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Tarot for sale?
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Tarot for sale?
Iam so sorry if this isn't in the right place. I figure here would be ok but if it isn't you can move it.

Anyway I thought a occured to me when I was practicing my tarot one afternoon. "You know Anne, teeny-boppers would pay money a for novelty reading." Then it occured I could sell my readings for short change and milk money (little extras to help with bill and food) I wouldn't charge too much and It would be an excellent way to continue and strengthen my practice. However some thoughts also decided to pay me a visit


[*] I should practice and study more on tarot before I sell anything?
[*] I don't know how to market well or hit the right audiance,
[*] I am afriad of encrouching on the local Esoseric store's business (they sell cards not reading though)
[*] I am afriad of scamming (want to give accurate readings and make them fun)
[*] and, I don't know if I need permisson from the gov or have legal issues (like license?)


So those are my concerns, =|

As for my current skill I practice on friends and myself. So far the readings have been very helpful and great source of insight. My friend enjoy's my readings too. However I don't think it's enough to sell them. Does anyone have any other ideas? or advice?

So should I not even think about selling readings?

is it bad?

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2008-05-04 13:01
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Re: Tarot for sale?
Well, I'll put in my two cents step-by-step here.

[*] I should practice and study more on tarot before I sell anything?

Probably. Having to look into a little book for the answers to the mystical realm of tarot kinda kills the mood for just about anybody who's paying to have a reading done.

[*] I don't know how to market well or hit the right audiance,

No ideas here. Sorry.

[*] I am afriad of encrouching on the local Esoseric store's business (they sell cards not reading though)

If they don't actually supply readings, then you doing so should be just fine. The people coming to you for readings would be those too lazy and too cheap to buy a deck and read for themselves, so overall nothing would change in their sales. (It's also possible that if you market correctly, they'll hear about you, try to hire you, and then sell your readings for a lot more because they're a respectable business)

[*] I am afriad of scamming (want to give accurate readings and make them fun)

There are two schools of this. The first is that you do the best you can and get accurate readings in the vicinity of 80% of the time. This isn't bad. But you will have people worrying over an unspecified problem in their near future that turns out to be a nasty stain in their favorite shirt.

The second school is to blow smoke. To every person that walks in, you tell a happy story about how everything is going to fall into place for them because the fates dictated it. This isn't bad, either. It helps spread a feeling of excitement in people's lives, and also encourages them to talk to their friends about the wonderful reading that they got about their future. (Free publicity, anyone?)

[*] and, I don't know if I need permisson from the gov or have legal issues (like license?)

I don't think you do, but you'll probably need to look into it. After all, the government seems to get their fingers in everywhere.

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2008-05-04 15:49
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Thank you so much for the advice =D

I'll keep that in mind when I continue to study

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2008-05-04 16:28
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Deros Wrote:There are two schools of this. The first is that you do the best you can and get accurate readings in the vicinity of 80% of the time. This isn't bad. But you will have people worrying over an unspecified problem in their near future that turns out to be a nasty stain in their favorite shirt.

The second school is to blow smoke. To every person that walks in, you tell a happy story about how everything is going to fall into place for them because the fates dictated it. This isn't bad, either. It helps spread a feeling of excitement in people's lives, and also encourages them to talk to their friends about the wonderful reading that they got about their future. (Free publicity, anyone?)

Speaking personally, I would be mighty pissed if I went for a tarot reading and I got a cookie cutter "everything is going to turn out fine" reading.

Also, speaking personally and as someone who is largely skeptical about such things, I would only want a reading from an *expert*, not a novice or skilled amateur. As such, if you still have to ask "Do I need to learn/practice more before doing this for money?" then the answer is probably "Yes".

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2008-05-04 17:27
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Quote:Also, speaking personally and as someone who is largely skeptical about such things, I would only want a reading from an *expert*, not a novice or skilled amateur. As such, if you still have to ask "Do I need to learn/practice more before doing this for money?" then the answer is probably "Yes

To be frank, there is no such thing as an expert on tarot. If you are then you can really see into the future and know everything. Being an expert divination is sorta a misnomer for me.

You can have experiance and knowledge of tarot...but you're not a expert. Shit sometime comes out of nowhere sometime and you couldn't "forsee"

Any body that claims to be an expert only wants your money IMO

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2008-05-04 17:35
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Then for my use of "expert" replace "a high degree of experience and knowledge". Exactly the same applies.

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2008-05-04 18:40
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Archer Wrote:Then for my use of "expert" replace "a high degree of experience and knowledge". Exactly the same applies.


Perfectly fine I'll work more on my studies then ^^

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2008-05-04 18:44
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Oh hell, don't do something because I suggest it!

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Ignore Archer's last statement.

I agree with what she stated.
If you need to ask "should I study more first?" then the answer is invariably Yes.
You should ONLY offer a reading when you're perfectly "sure" in your ability.

(also, an "expert" doesn't know everything that'll be, you can only ever read "the most probably outcome of the influences at play" nothing is ever 100% certain.. and no one can know "everything" about anything.)

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[*] I should practice and study more on tarot before I sell anything?

~Practice is never a bad idea, but there really does come a time when you have to suck it up and give a reading for someone you don't know. (Been there, done that!) It's scary, yes, because you can't be positive 100% of the time that you're going to get it right. If you don't? Spend more time with your cards. Honestly, I *still* don't know all of my Minor Arcana book meanings by heart. However, I've been reading Tarot cards for over eight years, and I can tell you that people who memorize the book, half of the time, don't know their cards. If your book tells you that the Two of Swords is 'indecision,' and the spread is telling you the decisions already made, and it was a bad one, your cards are the ones to listen to. *nodnod* Spend enough time with your deck, and it'll start giving you all the info you need. The books/advice/spreads that are available are helpful, but you'll have your own relationship with your cards.

[*] I don't know how to market well or hit the right audiance,

~Friends are always a good way to start. Just let them know that you wouldn't mind reading their cards if they ever want a reading. If you're in college, sit in an open space like a coffee shop and play with your cards a little. People will see you and curiosity will pull them in.

[*] I am afriad of encrouching on the local Esoseric store's business (they sell cards not reading though)

~If they sell cards, like everyone else has said, you're not infringing at all. They offer the cards, you offer interpretation. *shrug* It's like buying a yo-yo, but you still have a friend show you how to Walk the Dog.

[*] I am afriad of scamming (want to give accurate readings and make them fun)

~Whatever you do, DON'T bluff. People can tell a bluff a mile away, and you'll just kill your credibility if you try to sound like you know what you're doing when you don't. One thing to keep in mind is telling whoever you're reading for to have a *very* clear question in mind. One thing that my cards have a habit of is picking up on subconscious issues and talking about those. The person I'm reading for will say at first that the answer doesn't pertain to their question, but by the time I've read the spread, they understand why the cards picked up on that. So a very CLEAR question is helpful.
Another thing is make sure you know your deck. Seriously. I've seen a lot of people pick up decks and start reading, knowing not a damn thing, and they're totally misreading the cards because they don't *know* them. (It's almost funny to watch.) Tarot reading isn't some uber-mystical thing only a gifted few know- anyone can learn it, and with more experience, you'll get better.
One thing you'll have to decide is what kind of reader you're going to be. The fluffy kind or the honest kind. Most of the readers I've been to/talked to ended up being the fluffy kind who didn't want to break bad news to people. Well, the problem with that is the querent is GOING to run into problems later, and if they're bouncing around with your fluffy reading in mind, they'll be completely unprepared. I'm brutally honest, and people I know come *back* to be me because of that. Bad news sucks, but it's better to be prepared.

[*] and, I don't know if I need permisson from the gov or have legal issues (like license?)

~*headtilt* If you're just doing a few readings to pick up a handful of bucks here and there, I doubt it. If you were thinking about setting yourself up professional- i.e. to make a living- then you might need to seek a business license. I've never been paid for Tarot readings myself- well, Fenshae bought me breakfast once; does that count?- but I know some of the fluffy readers did, and they weren't whomped by the IRS.

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