Think of a Tarot reader and you’ll probably envisage a gypsy woman in a candlelit tent, with a deck of arcane looking cards with one purpose – to reveal your future. Film, books and TV have led to a huge number of misconceptions when it comes to Tarot reading and the first of these is that Tarot readers are somehow able to use their cards to see events before they unfold.
The truth is that they cannot. Instead, they offer a service that helps a querent to understand the role they play in their own life and the roles of others. But just how accurate are Tarot card readings?
Reading the Weather and reading People
Tarot readers are much like meteorological experts: they track patterns, note certain behaviours and decide what that is likely to mean. As a result, there is no such thing as someone with 100% accuracy, when it comes to giving a Tarot reading – and you should avoid anyone who claims that they are. Tarot readings are subject to the same problems as any process, with human error right up there at the top of the list. Cards can be misinterpreted, the psychic connection between reader and querent might not be strong enough and there is one vitally important factor that can affect the accuracy of a reading - the willingness of the querent to fully engage in the process
. Although there are many types of spread and each reader has his own preferred methods, broadly speaking, there are two types of reading. The first is known as a Question Reading. In a Question Reading, the querent asks a question of the cards and the reader uses their intuitive and interpretive abilities to assess what the message in cards actually means.
While this might sound a little mystical, it’s worth remembering that Tarot cards have been used in scientific processes. The Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung believed that the Tarot cards were representative of archetypes within the human personality. His thought was that the subconscious mind responded to and could select these cards, giving psychoanalysts deeper insight into the working of the human mind. Question Readings work in a similar fashion: the querent asks a question and their subconscious selects the cards that represent the answer. The psychic, using their gifts is able to see just which aspects of the message in the cards are pertinent to the querent. The querent is key to the accuracy of a reading.
The Importance of the Querent
Problems can arise for a number of reasons. The querent may already have reached a conclusion to their predicament or the question they ask might be too detailed for the cards to have room to answer satisfactorily. In addition, they might not be the focus of the question they are asking, they might already have formed an opinion about the answer or they might be framing the question in a negative light. All these factors can impact on a reading’s accuracy.
The other form of reading is known as an Open Reading. Rather than supplying answers for specific questions, these tend to deal with the larger aspects of your life, such as love, health, career or money. While the querent may have something in mind that they want to ask, questions need to be broad, rather than detailed and pertain to larger events, such as career changes, rather than specifics.
Again, the role of the psychic isn’t to predict the future, but to help you gain an overview of your own character and your spiritual development. Using this data, the psychic cannot predict what will happen, but can say what is likely to happen if you follow a particular course of action. For example, if you are wondering about a career change but are possessed of a constant fear of failure, the likelihood is that you will generate the energies to create a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Problems for the Reader
However, it’s not all about you. There’s also the potential for the reader to confuse things. Each card has a story associated with it; together, they make up an allegorical story known as The Fool’s Journey. This is an analogy for the trials and tribulations we all face along life’s path and explains what the best course of action for us is to take. The reader must also use his intuitive abilities to decide which aspects of the story and which pieces of advice are most pertinent to the querent. If the psychic link isn’t strong enough or the reader somehow misjudges an aspect of the querent, then they will give advice that may be inaccurate.
The Question of Compatibility
In addition, there may be the problem of compatibility. Not everyone gets on with everyone else and if the reader and the querent don’t ‘click’, it can present barriers to accuracy. Most readers are non-judgemental, sympathetic and empathetic. However, if they are presented with a rude and aggressive sceptic or someone who isn’t taking the process seriously, then the potential for an accurate reading is minimised.
Some consider that the cards themselves might be inaccurate, but the truth is that they are inanimate objects with no will of their own or have the ability to dispense advice without the involvement of a reader. The cards are simply conduits for the energies generated by both the querent and the reader. The querent’s subconscious uses the cards to communicate its inner feelings on a particular situation and the reader’s psychic abilities are able to discern what those cards mean to that particular person.
However, as a rule, most Tarot readings are between 75% to 80% accurate – regardless of any problems that might get in the way. This is primarily because of the bond that the psychic forms with the querent; a deep and understanding connection that enables them to perceive the problems you are placing in your own way on your journey towards happiness and spiritual evolution. Finding a good reader who will give you an accurate reading doesn’t have to be a difficult process. You can ask people you know who have used psychics or you can take a chance and determine how well connected you feel with a reader.