Another reason that people charge for readings or should charge for readings, is that every reading they do will affect them in some way. I know this to be the case as Priestess of Obatala in the Lucumi tradition and I have recently seen this expressed as a tarot reader too! When a reading is done, it will affect all those in the room. This may not be the case for every reader out there. It is what happens when I read people no matter what process is used. When spirit arrives, they are talking to everyone in the vicinity.
What does this mean when it comes to fees? The readers have to do a lot to bring their home back to balance in providing that service to those who request it. It wrong to expect anyone to do a reading for you without payment. This is not about the fee itself, it is about what they will spend to bring their environment back to balance after your reading is done. This is why a lot of readers, do not do readings in their home. When they do, I have witnessed them having to do a lot more work around balance of energy.
You see it is not okay to come and drop your stuff off on the spiritualist. Some of the stuff you drop off you don’t even know you are doing, and it is still your responsibility to make sure that you do your part to help the spiritualist get back to balance. That is what the fee is for.
These days a lot of readers, including myself, are doing free general readings for the public, with the option of a personal reading by appointment only, with a fee required before that reading is done.
Spiritualists who are readers traverse some dicey scenes, realms, and energies to give readings. Be appreciative of them and their gift of being able to extract information from those places for you by appointment.