Tarot Readings or Tarot Consultations: What’s The Difference?

what's the difference?

If you have been searching the internet looking up information on Tarot, then there are two terms you may be wondering about.  The common term “Tarot Reading” and the less common term “Tarot Consultation.”  So, what is the difference between them?

As a Tarot practitioner who started out doing readings in the 1970’s and who now focuses mainly on providing quality Tarot Consultations, I will share my insights on the matter.

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To begin with “Tarot Reading” is a broad term that takes in a lot of space.  It can refer to parlor divination done mostly just for entertainment at parties, or your phone psychics charging $10 per minute (more or less) to let people know what their boyfriends/girlfriends might be thinking of them when they fail to call for weeks on end.  And it can also apply to people who are willing to spend some quality time with others helping them through some very serious issues.

All of this (and more) can apply to the term “Tarot Reading.”

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The term “Tarot Consultation” on the other hand, tends to be a lot more narrow and a lot more serious.

Tarot consultations are generally not done at parties for “Entertainment.”  They can be done in business settings helping executives determine if the second quarter would be a good time to spend a million dollars expanding their corporate reach, or if it might be best to stay put and wait for a more opportune time.

You can also find in this category professional “Police Psychics” who earn their living aiding authorities in solving crimes and working with crime victims.  You can also find people who dedicate their lives to helping others achieve their goals in life and grow spiritually.  In short, a “Tarot Consultant” is a more professional “Tarot Reader” who is willing to sit down with people for an extended period of time (anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour) helping them through the more trying times in life.

Tarot Consultants generally do not charge by the minute, because they know there is not a great deal that can be done in a 5 or 10 minute session, other than providing entertainment.  Instead they tend to charge by the session, knowing that trying to help people become better is going to take a more sustained level of commitment.

Tarot Consultants (like other consultants) have their specific areas of expertise.  Some cater to business professionals and are very happy working in office parks dressed in suits and ties.  Others may operate from a psychological perspective integrating Tarot into their practice as psychologists or therapists.  We at Tarot By Ralph work from the perspective of Interfaith Spiritual Directors and Motivational Coaches helping people get inspired and find their inner strengths.

Of course there is a lot of overlap when talking about Tarot Readings and Tarot Consultations.  There are some very good Tarot Readers who work both in the boardrooms of major corporations and as readers in psychic fairs.  But I tend to view Tarot Consultation as being a more serious application of this Hermetic Art where the focus is on helping the client rather than just making a fast buck.

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Our Services. 

At Tarot By Ralph we offer Tarot Consultations in both English and Spanish.

Tarot Consultations are done by phone and give the client a chance to talk through their problems with someone who is willing to listen in a secure and non-judgmental environment.  We book 0pen ended Tarot Consultations which can range anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour in length, depending on how much you have to discuss.

Rest assured you will be treated in a dignified and helpful manner.  Our focus will be on helping you work through your problems as best we can.

To get more information on ordering these services, contact Ralph at tarotbyralph@gmail.com and I will answer any questions you may have.

Disclaimer:  Consultations are done for Inspirational and Entertainment purposes only.  We are not doctors, lawyers, psychologists, or financial experts.  We are seasoned life coaches with a background in Non-Denominational Ministry and Spiritual Direction.  If you require other services, please contact the proper professional in the appropriate field.   

Interpreting Tarot Cards During A Reading

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Beginning Tarot readers can fall into many traps.   One of those traps can be trying to apply standard textbook Tarot card meanings to the same cards you see during a reading.  And this practice does not always work out.

Why?  The reason is that when we are doing a reading our goal is to answer the clients question as best we can.  In order to do this we must feel comfortable letting our intuition run freely, and not confining our mind and creative thinking to textbook definitions.  Rather we must learn to be freer and loser.  We must be prepared to look at the cards and ask ourselves the question, “What are these cards saying about the question my client has brought to the table?”  Here is one example.

Say a person comes to you asking about a certain real estate deal and The Fool card shows up in a prominent spot.  Now, usually The Fool stands for new beginnings, but for some odd reason your mind starts thinking about a Condo on a hill.  In this case, should you tell the client to go start something new, or should you trust your intuition and pursue the Condo on the hill angle?  I’d say that (if you are the kind of person who can trust their intuition) it’s best to go with the Condo on the hill angle.  Even though no Tarot textbook I am aware of mentions the word “Condo” your mind made that jump for a reason.  And, if “Condo” fits into the question your client has asked, trust you intuition and explore that angle.

A general rule of thumb I like is, when it comes to doing real Tarot readings, it is best to know a few general keywords that fit each card and then, as the cards pop up, see how those general keywords fit into answering the question or issue your client has come to talk to you about.  See how the cards seem to be answering that question, and then focus on presenting that answer as clearly as possible to your client.  And, if something odd jumps into your consciousness and you are pretty sure it applies to your client’s question, run with it.  It may go beyond the standard meaning of the cards that you have seen in your favorite Tarot workbooks, but sometimes that is how our intuition springs to life and the world of Spirit speaks to us.

So, do not let yourself be confined to interpretations other people have dreamed up concerning the cards.  Instead, focus on listening to your “inner voice” and present the best answer you can to your client.  Tarot books are great.  But in a reading, trusting your gut is far superior!

The Fool: Tarot Affirmation


The Fool Tarot card from the Morgan Greer Tarot.

Tarot Affirmations For Self Improvement.

Card: The Fool

Deck: The Morgan Greer Tarot

Keywords: New Beginnings;  Leap of Faith.


I have everything I need to begin any project or enterprise.

I have the courage needed to move ahead despite any difficulties.

The Universe believes in me, and I believe in the Universe.

The journey of self improvement begins with a single step and a giant leap of faith.

I am ready to take the steps necessary to begin my journey of self discovery.



About Ralph.



Ralph has been a student of the Tarot since the 1970’s.  Born and raised in Mid-America, he felt a calling to ministry at an early age and went on to study for the Catholic priesthood in both minor and major seminaries.  His studies included a focus on several major World Religions including Hinduism and Buddhism.  He served in a traditional Disciples Of Christ Church as senior pastor for 6 years, and then left that mission to pursue private non-denominational and non-sectarian ministry.  He started reading Tarot professionally around 2008 doing phone readings for Keen and other networks. Ralph is a seasoned Spiritual Counselor, Meditation Practitioner, and Mystic with a broad universal understanding of things.  In addition to Tarot, Ralph has self studied other Esoteric subjects including The Kybalion, Wicca and Neo-Pagan Spirituality; and those studies are continuing.  His main focus is on helping clients to find clarity in their lives, offering his services in an open non-judgmental way.

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Why Get A Tarot Reading?

Why get a Tarot Reading? 

Well, different people are going to have different reasons for seeking out the services of a Tarot Reader.  I come from the perspective of a Spiritual Counselor and Life Coach, and to me the Tarot is a fun way to answer questions from different perspectives and to begin seeing life in different ways.  It provides an enjoyable way to probe the deeper issues of life in a non-judgmental manner, and even to reveal hidden issues which neither the reader nor the client saw at first glance.  Tarot, with it’s symbolism, is a fantastic tool to help us think outside of the box and to facilitate more creative thinking in general.

Some use the Tarot to connect with the God or Spiritual Beings of their understanding, and this is definitely my perspective as well.  Still others use the Tarot to probe more deeply into their own Subconsciousness and the Collective Unconsciousness.  As a reader who has been working with Tarot since the 1970’s, I’ve definitely learned to appreciate Tarot in many different ways and have learned to rely on the cards to help myself through many of life’s uncertainties.

Of course the choice as to whether or not to get a Tarot Reading is totally up to the client.  Some may get their first reading simply out of curiosity, and this is a perfect place to start for both the client getting a reading and the novice seeker wanting to learn how to do readings for themselves.  Others may have a long history in consulting the cards and may already know full well what to expect.  Whatever your point of view we here at Tarot By Ralph will work to make your reading experience an enjoyable and enlightening one.

Why Get A Reading With Ralph?

Here at Tarot By Ralph your reader has a long professional relationship with the Tarot.  Ralph has been reading Tarot since the 1970’s, and turned pro around 10 years ago doing phone readings on a few major psychic networks.  I are now building up my own private brand in an effort to become more independent and to help save my clients their own hard earned cash too.  You see, professional phone reading networks are a great place to get started in Tarot reading, but they do charge the reader about 55% of their daily profits, which is a huge business expense.  This expense forces the reader to set their rates at around $3.00 per minute or higher just to get by.  Being an independent brand, Tarot By Ralph can offer services at half that rate and still provide great quality products for our clients.

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Disclaimer: Readings are for Entertainment and Spiritual Guidance purposes only.  We are not doctors or lawyers or financial experts, we are spiritual and life coaches offering guidance in general matters.  If you require professional help in matters of health, law, finance, etc, please contact a professional in the appropriate field.  We also will not do readings that may constitute an invasion of privacy for any third party.  We are here to be of service to you and you alone.  Please be assured that your privacy is of the utmost importance to us, and we vow to serve in a positive and ethical manner at all times.   



Tarot Superstitions: Is It OK To Read For Yourself?


One question that comes up from time to time in the world of Tarot reading is, “Is it OK for me to read Tarot for myself?” There are those who would answer, “No,” and there are others who regard that old belief as mere superstition. Still, those who answer “No,” do have a point, which I will deal with shortly.

Personally I read for myself almost daily. If a question comes up that I need a little guidance from the world of Spirit on, I break out my deck, ask my question, and then start throwing the cards on the table. And, most of the time, the practice works perfectly. But there are some times when the assistance of another reader is needed.

I have found that if a question is too serious or too personal – one we might not be able to easily detach ourselves from in order to give a good objective reading – then it is best to seek a third party for a more objective view. Serious issues like a family or personal crisis are perfect examples of when it might be better to seek out the guidance of another professional reader. As human beings, sometimes we like to sugar coat things when it comes to personal issues. And other times, in a situation of extreme crisis or drama, we may tend to go to the other extreme and be too hard on ourselves. At times like these having a trusted third party we can use to seek deeper guidance from is a valuable asset indeed. And when those situations arise, I believe it is best to seek out the guidance of another Tarot reader and not go it alone.

There is an old saying, “The lawyer who represents himself in a court of law has a fool for a client.” And there is a lot of truth in that statement. How can a lawyer, no matter how good he or she is, be able to detach from the situation at hand completely enough to do a professional job? Having another lawyer who can see things more objectively with far less personal attachment and prejudice, would be a far better choice than representing oneself. Or we can see this question from a different perspective by thinking of doctors and dentists. How many doctors perform surgery on themselves? How many dentists work on their own teeth? Probably not that many. Even if you are an extreme do it yourself’er, there are occasions where seeking out the help of another professional is vital.

Now, if a person is just learning the art of Tarot and is looking for ways to practice, a great way to get that practice is by doing readings for yourself, and then branching out by doing readings for friends and family members. And again, so long as a person is doing general readings of a lighter nature, I see no problems in doing readings for yourself. Doing readings for yourself is a fun way to learn and gain additional experience.  I do general energy readings for myself and my family pretty much on a daily basis, and it all works out fine. But, if you are facing a more extreme situation where you need some friendly advice from Spirit, the cards, and another human being, then it is best to seek out the advice of another trusted reader and lay your soul bear as it were.

No person is an island. There are situations we can handle on our own just fine, and in those situations the do it yourself method is great. But, when you want to go deeper into a probing question – one in which a fresh pair of eyes and perspective is vital – then we must feel free to ask for help and to accept that help. We do not always have all the right answers. On a bad day, we may not even have all the right questions. In those circumstances, seeking help and guidance from another reader makes sense. And helping bring clarity to other people is what the art of Tarot Reading is all about.

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