“When will you be offering in-person tarot readings again?” For those who are wondering when tarot readers, astrologers, and other sacred artists might be offering in-person sessions again, this post is for you.
A few of my fellow tarot readers have been getting this inquiry, especially now that the lockdowns are lifting in many places. Some of those peers are feeling scared about offering in-person tarot readings – and rightfully so. Here are a few things that I want you to consider if you’re anxious to see your spiritual folks face-to-face.
1. This virus isn’t gone yet. There is still much to learn about it – and until all the facts are in place, the risk is still great.
2. If a tarot, astrologer, or other sacred artist begins seeing you in-person again, that means they will need to wear a mask and gloves when they work. You’ll need to do the same. (Psst…doing a reading in a mask and gloves sucks, I assure you.) If you won’t show up with the required mask and gloves, you may be turned away. (Oh, and if that reader isn’t wearing a mask and gloves, you might want to rethink touching their cards.)
3. You’ll need to keep a distance during the reading. That means the tarot reader will need to have a table that allows for a six-foot space between you and them (most tarot tables are small – mine is three-feet across). Now imagine trying to work like that? Reaching across a giant table isn’t comfortable. Not to mention putting a big table in an office isn’t going to work for most folks. They might not have the room for that.
4. Once your appointment is over and you’re on your way, the reader will need to do a full disinfecting before the next client comes in. This adds extra time to their schedule – time that could be spent serving a client over the phone or email.
5. Some of your spiritual service providers may be immune-compromised or live with family members who are. This means every person that comes through that door could bring the possibility that they or their loved ones get sick. If a self-employed person gets ill, they cannot work – which hurts their income. Self-employed people also have to pay for their own health insurance and medical costs. If they go to the hospital, it could be catastrophic for their health…and their finances.
6. I’d like you to also think twice about tarot parties and events too. If you’re hosting something in your space, how are you going to ensure that your reader and guests will be safe? You might want to think long and hard about that before you start putting something together.
You might assume that your reading will be better face-to-face. Not so. Most modern tarot readers and astrologers offer phone services and I can assure you it’s the same service. I stopped offering in-person sessions a while ago for many reasons and I am grateful I got on that before this pandemic. With this virus still raging, many other mystical people have been forced to go this route. This may become the norm for a long time for many readers (for some of us, we’ll never go back). So before you get salty and impatient about “in-person” sessions, please consider the points above.
We deserve to feel safe. It’s what we want for you – and hope you want for us.
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What I’m Grateful For:
The clients who get it
Sunny days and open windows
My cat is healing
Hidden chocolate bars
Soundtrack for 5/16/20:
Jason by Perfume Genius
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