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Tarot card readers are professionals who use the mystical cards of tarot to predict the future of clients. According to most practitioners, it is very closely related to spiritual healing.

education Updated: Dec 20, 2011 15:04 IST

The lowdown
Tarot card readers are professionals who use the mystical cards of tarot to predict the future of clients. According to most practitioners, it is very closely related to spiritual healing. Tarot card readers are not astrologers, who use sun signs and horoscopes. A tarot pack comes with 78 cards, which are used for divination to gain insight into a question or situation. The environment for reading the cards needs a special emphasis and involves the physical setting and the internal state of the reader. Each individual card may have more than 30 different meanings. The reader’s intuition plays an important role in interpreting the correct meaning of the cards with reference to the given situation. Tarot readings include the knowledge of chakra, symbology, astrology, numerology, a bit of occult and Reiki. Tarot readers guide their clients in times of distress and try to bring positivity and happiness in their lives

Clockwork
9am: Clean the tarot card area where reading sessions happen with the clients
10am: Meditate with cards
11am: Attend to clients. Normally one client takes one hour
2pm: Some reading on tarot related subjects, occult, psychology and others
4pm: Resume work
5pm: Provide consultancy on the telephone
7pm: Call it a day

The payoff
You should take it up as a career only if you are good in your craft and can impart the right wisdom to your clients which helps them overcome difficulties. You earn anywhere between Rs 5,000 to Rs 1 lakh or even more, depending on how popular you are. Popular faces might charge upwards of Rs 1500 for a one-hour session, and others around Rs 500 for one sitting. Some celebrity Tarot masters charge about Rs 5000 for a half-hour session

Skills/Traits
* Intuitive nature
* Knowledge of psychology is an added advantage
* Good communication skills as you have to interpret the cards for the clients and convey the message clearly to them
* Good counselling skills; as the clients may have serious problems and might need some consoling
* A strong personality with clarity of thought so that you can convey your messages clearly to people without thinking hard about the outcome
* There should be a genuine desire to help and heal the client

Getting there
There are no formal institutes or colleges that train you in the art of tarot reading. You have to learn tarot card reading from a professional. There are no institutes or academies to go to. You can also learn from books and DVDs/ CDs or online videos on youtube

Institutes and URLs
* Seema Midha www.seemamidha.com
* Anamika Yaduvanshi
www.anamikatarot.com
* Malati
www.tarotanswers.in/
* Tanya Kapoor
www.tanyatarot.com
* Kavita Arora
www.tarotfortune.info
* Shezaim Delhi Tarot Network
www.indiatarot.com

Pros and cons
* The work is very exciting and never gets monotonous as each individual comes with his or her unique story and issues
* Money is good if you are experienced and have made your name in the field
* It’s not easy to gain expertise in this industry because there are very few good tarot masters around who will be willing teach you. Even if they agree to teach you, they do it only for a week or so
* It’s sometimes difficult to deal with clients who come to you with silly queries
* If you’re successful, you may get A-list clients

If your predictions are accurate and precise, then there is no limit to which you can grow in this field Seema Midha, tarot card reader, author and spiritual healer based in New Delhi

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