Is Tarot Reading Real?

Is Tarot Reading Real?
And does Tarot Reading Really Work?

Absolutely. However, the legitimacy of the Tarot has been debated fro centuries. Some argue that there is nothing mystical about the Tarot cards. Skeptics believe the cards are nothing more than pretty pictures and their efficacy only proves to be a product of one’s own imagination. Others believe that the Tarot is a supernatural force that has the power to open you up to negative energy or influences.

In truth, Tarot Reading is a tool. It enables us to peer into the inner workings of our own lives and gain new perspectives. The power of the Tarot really comes from one’s internal self. With practice, the Tarot allows you to become your own oracle. They are mirrors to the self. Similar to meditation and hypnosis, the Tarot can be utilized for understanding and solving problems. The Tarot guides us towards a deeper level of self-awareness and enlightenment.

When it comes to Tarot reading, most readers tend to believe that the future is not absolute. It is flowing, constantly shifting and unfolding into new directions. Tarot reading can, however, disclose potential outcomes and/ or consequences. The future can always change and new possibilities always remain available to those who seek alternative solutions to their problems. Most experienced tarot readers will explore the possibility of outcomes and examine the influences that are affecting a specific situation or issue. Tarot reading provides information that enables one to make better choices in their lives.

The most common theory as to how the Tarot cards work is based on the Tarot’s ability to help us tap into our intuition. For most of us, our intuition is associated to our unconscious. The unconscious represents the hidden aspects of our selves. It is where our soul lives and it is often the driving force behind our behaviors. The unconscious is the world of self-knowledge and personal truths. The unconscious holds our deepest memories and experiences. The Tarot is a doorway. It reveals the inner workings of our own unconscious and enables us to discover our own personal knowledge.

Most importantly, the tarot enables us to giving meaning to our own lives. The symbolism reflected throughout the Tarot are archetypal in nature. Archetypes are universal themes that reflect basic patterns of human experience. They are the thoughts and emotions that are shared by all of us. The archetypal imagery throughout the Tarot is universal. They are symbolic of the life stages we journey through from birth to death. They always reflect were we are developmentally and reveal the significant life lessons we must come to accept and learn from.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used with his permission. They are for example purposes only.


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1 comments on Is Tarot Reading Real?

  1. Vanessa says:

    I agree completely – the Tarot, and more generally, oracle cards, do help us to tap into our own inner world in what can be a profound way.
    And I think that the more experienced the reader, the more nuanced the spreads become. Using them as an archetypal tool is one of my favourite coaching methods.
    I remember, for about a 3-month period last year, every spread I did for myself from the Osho Zen Tarot (my favourite deck) had 'Go With The Flow' in a prominent position. My subconscious was desperately telling me to stop hanging on so tightly to what I thought was right. When I finally decided to Liberate myself, everything changed.  :-)
    Excellent article.

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