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How Much Should a Tarot Reading Cost?

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How Much Should a Tarot Reading Cost?

How much should you pay for a Tarot reading?

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Study the market value to see what the average rates are in your area.

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Don't be afraid to ask for referrals from friends who visit Tarot readers.

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A reader asks, “I’d like to get a Tarot reading done, but all the readers around here have different prices. Where I live, I’ve found people who will do it for as low $25, a couple who charge $100, and some even do it for free. I don’t know who I should go to. Does the higher price mean a better reading? How much should a reading cost anyway?

The cost of a Tarot reading is driven by a couple of different factors. The first – and probably most important one – is the market value in your area. By that, we mean what are people willing to pay in your part of the country? A one-hour reading might be $50 in a mid-sized city in the Midwest, but the same one-hour session could be $200 in Los Angeles or New York. Call around, ask different readers what they charge, and average that out. It sounds like this is something you’ve started to do, so the range for your area is under a hundred dollars.

It’s also important to note that “celebrity” Tarot readers often charge more. The late Sylvia Browne charged several hundred dollars for individual readings. A non-famous reader who works out of her home or in the back of a small shop in your town will probably charge a lot less.

The second thing to consider is what you get for your money. A $200 reading has no value at all if it doesn’t answer your questions. For that matter, neither does a $500 reading.

Something else to consider: why are some readers offering their services for free? Well, some people believe that it’s unacceptable to charge for spiritual services such as Tarot reading. They may do it for free or for “donations.” That doesn’t necessarily make this person a better or worse Tarot reader, it simply makes them someone who is not reading Tarot for a living, or someone who feels there should be no charge for psychic work. People who do it full time, or for whom it is a part of their income, typically do charge, because their time and energy does have value, and they do have bills to pay. Also, someone who is just in the beginning stages of their reading practice may charge a lower rate, because they don't have the experience or background to support a higher fee.

It's not a bad idea to get referrals and recommendations from friends who visit Tarot readers. If you’re trying to find a good Tarot reader or other type of psychic, here are some tips on how to do so: Finding A Reputable Psychic.

Do keep in mind that, as mentioned above, the price should reflect the local market value, AND be something you can afford without sacrificing other things. If you shell out money you don’t have for a Tarot reading, and fail to pay your bills because of it, you are not getting your money’s worth, no matter how much – or how little - it costs.

To learn how to read Tarot on your own, be sure to read the following:

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