How Does Tarot Work?
There are many different ideas about the big questions “How does tarot work?”. In this post, I am exploring my beliefs and the way that I like to use tarot for me and my clients. I always make it clear that I believe there is no right or wrong way to use tarot. You might not agree with everything I have written here and that is totally fine.
Let’s look at some of the questions that I get asked, which will help us understand the question “how does tarot work?”
Are the cards magic?
I’m from the school of thought that the tarot cards are just pictures painted onto cardboard. Yes, they are extremely powerful, life-changing and sacred but I believe that the magic comes from the tarot reader.
The magic happens when a tarot reader is truly in-tune with their intuition and has a great understanding of how to use the cards.
The tarot cards never cease to amaze me. Sometimes they can be so literal, other times they can confirm what I already knew. Do you ever have the occasion that you get the same card coming up over and over again!? It’s almost like the cards are screaming at you to take notice! For me, it all comes down to the reader’s personal connection with the cards.
Can anybody read tarot?
YES! There are people out there who are kind of elitist when it comes to tarot. They believe that the secrets of the tarot should only be held but the chosen few. I come at this from a completely different angle.
Learning tarot was such a profound experience for me and improved my life in so many ways. I feel that it would be selfish to keep this to myself. I think of the cards aa bringing light and love to those whose lives they touch. We need as much light in the world so why not share this with as many people as possible?
Learning tarot is like peeling an onion. There are so many layers and I’m not entirely sure that there is ever an ending as the cards continue to evolve with our culture and life experiences.
Don’t get me wrong, I have huge respect for those who have studied tarot for 30 years. However, there is also a place for that person who just draws one card a day to get a little bit of guidance on what they should do in the day.
Tarot and Intuition
Tarot cards are an excellent gateway to unlocking your intuition. The images in the cards are so rich and full of symbols that we see in everyday life.
We are all intuitive beings and it’s important that we continue to develop that intuition. Working with Tarot can be a great way to help you get in touch with those signs that the Universe is throwing your way as well as helping you confirm those ‘gut feelings’.
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Why are the cards so powerful?
What’s so interesting about tarot is that we often already know the answers within. Maybe it’s hidden deep in our subconscious or perhaps it’s just that we simply don’t want to face the truth. The tarot can be brutally honest but sometimes we need that ‘friend’ who really tells us how it is and pulls us into line.
The cards and card combinations reflect every possible human and spiritual experience we can have. I often think of tarot like a mirror that is reflecting these experiences back at us. This can be confronting but I also believe that this is why the cards are so powerful.
What if I don’t like the outcome?
My belief is that you are in control of your own destiny. The tarot can give us guidance on which path to take but you ultimately choose the destination.
I often think of tarot as a life GPS. We plug in the destination that we want to get to and the path is suddenly revealed. However, we have the power to change the destination if we hit traffic or if we suddenly don’t want to go in that direction anymore!
Our destiny is constantly evolving and I believe that the tarot cards give us a bit of a snapshot at that moment in time. However, we might take a wrong turn and the map will change.
Can tarot be used to predict the future?
This is an interesting one and kind of goes back to the GPS thing I was talking about earlier. Yes, many people use tarot cards to predict the future. However, I feel that the future is constantly shifting based on the decisions you make every day so it’s maybe not the best use.
Sure, we get a snapshot of where we are headed and a good overview of what the conditions are like. But, you shouldn’t rely on this future to happen and things can change.
I much prefer to look at why is something happening or what should I be doing to give myself the best shot. E.g I often get asked “when will I meet the person of my dreams?” I can definitely work with that but the preference for me is to look at:
- What do I need to do to make this happen?
- Are there any blockages?
- How do I address these blockages?
- What signs should I look out for?
You can see that this is much more empowering than a “you will meet him/her in August!”
There are many uses for tarot including manifestation, goal setting, releasing blockages, understanding relationships, building confidence etc.
In saying that. It’s definitely always really nice to know where you are heading but I think it’s more important to look at how you are going to get to the desired destination!
I would encourage everybody to get involved with Tarot. You will find your own path and start to build your own beliefs. Don’t let other people tell you how you should be working with the cards. Find what works for you can go out into the world and make some magic!