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education Updated: Jun 18, 2013 17:00 IST
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Tarot card readers

The lowdown

Tarot card readers are professionals who use the mystical cards of tarot to predict clients’ future. They also guide their clients in times of distress and try to bring optimism and happiness in their lives. Tarot card readers are not astrologers, who use sun signs and horoscopes. According to most practitioners, it is very closely related to spiritual healing. You do not require any special qualification to become a tarot card reader. What matters is your vibes with your cards and how clearly you can interpret the messages from the 78 cards in a deck. These cards 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.

9am: Clean and ‘purify’ the area where sessions are held
10am: Meditate
11am: Attend to clients. Normally one client takes one hour
3pm: Do some reading on
tarot-related subjects, occult, psychology and others
4pm: Counsel client
5pm: Take classes
7pm: Call it a day

The payoff
You should take it up as a career only if you are good at your craft and can impart the right wisdom to your clients which helps them overcome difficulties. You earn anywhere between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 1 lakh or even more, depending on your experience and popularity. Some might charge Rs. 1,800 for an hour’s session, and others around Rs. 500 for one sitting. Some celebrity tarot masters charge about Rs. 5,000 for half an hour

* Knowledge of psychology is an added advantage
* Good communication skills because you need to interpret the cards for the clients and convey the message clearly to them
* Good counselling skills and the ability to identify clients with mental health problems and recommend they seek help from psychiatrists/others
* Should have a genuine desire to help and heal people
* Strong ethics
* Keep enhancing your learning by reading books and attending online events and conferences

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

Institutes and URLs
* Seema Midha, New Delhi
* Anamika Yaduvanshi, New Delhi
* Malati, New Delhi
* Tanya Kapoor, New Delhi
* Shezaim Tarot Network, New Delhi www.indiatarot.coms

Pros and cons
* The work is very exciting and never gets monotonous as each individual has a different story
* Money is good if you are experienced and have made your name in the field
* It is not easy to gain expertise in this industry because there are very few good tarot masters around who will be willing teach you
* Sometimes it is difficult to deal with some clients

Reading tarot cards is a tool to find answers. So, if you have a passion to help others, this is your calling ---- Malati Khanna, a Delhi-based tarot card reader