CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT REGARDING OUR TAROT, ORACLE & LENORMAND READINGS & SERVICES
Red Lotus Designz strives to uphold the highest ethical standards in all services rendered and to act affirmatively toward maintaining public trust in the tarot, oracle and Lenormand profession. Our practice is grounded on use of the tarot, oracle and Lenormand as a tool to assist clients with tapping into their own intuitions, spirituality, or creativity.
Article One | Professionalism
Adherence to Applicable Laws. Red Lotus Designz 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, oracle and Lenormand.
Scope of Profession. Red Lotus Designz applies tarot, oracle and Lenormand in a way that falls outside the scope of occult sciences and is not reading tarot, oracle and Lenormand 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 Red Lotus Designz. Red Lotus Designz 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. Red Lotus Designz 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. Red Lotus Designz shall never purport to offer legal, medical, or financial advice. Unless Red Lotus Designz 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. Red Lotus Designz 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, Red Lotus Designz 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, Red Lotus Designz 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, Red Lotus Designz 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 Red Lotus Designz believes or has reason to believe that a client is using tarot, oracle and Lenormand readings to substitute, and not merely supplement, counseling from a qualified mental health professional, then have a duty to reject subsequent reading requests from the client and to refer the client to seek qualified mental professional support. However, tarot, oracle and Lenormand 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. Red Lotus Designz shall not use tarot, oracle and lenormand in a way that purports definitive and absolute knowledge of the future or of matters that are otherwise hidden or occult. Red Lotus Designz shall not represent themselves as matter-of-factly having communication, access to, or knowledge of any supernatural phenomena. Red Lotus Designz shall never guarantee any one outcome, positive or negative. Red Lotus Designz shall never engage in deceptive business or unfair trade practices. Red Lotus Designz shall make no misrepresentations about his or her competency, certifications, qualifications, or abilities.
Third Party Consent. Red Lotus Designz 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 Red Lotus Designz that such third party’s express consent has been obtained. Red Lotus Designz may reasonably rely on such a representation made by a client, though best practices would include noting the reliance in writing in Red Lotus Designz's notes. However, Red Lotus Designz 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 | Communications
The Reading Process. Red Lotus Designz is encouraged to make reasonable efforts to communicate their reading or interpretive process and analytical or intuitive methods, particular traditions, or the interpretive framework utilized. Red Lotus Designz will refrain from communicating to a client about curses or the manifestation of malicious intentions through supernatural or occult means.
Disclosures. Red Lotus Designz shall make reasonable efforts to disclose to all clients that tarot, oracle and Lenormand readings cannot replace the counseling services of a mental health professional, and Red Lotus Designz can never guarantee their accuracy in the interpretation of a reading. Also, if and when tarot, oracle and Lenormand practice would be explicitly barred by a jurisdiction’s applicable laws, then Red Lotus Designz 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. Red Lotus Designz does not owe a client any duty to retain the client’s reading records. Red Lotus Designz may, at the discretion of his or her customary practice, retain records or files on client readings.
Records Retention. If Red Lotus Designz does elect to retain client records, then they must develop and maintain appropriate record-keeping systems for storing their clients’ personal information in a manner that will reasonably preserve the clients’ confidentiality and privacy.
Article Three | Fees
Statement of Fees. Red Lotus Designz shall state their 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. Red Lotus Designz must clearly communicate their 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. Red Lotus Designz shall never pressure, compel, or even imply to clients that additional paid services from him or her are needed after the reading. Red Lotus Designz shall never purport to possess the power to manipulate the outcome of events through supernatural or occult means.
Referral Fees. If Red Lotus Designz makes a referral, then they 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 Red Lotus Designz and client, Red Lotus Designz nonetheless agrees on their own accord to be bound by a duty of confidentiality. Red Lotus Designz shall not reveal personal or private information relating to a client reading unless that client has given informed consent.
Reasonable Diligence to Protect Confidentiality. Red Lotus Designz shall exercise reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of or access to information relating to their 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, Red Lotus Designz may reveal personal or otherwise private information relating to a client reading if Red Lotus Designz reasonably believes it is necessary to prevent substantial bodily harm or death, or a court order overrides the confidentiality. Partial information from a tarot, oracle and Lenormand reading may be disclosed under the client’s anonymity for academic, civic, census, survey, or research purposes.
Article Five | Disclosures
General Practice Disclosures. Red Lotus Designz 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: Red Lotus Designz cannot predict the future with certainty and you should not rely on a tarot, oracle and Lenormand 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, oracle and Lenormand reading cannot replace qualified mental health care. A tarot, oracle and Lenormand reading can only facilitate how you cope spiritually with a given situation. In certain jurisdictions, Red Lotus Designz is required to disclose to you that tarot, oracle and Lenormand readings should be for entertainment purposes only, and if such a law applies to your reading, then you are hereby on notice thereof. Red Lotus Designz is bound by a self-imposed code of ethics, which can be provided to you upon request.
Certification Disclosures. Red Lotus Designz is not required to be certified. However, if they obtains a certification related to tarot, oracle and Lenormand practice, Red Lotus Designz will disclose the certifying body or organization that issued the certification.
Article Six | Public Service
Red Lotus Designz is encouraged to dedicate at least 10% of their practice per year to public service, such as offering reading services to support fundraisers for non-profit organizations or charitable causes, free readings to persons of limited financial means, teaching tarot, oracle and Lenormand to others free of charge, creating educational materials on tarot for the public free of charge, or participating in activities with the mission of improving the practice of tarot, oracle and Lenormand or the tarot, oracle and Lenormand profession.
Article Seven | Continuing Education
Red Lotus Designz shall take the initiative to continue their tarot, oracle and Lenormand education for the full duration of and throughout their professional practice. Red Lotus Designz is encouraged to take classes or workshops on tarot, oracle and Lenormand, attend tarot, oracle and Lenormand conferences, symposia, or conventions, meet and collaborate with other tarot professionals, regularly read on the practice of tarot, oracle and Lenormand and exercise diligent efforts to hone Red Lotus Designz’s craft and skill.