As part of my work as a Tarot teacher I like to make lists, prepare exercises and…infographics! These are so helpful to memorize key ideas and notions.
Here is one simple reminder of – what I consider to be – the 5 golden rules of Tarot Reading. There are others we could add but these are umbrellas under which you should have the main ethical aspects covered:
Study – true knowledge comes with studying. Even if you’re intuitive and talented you will need to learn Tarot. This tool has been created centuries ago, has been constantly enriched and rediscovered since then. Tarot requires an understanding of elements of philosophy, history, arts. It’s a complex tool. Read as many books as you can. Take advice from respected and experienced readers.
Honesty – when you read for someone or even yourself, don’t twist the message of the cards. Consider yourself the messenger. Not the one who decides. But never affirm something terrible and let a stranger leave with information they can’t possibly process. Be honest, don’t be brutal. Tarot is a tool for guidance above all, never a definitive sentence. In each card, you can find at least 3 pieces of advice every time you draw it. In a difficult situation, look out for those.
Respect – Respecting the cards is key. If you do not take a reading seriously, the cards will not respond. You need to respect the cards, yourself as a reader and of course, the questioner. By preparing a clean and clear area dedicated to your readings you are already showing respect.
Intuition – You’ve read several books, you’ve practiced for years. And yet this time when drawing the 3 of Cups you can’t help but feel that something’s wrong. Well something probably is. Listen to your guts. Try to find more clues. Don’t go against your intuition. Try to understand it.
Trust – Being ethical and building trust go hand in hand. Questioners may come with serious problems on their hands. You have a responsibility towards them. Be kind. Be true. Be helpful. Don’t promise things just to make them feel better. Don’t paint everything black either. Don’t diagnose someone who has health problems but rather help them deal with the problem on the emotional and spiritual level.