The American Tarot Association suggests writing a Personal Code of Ethics for Reading Tarot. I have found this to be very helpful in my practice.  As a reader, you may feel more comfortable doing readings on particular subjects than others.  Below, I have provided my Personal Code of Ethics for Reading Tarot, which you may use as a guide in creating your own.

I believe the Tarot is a powerful link to the subconscious mind and the spiritual plane from where it is possible to attain universal wisdom and knowledge.  I believe the interpretation of Tarot can provide insights into questions, problems or situations as well as future outcomes as may be altered by the Querent’s personal choices and other variables.

My personal Code of Ethics with respect to the use of Tarot is as follows:

I will read the cards without regard to my personal view or judgment in order to shed light upon the Querent’s concern.

I will honor the message of Tarot, listen attentively, and respond respectfully and compassionately to the questions and comments offered by the Querent during a reading.

I will emphasize the positive aspects of a reading without compromising honesty.

I will discern whether questions pertain to financial, legal, or medical matters which are best left to the professionals in those fields of specialized training and licensing.

I will ascertain whether questions pertaining to a third party may be rewritten to address the Querent’s connection to the third party.

I will ascertain whether questions pertain to past- life or after- life experiences because readings of this nature cannot be verified and are, therefore, best left unaddressed.

I will only read for minors with a parent or guardian’s permission.

I will only read for clients in private, and all readings will remain strictly confidential.

Finally, I will do my best to provide the Querent with thoughtful insights and optimism in order that positive steps may be taken toward a resolution.

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About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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  1. pb says:

    Ali – the tarot ethics statement seems really practical… and inspiring as well. Great blog.

  2. Great article. It touches on so many of the important codes and ethics a good reader adheres to. Very well written.

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