Don’t get me wrong, you should always support your Tarot Readers. In fact, there are so many ways to do so, like recommending them to others or sharing their work online. However, what I am talking about is money. Even if your reader is not charging, it is important to tip whatever you can. Tipping your Reader really shows you care, and it really helps the reader in ways you may not consider.
When you ask for a reading, it should be an exchange of energy. This is why a lot of people who perform free readings ask for you to provide feedback or share their work. However, it is also possible to exchange energy in the sense of a reading, artwork, crafts, or a gift. These can all be appreciated if that is what the reader agreed to. Yet, chances are the readers will not deny the exchange in money, and can be very helpful!
When you get a reading, you may think that you are simply paying for the product but that is the bare minimum. When you feel you only need to pay for the finish product, you are saying you shouldn’t pay for the time, the supplies, or resources used in the process. Believe it or not, it costs money to provide readings to others. You need to pay for the space, which can be the rent for where I do in-person readings or even to help pay the internet bill for the online readings, you need to pay for the decks themselves, and perhaps pay for a domain or for the site.
Now, if a reader is doing this full time, you are paying for a bit more. You are paying for bills, groceries, rent, and other necessities. Readers cannot afford to live with just $5 per reading. Even if a reader is not asking for money, when you tip you can really make their day. Getting a tip is like finding money in your jacket pocket you forgot was there. It really makes the reader happy and feel appreciated.
However, by paying and/or tipping, you are also helping support the business itself. You are helping with supplies needed like the divination tools, cameras, the workspace, and other business expenses. Supporting the business is important because once the reader feels they can sustain their life off of their services, you can find that more openings will open, and you are more likely to get your reading in a more timely manner. Also, the reader will feel comfortable providing more free services (blog posts, general readings, so on) because, to them, not only is it a calling but also a ‘thank you’ of sorts.
When you support a small business, you are paying for more than the product. By supporting a small business, you are supporting a family as well. People forget that readers are small businesses, and readers are people who have bills to pay and mouths to feed. Maybe you can think about that before you start demanding free personalized readings.