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What to do if Your Tarot Reading Sucks

By August 1, 2012 January 17th, 2017

blog-20120801-what-to-do-if-your-tarot-reading-sucksYou followed the advice of how to choose a great Tarot reader and you’re excited about the Tarot reading that’s coming your way.

But when you go to open the email or sit down with your Tarot reader, nothing in the Tarot reading makes sense and it falls way short of your expectations. What a waste of $50 or even $100.

What do you do when your Tarot reading sucks?

Do you just give in and find another reader? Do you give up completely and think that every psychic is a scammer? Or do you actually do something to rectify the situation?

As a professional (and ethical) Tarot reader, here is my advice for dealing with a bad Tarot reading, constructively.

Ask For Clarification

Most good Tarot readers will be more than happy to clarify parts of your Tarot reading and answer your questions about the cards drawn. Point out to your reader what parts don’t make sense to you and ask your reader to explain it further.

If the reader’s interpretation seems way off, explain how you see the situation and add any more relevant information that may help the Tarot reader to interpret the cards in a way that’s helpful for you. As the Tarot cards can manifest themselves in so many different ways, just adding an extra piece of information can help the reader to target the message of the card a lot more for your situation.

Share Your Feedback with Your Reader

Be open with your Tarot reader about the reading and provide constructive feedback on how the reading did and didn’t help. This is so much more helpful than not responding at all as it allows the reader to act on your feedback.

Resist the temptation to jump onto Google and post a bad review straight away. Give the Tarot reader an opportunity to respond before posting any reviews, and only use this as a last resort. A negative review online is usually there forever and can be very damaging.

Alternatively, get in touch with the relevant Tarot association to discuss your next steps.

Ask for a Refund

If, after asking for clarification and sharing your feedback, you do not receive the response you were hoping for from your Tarot reader, ask for a refund. Not all Tarot readers will offer a refund, as many believe that you are paying for their time rather than their insight, but there’s no harm in asking. Genuine and ethical readers will be open to considering a refund if you are truly dissatisfied with the quality of the reading.

Keep in mind that it is not about being dissatisfied with what the reading had to say (e.g. you’re not going to get back together with your ex) but the quality of the reading that was provided (e.g. not enough detail or depth of insight).

If the Tarot reading fell way short of your expectations or wasn’t delivered at all, then you may consider taking it up with your local Consumer Affairs Association.

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A Tarot reading often talks about the future. But we’re not in the future right now, are we? So, you may receive a message in your Tarot reading that doesn’t make sense now, but it may do later. Rather than assuming the Tarot reading is wrong, just wait a few weeks, and return to the reading to check if the messages are clearer for you.

Lately, I have received a few emails from clients who write to apologise for not listening to the advice of the cards and telling me that their reading was ‘wrong’. One client emailed me nine years after his reading to say that while he was not open to the messages at the time, everything I had predicted eventually came true for him.

So remember that if something sounds way off right now, it might actually be a prediction of what is to come.

Get a Second Opinion

If you have asked for clarification from your Tarot reader but you are still not clear on what the cards are trying to say, you can get a second opinion from another Tarot reader. Some Tarot readers offer a professional Tarot reading interpretation service where you can send in the cards that were drawn and the Tarot spread that was used, and they will provide their opinion of what those cards mean.

However, to save you money, do this only after you have exhausted your options with your original Tarot reader.

Be Accepting of Personal Differences

So, your reader started talking to their angels and writing about a long lost granny, and you thought they were troppo. But the next person to have a reading with that reader thinks their amazing because they just love talking to their angels.

Know that some readers just have a very different style to what you may expect or connect with. It doesn’t mean that they are any better or worse. They are just not the right ‘fit’ for you. That’s why establishing a personal connection first is so important.

If your reading just doesn’t hit home, consider whether this is because your Tarot reader’s style is completely different to yours.


At the end of the day, purchasing a Tarot reading is just like any other business transaction. You should expect a high quality of service from your Tarot reader and you should feel satisfied with the experience. Don’t just watch your money go to waste or feel like you have been scammed in the process. Speak up and do something constructive to resolve the situation. Walk away from your reading feeling empowered and positive about what’s to come.

Have you ever had a Tarot reading that was way off or that just didn’t resonate? What did you do? Leave your comments below!


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