I also do work with a bartering system if you're a reader too.
It's very hard to find someone to do free readings because in order to read, the psychic/intuitive has to use their time and energy. As with most metaphysical practices, there should be an equal exchange of energy & effort.
Age gives the person more control over their destiny, like knowing their birthday. Zodiac is only used when people like the stars and again goes with their birthday. Some people do it with tarot and others do not, in my say it really doesn't matter if you use zodiac or not but it does improve the reading which is good for online readings.
oh, interesting. might try that. myself i typically go in blind, i'll ask what the question is if it's an online reading so i can focus on the question while shuffling. but when i'm doing a reading face to face, i ask them to shuffle and focus on their question. next online reading i do, if the person has no profile picture, i'll try the age thing.
i can see how that makes sense. personally, i like a picture of the person. when i read for people offline i don't even want to know the question because i'm worried i could the reading. i get them to shuffle and cut the deck while focusing. online readings i ask for one question to help me focus better. maybe i'll try asking for more information, but i feel weird asking for personal information online.