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Professional Tarot: The Business of Reading, Consulting & Teaching [Paperback]

Christine Jette
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July 8 2003
In today's economy, a little extra cash can go a long way. If you're like most people who read Tarot, you've probably entertained the idea of doing readings for money more than once. Whether you're just starting to explore the idea or have already started reading professionally, Professional Tarot is the book you need to translate your Tarot reading skills into dollars. Author Christine Jette's combined background in nursing, psychology, teaching, and Tarot consultation provides practical insights into the counseling and business aspects of reading Tarot professionally. Professional Tarot explores every aspect of starting your own Tarot business, showing you how to:

Assess your strengths and weaknesses as a Tarot reader Develop your special niche as a reader Market your unique skills on a shoestring budget Stay on top of taxes Learn about zoning and tax laws in your community Expand your clientele with Internet or phone readings Keep important legal records for your files Handle crisis situations calmly and professionally Understand the special needs of teenage clients Organize and teach Tarot classes Recognize signs of psychic burnout Develop your own professional Tarot code of ethicsWith Professional Tarot and your own determination and enthusiasm, you can create prosperity for yourself and provide helpful advice to others as you build your own successful Tarot business.


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Christine Jette (pronounced Jetty) is a registered nurse and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She is the Llewellyn author of Tarot Shadow Work, Tarot for the Healing Heart, Tarot for All Seasons and Professional Tarot. Christine lives in the Cleveland area with her husband and three cats

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1 Taking the Leap Trust that still small voice that says, This might work and Ill try it. Diane Mariechild In this chapter, youll assess the strengths and challenges of a professional tarot reader and examine attitudes and beliefs about money. Abundance is an outlook: you learn how to draw the energy of money to you for success. As a professional reader, you will examine the culture of money and the value you place on your services. You will also explore the myth of competition and learn how to carve out a niche market that expresses the one-and-only you. Lets begin with a scary proposition. A Scary Proposition People tend to get tarot readings at a time of indecision or personal crisis. They are vulnerable to suggestions and are looking for advice. Knowledge is power. As professional readers, we have the power to influence our clients because people in need tend to hang on to every word we say. This is a scary proposition for a lot of us because it carries awesome responsibility. Two things can happen: we either charge headfirst into a situation we are not prepared for and it blows up in our face, or we doubt our own abilities and never take the leap of faith needed to become a professional reader. Here are some of the most common beliefs that hold us back from success as professional readers. Im not . . . good enough, talented enough, smart enough, etc. psychic. [fill in the blank]. I cant . . . charge money for reading the cards. make a living as a tarot reader. [fill in the blank]. I dont know . . . where to start. how to find clients. [fill in the blank]. I must . . . have all the answers. fix everything. be able to tell the client what to do. take responsibility for my clients problems. [fill in the blank]. Professional Tarot explores these self-limiting beliefs in depth. Read on. Why Do You Want to Be a Professional Tarot Reader? It is important to be clear about your motives and intentions before you read the tarot cards for another person.Why do you want to be a pro? Stop and really think about this.Make an entry in your journal. To get you started, the following are some possible reasons for becom- ing a professional tarot reader. Bear in mind that this is not an allinclusive list. I want to become a professional tarot card reader in order to help the client gain greater insight and objectivity about asituation; help the client discover new solutions to old problems; empower the client to face changes with courage; educate the client about the value of tarot as a tool for spiritualgrowth and awareness; make money; gain personal satisfaction in helping others; increase intuitive skills and knowledge; enhance personal growth and increase self-esteem; make a reputation for myself, have increased popularity, and gainwell-deserved attention; become an authority in the field; be more fully alive and engaged in a magical life; [insert your own reasons here].Oil and Water I have volunteered for various causes throughout my life. Everyone is happy to have my free services, time, and skills. Several years ago, after two years of volunteer work, I very much wanted to become a paid employee for a certain organization. As soon as I mentioned money, everything changed.My qualifications were immediately in question. I found this puzzling because I was asking to be paid for the job I had done for two years as a volunteer. I learned there is a big difference between doing something for free and charging for those same services. No tarot book can equal the experience of doing actual readings. Reading free for friends is a great way to practice and fine-tune your skills. Friends are patient with the learning process and tolerant of shortcomings. Reading for relatives and friends who want you to succeed creates a positive atmosphere. You have an added edge during a reading because you already know something about them. Without charging money, a reading has no strings attached and can be all in fun. But at some point, you may feel you are skilled enough to charge something. For paid readings, you may be starting with people you know, friends, or coworkers. The old saying goes that friends and money dont mix, especially if you have been doing free readings for them.Asking for money from a friend can be awkward. Charging a fee encourages you to fine-tune your skills to increase competency. Slapdash methods of mediocrity are okay when your readings are free. You work harder at a reading when people are paying you for it. As a LOréal commercial might phrase it, you charge money for your readings because youre worth it. Only you can decide if you will charge money when reading for friends.Money has destroyed more than one relationship, and just like oil and water, friends and money mix with difficulty.My advice is once you do start charging for tarot readings, its not a good idea...(Continues)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Timely Work July 15 2003
Format:Paperback
Christine Jette's book, Professional Tarot was a book I had to get as soon as I learned the release date. It was timely in that I am currently starting a Tarot-based business.
Once the book was in my hands, I familiarized myself with the set-up, then dived in. It did not disappoint. I discovered that there is so much personal responsibility involved in reading the Tarot professionally, as it should be, to further the field. This book did not give me cookie-cutter meanings for the cards, thank God, but did give me realistic and inspired ways to go about setting up a business.
Christine Jette's writing style is personal, comfortable, and appealing. This is a woman who's been there and has no airs of self-righteousness. I will read her other works, for sure.
Without giving it away, do yourself a favor and check this book out. If you are really serious about being the best, most ethical, and prepared reader out there, you have to read this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Llewellyn's better books! Sept. 10 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a great book for anyone thinking of going full-time as a Professional Tarot Consultant. Ethics, business management and promotional ideas, and legal info are all overlooked topics that make this book worth buying!
Again, I have to state, this book is for people whom want to make tarot reading their full time career! It is of little to no use to the hobbiest or part-time consultant.
Highly recommended.
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Timely Work July 15 2003
By Dorette H. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Christine Jette's book, Professional Tarot was a book I had to get as soon as I learned the release date. It was timely in that I am currently starting a Tarot-based business.
Once the book was in my hands, I familiarized myself with the set-up, then dived in. It did not disappoint. I discovered that there is so much personal responsibility involved in reading the Tarot professionally, as it should be, to further the field. This book did not give me cookie-cutter meanings for the cards, thank God, but did give me realistic and inspired ways to go about setting up a business.
Christine Jette's writing style is personal, comfortable, and appealing. This is a woman who's been there and has no airs of self-righteousness. I will read her other works, for sure.
Without giving it away, do yourself a favor and check this book out. If you are really serious about being the best, most ethical, and prepared reader out there, you have to read this.
46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Llewellyn's better books! Sept. 10 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a great book for anyone thinking of going full-time as a Professional Tarot Consultant. Ethics, business management and promotional ideas, and legal info are all overlooked topics that make this book worth buying!
Again, I have to state, this book is for people whom want to make tarot reading their full time career! It is of little to no use to the hobbiest or part-time consultant.
Highly recommended.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Professional Tarot - An Honest Review Nov. 4 2006
By C. Ohls - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Greetings! This is an excellent book overall with just a few minor things that keep it from getting 5 stars. If you want to know how to start your own tarot business this is the book for YOU! Lots of great content and information, the author really knows her stuff. It seems like she's been around the block quite a few times! Probably the only major downfall in the writing is just her perspective at some points. She does ramble and complain a bit in the beginning how women are so under paid and that they should stand up for themselves when it comes to business. Im not disagreeing with her, it just seems like this book is not the place to do that and it also makes the men feel uncomfortable. Other than that, her nursing background really comes through in the writing which is OK but I would prefer to see it less and more of her tarot background. But this book is still worth the money all around. Best of luck!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction to topic. Aug. 21 2006
By T. Goad - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good introduction to the business of being a professional reader. Particular stress is placed on reader ethics, which is a very important topic, and one which merits much attention. In addition, helpful information is given with regard to the nuts and bolts of setting up a practice, securing office space (or not), advertising, developing policies and setting prices. Some discussion is given to overcoming deeply ingrained money issues as they relate to charging clients for your services. Overall, very well thought out.

Some of the material, alas, is a bit outdated -- such things as recommended websites having moved or closed -- but these are minor (and unavoidable) problems with what is a very practical and useful book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible Tool for Any Professional Practitioner Oct. 31 2008
By Margaret Arvidson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Professional Tarot by Christine Jette is the one book I referred to most often as I was creating both my on-line and live classes and seminars -- in palmistry.

She covers all the key information you need to know to build your spiritual, alternative, metaphysical or related business. From marketing tips to dealing with unsavory clients - she's got your back.

What was of particular interest to me was the meticulous way she lays out seminar topics and advanced classes.

Even though I only dabble in Tarot for my own experience, I do teach palmistry. Having this book at my desk while I was creating my first curriculum was priceless!

A must have for anyone ready to start making money with their skills in esoteric or mystical practices.
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