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Why you should not ask me for a free Tarot Reading #ChattyBlogs

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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, you know. 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, ever.

Reasons 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, pass me your scarf so I could hang myself at this *

and my personal favourite

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.

Which 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 realise I had the ‘gift of divination’ nor did I go Online, 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. Which is why after learning the Tarot, I practised and practised some more before I thought I could go professional.

So that is me, pencilling in an appointment to fit you into my day,  chalking out a chunk of my time and coming to my office, to help you make yours 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 Reading is like an X-Ray, the patient may not understand what it means but the Doctor surely will. Which is why I always say, never lie to your Doctor or Tarot Card Reader ;-D

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.

Which is why you should try something else to pass your time and remain a non-believer if you are one.

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16 thoughts on “Why you should not ask me for a free Tarot Reading #ChattyBlogs

  1. I hear you, Mayuri. It can be so annoying that people are so patronizing. If one does not believe in a line of faith or thought, one should refrain from belittling others who do. Unfortunately, we have so many ‘experts’ online these days who know ‘everything’

  2. I empathize Mayuri. Haven’t we all suffered this do for free syndrome in writing as well. It’s kind of stupid for people to expect a professional to render your services for free.

  3. Wow! It’s fascinating – what you say about Tarot Reading. And, the examples (why people want it for free) was fun to read. 🙂
    It’s common, people wanting things for free. Even in writing (as Rachna says) – people don’t consider it as real work. It’s even more disappointing when your (supposedly) close ones don’t support you (even they want books for free) or value your efforts.

    Best wishes…
    Tarang.

  4. That is so annoying! But trust me people want everything for free…. They expect me to hand out my kundan art work that I have painstakingly created over several hours to be doled out for free! It is disgusting how people have no regard for another’s time and efforts.

    Shubhangi @ The Little Princess

  5. I appreciate the dedication and passion you put into Tarot 🙂 I understand the value of paying for a service. It’s important that people don’t over step the boundaries of friendship and decorum when asking for something that they should pay for.

  6. You have articulated this very well, Mayuri. It’s ridiculous the reasons people give to ask for a free tarot reading. The time-pass one is especially outrageous!

    I have learnt very elementary tarot (had to cut it short when I moved to US), but I still remember the one thing my ‘Guru’ told me – he said, even if you are not doing this for money, charge a nominal fee, but never do it for free. If you don’t value it, no one else will.

    I of-course don’t practice tarot professionally, but I haven’t forgotten what he said, and whenever I direct people to him, I tell them before hand, to please inquire about his charges before setting the appointment. Some of them are shocked that there are any charges at all. Which is ridiculous, because why would people assume it’s a hobby?

    1. I loved linking up with #ChattyBlogs, Shantala. Hope to be a regular! Thanks for reading. I was told by my Tarot Teacher that if people don’t pay you for your Reading, they owe you Karmic Debt, which is why it is better to pay.
      🙂

  7. Thats awful.. but believe me people want everything for free.. I used to get angry when the neighbors think, plucking flowers from our garden is their birth right.. Never considered the hard work put on that garden to yeild a lovely flower.. By the way nice writeup.. hope the barter customers will change their attitude after reading this

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