Oh, I'm sorry. Was that your auntie?
Tarot, like any other field, can be chock full of asshats. Both clients and colleagues alike. When you first start reading, you might feel obligated to read for whomever sits in your chair. This can lead to some seriously awful readings. So what do you do? When someone sits down and rolls their eyes at you. When someone starts praying on or at you vociferously? What do you do?
You tell them to go away. As politely as you feel you need to. I've been doing this for a while, and I'm kind of an asshole, so I just tell them I won't read for them because I don't want to. Here are some ways to communicate that you are unwilling to facilitate a reading for people without causing undue stress and conflict. (AKA - how to nicely tell someone to fuck off so that off they will fuck)
- Tell them you're not connecting with them. This is legit, and sometimes happens when you don't have a problem with them, but it can be awfully convenient when dealing with a jerk. Give them back their money and then take a break.
- Tell them that it's time for your break. Then take a break.
- Ask them if they really want a reading. If it seems that they're sitting with you as a joke, tell them that there are others who are in line and sincerely want the experience and ask them to make room.
- Just tell them no.
As far as colleagues go, you're going to run into other readers who are scam artists, or who will try to rip you off or mooch your clients. In these instances, the best thing to do is keep your distance. Most unprofessional professionals will shoot themselves in the foot and crash and burn without your help. Do not engage, do not gossip, do not snipe at them. Just let them and their bad energy do what they're going to do - away from you.