How to Read Tarot Cards: How Tarot Cards Work

This is the start of what will eventually become a series of several posts to provide guidance for those who wish to begin reading tarot.

I feel that it is important to start out with a solid base in understanding how tarot works and why and how they do not work in order to provide you with a good foundation to build off from rather than wasting time by trying things that are not meant to work for tarot.  For this post, I’m going to focus on main questions that I’m sure many people have about tarot.

How can the cards be so accurate?

This may sound a little bit like “voodoo” but basically the cards are providing a lesson based from our unconscious selves.  Some may refer to this as your higher self, your soul, your angels, your guides, your teachers, the divine, etc.  Personally, I feel that all of these things are interconnected and will all point you in the same direction of your own spiritual growth, so it doesn’t necessarily matter as what “label” you would like to place on it.  We are all interconnected to spirits outside of us and all interconnected to each other and that is how we can pick up on the energies of others without seeing, talking to, or perhaps ever meeting the person.

We are truly spiritual beings and spirit is always trying to send messages to us via our intuition, but our human minds are so busy focused on “more important things” that we fail to listen to and trust these messages.  The benefit of using tarot cards is that it helps to provide us with clarity when our  minds are so clouded with other worldly things.

Can tarot cards predict the future?

Aside from popular belief, the answer is mostly no.  The reason is because that is not how the universe works and that is not what the spirit has meant for us.  What tarot DOES do is provide us with insights on our life’s path to give us guidance as to what lessons we need to learn and how we need to improve.  Often times the reason that we feel lost, depressed, trapped, insecure, etc. is because we are not connected to spirit and our own inner voice.  These are the side effects of repressing the voices of our soul’s true path in life.  This is not to say that you will still not deal with challenges even if you are trusting spirit and your intuition, but it is not something that you will “hold on to” for very long.  You will be able to overcome these challenges with ease rather than choose to be dragged down by them.

There are times when the tarot cards may predict something in your near future, but that is a prediction based on our current energies (thought patterns, feelings, etc.).  We are constantly creating our own futures with the universe, so the reason that predictions are often not correct is because through our free will we can easily change or shift something to change our future.

Are tarot cards evil?

Not at all.  The only way that tarot cards can be bad is if you are given a tarot card reading by a bad reader that you can determine by any or all of the following:

1.  A reader that causes greater inner confusion than clarity.  Translations can sometimes be difficult for the tarot reader to put it into words for the client to understand (it’s a continuous lesson for any reader), but the reading should still “gel” with you to some degree.

2.  A reader that causes you greater resistance by feeling more misunderstood.  There is a difference between receiving advice that hurts but you know it is true, versus receiving advice that doesn’t resonate with you or your situation at all and just causes greater frustration.

3.  A reader that is vague and doesn’t provide much guidance or  direction.  Have you ever had a reading of “If you put forth effort in X it will work?” and your reaction is “Okay, well how do I do that?”  I know I have!  The reader should be able to give at least some greater guidance as to what you should work on either within yourself or externally.

4.  A reader that provides a false hope for the future that influences you to “sit by the door waiting”.  You should never “sit around waiting for a good thing to come”.  We need to be proactive in order to create our own happiness.  This is often why long-term predictions don’t work.


About Jennifer Twardowski

Jennifer is a graduate student in transpersonal counseling psychology. Her interests are in personality typology (MBTI, Enneagram, Jungian typology), expressive arts, dreams, yoga, tarot and oracle cards, world religions, dance, photography, gardening, floral design, and more!

Posted on June 25, 2012, in Happiness, Reading Tarot, Tarot and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Tell us more about transpersonal psychology, it sounds interesting and have never heard of it before. Like your blog and the picture of the plant on top. 🙂

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