Last week someone offered to write me a poem, on me. In return for a Tarot Reading, by me. For free.
Was I flattered? You bet I was!
Would the poem pay my bills? I bet it won’t!
I get this often.
Someone offers to cook me a meal in return for a Reading, while someone else offers to treat me to a film. Someone else offered to ‘write a flattering review that would get me clients’ in exchange for a free Reading.
Since when did this barter system return to India, I want to know. Also, I don’t remember offering a barter as a means of payment, ever.
The reasons cited for this barter are varied.
‘I don’t believe in Tarot’, *why are we talking about it then, I mentally retort?*.
‘I want to do it for time pass/fun’, *sorry, but you lost me at the word, ‘time pass’ *.
‘I don’t want to know what the future holds, that is why I’ll have a Reading just to see how Tarot works’, *how nice of you! Now pass me your scarf so I could hang myself! *.
and my personal favorite
‘I don’t believe in Tarot, but I’ll allow you to convince me through a Reading’, *slow claps*
Funnily enough all the above, and more, proclaimed without me asking.
I am a Professional Tarot Card Reader.
This means I paid money to another Professional Tarot Card Reader to learn it, and learn it right. I wasn’t lucky enough to wake up one fine day to realize I had the ‘gift of divination’ nor did I just surf Online to pick up points, or attend a weekend course, to learn it.
There are people who do that? Of course, there are, and more power to them!
Me, my conscience just wouldn’t allow me to help people solve their major issues with my half-baked knowledge. This is why after learning the Tarot, I practiced and practiced some more before I thought I could go professional.
So that is me, penciling in an appointment to fit you into my day, chalking out a chunk of my time, and coming to my office or online, to help you make your day better. Just like any other professional. What makes anyone think that I am supposed to do this for free? Or for a meaningless barter?
Tarot is my profession and it is serious business. As even though you may not openly tell me what really is on your mind, the cards you pick reveal it all.
A Tarot Reading gives me an insight into your life, even the details you don’t share. A Reading is like an X-Ray, the patient may not understand what it means but the Doctor surely will. This is why I always say, never lie to your Doctor or Tarot Card Reader.
Don’t get spooked, that is the truth. Which is why I do it professionally. Which is why I expect to get paid for it.
This is why you should try something else to pass your time, and remain a non-believer if you are one.