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Updated: Oct 1, 2020

Legit Tarot Readers VS Scammers

'Scam or scamming is a fraudulent scheme performed by a dishonest individual, group, or company in an attempt obtain money or something else of value. Scams traditionally resided in confidence tricks, where an individual would misrepresent themselves as someone with skill or authority.' 

As a Filipina and someone who has been doing Tarot readings professionally, I have been asked a lot about what Tarot reading is, how it works, etc. Most of the time I am being compared to a 'manghuhula sa Quiapo' (fortune teller at Quiapo) - which to me is not cool. I understand that I am fighting a long, old, traditional belief system here and the 'manghuhula sa Quiapo' has been long existing occurrence before I was even born. This is the place where people go to find a solution to their 'problems' - which in my opinion, is quite questionable as far as safety and logic is concerned. I am writing this article in the hopes of shedding light in this shady part of Tarot reading business.


Ironically, the Filipino culture is a mix of superstition and Catholicism, Quiapo is the place where this cultural mixture co-exist. Quiapo is another busy district in Manila where devotees go to the century old Quiapo church to hear Mass and pray the novena, this is also the place (outside the church, technically) where people can buy amulets, alternative medicines (which are not approved by our Department of Health by the way), and where fortune telling stalls are etc. 

Here are quick ways to know the difference between a Tarot Reader and a manghuhula sa Quiapo (or any psychic scammer):




While some may say that psychics at the said place are legit, most of them (in my opinion) are scams. Here are some questions I have been asked or things I have been compared to:

CLIENT: 'Mas mura pa yung manghuhula ko sa may amin kesa sayo.' My fortune teller is a lot cheaper than you.

PRICE: Yes, my professional fee as an internationally Certified Tarot Reader is a lot different from these local fortune tellers.

CLIENT: 'Yun lang? Yung manghuhula ko kaya ganito, ganyan...' Is that it? My fortune teller can do this... that' 

THE ACTUAL READING: Tarot (as I have always been saying) is a transformative tool that is used for self-empowerment and self-discovery.

CLIENT: 'Sabi sakin ng manghuhula may mamamatay daw.' / 'Sabi sakin ng manghuhula ko may kumulam sakin.' I was told by my fortune teller that somebody will die. / I was told by my fortune teller that I was cursed.

THE INTENTION: Any reading should NEVER be fear-based. Scammers tend to feed and prey on your fear and manipulate you into buying anti-hex / anti-curse amulets, candles, herbs, spiritual trinkets etc. that are usually expensive. 

There are a lot of scammers out there that's why it's important to protect yourself. Here are a few tips to avoid getting scammed:

1. Do your research and read reviews.

2. Take your time to find a reader you can trust. 

3. You are not cursed.

NOTE: I am NOT saying that ALL psychics / fortune tellers located in Quiapo (or any part of the world) are frauds, some unfortunately are. Remember, you are the master of your own fate and Tarot acts as your overall guidance in all your life's happenings.


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