My friend Michael thought having me write about tarot ethics would be interesting. I think I might disappoint him because I don’t have a set of tarot ethics that I think all readers should abide by. And I don’t think, as some readers do, that unless you follow MY ethics you an ethical reader. I think that it is kind of arrogant to think that I have the corner on ethical judgment.
I do think, though, that any one who uses the cards should think about ethics. Many people think that tarot readers should write out a statement of their ethics or standards. Even though I am a writer and someone who loves structure, I’ve never done this. Probably because for me, things aren’t actually
I'd like to begin by thanking everyone who commented on my previous post concerning the Wiccan Rede. All of the comments received on it, save one, have been posted. I hope you've read them and that they've triggered debate and discussion.
The one comment that was not posted was far too long to include in the comment section. In fact, it was longer than my original post. This comment came from Rain Dove, the Priestess of The Dragon and The Rose Coven of Georgia. A quick look on The Witches Voice shows that "Rain Dove has been practicing and walking the path of Wicca since 1996, but has been studying since 1994." The Coven practices the Jordanian Tradition of Celtic Wicca. By this she
Modern Paganism embraces a wide variety of spiritual traditions. One of the challenges of these traditions is that in some instances they are not thoroughly considered. An individual tradition may leave out large swathes of concepts and limit themselves to small sections of reality. There is often the worship of deities, the practice of magick, divination, and healing, the celebration of festivals and holidays, but little else. As a result, for many people their spiritual tradition is merely a part-time practice rather than a way of living. (I wouldn't limit this to Pagans, either.)
In fact, for many Pagans, when asked how their spirituality flavors their lives, they have little to say,
Whether you read professionally or not, you will probably find yourself at some point facing ethically challenging situations. One way to minimize troublesome on-the-spot moments is to determine your ethical guidelines ahead of time. This is helpful, but no matter how thorough and careful you are, you might find someone at your table asking something you never even thought of.
Ethical considerations are shaped by your philosophy about the cards, the purpose of readings, and your role as a reader.
Type of Advice
Some readers will never give medical, legal, or financial advice because they are not doctors, lawyers, or financial advisors. Most readers, although not all, would