MISSION_______________________________ARTICLE ONE | PROFESSIONALISM Adherence to Applicable Laws
Nefertiti of Hood Healing Hoodoo strives to uphold the highest ethical standards in all services rendered and to act affirmatively toward maintaining public trust in the tarot profession. Hood Healing Hoodoo as a Tarot reader is grounded on use of the tarot as a tool to assist clients with tapping into their own intuitions, spirituality, or creativity.
. Hood Healing Hoodoo 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. Scope of Profession
. Hood Healing Hoodoo applies tarot in a way that falls outside the scope of occult sciences and is not reading tarot 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 Professional
. Hood Healing Hoodoo 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. Limitations
. Hood Healing Hoodoo 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. Hood Healing Hoodoo shall never purport to offer legal, medical, or financial advice. Unless Hood Healing Hoodoo 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.
Hood Healing Hoodoo owes a reasonable duty of care to his or her client(s) and if an inquiry touches upon legal matters, even by a tangential connection or in passing, Hood Healing Hoodoo 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, Hood Healing Hoodoo 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 Hood Healing Hoodoo will refer the client to seek advice from a qualified financial consultant, analyst, or real estate professional. Duty to Reject Subsequent Reading Requests
. If at any time Hood Healing Hoodoo believes or has reason to believe that a client is using tarot readings to substitute, and not merely supplement, counseling from a qualified mental health professional, then he or she has a duty to reject subsequent reading requests from the client and to refer the client to seek qualified mental professional support. However, tarot readings 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
. Hood Healing Hoodoo shall not use tarot in a way that purports definitive and absolute knowledge of the future or of matters that are otherwise hidden or occult. Hood Healing Hoodoo shall not represent him or herself as matter-of-factly having communication, access to, or knowledge of any supernatural phenomena. Hood Healing Hoodoo shall never guarantee any one outcome, positive or negative. Hood Healing Hoodoo shall never engage in deceptive business or unfair trade practices. Hood Healing Hoodoo shall make no misrepresentations about his or her competency, certifications, qualifications, or abilities. Third Party Consent
. Hood Healing Hoodoo is discouraged from providing reading services on inquiries into the personal affairs, business, intentions, mental faculties, or activities of third parties who are not present for the reading, unless the client represents and warrants to the tarot professional that such third party’s express consent has been obtained. Hood Healing Hoodoo may reasonably rely on such a representation made by a client, though best practices would include noting the reliance in writing in the tarot professional’s notes. However, a tarot professional may provide reading services on inquiries about how the client’s affairs, business, intentions, mental faculties, or activities might be affected by that third party. ARTICLE TWO | COMMUNICATIONSThe Reading Process
. Hood Healing Hoodoo is encouraged to make reasonable efforts to communicate his or her reading or interpretive process and analytical or intuitive methods, particular traditions, or the interpretive framework utilized. Hood Healing Hoodoo will refrain from communicating to a client about curses or the manifestation of malicious intentions through supernatural or occult means. Disclosures
. Hood Healing Hoodoo shall make reasonable efforts to disclose to all clients that tarot readings cannot replace the counseling services of a mental health professional, and a tarot professional can never guarantee his or her accuracy in the interpretation of a reading. Also, if and when tarot practice would be explicitly barred by a jurisdiction’s applicable laws, then Hood Healing Hoodoo must communicate to the client in clear, unambiguous terms that such readings are to be for entertainment purposes. See also
Article Five, Disclosures. No Duty to Retain Records
. Hood Healing Hoodoo does not owe a client any duty to retain the client’s reading records. Hood Healing Hoodoo may, at the discretion of his or her customary practice, retain records or files on client readings. Records Retention
. If Hood Healing Hoodoo 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
. Hood Healing Hoodoo shall state his or her service fees before the start of a reading and cannot later raise or increase the stated fee unless prior contractual terms allow for the increase. Hood Healing Hoodoo must clearly communicate his or her fee schedule and payment terms prior to the commencement of any reading. A fee for any service that is $500.00 USD or more must be contractually agreed upon in writing. No Pressure for Additional Services
. Hood Healing Hoodoo shall never pressure, compel, or even imply to clients that additional paid services from him or her are needed after the reading. Hood Healing Hoodoo shall never purport to possess the power to manipulate the outcome of events through supernatural or occult means. Referral Fees
. If Hood Healing Hoodoo makes a referral, then he or she must disclose whether any referral fees have been paid as compensation or consideration for the referral. confidentiality. ARTICLE FOUR | CONFIDENTIALITY Duty of Confidentiality
. Although there is not likely to be a legal evidentiary privilege between Article Four | Confidentiality Duty of Confidentiality. Although there is not likely to be a legal evidentiary privilege between Hood Healing Hoodoo and client, Hood Healing Hoodoo nonetheless agrees on his or her own accord to be bound by a duty of confidentiality. Hood Healing Hoodoo shall not reveal personal or private information relating to a client reading unless that client has given informed consent. Reasonable Diligence to Protect Confidentiality
. Hood Healing Hoodoo 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, Hood Healing Hoodoo may reveal personal or otherwise private information relating to a client reading if Hood Healing Hoodoo reasonably believes it is necessary to prevent substantial bodily harm or death, or a court order overrides the confidentiality. Partial information from a tarot reading may be disclosed under the client’s anonymity for academic, civic, census, survey, or research purposes.
ARTICLE FIVE | DISCLOSURES
General Practice Disclosures
. Hood Healing Hoodoo shall post a disclosure statement prominently at office locations, storefronts, on websites, reading venues, or commercial marketing materials that states essentially as follows:
: Hood Healing Hoodoo cannot predict the future with certainty and you should not rely on a tarot reading 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, tarot reading cannot replace qualified mental health care. A tarot reading can only facilitate how you cope spiritually with a given situation. In certain jurisdictions, Hood Healing Hoodoo 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 professional is bound by a self-imposed code of ethics, which can be provided to you upon request.
. Hood Healing Hoodoo is not required to be certified. However, if he or she obtains a certification related to tarot practice, Hood Healing Hoodoo will disclose the certifying body or organization that issued the certification.
ARTICLE SIX | PUBLIC SERVICE
Hood Healing Hoodoo is encouraged to dedicate at least 10% of his or her practice per year to public service, such as offering reading services to support fundraisers for non-profit organizations or charitable causes, creating educational materials on tarot or participating in activities with the mission of improving the practice of tarot or the tarot profession.
ARTICLE SEVEN | CONTINUING EDUCATION
Hood Healing Hoodoo shall take the initiative to continue his or her tarot education for the full duration of and throughout his or her professional practice. Hood Healing Hoodoo is encouraged to take classes or workshops on tarot, attend tarot conferences, symposia, or conventions, meet and collaborate with other tarot professionals, regularly read on the practice of tarot, and exercise diligent efforts to hone the tarot professional’s craft and skill.