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This is non-theoretical now. If I offered Tarot readings, but expected compensation, what would people consider a reasonable price?
I'm considering pricing based on how many cards I use, because that correlates quite strongly with the complexity of the reading and the time and energy I sink into it. I'd offer free advice on how many cards I'd need (in what layout) to give a good answer to a question- an estimate, if you will. (I often create new layouts, tailored to specific questions; I don't think I've used anything other than the Branch more than three or four times. And that includes the Celtic Cross.) But I also want to set a sort of minimum price, for the time and effort it takes to clear my space.
How does $3 plus $2/card sound? That would put the Celtic Cross, an 11-card spread (I always use a Querent for it) at $25, which is sort of where I'm basing my price-point. It also puts one-card readings at $5, which was my other target price point. It puts the Branch layout- the most useful one I've found, for 99% of advice-related questions- at $21, which is near the $20 I figure is a fair value for it relative to my non-professional status. That would offer a full write-up- every card on its own in its position, every interaction, what the reading as a whole means- and a photo of the dealt layout, for future reference. Unfortunately, I'm describing badly what a full-writeup entails; maybe somebody who has gotten one can describe it better? I can also do it in real-time over instant messenger, but an e-mail gets copy-edited. It's non-interactive, though...
This is non-theoretical now. Is that price scale reasonable? And who is interested?
I'll wind up sticking it (better-written-out than this!) in my LJ profile if this seems like a reasonable course of action. For now, I cook.