Tarot is often associated with witchcraft, dark power, and evil spirit but in reality, Tarot is simply a card printed with imagery that is rich with meaning. The printed characters on the Tarot cards signify the different human experiences that you may encounter at any time in your life that is why every card is relatable. Tarot is not evil. It is designed to enlighten your path, remind you of your unfinished business, prompt you to notice the opportunities you missed and encourage you to make smart choices.
What is a Tarot?
Tarot is a pack of 78 playing cards. It is used from the mid-15th century in the various parts of Europe. Tarot cards are used for divination and as a kind of guided meditation. Twenty-two cards are categorized as Major Arcana, while the remaining 56 cards are categorized as Minor Arcana. Major Arcana cards include the images of the Hanged Man, the Devil, the Wheel of Life and the Fool. Meanwhile, the Minor Arcana cards are suit cards but instead of showing spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs the deck includes wands, swords, cups, and pentacles.
The Tarot features a collection of symbols that represents all of the human experiences. Due to this, it can map your spirit, heart, and soul. When you lay it out, you can get a bird’s-eye view. You can use these symbols as your guide to help you grow and evolve instead of figuring out what will happen in your life. By gaining knowledge from the Tarot cards, you will have power over your experience.
What is Tarot Reading?
On the other hand, Tarot reading is a method of fortune-telling and character analysis using the collection of symbols in the Tarot cards. According to Rand B. Lee, a professional psychic and tarot deck designer, Tarot reading includes three elements. The tarot reader, the person with the questions and the Tarot cards. The person with a question will shuffle the Tarot cards. The Tarot reader will take a number of cards from the pack at the reader’s request and lay it out in a pattern at the tabletop. Each symbol and position influence the meaning of the cards.
Tarot reading provides the answers to your life. It will help you understand and deal your joy, problems, conflicts and issues accordingly. The process identifies life pattern and pinpoints areas where change would manifest a better direction and in the end guide you towards success.
As James Wanless, the creators of the Voyager Tarot puts it, Tarot Reading is not just “fortune telling” it is “fortune creating.” When you see and understand your situation objectively you can deal with it appropriately. Also, if you don’t like what you are seeing, Tarot can guide you how to change the outcome to create the best results for you. According to Donnaleigh, a certified professional Tarot Reader, “Tarot is wise and honest, and serves to protect and guide us with our highest good always in mind.”
How Tarot Reading Works?
According to Felipe, a popular Tarot card reader, Tarot cards gives you understanding in each cycle of your life. Tarot card reading starts with a question. The person who has a question needs to be specific on his question by asking something that needs a particular answer, not something that is answerable by a yes or no. Formulate a deep question, for instance, instead of asking “Will I fall in love this year,” you can ask “What is my love forecast for the next year?” or ask, “What is my love life look like with [specific person]?”
By asking specific questions, you will receive very detailed and specific answers. Then, you should concentrate on the question as the Tarot reader wash the card. Washing the cards is necessary to remove the energy from the previous reading and make the reading all about you. The Tarot reader will cut the deck and choose the deck where to draw the cards. The reader will draw the card and interpret its meaning based on your specific question.
Why Tarot Reading Works
Every card that is drawn in the deck has a purpose. The card reader does not pick it by chance. According to MadhaviGhare, another professional Tarot Card Reader, Tarot reading works due to “synchronicity.” Synchronicity is when you find apparent meaningful coincidences that are causally unrelated. You should not mistake coincidence to synchronicity though as the two are not the same.
Carl Jung a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded the analytical psychology defined synchronicity as “the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.” To make it simpler, Brian Baulsom,defined coincidence as something that happened at the conscious level. Meanwhile, synchronicity occurs at the unconscious level.
Whatever is going on in the unconscious mind of the person with a question is reflected on the cards and is accessible through the symbols printed on the card. The Tarot captures the energy of your situation to allow you to explore it. It can foresee what will likely happen if you continue doing the same pattern that you have been doing. By giving you an idea where you are heading, you will get a glimpse of your future. The future is not set in stone, so you have the power to stay or change it. In short, the Tarot card is a mean to tap the information in one’s unconscious.
Tarot cards are filled with pictures. Each picture represents a human experience that is why one can often relate to it. These images tell a story that helps you examine the intricacies of your current predicament and helps you understand your situation or environment better.
The synchronicity and images that you will find in the Tarot card work together to make Tarot reading effective and accurate. These factors capture your current situation. To make the interpretation easier to understand for you, the Tarot reader will arrange the Tarot card in a symbol picture format.
The Tarot reader will interpret every symbol in the Tarot card as it applies to your situation. As the Tarot reader reveals the meaning of your cards, you will be surprised at how detailed and accurate it is. It will give you a new perspective on your situation and enough knowledge to deal with it. In addition, it will guide you to make reasonable choices. This is how and why Tarot reading works.
We hope that these facts help you understand Tarot more and that it clarify and answer your concerns about the craft. Remember that Tarot is not evil or is of dark power. Tarot is just a mere card that symbolizes your past, present and future. It is harmless but could be a great source of wisdom and enlightenment.