Online Tarot Reading Template

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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!

Tarot Reading Template

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5 thoughts on “Online Tarot Reading Template

  1. Spirit Bear

    Having a template to use really saves time, and makes sure you don’t miss anything. I was wondering what the rest of your disclaimer is. It cuts off after ‘This reading is not…’

    Thanks for the info.

    1. theraggededge Post author

      Hi there Spirit Bear, I just checked the document, I can see it all fine. The disclaimer reads: “This reading should be viewed as “entertainment” only; it does not substitute for the consultation of medical, psychological, legal or financial professionals. This reading is not legally binding.”

      Another really useful time-saving trick, is if you use the same deck regularly, each time you describe a card, save that description to a text file. Then when the card shows up again, you’ll have your description ready without having to type it up again. Having said that, I don’t use that for my in-depth readings because different details catch my eye and assume more importance.

      Have fun on your tarot journey!

  2. Amanda Richardson

    Thank you for this template. I am learning how to set up my own tarot email reading business and learning from someone who already does it is quite helpful. I of course will create my own template once I get more comfortable, but this is going to help the start out. It gives a direction so to speak. Thanks so much!


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