I apologized for the glitch (which was not my fault), though I did not apologize for anything else. I told him I thought it may have some impact, but nothing significant. I drew four more cards, and while they were slightly different, the core message was very similar to the first reading. Instead of including some Pentacles (and air), however, it was all water and air. And the card I had *thought* to be his soul card, actually made a repeat appearance! So on one hand I felt validated - the reading was a touch different, but it was really relaying the same ideas. On the other hand I felt terrible, because...what will this guy think of me???? I sent him the second reading and indicated the important areas where the readings overlapped, so he would see that it truly didn't change at a core level. Thankfully it didn't, because then what message would I be sending this guy? That Tarot is entirely undependable? That I, as a reader, suck? Gahhh.......
So, while inside I feel that the readings were good, and I'm so happy that the second reading did share a lot of common elements with the first, this was a bit rough as a first reading for a stranger.
He has not responded to my follow-up reading. At this point I'm just not feeling good about it at all.
Then, as a cosmic joke, the next free-reading request I received this morning was from the free-reading website owner!!! Seriously?
Fortunately I have another querent asking about something romantic, which I am fully prepared to prioritize at this time :) Maybe it will take the edge off my searing self-doubt.
P.S. I just got feedback from the client and he said I was "spot on." Ahhhhh so happy and relieved!