How Often Can I Get a Tarot Reading?

by Theresa Reed on June 10, 2013


This month, I’m answering some of your biggest, gnarliest (and most common) questions about tarot.  

Today’s question: How often can I get a tarot reading?

Sometimes people will ask me this right after they’ve had their first reading.  And here’s my rule of thumb:

Give things time to percolate.  A little space between readings creates breathing room and allows space for events to unfold and for new questions to come to the surface.

With that in mind, for many people, once a year is enough.

Others like to visit their reader twice a year.

And some prefer to get quarterly readings.  

Ultimately, it depends on how much you have going on in your life.  For me, my life is quiet.  I’m in a stable marriage, my kids are grown and my career is solid.  Once a year is enough for me because there is not much change happening.

However, sometimes things may come up and I may find myself with a question or two.  If that happens, I may seek out an email reading from a trusted source to supplement my yearly reading (and yes, I will read for myself here and there but I do enjoy getting a different perspective from time to time).  

What you don’t want to do: hit the tarot every day with the same issue/question.  It doesn’t work like that.  When you are constantly pushing in that manner, tarot will simply shut down.  At least that has been my experience.  

Think of it like this: would you constantly badger a friend every single day on the same subject again and again?  If you pull that stunt, you’re probably not going to have too many friends.  

Treat your tarot like a good friend that you consult for guidance but leave your codependence at the door.

“I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert 

© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2013

Vickie June 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

Dear Theresa,
I can do readings with/without the cards. I use the cards because people like visual aids. I wonder when should I begin to charge for my service?
People are always coming to me for guidance and i feel used.
Blessing to you…Vickie

Theresa Reed June 11, 2013 at 11:02 am


You have to set the tone and set your boundaries – and the sooner the better. I would recommend that you begin charging something – even a “donation” fee now so you don’t end up feeling resentful or burnt out by the requests.

Tracie June 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Are you saying if we one gets a reading more than once in awhile it’s not a good thing? I get readings OFTEN and there was a time I was talking to my tarot person almost everyday.

Theresa Reed June 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

That depends Tracie – getting readings often is not bad but everyday may be a bit much especially if you are asking the same question again and again.

Tracie June 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm

It actually turned into more therapy type sessions using tarot than just asking questions; however, I did focus on one topic probably more than necessary. Thanks for your response. LOVE your website, tons of great information.

Theresa Reed June 14, 2013 at 7:07 pm

In that regard Tracie, it can be very helpful. I know some readers who offer tarot counseling and coaching – extended work in that vein can be empowering!

PS Glad you are enjoying my site. XXOO

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