I have never posted a code of ethics. Ethics are important, but I’ve seen so many crazy ill-informed lists posted, I just don’t want to do that. For those who are interested, though, I’ll talk about it a bit here.
Confidentiality is obviously of utmost importance. Period. So is being non-judgemental – see my old post from 2013 here, “On Movies, Morals, and Reading Cards”. What I’m saying here is that card reading ethics are the same as regular ethics: if you tell me something in confidence, I keep my mouth shut. And I don’t care what you’re into sexually as long as it’s consensual, I’ll try to help you get what you want. I won’t help anyone rape, stalk, or do child molestation – I’ve actually had requests like that – OH HELL NO – but I wouldn’t help people do that in a non-card reading situation, either. I’d throw a monkey wrench in that shit. See? It’s just like regular ethics.
Not scamming people is important. But posting that you don’t recommend or do spellwork, when many top-shelf readers DO, is ill-informed, to put it mildly. I’m not saying that someone who sells $10 readings that always say the client is cursed and needs a $900 cleansing is ethical, by any means. But if you’re looking for spellwork and the cards say it’s a good idea, I’ll comply. If you want a real specialist in this area, I’ll refer you to an AIRR reader. I have a day (well, night) job. I love having repeat clients, but my survival doesn’t depend on keeping you on a string.
There is a paradox I see in a lot of peoples’ codes of ethics. On the one hand, they “don’t predict the future”. On the other hand, they “don’t psychoanalyze”. Which is it? There is predictive, fortunetelling type reading, and there is modern psychological Tarot reading. If you don’t do either, what the hell do you do?
Personally, I avoid psychological reading. I am neither qualified nor licensed to practice psychology. And if I were, I could lose my license for diagnosing people with cards. I’m a fortuneteller. I studied cards for decades, I learned the ones I use for paid readings quite well, and when you ask me a question, I will tell you what the cards say. Not lie, not make stuff up (so-called “intuitive” reading – ugh), just give you what you paid for. It’s up to you if you want to take it to heart or consider it all in fun. Personally, from years of observation, I’ve found that while the cards are not infallible, they’re correct about 85-90% of the time. That’s better than the TV weatherman, and he has a million dollars worth of equipment. 😀
And then there is all the stuff about “third party readings”. I think Andy Boroveshengra explained it best a few years ago: I am not a party to your situation with the person you’re asking about. If you want to know if your boyfriend is seeing somebody else on the sly, he’s the second party, not the third. And we will look at the cards and see exactly what’s going on.
That’s about it, or all that comes to mind at the moment. Comments, as always, are welcome!