Tarot readers deserve to be paid for their work and expertise, just like anyone else with a marketable skill. But, readers also know that there are some people that simply cannot afford a reading though it would greatly help them. While it is always best to support the tarot community by paying for a reading, there are a few resources available for people needing a reading for free or very low cost. We’ve all been there, so here are some options. But first, there are some things to keep in mind:

Etiquette for Free Tarot Readings

  • When possible, please do pay your reader, if only a small amount as a tip. Readings take time and energy to complete. A gesture is always appreciated, even if it is small.
  • Free tarot readings are often done by people who are training. Please be kind to those still learning, especially if they give you news you do not want to hear or pick up on something you were not expecting.
  •  Tarot readings often take a while to complete, regardless of how much the cost. Remember the reader is often a student or volunteer. 
  • In most cases, the reader still will ask for either an exchange reading or feedback. Try to give a helpful reading or feedback that is equivalent to what your reader produced. Do so promptly.
  • Do not overuse the ability to get a free reading. Many sites limit how many readings a month you can receive or require feedback/exchanges to be posted before asking for another reading. Try to stay well under these limits.

Now that we have gotten that out of the way, here are some great ideas for finding a free or inexpensive reading.

Places to Find Free Readings

  • YouTube: There are thousands of “pick a card”and “horoscope” readings on Youtube. They are not personalized, and not everything will resonate with you or be accurate.  Even so, these may be a quick and fun way to get a gist on what’s going on. If you need more, some readers offer private readings and will often list their prices under their videos.
  • Facebook: Similarly, there are dozens of student groups that offer free readings for feedback or exchange. Pay attention to the rules and also to posts warning who is scamming, who is legit but only dies certain readings, etc.
  • Forums: A great forum for card exchanges is Tarot, Tea & Me. You must register and post several times before requesting a reading. This is also a great place to practice with a mentor or by offering readings yourself.There are also solid forum communities to check out.
  • Biddy Tarot: Biddy Tarot offers one free reading a month from a student reader. You are asked to provide feedback via a form. These readings are often quite detailed and very well done.
  • Instagram and Twitter: From time to time, an Instagram or Twitter-based reader will offer a free reading as a promo or contest. Be on the lookout for these posts.
  • People You Know: The most tried-and-true solution is to have a friend or relative that you can practice reading with and who will give you a solid tarot reading.