Code of Ethical Conduct for Tarot or Reiki Professionals

Mission

A Tarot or Reiki professional strives to uphold the highest ethical standards in all services rendered and to act affirmatively toward maintaining public trust in the Tarot or Reiki profession. A Tarot or Reiki professional’s practice is grounded on use of the Tarot or Reiki as tools to assist clients with tapping into their own intuitions, spirituality, and creativity as well as activating their natural healing processes and assisting the integrations and immersions associated with spiritual awakening.

Article One | Professionalism

Adherence to Applicable Laws. A Tarot or Reiki professional will take the initiative to be knowledgeable of all applicable laws including but not limited to fortune telling statutes and local municipal codes that may cover their business or the practice of Tarot or Reiki.

Scope of Profession. The Tarot or Reiki professional applies Tarot or Reiki in a way that falls outside the scope of occult sciences and is not reading Tarot or performing Reiki in a manner that claims or purports to tell fortunes, or with the ability to foretell with any certainty future events, or disclose in unequivocal terms the mental faculties of any persons.

Role of the Tarot or Reiki Professional. The Tarot or Reiki professional provides a client with spiritual guidance and serves to empower the client toward making more spiritually empowered decisions for him or herself within the framework of the client’s own personal spiritual beliefs or practices. Additionally the Tarot or Reiki professional encourages self empowerment while supporting the healing and transformational processes of the client.

Limitations. A Tarot or Reiki professional shall never claim the ability to cure another of ailments outside the lawful practice of medicine or provide financial benefits outside the lawful practice of financial analysis and management. The Tarot or Reiki professional shall never purport to offer legal, medical, or financial advice. Unless the Tarot or Reiki professional also possesses the applicable educational background, licensures, certifications, and/or qualifications to be a psychologist, therapist, counselor, or other mental health professional, he or she shall not purport to be one.

Referrals to Qualified Professionals. A Tarot or Reiki professional owes a reasonable duty of care to his or her client and if an inquiry touches upon legal matters, even by a tangential connection or in passing, the Tarot or Reiki professional will refer the client to seek the counsel of a licensed attorney. If an inquiry touches upon health or medical matters, even by a tangential connection or in passing, the Tarot or Reiki professional will refer the client to seek diagnosis by a licensed medical doctor. If an inquiry touches upon financial or real property matters, even by a tangential connection or in passing, the Tarot or Reiki professional will refer the client to seek advice from a qualified financial consultant, analyst, or real estate professional.

Duty to Reject Subsequent Reading and Session Requests. If at any time a Tarot or Reiki professional believes or has reason to believe that a client is using Tarot readings or Reiki sessions to substitute, and not merely supplement, counseling from a qualified mental health professional, then he or she has a duty to reject subsequent reading or session requests from the client and to refer the client to seek qualified mental professional support. However, Tarot readings and Reiki sessions may be used as a supplement to qualified counseling or serve the function of life coaching or general spiritual guidance.

No Dishonesty, Fraud, Deceit, or Misrepresentations. A Tarot or Reiki professional shall not use Tarot or Reiki in a way that purports definitive and absolute knowledge of the future or of matters that are otherwise hidden or occult. The Tarot or Reiki professional shall not represent him or herself as matter-of-factly having communication, access to, or knowledge of any supernatural phenomena. The Tarot or Reiki professional shall never guarantee any one outcome, positive or negative. A Tarot or Reiki professional shall never engage in deceptive business or unfair trade practices. A Tarot or Reiki professional shall make no misrepresentations about his or her competency, certifications, qualifications, or abilities.

Third Party Consent. A Tarot or Reiki professional is discouraged from providing reading or session services on inquiries into the personal affairs, business, intentions, mental faculties, or activities of third parties who are not present for the reading or session, unless the client represents and warrants to the Tarot or Reiki professional that such third party’s express consent has been obtained. A Tarot or Reiki professional may reasonably rely on such a representation made by a client, though best practices would include noting the reliance in writing in the Tarot or Reiki professional’s notes. However, a Tarot or Reiki professional may provide reading or session services on inquiries about how the client’s affairs, business, intentions, mental faculties, or activities might be affected by that third party.

Article Two | Communications

The Reading and Session Process. A Tarot or Reiki professional is encouraged to make reasonable efforts to communicate his or her reading or session or interpretive process and analytical or intuitive methods, particular traditions, or the interpretive framework utilized. A Tarot or Reiki professional will refrain from communicating to a client about curses or the manifestation of malicious intentions through supernatural or occult means.

Disclosures. A Tarot or Reiki professional shall make reasonable efforts to disclose to all clients that Tarot readings or Reiki Sessions cannot replace the counseling services of a mental health professional, and a Tarot or Reiki professional can never guarantee his or her accuracy in the interpretation of a reading or session. Also, if and when Tarot or Reiki practice would be explicitly barred by a jurisdiction’s applicable laws, then the Tarot or Reiki professional must communicate to the client in clear, unambiguous terms that such readings or sessions are to be for entertainment purposes. See also Article Five, Disclosures.

No Duty to Retain Records. A Tarot or Reiki professional does not owe a client any duty to retain the client’s reading or session records. A Tarot or Reiki professional may, at the discretion of his or her customary practice, retain records or files on client readings.

Records Retention. If a Tarot or Reiki professional does elect to retain client records, then he or she must develop and maintain appropriate record-keeping systems for storing his or her clients’ personal information in a manner that will reasonably preserve the clients’ confidentiality and privacy.

Article Three | Fees

Statement of Fees. A Tarot or Reiki professional shall state his or her service fees before the start of a reading or session and cannot later raise or increase the stated fee unless prior contractual terms allow for the increase. The Tarot or Reiki professional must clearly communicate his or her fee schedule and payment terms prior to the commencement of any reading or session. A fee for any service that is $500.00 USD or more must be contractually agreed upon in writing.

No Pressure for Additional Services. A Tarot or Reiki professional shall never pressure, compel, or even imply to clients that additional paid services from him or her are needed after the reading or session. A Tarot or Reiki professional shall never purport to possess the power to manipulate the outcome of events through supernatural or occult means.

Referral Fees. If a Tarot or Reiki professional makes a referral, then he or she must disclose whether any referral fees have been paid as compensation or consideration for the referral.

Article Four | Confidentiality

Duty of Confidentiality. Although there is not likely to be a legal evidentiary privilege between a Tarot or Reiki professional and client, a Tarot or Reiki professional nonetheless agrees on his or her own accord to be bound by a duty of confidentiality. A Tarot or Reiki professional shall not reveal personal or private information relating to a client reading or session unless that client has given informed consent.

Reasonable Diligence to Protect Confidentiality. The Tarot or Reiki professional shall exercise reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of or access to information relating to his or her clients, which includes password protection to any electronic accounts, computers, or data storage units that would include client files and lock and key to any physical storage units containing hard copy files.

Exceptions. However, Tarot or Reiki professionals may reveal personal or otherwise private information relating to a client reading if the Tarot or Reiki professional reasonably believes it is necessary to prevent substantial bodily harm or death, or a court order overrides the confidentiality. Partial information from Tarot reading or Reiki session may be disclosed under the client’s anonymity for academic, civic, census, survey, or research purposes.

Article Five | Disclosures

General Practice Disclosures. A Tarot or Reiki professional shall post a disclosure statement prominently at office locations, storefronts, on websites, reading venues, or commercial marketing materials that states essentially as follows:

Disclosure Statement: A Tarot or Reiki professional cannot predict the future with certainty and you should not rely on a Tarot reading or Reiki session to make any decision that would affect your legal, financial, or medical condition. If your inquiry involves the law, finance, or medicine, then you should seek the advice of a licensed or qualified legal, financial, or medical professional. Also, a Tarot reading or Reiki session cannot replace qualified mental health care. A Tarot reading or Reiki session can only facilitate how you cope spiritually with a given situation. In certain jurisdictions, a Tarot professional is required to disclose to you that Tarot readings should be for entertainment purposes only, and if such a law applies to your reading, then you are hereby on notice thereof. Your Tarot or Reiki professional is bound by a self-imposed code of ethics, which can be provided to you upon request.

Certification Disclosures. A Tarot professional is not required to be certified. However, if a Tarot or Reiki professional obtains a certification related to Tarot or Reiki practice, the Tarot or Reiki professional will disclose the certifying body or organization that issued the certification.

Article Six | Public Service

A Tarot or Reiki professional is encouraged to dedicate at least 10% of his or her practice per year to public service, such as offering reading or session services to support fundraisers for non-profit organizations or charitable causes, free readings or sessions to persons of limited financial means, teaching Tarot or Reiki to others free of charge, creating educational materials on Tarot or Reiki for the public free of charge, or participating in activities with the mission of improving the practice of Tarot or Reiki or the Tarot or Reiki profession.

Article Seven | Continuing Education

A Tarot or Reiki professional shall take the initiative to continue his or her Tarot or Reiki education for the full duration of and throughout his or her professional practice. A Tarot or Reiki professional is encouraged to take classes or workshops on Tarot or Reiki, attend Tarot or Reiki conferences, symposia, or conventions, meet and collaborate with other Tarot or Reiki professionals, regularly read on the practice of Tarot or Reiki, and exercise diligent efforts to hone the Tarot or Reiki professional’s craft and skill.

Last Updated: April 13, 2020