From: P'burgh PA
Yes, the question of charging for a reading is a tricky one, especially as I'm not a professional reader. Although, I'm a firm believer that people have more respect for things they pay for. I don't charge, but I'm not averse to receiving gifts [:). A lady I gave a reading to a while ago made me some really lovely Tarot bags, I was very touched.
Giving a reading, like playing Chess, especially when you're giving it 100%, is mentally exhausting. I like the Celtic Cross, & that's what a lot of people expect anyway, I like Arthurs Sword & Merlins' Gateway, there's a nice little daily spread I use, that I've mentioned earlier.
I agree as well. I also noticed that when those that tended to take advantage of "free" readings heard that I might start to charge they didn't call quite so often. I decided that while I would not set a price per se I would accept whatever she felt the reading was worth. Mainly because she insisted on paying me for my time and knows that it is exhausting to do them. That , to me, is more acceptable than just charging for a reading at a set price. This same person is having a graduation party for her daughter and asked if I would be willing to come do readings at it for those that wanted one.
She dealt her pretty words like Blades -
How glittering they shone -
And every One unbared a Nerve
Or wantoned with a Bone -
I want a sensitive man - one who'll cry when I hit him.