby, because it isn’t a business. I know that sounds harsh, but it is true.

    Don’t be shy about asking what you truly think your readings or sessions are worth. Factor in things like drive time, booth rent, parking, and hourly rates. Be confident that you will find people who will pay what you ask. Put your prices on your site in plain view!

    And don’t base your business on the lowest common denominator. Be valuable, not cheap. There are a million other people in other situations who might charge less. That’s OK. Charge more, but make it worth it.

    Don’t half-ass it.

    I hear about people who are running multiple instances of hotlines on their computers at once, chatting with multiple people at one time. Whaaaaat? How can you get a good spiritual connection with several people at once? That sounds like a barroom conversation, and who knows if you are getting crossed lines.

    I’ve seen people say they type slowly during the “free three minutes” when they work on chatlines or just copy/pasting readings. C’mon now! And courses — don’t just regurgitate what you’ve seen/heard other people doing. And DON’T STEAL.

    And, while the occasional typo or misspelled word can slip by without harming your reputation (even if the Grammar Nazis point it out), sloppy, hard to read, and low-quality posts and content will definitely harm your credibility. We all start somewhere and we get better as we go, but consistently churning out messy, mediocre, and just boring content won’t likely do anything good for you.

    You are building a reputation for yourself with each and every action and encounter you have. Make your reputation speak for you in a good way.

    Ask for testimonials.

    This is kind of like reputation building. People LOVE to see that you have helped other people. They want to see a name and a picture of a person with a testimonial.

    Make sure you ask for the testimonial from someone who has mentioned they loved working with you or said your healing session was heavenly. Also, ask if you can use the person’s name and picture on your site. Most of the time, the people who are happy with your work will be happy to provide you with not only a little paragraph of praise, but also a nice picture to use on their site.

    Check out my Praise Page for a look at how this is done.

    One thing I have to say here, though, is how icky it is when you tell people that you will give them free minutes for or ask for a 5-star rating at the beginning of a reading. When I was doing QA at the psychic hotline I worked at, that drove me NUTS! Don’t waste a person’s time — especially if you are charging like $9.99 a minute — asking them to inflate their opinion of you. Do a good job and the 5-star ratings will accumulate.

    Don’t freak out over bad reviews.

    Not every review you get will be 5-stars. It’s OK. If you are consistently doing your best, you’ll still have some person who won’t like what you said. Don’t let it affect your energy or your confidence. Just shake it off and move on.

    Click here to read more Don’t Freak Out About Bad Reviews.

    BUT, if you are getting a lot of bad reviews, it might be telling you something. A bunch of bad reviews might mean that you need to polish your skills, take time to type better, or sorry to say, do something different. A bad rating from time to time is authentic. If you are getting all bad ratings, then you need to change something.

    Hang out with people who are a level up from you, get a mentor, or join a mastermind.

    I cannot tell you how much I have learned over the last few years by participating in some great online courses, like the Sparkling Biz Academy, The Conquer Club, and BSchool. So. Much. Good. Stuff. And the people I’ve met??? Phenomenal!

    When you are working on building your business, it’s a great idea to join a group of people who are also working on building their own businesses, along with hiring a mentor who can look after your specific needs and keep you motivated. The conversations you’ll have and support you’ll receive go a loooong way in helping you learn the ropes, discover tips and tricks and go from zero to 60 in a way shorter time than it would take if you did it all by yourself.

    And last, but not least…

    Set your spiritual business up as a business from the start.

    My sweet Lamb, your business IS a business, so let it be just that. Businesses earn money – they function to profit. Businesses have business hours, products or services, payment options, savings for paying taxes, organized receipts, business accounts, separate cash flows from personal finances, etc.

    You want to realize this from the get-go so that you set things up properly. Let me tell you, I got whopped with a $2K tax bill that I am making payments on because I didn’t put the money aside to pay my taxes. It happens.

    It’s just best to be organized, keep good records (and your receipts), charge money, and start learning the biz stuff from the get-go. It will help you create good habits right from the start and also avoid costly and stressful mistakes down the road.

    Ultimately, even though there is a lot to keep in mind, running a spiritual business can be fun and rewarding. I just shared my experiences with you all to give you tips about what I’ve discovered while running my spiritual business.

    Do you have a tip to share with us? Please feel free to comment and let us know what your best advice about starting up a spiritual business or a tarot business.

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