Okay, here is a long reply. Coming from someone who was a professional reader, here is what I would consider traits that a “good” reader has:
1.) General knowledge of their cards. While everyone has their own interpretations and context on the spread can alter it slightly, there are common themes that everyone does agree with in each card.
2.) Giving the client room to talk. Only half of the reading comes from the reader’s interpretation. The other has to come from the client and many of the good ones will ask their clients questions during the reading in order to get the client engaged (not fishing for information as some may believe). A tarot reading is much like a ritual in itself with the reader serving as a guide, not the master of the experience.
- cutting out the bs. There are going to be cards that are uncomfortable to talk about, as life is full of messy situations. There may be some things that promote fear in the client (the devil card being a great example). It is the reader’s responsibility to be honest and help the client through the more difficult parts of a reading if they emerge (while still being tactful about it).
4.) Good reviews from clients. At the end of the day, people have to enjoy the experience and hopefully find something helpful out of it. If a reader has multiple reviews of being rude or snarky, probably best not to waste your money.
This is just a list I go by when I purchase readings from another (sometimes I need to get out of my own head and I just enjoy the experience to be honest) and does not apply to divination swaps or allowing people to practice on me. I work hard for my money and have to be selective with how I spend it at the end of the day, nothing personal.
As for your questions, if you were my client, I probably would ask you to boil them down to one. Unless he is using you for practice, telling a client to ask for multiple questions is pretty unusual as that could get pretty murky if trying to read it all in one spread. All of yours relate to spirituality so it would probably be best to ask what is going on in the spiritual aspect of your life (basically, turning it into a general question to fulfill the sheer scope of information you are looking for). Then the reader can go through something like the Celtic cross spread and likely find things that relate to the other questions ( such as obstacles could relate to what you may want to look at with shadow working, which is something everyone can benefit from). It is a topic you’ll likely want to keep reexamining at so you may want to invest in a deck and learn to read yourself if you enjoy tarot