Tarot Frequently Asked Questions

Tarot Frequently Asked Questions

What is Tarot used for?

Tarot is basically a way to figure out what you really want in life. It’s a tool for connecting with your authentic, inner self underneath all the social conditioning and masks we all typically wear. Tarot can be used to help you connect with your intuition, and your higher logic. It can be used for self-development, for making a decision or just to get insight and clarification on something going on in your life.

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It’s possible to ask the tarot anything from deciding on a marital divorce to how you really feel about your job to what outfit you should wear for a night out…. The cards are designed to put you in touch with what you already know deep within according to your unique life path.

What is a querent?

A querent is a fancy term to describe the person who is receiving a reading. That person might be you. It means “one who seeks.”

What is a Tarot spread?

A tarot spread is the layout of the cards in a certain configuration. Each card has a meaning based on where it falls in the spread. You can know what area of life a card is speaking about according to its position or related question.

There are spreads for relationships, general life assessments, making decisions, expanding career/finances spreads, health and fitness, determining life goals and the list is endless.

Tarot FAQ

How should I phrase my question or inquiry?

You might choose to not use any questions at all in your reading. That way, you can allow the cards to simply speak.

If you decide to use questions, you may phrase your inquiry any way you’d like. There are no stupid or wrong questions. Every inquiry is valid. If you’re not sure, you can always ask the cards if you’re asking the right question.

Personally I prefer to use specific questions in order to get more concise answers. But every reading is different. Sometimes the cards take my inquiry in an unexpected direction. I’ve learned to follow this new direction to receive the most helpful advice.

You can also ask yes or no questions, or questions related to timing such as when will a certain event most likely occur, if it occurs.

The only questions I refrain from using are those which infringe upon the privacy of a non-consenting person who isn’t the querent in that particular reading.

Click here for tarot spread ideas and questions you can ask the cards. 

What are card reversals?

Tarot FAQA reversal indicates that a specific tarot card appeared in your reading upside down. Reversals can mean different things. It could mean you have an energy block or that your energy is not yet fully developed in the way it pertains to that particular question.

Cards are interpreted a little differently for a reversal. But the reversed meaning isn’t necessarily the opposite of the upright meaning. A reversal is a variation or an extreme interpretation from the upright definition.

If you have a lot of reversals in your reading, this could indicate you’re dealing with a high level of confusion or blocked energy. They could portray a need to return to your past in order to learn a certain life lesson. Or they could indicate that you’re not quite ready for or open to a tarot reading.

Because people and life situations are unique, tarot cards will have unique implications in every reading.

What Exactly Does A Tarot Reading Look Like Step By Step?

If you’re interested in how I personally do my readings, including how I prepare my tarot space, shuffle the cards, determine the card meanings, etc, you can refer to this post.

Are Tarot cards scary?

There’s a lot of misunderstanding and fear-based beliefs surrounding tarot although this is changing as we’re understanding more about the human psyche and our physical reality.

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Tarot isn’t evil or of the devil, nor does it provoke dark energy. These are all unfounded myths. Tarot cards are simply one tool among others used to bring out information to the benefit of the questioner.

Some people are afraid of receiving bad omens in a reading. They’re afraid something terrible is going to happen to them in their future. But the whole point of a reading is to gain insight and guidance. Tarot cards don’t create life situations; they bring awareness to what is already happening or set in motion so that we’re better equipped to deal with it.

Sometimes difficult outcomes do show up but there are no “bad” cards. All ‘likely outcome’ cards provide the querent an opportunity to change their current direction. Tarot cards do not control or influence anyone’s life, circumstances or future. Our thoughts, beliefs and actions do that.

Can Malevolent Entities Speak Through Tarot?

Not all entities on the other side of the veil are benevolent. Just like humans, some only seek to use others for their own benefit.

But your Divine Guides, those beings you chose to work with before your incarnation, have only the highest and best intentions for you and the success of your soul mission in this lifetime.

It’s important to be able to discern which entity is which when doing a tarot reading, and to make a practice of working primarily with benevolent beings. It’s also wise to keep your cards and your reading space cleansed, your aura healthy and whole, as well as take protective measures when working with magic.

Can Tarot cards predict the future?

Fortune-teller-gazes-into-007Reading tarot cards for the future is a little like predicting the weather. We can look at thoughts and emotional patterns, personalities and circumstances (among other factors) and determine the most likely outcome at that moment.

But the future is always open and free will is involved, as well as unpredictable events. If you don’t like a particular outcome of a reading, you are always free to change your circumstances. Your newfound awareness from a tarot reading can help with that.

Are Tarot cards accurate?

From my experience and understanding, the cards are always accurate. But as humans, we can misinterpret the message. Sometimes we’re unable to get to the heart of the issue, or our intuitive connection is blocked for various reasons.

Sometimes we’re not ready to face the truth of the message. Tarot cards have a tendency to be very direct and at times brutally honest. They’re not restricted by formalities and social courtesies like us humans, so they don’t tone down their advice. Sometimes the cards say things like “you’re projecting your faults onto others” or “this relationship has ‘train wreck’ written all over it.”

Other times, predicted events haven’t yet come to pass, so a reading may not make sense until later.

Does science support tarot and other esoteric practices?

While Tarot and other magical tools are not necessarily proven by science, they’re not disproven either. This continues to be a hot debate in the realm of metaphysics, so this would be something you would need to decide for yourself based on your own research and understanding.

dark,fashion,fortune,teller,goth,vintage,arab-b7ff0baa9dffb25741000637cacdcd76_hBut we do know from physical science that solid matter is actually interconnected energy when broken down to its most basic level. Even more interesting is that biologists are now realizing that what we think of as ‘reality’ is actually happening within the mind. We’ve also discovered from reproducible experiments that the same particles can exist simultaneously thousands of miles across the universe. This could explain long-distance tarot readings.

Like any tool, tarot can be used intelligently or for less ethical reasons. It may not be easy to find legitimate and honest tarot practitioners, but skilled, honest readers certainly do exist.

Whether tarot is supported by science or not, it’s important to find a professional reader that you feel comfortable with, just as you would seek a personal therapist or business coach.

How is tarot related to modern psychology?

At the very least, tarot cards might simply bring out awareness to what we already know within. Or in other words, our unconscious is made conscious.

Carl Gustav Jung was a well-respected Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who saw mythology as a projection of “…introspective perceptions of the collective unconscious.”

What is the history of tarot? How did it begin?

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The Visconti Court Cards

The first known documented tarot cards were created in the late 12th century.

They became playing cards or “cards of trumps” likely to keep their esoteric origins hidden yet in circulation.

Since the earliest tarot decks were hand-painted, they remained the privilege of the upper classes.

Tarot has evolved into various paths according to diverse cultures, ancient mythologies and philosophies. 

What if I have another question that isn’t answered here?

Feel free to contact me with any other questions you might have. I’ll be happy to answer them.

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