My philosophy about my Tarot practice can be summed up in one short
statement:  “I am a Fortune Helper, not a Fortune Teller.”  However, if you want
more details, read on...

The following are some of my thoughts on what a Tarot reading can and cannot
do, and what it should or should not be used for. These are just my opinions -- I
am not trying to say this is how everyone should use Tarot cards. However, this
will give you a fair idea of how I read Tarot cards so that you can decide if I would
be a good reader for you.

** Readings for the future **

While a reading can indicate a *probable* outcome, I don’t believe that it can tell
the exact future because the future is never etched in stone. We make our own
future. What we do now affects our future, and how we respond to events in the
future affects our lives at that time.

That's why I try to rephrase questions that start "What's going to happen..." I
prefer to help people empower themselves and not think they're slaves to fate.
Even if there is a strong rip tide in the flow of time, you can still swim against it if
you are forewarned!

So, it is my philosophy that the purpose of a Tarot reading is to provide you with
insights about yourself and the world around you in order to empower you to
*create* the future you want. This is why I tell people that I am not a “fortune
teller”; I am a “fortune helper.”

** Readings for other people **

I cannot do a reading to see what someone other than you, my client, is doing or
feeling -- mainly due to the ethics of privacy since they aren’t the ones
requesting a reading. Thus, for example, I won’t do a reading for questions like
“Is Jane cheating on me?” or “Does John really love me?” I can, however, do a
reading for you to see what you need to know about your relationship with that
other person.

** Readings to tell you what choices to make **

I don’t believe that the purpose of a reading is to tell you what you *should* do,
but it can give you insights to help you make your decisions for yourself. So for
example, if you are faced with a choice between Option 1 and Option 2, I won’t
tell you, “You should choose Option 1.” Instead, I’ll try to give you the pros and
cons of each option, and maybe some other deciding factors that come up in the

** Frequent Readings **

I’ve heard that "psychic phone lines" encourage people to call often for a
reading. It seems that the owners of those lines are more concerned about their
income than they are about your ability to live your life and to learn to make your
own decisions. I prefer not to do readings for a person more than once per
month (at most), especially on the same subject, because if you are seeking
advice from a Tarot reading too often, you are probably avoiding making your
own decisions, taking responsibility for your own actions, or heeding the advice
from your previous readings. This may mean less revenue for me, but I hope that
it will encourage people to take control of their own lives.

Of course, there are exceptions. Let’s say you get a relationship reading, and
then a week later you find that you are up for a promotion at work. I would have
no problem doing a reading for you at that time to help you discover what you
can do to get that promotion.

** Readings for medical, legal, etc. issues **

As for health questions, I tell people that I am not a doctor and that if they have
specific questions about their health they should see one. Ditto for legal issues,
psychiatric issues, etc., etc.
The image at the top of this page is from the Tarot deck that I have designed and illustrated.
This image, and all contents of this website (c) James Ricklef.
My Tarot Philosophy
Tarot of the Masters -- Hermit