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Tarot Card Reading (Part 2): To Fee or Not to Fee?From a Jan 19, ’05 Blog at Multiply
No question on the issue, I just finished a Tarot read on my clients (a couple-a lawyer and his wife) and they treated me to a sumptuous meal! Thai fried rice, grilled tuna belly with lots of roasted garlic, hototay, prawn tempura, san mig lite, buko juice...*Burp* Awat na! Awat na! I can't ask for more...They footed the bill of P826. Then they asked me: "So, how much is your fee?" I could easily blurt out that I charge them P250 each, but at that instance, this was more than enough! They wanted to give me money for a very "informative" reading and they felt giving them their reading drained me a lot...so they thought of treating me to dinner and giving them my fee...but no, the wife handed me over a ready envelop with a thousand peso bill! I received it with utmost courtesy and thanked them for their generosity and told them to feel free to contact me if there are any further questions.
I have been reading Tarot for over 23 years now. In the initial years I did not charge. In my third year I went to Bangkok to study the Fortune-telling arts in Sam Luang. They (the swamis), read "natural sentience" into me, pasted gold paper in my forehead and initiated me into the gift of prophetic reading: I Ching, Palmistry, Tarotee, Physiognomy, Psychometry...I sometimes had a hard time, but I had Prasit, an interpreter. Then I had to do the "tahas" ([Waray] feat of the initiate), which was to go to Thailand's highest temple Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, and climb the 300 steps the mountain has to reach its Temple. And that was Buddha Day. There I meditated and thanked the Incarnates for the Sentient gifts they gave me...
When I went down to Chiang Mai, I browsed the antique shops for curio and magickal items and I spent a fortune on rare books and, for MY STUDY ON THE DIVINATION CAREER. I went in depth on the books of Eliphas Levi, Hermes Trismegestus, Franz Bardon...But the most important books I got was J.E. Cirlot's "Dictionary of Signs and Symbols" and Carl G. Jung's "Man and His Symbols". These books on universal and cosmological archetypes embarked me to a scholarly and sentient Fortune-telling Career.
Back in the Philippines, I have my regular set of Clients, Querants. I have a Tarot Clinic which Doctors and even Psychologists ask their patients to go for "second opinion" ("Ask what she sees in your dreams!, What does that symbol mean for her? Have your cards read and then come to me..") Long
before I used to charge P250 per session now I go for P500. If it's an out of town thing or a blitz or fair, my fee is P1000. I enrolled online in the American Tarot Association site and the Tarot School of
Ruth and Wald Amberstone and now I'm a CTCR (Certified Tarot Card Reader).
I could have remained a Natural Psychic, but I chose to augment it with scholarly study to make it a profession.
I have always thanked the Goddess and God, Buddha and the Incarnates, Jesus and Mama Mary, Allah and Boddhisattva, Lord Krisna and Yahweh for this Gift they bestowed on me..
I promised to use it for Good and for the Good of my Fellowmen and all Living Creatures in this Earth..
I should have been filty Rich with this...but I'm just content, I can't even afford the goodies Hegeisthai, Fully Booked, Aquarian, National Bookstore has to offer at the moment...I have to save some of my tarot fees to buy those books and decks...
I believe everybody is equipped with these gifts, but to make it as a career is another thing. I have chosen to make this a career to relieve EVE from what Christians say her "original sin"...But Old Testament pa 'yon...Christ paved the way for this Age.
So what, if we ate the fruit of Life? I want to charge a CTCR Fee. I think I deserve it.