Email tarot readings are becoming quite common these days and I get several people a month asking how they should format their online readings. I tend to simply type it out as I go and, after so many years of doing them, I have a template in my mind. However, if I’m reading on behalf of an organisation, such as TABI, then I always use a template in order to maintain consistency.
This is how I do it for my own clients. I begin by saying thank you for the reading request and what my personal philosophy of tarot is, for example, I would say something like, “I don’t always use tarot to predict the future as I believe it is more empowering to see it as a guide to make decisions…and so on”
After the intro, I copy in the client’s question, perhaps rephrasing it in order to get the best from the cards. Rephrasing is something I do very infrequently, preferring to let the cards do the work and answer appropriately.
Then I tell the client which deck I’m using and why. Then describe the spread, or in many cases why I’m not using a formal spread.
I turn away from the computer and get into reading mode. Taking my time to shuffle, holding the question and the client in my mind. I have my own way of connecting and I’m sure you do too. I lay out the reading on my desk, spend some time looking at the cards and feeling the reading take shape.
I then take photos of the cards and edit the images so they are manageable in a text document and insert the images in the appropriate places. I describe the cards briefly and then interpret them as they relate to the question. I might mention the numerological associations, any pertinent symbolism, what the card means traditionally and my own personal view of it. If reading pairs of cards I make sure to interpret them as they affect/support each other.
Once the main part of the reading is done I type up my conclusion, gathering the threads of the reading into a coherent summary. I generally save the reading and leave it to percolate for a few hours so I can go back over it, edit, make corrections or add any further insights.
At the end of the reading, I always invite further questions and thank the client again. I make sure I add a ‘for entertainment only’ disclaimer at the bottom – I don’t fancy getting my arse sued off by some US lawyer! When I am completely happy with it, I send it off to the client as a Word.doc attachment. That bit never gets any easier.
Here’s an online tarot reading template. Please feel free to adapt it for your own readings. You’ll see it is only a page long but obviously you are going to enter a lot more text and images into it. My Celtic Cross readings can stretch to ten pages or more.
Hope it helps you do great readings!