As some of you know, I was talking with a co-worker recently and it came out that I read Tarot. I really try to keep this kind of quiet at work, as this area of the country is rife with fundogelicals and it seems wise to keep a low profile in the office on my more off-beat interests. My co-worker mentioned in the course of the conversation that she’d had a gathering recently wherein a palm reader was brought in for a little extra entertainment, and she herself had subsequently gone out and purchased a book on how to read palms. Once she ‘fessed up, I figured it was safe to mention my Tarot interest and it was. She was very intrigued and told me she had a small party coming up at her place and might want to have me come over and read Tarot. This seemed like an ideal situation for a ‘first Tarot reading party’ situation for me: small gathering at the home of someone I know pretty well (for a co-worker, that is. We also used to run together so have spent a fair amount of time talking about all kinds of things) so perhaps not quite as nerve-wracking as being called in by a stranger.
Well, she checked with her guests, and it seems they decided they weren’t really interested, so that idea is off. But, my co-worker is still excited about the idea of having me over to read cards, and is now thinking about doing a Halloween party and having me over for that.
So here’s the question: Do I do this gratis? There has been no mention of money changing hands, but I’m fairly certain the palm reader she had in was paid for her services. I’m guessing co-worker is expecting me to do this for free, since she knows me and we’re friendly. Since I’ve never read publicly like this, perhaps my first outing should be as a favor to her, to get my feet wet and see how I like doing it. I don’t know, what say you all? It’s not really a social invitation for me. If it weren’t for the Tarot cards I would never be invited. Co-worker and I do not hang out outside of work, we’re not that chummy.
Also, for the other Tarot readers there, how do you choose a deck for such an occasion? I figure I should stick with one I’m comfortable with, but should I go with something like the All Hallows Tarot, or Halloween Tarot, and keep the mood light? Do you take a selection of decks and let people choose? Any advice appreciated.