How to Choose the Best Online Tarot Reader

2 of CupsOnline tarot readings have never been easier to find online and with the advances in modern technology, we’re able to not only chat with a reader of our choice via text message or sms, but we’re able to speak in real time and even see the reader via live video feeds.  Even though it’s easier than ever before to get a tarot reading via the Internet, there are still a few things you should consider before clicking on that ‘chat now’ or ‘buy now’ button.

Experience

Online readers come in all shapes and sizes but they are not equal. You should look for someone with a reasonable amount of experience. Before booking a session with a reader, always check to see how long he or she has been in the industry and whether this amount of time was spent reading for family or friends or within a professional capacity. Many psychic or tarot sites have strict standards as to the readers they hire, but others have no prerequisites at all, so it’s always in your best interest to do a little research before parting with your cash.

What someone would want to look for, ideally, is a reader with at least five years’ professional experience. This may be in his or her private capacity or in working with some of the online networks.  Tarot readers who have read only for family or close friends are unlikely to be able to answer very in-depth questions or to work under the pressure associated with professional and pay-per-minute readings.

Online Presence

A good online tarot reader should have a strong presence online, and one easy way to check this is to see whether he or she has a professional web site and social media profiles. Most readers who are serious about being in the industry and building a reputation for themselves will be active in a number of the online social media platforms and will put content out on a regular basis that demonstrates their knowledge and abilities. Youtube videos, articles, guest posts, and posts on social networks, are just a few of the things that will show you just how active a reader is in promoting his or herself to potential clients.

Tools and Reading Style

Not all online tarot readers work in the same way and there are almost as many types of tarot decks available today as there are readers. Check that the reader of your choice works with a deck that resonates with you, and that his or her reading style works for you.

Tarot readers are a little like Doctors in the sense that they need a good ‘bedside manner’ and need to be able to relay information in a way that is caring and sensitive to their clients’ needs at any given time.  Searching for videos, TV shows, or live feeds where a reader illustrates his or her abilities is a great way to get an idea of what you can expect once you go into session with a reader.

Rates and Fees

There’s a bit of controversy over whether true professionals charge higher rates or not, because there is so much variation within the industry, and fakes or scam artists could go either way and either charge $500 for a reading or $5.  The general rule of thumb is to look at a reader’s experience, online presence and professionalism and then decide whether the fee seems in line with the rest.

Some readers charge a ridiculously low rate in the hopes of snaring someone into paying thousands of dollars for curse removal, while others charge a low rate in order to be able to help more people or to make their services more affordable.

A good rule of thumb is to only spend what you are comfortable with.  If you end up spending much more than you’re happy with, there would automatically be expectations that your reader may or may not live up to.  If someone resents having spent the money, it’s unlikely their reader will then be able to jump through the hoops they set to justify the cost of the service.

Decide on an fee range you would happily pay and then search for readers who fall within that range and meet the other criteria mentioned. If the price range you’re searching in doesn’t yield good or professional results, try raising it a little and trying again as there are some very experienced professional readers working at both the lower and higher ends of the rates scale.

IMAG1980Warning Signs

In order to find the best online tarot reader, you’ll need to know some of the warning signs when dealing with individuals who offer services online.

Long lists of bad reviews or complaints on well-known web sites will tell you whether a reader delivers on his or her promises.  It’s a warning sign if the reader you’re interested in has a large number of negative online reviews or complaints posted about him or her. While it’s normal for any reader to have some negative feedback, if there are scores of complaints, chances are this particular individual is either not a true tarot reader or is trying to make a quick buck selling fake readings.

Curses and dark energy is another warning sign to watch out for. If any reader tells you that you have a dark attachment, negative energy, or a curse on you and you need to pay him or her  a crazy amount of money to get it removed, move on.  This tactic is often used to lure unsuspecting clients into a trap where they are asked to pay thousands of dollars to have a so-called curse removed.  A reputable reader will never blackmail you using those tactics, and if, for some reason, there’s a problem on an energy level, he or she should advise you on how to take care of it yourself, if possible.

When you receive an online tarot reading and the messages given to you read like a transcript or horoscope, you may have been sent a transcript.  Many so-called “online tarot readers” type out one standard reading and then copy and paste the response for every booking they receive.  Be careful with readings that are very low priced, such as $5 or $7 readings on multiple areas of life.  If you suspect you may have been sent a pre-written script, copy the contents into Google and see if there are any hits online.  Clients often post their readings online when they’ve been duped, so you’re sure to find a match if a reader has a history of using the copy and paste technique.

The suggestions above are just a few of the things you should look for when searching for an online tarot reader, but it should get you off to a good start.  Lastly, always trust your instincts. If someone seems too good to be true or your alarm bells go off when researching a reader, move on to the next one on your list. We are all psychic to some degree and your own intuition will never steer you wrong.