What Can You Expect from a Tarot Reading?
The Tarot is a potent tool of transformation for understanding where you are in the present. It provides insight into cycles in your life, whether in behavior or situations, and helps you actualize your potential. We all face challenges and using the cards can provide us with guidance and awareness about how to rise to them.
In her essay, What a Tarot Reading Can Do for You, Traci Anderson outlines exactly what Tarot can and cannot do for you. The entire essay is well worth the read, but I have quoted some highlights for this post. I especially like what she says on the subject of the future:
While the Tarot gives suggested actions to take and a likely outcome if you take them, it does not predict the future. The future is not a static or unchangeable thing. You make choices and decisions each moment of your life, whether or not your are conscious of them. The gift of free will allows each person the ability to create the future he or she wants. With the insight gained through a Tarot reading, you will be better equipped to make decisions and take action that is in line with your best interests, growth and development.
Whenever a Tarot reading contains a future or outcome card, it should be understood to be a projected or likely result if all aspects of your life remain as they are at the time of the reading. If you continue to think, act, feel, and see things the same way, the result will likely be what the outcome card reveals. But change just one factor, adjust just one viewpoint, walk down a different path, and the outcome and your future can change.
You are the co-creator of your existence. How you manifest your dreams and goals depends largely on your thoughts and energies. Examination of your attitudes and value system with the Tarot gives you information on what needs to change to have what you desire. Anderson states:
The Tarot helps you to take responsibility for the life you have helped to create. It offers guidance and empowerment to make the changes you want to make. A reading invites you to take an honest look at your situation, and can give you key information that will help you create the life and future of your choosing. Crossroads or choice points in life are where we grow, and the tarot will not take that experience away from you.
After a reading, many clients have asked me, “I understand what I need to do to get to my goal, but how long will that take?” or “Will I ever find the love of my life?” To those and similar questions, I would like to share more of Anderson’s essay:
The Tarot rarely gives direct yes or no answers to questions. It also isn’t designed to pinpoint exact dates, times, and locations. Yet, the Tarot is excellent with sequences of events. If you ask, “When will I get married?” The reading will not convey, “Wednesday, June 4th at 6pm in the year 2001″. But it will show you what needs to happen, be changed, or be adjusted before you are ready to find a life partner. The cards tune into the whole of your life, revealing important steps you can take to achieve your goals. Of course, you must be willing to take these steps.
Essentially, a Tarot reading can reveal hidden influences surrounding you and your challenges. You may find revelations to questions that you did not have before the reading. New spiritual insights can flow into you, empowering you to make decisions that were once blocked or difficult to honor. Working with the Tarot can help you achieve self-knowledge, leading to a more content and satisfying life.
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