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Exploring How We Create Meaning with Tarot

James Ricklef's Code of Ethics


1. Confidentiality:
I will not reveal what a client tells me without his/her written approval. I will hold all
written and verbal communication with a client in confidence, except in the event
of a life-threatening situation.

I will interpret a reading to the best of my ability and will honestly admit when I
cannot interpret something.
I will always tell the truth, but not impose information on a client that they have
clearly indicated that they do not wish to know or explore further in depth.

3. Nonjudgmental:
I will always provide readings with compassion and in a nonjudgmental manner.

4. Expertise:
I will not give advice in areas for which I am not qualified. If the client needs a
physician, psychologist, lawyer, financial advisor, accountant, or any other
professional service for which I am not qualified, I will encourage him or her to
seek such service from someone who is qualified in that area, and I will make
appropriate referrals wherever possible.

5. Responsibility:
My goal as a Tarot reader is to allow my clients to take responsibility for their own
decisions and actions, which guide their lives, and to act according to their own
conscience for the greater good of all concerned.

6. Empowerment:
I will let my clients know that the future is never etched in stone and thus that they
have the power to change their future!
I will strive to help my clients leave a reading feeling empowered to make
practical, life-affirming decisions.

7. Healing:
I will allow myself to be a conduit through which Divine Spirit heals my clients’
spirit, mind, body, and environment based upon insights gained from a reading.

8. Uplifting:
I will strive to make each reading a blessing for everyone involved.
I will be encouraging and try to leave my clients with a sense of renewed strength
and hope. Thus, I will try to make each reading, no matter how bad it might initially
appear, end on a positive, encouraging note.

9. Independence:
I will not let my clients become overly dependent upon my services, nor pressure
them for return visits.

10. Payment:
I will not accept payment unless my client is satisfied with the reading.
I reserve the right to refuse to read for any client, but I will return any
compensation for such a reading.

11. Professional conduct:
Since the future is always mutable, I will never scare a client by predicting the
inevitability of a physical death.
I will not do a reading to see what someone other than my client is doing or feeling.
I will at all times maintain an ethical and professional relationship with my clients.
I will not abuse a client's trust and vulnerability for my own personal benefit.
I will endeavor to study those things that will advance my own professional
development and aid me in giving better readings.
I will not refer clients to another professional reader in anticipation of acquiring
kickbacks or other compensation.
I will treat my professional colleagues with respect.