By Margaret VanLaanMartin
Tarot cards do not tell the future. Tarot readings are best used as a tool of inner wisdom and guidance, as readings give a person insight to past, current, and future events based on the person’s current path at the time of the reading. The cards do not necessarily reveal what will happen, but instead, allows a person to gain an understanding of a situation and determine the best course of action based on what is known and what the cards show.
Whether you are a Tarot reading newbie with your own deck of cards or you are about to see a professional reader, it is important to ask the right questions if you want good answers.
Before you do a reading for yourself or see a professional psychic, write your questions down.
- Keep your options open. If you have the answer before the reading, then you are not allowing the cards to guide your overall decision.
- Your question should be focused but not overly detailed. Rather than looking at one aspect of a problem, find a way to look more broadly at it.
- Focus on yourself, make sure your question centers on you rather than on someone else who you think may be the root of your problem.
- Stay neutral. Your question should not convey that your view is necessarily the right one.
- Be positive. Do not ask why a specific event has not happened; ask what you can do to help make that event happen.
- General readings address the more significant aspects of your life rather than a specific problem area or question. A good general question for a reading is: What is important for me to know right now? Also, you can somewhat direct the reading if you have a general area you want to cover, such as your career or health, but that is as specific as the direction gets. Remember, if you really have one area of your life that is giving you grief, you will get more information by asking specific questions in relation to that area. A general reading might not be as helpful if you are unable to hear about a solution to an issue that is not the issue causing the pain.
Although a Tarot reading cannot tell you exactly what will happen in the future, it can certainly give a glimpse into what lies ahead while inspiring you to propel yourself forward through life with love, happiness and gratitude.
The ancient art of Tarot reading carries with it a myriad of outdated and completely unwarranted superstitions. If you have ever been told that you should NEVER have a Tarot reading when you are pregnant, or that drawing the Death card is a preface to your instant, horrific demise, I am quite comfortable telling you these myths are far from the truth. This is something all psychics know.
If you ask any experienced Tarot reader if Tarot cards are the devil’s work, expect their response to be a good old belly laugh. Tarot readers can reel off a list of misguided myths they are faced with every day; the most common is that Tarot cards are evil and can only be read by psychics and clairvoyants. I have heard all these myths over the many years of doing readings, and the more I work with Tarot cards, the greater my understanding grows of the true meaning and capabilities of this ageless psychic tool.
I find it fascinating that when using Tarot cards with people who are unfamiliar with Tarot that the Death card always causes an audible gasp! In fact, the Death card is not at all what it seems, and it is only one example of the incorrect meaning applied to many cards in the Tarot deck. I then explain the correct meaning and convince the Death card recipient that it is not time to prepare for the next life. My reassurance is always met with palpable relief.
The Death card represents change. It may mean the end of one job and the beginning of another, the end of a relationship, and the opportunity for new love. Are you relieved? Well, you should be. The Death card means there is an opportunity to change your path and move towards the next stage of your life.
A Tarot deck consists of 78 cards. Most traditional Tarot cards are made of wood pulp and printer’s ink, shaped into cards with an image on one side and a pattern on the other. This is exactly what a Tarot card is and what it will always be. Even the digital images on a modern deck of cards are simply a representation of symbols, a picture or work of art. What is important is the meaning of each symbol on each specific card.
Tarot reading has evolved throughout history, with origins in the 1500s. Their use as a psychic tool for divination is unclear, but over time humankind has used many different tools to see into the future. In ancient times, people would throw animal bones and chicken entrails, dice, and runes.
Most of this superstition is relatively recent, gathering momentum throughout the last century with the popularity of film and television and a rising interest in the possibilities of Tarot. These many myths have taken on a life of their own and have been embroidered and embellished over the passing of time.
Let me debunk the many unsubstantiated Tarot myths:
1. Never Buy Your Own Tarot Cards. It is important to choose your own deck of cards, as your intuition will draw you to the one most suited for you. There are also many varieties to choose from! Enjoy searching for the one that was meant for you.
2. Do Not Let Others Use or Even TOUCH Your Tarot Cards. I encourage my clients to shuffle and look through my cards. It helps to become more familiar with the different images and symbols and feel more comfortable about the Tarot reading.
3. Psychics Are the Only People Who Can Read Tarot Cards. Most people require training and regular practice to build their intuition to a professional level. However, other people pick up the art of Tarot reading with ease. My Tarot Mastery classes are developed in a way that you can teach yourself to read Tarot cards.
4. Tarot Cards are Magical. It is lovely to believe in magic; I do. It is the psychic abilities and intuition of the reader that gives Tarot cards their sense of mystery. The images and signals trigger cues and clues as to the life and future of the recipient. Magic does not play a part.
5. Tarot Cards Are Evil. Tarot cards are not evil. The Death card is not a bad omen. Forget everything you have heard about this unsubstantiated nonsense! At the end of the day, a Tarot card is just a card. A skilled Tarot reader will use the cards to assist them in doing a reading; to enlighten the recipient and provide them with guidance for the future in a myriad of ways. It is not possible to use these cards for evil purposes unless the reader has bad intentions and deliberately misguides the receiver of the reading.
6. The Tarot Was Invented by Gypsies. This is folklore. There is no historical evidence that suggests Tarot was invented by gypsies. The exact origin of the Tarot is unsure. However, it is a widespread belief that Tarot evolved in Europe around the 15th century. Valuable, hand-painted cards were created for distinguished aristocrats, and then less expensive versions were mass-produced for the general public.
7. The Tarot Cards Are Always Right. A reading by a highly attuned psychic, clairvoyant, or intuitive will reveal the possibilities of your future. However, the reality depends on you. The choices you make determine the twist and turns of the days ahead of you. To say the Tarot Cards are always right is misleading.
8. Tarot Cards Originated in Egypt. A rumor that was originated by Antoine Court de Gébelin said that Tarot cards were mistakenly interpreted into two Egyptian words. It was understood that they meant Tarot, but when the Rosetta Stone, the key to understanding Egyptian hieroglyphs, translated this in the 1700s, it became clear that this original assumption was a mistake.
9. Tarot Cards Cannot Be Read Over the Phone. Oh, yes, they can! I do it all the time. They can be read over the internet too. For a skilled psychic or clairvoyant, no technology will come between their skills and the recipient. The clients ask a question, and I shuffle the cards and interpret each one. Regardless of how the Tarot reading is conducted, the answer will be the same.
10. Cats Drain Your Psychic Ability. Huh? I guess this is not necessarily such an odd question considering black cats are historically the cause of similar superstition. However, regardless of how many cats you have in your home or on your property, you can rest assured your psychic abilities will not suffer under their influence. P.S., my cats are indignant that this question is even asked!
11. Pregnant Women Must NEVER Read Tarot Cards. Pregnant women have just as much reason to engage in a Tarot reading as the rest of us; in fact, the impending birth of a new child may give them even more desire to delve into the future.
12. You Cannot Conduct A Tarot Reading for Yourself. It can be challenging to remain detached from your responses, but it is possible to read your own Tarot. Writing down your question, and your results ensures you can double-check the information afterward. Use a trusted Tarot book to interpret each card, as this is a great way to make sure you are impartial to the response.
13. Your Tarot Cards Must be Wrapped in Silk. Go for it! You can wrap your cards in anything you like, but it will not change the ‘power’ of the cards. I store my cards in their original boxes inside see-through cloth bags. It keeps them safe and sound, and the high quality of my readings remains the same.
14. Tarot Cards Are the Work of The Devil. Tarot cards are evil, the work of the devil. People who WANT to see evil will see evil. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. But Tarot readers help their clients, they guide them on a path to enlightenment, and they give them the answers they are looking for to make decisions and get results.
15. Tarot Cards Are Occult. The definition of the word occult is ‘hidden.’ The word occult has been misused over the years and is widely misunderstood. Tarot Cards likely originated as playing cards in the 15th century and gained popularity for the symbolic meaning they represented for the recipient.
16. You Cannot Trust Tarot Readers. It is ignorant to target an entire group of people and make an unsupported statement such as this. In every profession, you will come across people you cannot trust. Choose a Tarot reader with whom you feel comfortable. Word of mouth is a perfect way to find someone you trust to read your cards! If you are choosing a Tarot reader online, read their reviews to get a feel for client feedback. Trust your intuition – you will know when you have found the right person.
17. Reversed Cards Are Always Bad. This is also an unfounded superstition. There are 78 upright meanings that are obvious and clear, and there are also 78 reverse meanings that can be just as enlightening. By ignoring the reverse cards, you will deny yourself a complete reading. If you are unsure of the meaning of reverse cards, extend your knowledge by undertaking some extra research and study the alternate significance of the cards. Reverse cards can be just as informative as the other 78 cards!
There you have it: 17 Tarot card myths debunked! Next time you hear one of these statements made by a friend or acquaintance, do them a favor and put them straight.
Next time you are feeling anxious or worried and want a new way to look at your problem, I suggest you consult the Tarot. A Tarot reading is such an excellent tool for spiritual growth and a wonderful resource for self-care!
Margaret VanLaanMartin is a Psychic, Medium, and Teacher, and the owner of the Age of Aquarius in Chico.
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