“Professionalism is not about adherence to the policies of a bureaucracy. Professionalism is about having the integrity, honesty, and sincere regard for the personhood of the customer, in the context of always doing what is best for the business. Those two things do not need to be in conflict.”
— Eric Lippert

Are you a professional in your field? What does it mean to be ‘professional’? Have you had any experiences that made you go ‘Professional, my arse!’? Sometimes, we are presented with very clear examples what professionalism should NOT look like and we can learn from those.

What it means to be a professional is sometimes discussed in Tarot circles. Some Tarot readers argue that as long as you have a registered business and pay taxes, you are de facto a Tarot professional.

However, if you set yourself up as a Tarot reader, you find yourself in a position where you counsel people who often come to you in various stages of feeling traumatised emotionally. Let’s face it, almost nobody decided to buy a Tarot reading when they feel in harmony and as if they have complete peace and clarity in their life…

This puts the onus on the Tarot reader to have enough regard for her clients to know about the workings of the human psyche as well as about card meanings, to be able to offer some level of comfort along with the guidance. To do this requires ‘unattached compassion’ and to be able to extend compassion to others in this capacity, in turn, requires tremendous amounts of inner work.

Many Tarot readers come to the Tarot because of their interest in the human psyche in the first instance but because this is an unregulated industry, there are no guarantees of the level of knowledge for individual readers.

Questions you are completely entitled to ask of a Tarot reader before you decide to buy a reading include:

  • What spiritual Path are you on? (Especially if you need a reading about your own spiritual development.)
  • Do you have some form of counselling training?
  • What are your reader’s ethics? A professional reader will have these listed on her website.
  • Which other modalities are you trained in? (Especially if you want a reading about health/wellbeing.)

The 3 of Pentacles is often associated with teamwork and taking pride in one’s work. Any kind of paid work we do is always for the benefit of others. Ultimately, the amount of effort we put into offering an excellent product or service will either benefit our soul’s evolution or generate karma.

Professionals in a role where they directly guide others, such as in the case of Tarot readers, must maintain excellent standards, firm boundaries and impeccable ethics if they do not wish to generate karma. Because the industry isn’t regulated, the onus to make sure the reader is a true professional rather than a charlatan lies partially on the client who must learn to be discerning.

When I think about my own work, I’m aware that my professionalism extends more in the direction of my regard for my clients than in the direction of what is best for the business. I believe this may well be the case for many Tarot readers since our modus operandi is often more right-brained though we strive for the kind of balance you get a clear visual of in The Chariot, Justice and Temperance Tarot cards.

However, when it comes to the component NOT mentioned in today’s tarotized quote and which I believe is essential for anyone doing any type of spiritual work, I am doing my best to get it right. Karma is a thing, folks. I’d rather not learn just how far it can reach in terms of negative consequences, so I keep holding myself accountable.

The three coins in the 3 of Pentacles could be seen to represent you in your role as a professional, the person benefitting from your work and God, who is ultimately the boss of all of us.

Try the 3 of Pentacles Tarot spread for professional Tarot readers!


Lisa Frideborg (click link to book a reading or healing session)

Today’s draw is from Nefertari’s Tarot by Lo Scarabeo.



  1. Miss Lynn · August 14

    Love this. You have said what I believe every “reader” should know and practice. Karma can be ugly if you don’t live within the rules of life.


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