So, how do you know when you are ready to go from being a tarot student to a tarot reader? Kind of in the same way you know when you are ready to fall in love. It’s just something that comes from inside, a certain level of confidence and self esteem mixed in with a good dollop of humility and willingness to give of yourself.
Just to be clear about one point though- you are never not a tarot student. If you fall in love with cards and with reading you will spend the rest of your life learning about cards and reading. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles I’m afraid. There is always something else to learn about cards, reading, people, yourself, you get the idea. If someone tells you they know everything there is to know about tarot they are quite simply, lying. No one knows it all. No one knows the “only true way to read cards” or “the quickest solution to all your problems” and most especially no one is 100% accurate. Avoid like crazy anyone who swears they are. We are human. We have bad days. Believe me, there is no such thing as 100% accuracy- just ask any weather man!
If you are waiting until you are perfect at reading cards before going out there and giving it a go, you will be waiting forever. It ain’t gonna happen. But don’t let that stop you. We all learn best by doing. My advice is to start small. Start at your local market offering very small readings- like one to three cards for less then $20. Then work your way up. Different areas have different going rates for readers based on all sorts of things like the local economy, what type of people live in your area etc. Shop around and find out what your local rate is.
If you are very new and not very confident yet start low then work your way up. What you want to get to is a regular client base. Once you find that you are having more people calling you then you can reasonably handle, up your price per hour or reading (or however you are choosing to charge).
There is no magic sign that lets you know “this is the time to start doing this for a living”. Chances are you won’t be making much of a living from it in the beginning- it will simply be a hobby or sideline. Because being a reader is so much about reputation it does take some time to build that reputation, so it isn’t a get rich quick scheme. It is an awful lot like being an author- there are a few very famous names who make millions, but most of us simply plod along, doing it more for the love of it then because it’s financially lucrative. Having said that, don’t let the lack of riches stop you from giving it a go.
You are ready when you know you are. How do you know you are? Well, only you can truly answer that.