When it comes to the seemingly mysterious concept of tarot cards, there’s an awful lot of confusion about their true purpose. Most of us labor under the mistaken impression that they’re some sort of occult prop: a crutch wielded by fictional witches and silver-screen sorcerers to reveal the sordid and potentially scary details of our futures.
But stop for a minute. Cast aside the preconceptions built upon too many episodes of Penny Dreadful, and you’ll soon discover that’s not what it’s about at all. In fact, tarot cards can be really useful, whether we believe in the supernatural or not.
Originally conceived as a tool for guidance and reflection, the cards are meant to help us gain much-needed clarity – something most of us could benefit from! Want to know more about what tarot is and how it works? Then, read on for our brief but revealing guide.
The infinite possibilities of tarot
There are lots of different reasons for a person to look into tarot readings but, usually, it’s because they’re seeking some sort of insight into what’s ahead. This is a perfectly natural response to stress or uncertainty, perhaps even simple nosiness, so it’s nice to feel like there are people out there who can help us sate our curiosity.
Those who read tarot cards seem like they might be ideally equipped to help us in this quest for knowledge but what they’re not promising to do is predict what your future holds. You see, tarot is not about delivering definitive answers, which is why it can be therapeutic for those who don’t believe as much as those who do.
Rather, the purpose of tarot is to help elucidate what your future could hold and to help guide you toward the outcomes in life that you most desire.
Elucidating your desires
So, if tarot doesn’t offer the stone-cold certainty of what’s to come, you might be wondering what good it is? In fact, reading your tarot cards often acts as something of a psychological exercise, helping to clarify what you do and don’t want from your life.
The idea behind tarot is that it predicts, to some extent, what could happen based on your present circumstances. For many, this is very helpful in not only cementing what they do want but also in encouraging them to be proactive in avoiding outcomes they don’t desire.
Say, for example, that you crave a loving and harmonious relationship with your current partner but the cards suggest that destructive arguments are on the horizon. This presents you with a choice: will you be quiescent and let this future come to pass, or will you take active steps to compromise and talk over the problems?
Those who lean toward the former may find there are underlying issues at play, and that they’re not really so invested in the relationship after all; those whose stomachs sink at the mere thought, on the other hand, will know they have a partnership worth fighting for.
Tell us, would you ever turn to tarot yourself in times of uncertainty? You never know what hidden truths it could help to reveal!