Tarot Card Readers & Witches For Hire

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If you've read the "about" page, you know that I am a tarot card reader and that I was once a witch for hire. Both of those things are true, and I'm sure that some of the people who read them do a double take, but I doubt it has to do with the first part.

A tarot card reader? Fine. Whatever. There are flashing neon signs on every other street, declaring that the occupant is PSYCHIC, PSYCHIC, PSYCHIC. People don't balk a that, or at least, the people I've met don't.

But witch for hire? Oh, boy. That's not a conversation starter so much as it is a conversation stopper. I've never had anyone nod and smile and back away when talking about reading tarot cards, but if I talk about doing spell-work, there's a chance for some furious nodding, some awkward smiling, and a little bit of, "I got to go meet my friend this very second—It's life or death—byyyeee."

Maybe that's a little dramatic, but still.

Some people, even the ones who are open to tarot card readings, are a little unsettled by witches for hire, and I get it. 

Tarot cards have more wiggle room. Their interpretations are manifold, and many people, readers and clients alike, don't view the tarot as being particularly "woo woo".  Tarot readings are often seen and interpreted as a reflection of a client's unconscious, a way for them to understand and deal with their own inner workings. Readings can be therapeutic, but they don't necessarily have to be mystical.

Disclaimer: I'm not trying to speak for everyone. This is just my experience, and my theory about why people seem so much more uncomfortable with witches for hire than they are with tarot card readers. I'm definitely not trying to claim tarot readings are one thing or the other. So, yeah, sorry. Moving on.

But being paid to do spellwork is not a concept with a lot of wiggle room. Sure, if a spell works (whatever that means to you and your client) people can write it off as happenstance, self-fulfilling prophecy, or the placebo effect. Say you do a wealth drawing spell for a client and the next day they get a promotion, people can just shrug it off and say that the client was always going to get the promotion and that the spell had nothing to do with it. They wipe that magick stink right off and go back to their lives. That's not true because it can't be, and so it isn't. Maybe they blow a raspberry for good measure—I don't know. 

But while it is easy for people who don't believe in the concept of magick to shrug off the results, it isn't so easy for them to ignore the fact that you make your living by casting spells, an act that they might not only think is silly or weird, but an act that they may very well see as malicious.

Perhaps they see it as malicious or immoral because of their religion, but, in my experience, it has often been because they think I am swindling people. They think that I am doing something that is inherently dishonest or, worse, that I am conning the downtrodden out of their hard-earned cash.

Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of cons out there, some of which will claim that they can light a candle, burn some incense, and give you everything you want in life, whether that be a lover, some cash or—oh, I don't know—for your hairline to stop receding. But that doesn't mean anything. It just doesn't. People have been practicing magick, and people have been paying for that magick, for a long time. It doesn't matter what you think. Saying that a witch (or anyone who practices magick/magic/whatever) is swindling people by charging for spellwork or charms just because you don't believe in magick doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Also, It implies that the person casting the spell doesn't believe in their work and is actually just working a con on a gullible, downtrodden client/victim. 

And if you really want to believe that, fine, but let me tell you something.

I have had clients from all walks of life, but over and over again I get clients who are, well, doing pretty damn good.  Which isn't to say I haven't been approached by people going through hard times. Still, my clients aren't gullible, down on their luck victims of a con artist with a penchant for the occult. They know what they want, they know what they're asking for, and they know just how much it will cost them. This isn't a TV show. I'm not using a stack of bangles and an Enya CD to con struggling, aspiring actors into thinking I'm the benevolent queen of witchery—here to vanquish their foes, banish their woes, and help them land that part (I don't know why I'm going with the actor bit; the thought just speaks to me). This is the real world, where a client may be looking for a $20 charm to help them quit smoking or maybe a $100 spell to make their new business venture prosper. People aren't coming to me with their life savings, begging for me to turn their life around. They're emailing me about the jackass at work who takes credit for their ideas. 

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The point I’m trying to make here is that both parties know what they're in for. And if a client doesn't understand, I help them understand. Then, if it seems like we aren't a good fit, I tell them that I am not the witch for them. Simple as that.

Also, a lot of witches have certain spells that they won't touch in terms of dealing with clientele. For me that includes fertility spells, certain types of sex spells, spells to injure or cause death, and spells that I think would be harmful to me. I also (as a general but breakable rule) don't do curses for other people because, well, I don't necessarily trust the judgment of others. Maybe this is because one of my first clients wanted me to curse an ex-girlfriend because she was "a bad person", but when I asked about why she was a bad person, it became clear that they were just bitter about the breakup. And I'm not going to curse your ex just because you can't stomach rejection.

Sorry, babe. 

No, the vast majority of what I do is geared towards luck, wealth, love, and protection. And what you're looking for determines the price. You want a small luck charm to give you a boost of good fortune? That'll be $20. You want an in-depth ritual where I petition a God to give you a run of good luck to beat the Devil? You can go right on ahead and cough up $200 then because I'm not going to poke a deity for anything less than 3 digits.

This has been a long, rambling entry—I know—but this has been on my mind for awhile. I was a witch for hire for some time, and I still am a tarot card reader, but I always thought it strange that some of the people who said that it was "cool" that I did tarot readings were the same people who thought my getting paid for spellwork was wrong or somehow taboo.

That disconnect is very interesting to me, and I would love to hear your opinions on it, whether you yourself are a witch for hire, a tarot card reader, or someone looking at this whole discussion from the outside.