I'm a professional tarot reader with 20 years of experience. For me, tarot is a fascinating system that reflects all human life.
I’m just going to say it straight: tarot cards are never wrong. You may disagree with me, but it’s a fact. The cards are always spot on. Accuracy depends on how the reader interprets the cards and delivers the message. But even before that, before the cards are even laid out, there is much to consider.
9 Factors That Influence Tarot Card Readings
- The question being asked
- The unknowable future
- The present situation
- The cards will tell you what you need to know
- Whether or not your reader is psychic
- The reader’s personal bias
- The deck creator’s personal bias
- Sheer chance
1. Ask Accurate Questions
To get an accurate tarot reading, you have to ask an accurate question. Many people will ask a question based on what they wish was happening, rather than what is actually happening. For example, a client met a man on a business trip. They got along really well, and they arranged to meet up for dinner after the meeting. They had a pleasant evening, shared some ideas about their work, passed a couple of fun hours, said goodbye and went their separate ways. That was it.
The client, however, read a lot more into it. She said their eyes met, and she knew he was going to ask her to meet him later. Then over dinner, the client said that he kept smiling at her, and she felt there was a certain chemistry between them. He made her laugh. As a result, the client wants to know if he thinks about her, and if there might be a future relationship in the offing.
The client's question is based on a wildly inaccurate or over-imagined scenario. She is asking from a false, emotional perspective. So, when faced with a question like that, the reader is going to struggle with whatever cards show up because the question is based on inaccurate assumptions.
The question must be accurate and honest in order to elicit an accurate and honest answer.
2. The Future Is Unknowable
A tarot reading is a snapshot of energies, influences, emotions, circumstances, and events as they are at a particular moment. Those influences are never set in stone. Add the synergy between the reader, the client, and the cards into the mix and you'll have a potent soup of influences from which the reader must pull out useful and valid information. That’s why no two readers will ever interpret the same cards in the same way. But that’s not to say either or both are wrong.
People can make new decisions, and change their minds or their habits. So what was accurate six weeks ago won’t be accurate today. The cards are never wrong, so there may be a thread that perhaps the reader missed, or a predicted event may happen unexpectedly.
The reader must emphasize the temporary nature of each reading, and remind the client that they have the free will to change outcomes.
3. The Value of a Reading Is in the Present
Clients often overlook the most important part of the reading, and that is what the cards are telling them in the present. Never mind what’s going to happen, it’s only in the present they can make changes happen which will affect the future. I am always surprised how some people believe that life happens to them; that they don't realise that they are making choices every day which determine the future.
Remind the client that the present is far more precious than some hoped-for (or feared) future possibility.
4. The Cards Will Tell You What You Need to Know
Many times, I’ve been asked a question, yet the cards seem to want to answer a different one. Try as I might, occasionally I cannot connect the card with what the client wants to know. In those cases, I explain that the tarot tells them what they need to understand, rather than what they want to know.
One client wanted to know about her love-life, but I was flummoxed because I could not "see" anything in the cards about romance. Since she was a good friend, I felt comfortable explaining this. I decided to plow on through the reading and just told her what each card meant without trying to force it into shape. After I’d worked through a few, something clicked, and she realized that the reading was all about her adult son. Although she felt she ought to be asking about her love life, in reality, she had been worried about her boy and his situation. That made much more sense, and I was able to take a new perspective on the reading and do it justice.
The reading was a bit negative, and the most significant card that appeared was the Tower. I pointed out that there was most likely a traumatic event (another one) up ahead for him, but that life would take a better turn in due course. The next day my friend emailed to say her son’s girlfriend had taken their child, every piece of furniture, and left him. However, within a few months, they had settled their differences and remained amicably separated. Several years later, he is with a new partner but regularly sees his child from that first live-in relationship.
Oh and my friend’s love-life? It was on hold, and nothing much changed over the next six months. Clever tarot.
Be open to every possibility. Trust the cards to tell you what you really need to know. It may be fun to ask the cards about what you want to know, but try to honestly consider what you need to know.
5. Some Readers Are Psychic, Others Are Not
There are three types of tarot reader. The first kind is one that we’re all a little envious of. They usually have well-developed psychic abilities, and they use the cards as a jumping off point for their readings. My father went to see this kind of reader a few years back, and she told him many personal details about himself. She informed him that his current car would be the last car he’d ever own. And that was true. He gave up driving shortly afterwards.
The second group are the readers who study the cards and learn their traditional meanings. Their readings are not necessarily inaccurate, but they can be wooden. They recite their interpretations as if they have learned them by rote, which is exactly what they have done. They find it hard to tell the story in the reading. Each card is interpreted separately instead of in combination. These readers often give up tarot because it doesn’t "speak" to them.
The third group are those, like me, who mash up the standard meanings with their own intuition. I include my own experiences and memories in my readings. Sometimes I get random thoughts that are usually accurate, except I don’t get enough of them. I like to look at card combinations and pick out odd details. For example, I pay attention to the card numbers and check for patterns. I do my best to find an unfolding story or something that links the cards together. I’m not right all the time, but the tarot cards invariably are.
Explain what kind of reader you are to your client, and let them know what they can expect from their reading. I always tell my clients that I cannot get in touch with their dead relatives, nor do I have a spirit guide whispering pertinent information in my ear.
6. Tarot Readers’ Personal Bias
Some readers are able to deliver a reading neutrally, whereas others prefer a counseling approach. It is unlikely that any reader is able to keep their own worldview out of the reading. It’s impossible to do otherwise. One’s experiences, viewpoints and memories will creep into the reading. While, most of the time, it’s helpful, it can make a reading more attuned to the reader than to the client.
As previously outlined, tell the client your methodology and what to expect from working with you.
7. The Tarot Deck Creators' Personal Bias
All tarot decks are created by human beings. Often two or more people are involved in the process. Then there are the publishers, the printers, and the investors. All of whom will have an influence to some extent. There is usually a writer and an artist. The idea for the deck generally originates from one or the other, though some decks are commissioned by a third party.
The traditional system of tarot has been reinterpreted so many times. And then those derivative interpretations have been reinterpreted repeatedly. What could be lost or gained in the process? Mostly an individual (or team) bias, a particular worldview, or an assumption of how it’s meant to be can affect matters.
You can choose to use a deck that is as close to the source as possible, such as a reproduction of one of the 15th-century decks. Keep in mind that those decks were designed to play parlour games, and not to tell fortunes or counsel a client on their major questions.
Also, bear in mind that tarot came from traditional playing cards that may have been invented by the Chinese. Even today, many tarotists will tell you it was the other way around. Some say that playing cards reached Europe, via Egypt, around 1350. The details are lost in the mists of time. Anyway, someone thought it would be a great idea to take those playing cards and add some interesting characters to it (the Major Arcana) to create an amusing game. Tarot is not some mystical system channeled by some long-dead psychic from the gods themselves. It’s a human invention through and through.
Most decks in use today are very modern. The Rider-Waite was first published in 1907 and was based on Edward Waite’s interpretation of the principles of many branches of esoteric schools of thought, and the various societies he joined and left. This deck, and to a lesser extent, its cousin, the Thoth Tarot, created by fellow occultist, Aleister Crowley, have influenced almost every tarot creator since. So remember—the aforementioned decks are just two ideas of how the human condition plays out, and they didn't even know about social media back then.
Choose your preferred system and know your deck thoroughly. It also helps to have a basic deck—like the one you initially learned from—in your head so you can refer to it if you are struggling to read a card.
8. What If Any and Every Card Has the Right Answer?
This is something I’ve thought about a lot. After all, the cards are simply printed images. What if every card is relevant to the client? What I mean is that the random selection of cards are just that—random. How do we get our heads around the fact that the tarot is not sentient, that there's no actual mysterious force causing the 'right' cards to show up?
It helps to understand the basic structure of the tarot and how it applies to human life. Any, and all, aspects are included in one form or another. Disaster, triumph, love lost and found. Children, art, work, and illness. Death, destruction, and addiction—it’s all there, thanks to Uncles Edward and Aleister. Anything you can name is reflected in the tarot.
So therefore, it follows that any random card should have a relevant message, shouldn’t it? It’s then the reader’s job to apply that message and meaning to the client’s situation. A reader must tease out the thread of the story that can help the client the most.
Does the tarot "know" how to deliver the right card at the right time? What part does chance play in a reading? After all, we shuffle and shuffle, cut, shuffle some more, cut again and turn the cards. It’s supposed to be random. Yet we readers and our clients trust that chance will give us the message we need to know.
There isn't one. All you can do is know your cards and trust that they will deliver the goods.
9. What About the Difference Between Upright and Reversed Cards?
Some believe a reversed card can have a different meaning than it would when facing upright. It's not a different meaning necessarily; it's where the message falls on the scale of negative to positive. A reversed card will almost always, though not exclusively, point to the negative scale.
An experienced reader understands this principle and will incorporate that positive to negative scale, which is why you will often find many readers only using upright cards.
Have a look at the image below. It shows two cards from the fiendishly clever Revelations Tarot by Zach Wong. There's no need to use reversed cards because you can see the imagery right there. I like that the reversed Eight of Swords shows the positive outlook of the woman freeing herself from her self-imposed prison. That deck taught me that I never need to bother with reversals at all.
Both ways of reading cards are valid, and receiving an accurate reading depends on the aforementioned factors, and each tarot reader's process or experience. Determine which method feels best for yourself and use that one. Following your intuition is an important part of tarot.
Are Tarot Cards Accurate or Not?
Yes, they are. No one can tell you why exactly, given the influences I’ve outlined above (and I’m pretty sure I haven’t thought of everything), yet somehow, the cards are able to hit the nail on the head every time. How do I know this? Because I’ve gone back to my clients and asked them how situations worked out. I’ve read for myself and returned to the readings after a few months. In each case, I am able to see the link between the card/s and life’s meandering path. Hindsight is a wonderful and useful tool in the weird and woolly practice of tarot reading.
What do you think? Have you had really accurate tarot readings? Or have you been on the receiving end of the worst readings on the planet?
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Learn to Read Tarot Cards For Myself?
You can learn how to read and interpret cards for yourself. Find a reliable source of information to learn about the reading process, tarot spreads, the cards' histories, and their meanings. When reading for yourself, keep in mind that your emotions, desires, and biases may affect the way you interpret the cards. Strive to be honest with yourself when reading for yourself, or else you won't gain much from your interpretations.
Do I Need to Receive a Deck as a Gift or Can I Purchase My Own Deck?
Some people believe that you must be given a deck of tarot cards as a gift. This is absolute rubbish. You can buy your own deck without fear of being struck by a bolt of lightning, or being ostracized by tarot fairies. Try to purchase a deck that you feel drawn to. If you feel a strong connection with a deck, it's a good indication you've found one which is right for you.
Does it Help to Ask the Cards Yes or No Questions?
Asking a clear question with a yes or no answer can be helpful. If you decide to do this, only ever use one card. Drawing more cards 'for clarification' only serves to cause confusion.
What Does it Mean When a Card Keeps Appearing?
When a card appears repeatedly, it means the card typically has an important message for you. Focus on the card and its meaning because it may provide the advice or guidance that you need. If you are flummoxed, simply keep the card in mind or try journaling about it.
What Does it Mean When a Card Falls Out of the Deck?
A jumping card or a card that falls out of the deck as you shuffle, maybe a card with a message. Make a mental note of it, pick up the fallen card, place it back in the deck and reshuffle. There is a good chance that it will appear again during your reading. If it reappears, it is an important card to learn from. However, don't get hung up about these accidental cards; sometimes they are just accidents.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: I had a tarot reading in 1987. Don't remember the question. But the reader told me every aspect of my life to this date. Children, deaths., 9/11, deaths of celebrities, where I would live, specific properties, my kids' lives, their time in prison, STDs. My whole life was told to me in 2 hours by my best friends mom who was psychic. I didn't believe. Why was my tarot reading so specific?
Answer: Because it was done by a skilled and accurate psychic. Most tarot readers are not psychic to that degree.
Question: I asked my tarot cards if my wife is having sex with anyone besides me, and the card said yes. Is this accurate?
Answer: Well, I wouldn't take it as absolute confirmation. You might want to talk to her about it. Maybe she's having fun by herself.
Question: I had a tarot reading, but most of the reading was talking about me, not the person I asked for. Can happen, and why?
Answer: This is normal. I won't do 'third party' readings because to look into another person's life without permission is unethical. So I will only bring in details about the other person if it impinges directly on the life of the one I'm doing the reading for. Tarot readers have a connection with the client, not with someone the client knows.
Question: I went to a tarot reader to ask about my husband. She said he is attracted to someone else. I had a second reading and she confirmed my husband has a secret woman. I talked with my husband and he said that I am the only woman in his life and he never has been with anyone else. How can I explain what happened with the tarot?
Answer: It is possible the tarot reader has picked up a different woman, such as your husband's mother or sister. There may be someone or something that he has to focus on outside of your marriage that might appear in reading as another relationship. For example, some men can be described as 'married to their work'. It could be anything that the reader has picked up erroneously.
Question: I went to the same tarot card reader about the same situation multiple times. The cards and answers kept coming out similar to the previous time I’d go, however, in reality, it seemed to be different. Is that normal?
Answer: Yes, it's extremely common. And I expect the situation didn't change much during that time? You can get the same feel from different combinations of cards, so if the situation is in stasis, you get cards which reflect that.
Question: I had a tarot reading about a year ago and then another six months later. Both indicated money coming my way but I haven’t seen a fortune. Then three months after the second my next tarot reading didn’t mention money, but three months later the fortune prediction showed up again. Why does it seem to disappear in readings and reappear?
Answer: It's a tricky thing. Your tarot reader might see a fortune, where I would not. Or vice-versa. Without seeing the actual cards I can't really tell you. However, whether money comes to you or not, is based on your expectations and the energy surrounding you. You could be attracting it... or repelling it. Perhaps you received a small amount of money that didn't really register? It's good to keep a journal and a record of the readings.
Question: My sister read the cards for me and 3 different times it came up with a young girl that my boyfriend would apparently cheat on me with? He’s always said he would never do anything like it but it worries me a little that it came up 3 different times?
Answer: Why worry about something that hasn't happened and may never happen? How do you know that your sister has interpreted the card correctly?
Question: So about a month ago I asked my tarot card reader about my Master’s and how I was planning to do it abroad! But to my surprise, she told me that my Master’s would be in the same country only. After she told me this I got very negative about the abroad thing as it was my dream to go for Master’s abroad after a year or two?
Answer: I'm not sure what you are asking. I can't tell you if your card reader was accurate or not. It depends how it all unfolds. I would say that if you are currently making plans to study abroad, you should carry on regardless. No-one should ever determine their future on the turn of a few tarot cards. Your future is in your own hands and you make the decisions.
Question: I have had five different readings by five different tarot readers. They all have indicated essentially the same results. Is this possible?
Answer: Of course it's possible. However, you need to know that getting many different readings on the same questions is a little obsessive. And it can lead to confusion. The more readings you get, the less clarification you will have, as each reader will overlay their own experiences onto the reading.
Beware of becoming addicted to this; some people spend a lot of money on readings for no good reason and end up feeling they have no control over their own lives. You need to learn to rely on your own judgment, not on tarot readings.
Question: I had a Tarot reading, and the lady said the cards told her 3 times my husband was being deceitful and unfaithful, more so in the past. This is a hard pill to swallow as he is so kind and loving and very good to me and our kids. A great provider and husband. The opposite of what she said. Could the cards be wrong or am I just stupid?
Answer: Of course they, or rather she, could be wrong. Never, ever take the word of a tarot reader over your own life experience. You know him better than anyone.
Question: What is the accuracy of free tarot readings on YouTube or websites with tarot yes or no cards? Should I rely on this to make a decision?
Answer: I have no idea, as I've never used either. However, nobody should make any important life decision based on the turn of a card.
Question: I have been reading Tarot cards for years. My method is to have a situation or person in mind and then interpret the cards. If they are honest with me, I tell them not to tell me the question until I read the answers. It always pertains to their question. Also, I shuffle the deck, but I let them pick the cards. Is this a good method?
Answer: That sounds like a great method. It's whatever works for you. Keep doing it.
Question: How do you feel about timing and spreads when it comes to tarot card readings?
Answer: I'm not sure I understand the question. How do I feel about timing and spreads? Are you referring to the cards predicting when an event will happen?
Predicting a time has never worked well for me, so I try to avoid it. If I'm pushed I'll draw a single card and check its suit and number. So
Low Wands = Early summer, High Wands = Late summer and so on with the other suits...
Cups = fall
Pentacles = winter
Swords = spring.
Sometimes I'll use a circular spread to indicate the turning of the year, but always warn the client that things do tend to unfold in their own good time.
Question: A friend of mine gave me a tarot card reading. I got out of my last relationship five days ago, and she pulled the deception card as one of them. Someone wearing a mask. She didn’t explain exactly what it meant. Does her knowing all my business and all the specifics of my last relationship affect the card reading?
Answer: Yes, her knowledge of your life will affect the reading. She has her own opinion and biases and that's inevitable and natural. A good reader will recognize this and do their best to take a neutral stance. It happens with professionals too -- once you have done a reading for someone you know a lot more if and when you do further readings.
Question: I have had many readings all with the same result. I got a bit obsessed with getting them done but the thing is every reading tells me that my love and I will get back together. Does this mean we will?
Answer: I don't know. It's possible that your overwhelming longing to get back together influenced the readings. Why don't you contact your ex and see if they want to meet up?
Question: I recently went and saw a psychic tarot reader. I was very charged; full of intense energy because of the situation I'm currently in. My question was direct and straight to the point. The reader then gave me some of the best news I could ever hear. However, in real life, things are totally the opposite (for now). Can I be sure that the cards and what she told me WILL actually happen?
Answer: There are always energies at work around us, and if you want a particular outcome, you have to believe it can and will happen. It sounds like you are full of doubt, and are, therefore, 'interfering' with the outcome. Also, beware of readers who tell you what you want to hear. However, if you are sure you did not 'feed' the reader information, then forget the reading for now, and focus on the perfect outcome. You need to cultivate complete confidence that it will happen.
Question: Can tarot tell me what to do when I need to make a decision? For example, should I send a certain someone a birthday card?
Answer: I would say that tarot can guide you when making decisions, but it depends on whether that decision will affect your life and others. Practice making decisions using the tarot on small, insignificant stuff, before you use it for the essential things.
There's nothing stopping you drawing a card for a quick yes/no answer, but ultimately, you should make your own choices. This might help:
Question: My girlfriend broke up with me a little over 3 months ago. I've been working on myself and changing into the person she has always wanted. I've never been happier, however everytime I feel like I'm covering ground to get her back she will post or send me pictures of her cards. This last one had 3 cards, let go, patience, and wild. Any ideas to what it means? She said she didnt have a specific question in mind, but just checking to see what she would get if she didnt ask a specific question.
Answer: I think it would be a good idea if you blocked her. Nothing to do with tarot cards (the ones you mention are not tarot, btw), it's the fact that every time you start to feel happy, she disturbs you again. Why would you want her back if she can't accept you as the person she was initially attracted to? You can jump through all the hoops she holds up for you but ultimately you will never be 'good enough' for her.
Question: I had a tarot reading. The reader told me that It's extremely difficult for me to finish my thesis and be able to graduate. She has forecasted correctly for me in the past. I felt heartbroken when she said I would not finish my studies even if I try. Should I believe her?
Answer: No. You should redouble your efforts to finish your studies in order to prove her wrong. I pulled a card for you and it is the Six of Wands, which indicates a victory and a happy completion, but only if you put in the necessary work.
Question: I did my year ahead spread, and for August, I got the Five of Pentacles. Naturally, this has worried me. Do you think this is reflecting my constant anxieties about money? Also, should I take it as a sign to carry on with my savings goals and improve at my job instead of living in fear of getting fired?
Answer: Let me highlight something for you. In your question, you mention worry, anxiety and living in fear. My advice to you is not to concern yourself about what might or might not happen in August and, instead, put your attention on the here and now. There's no point worrying about the future when the only leverage you have is right now. If you make the present the best it can be, then the future will take care of itself.
Question: I had a few online tarot readings just a few minutes ago and they all say there’s going to be a positive change in my life. Should I believe in what the sites said?
Answer: You'll soon know for sure when you see a positive change... or not.
Question: What does it mean when a tarot card is upright? How do I recognise when the card is upright?
Answer: The image is the correct way up as you are looking at it, i.e. not upside down (reversed).
Question: A tarot card reader said my ex-boyfriend got a woman pregnant 2 years ago but the description of the woman matched a situation that happened over 8 years ago. When I tried to correct the reader she said: "Well I feel like it was about 2 years ago." My question is, can tarot readers get dates mixed up, and would they cross it with something ELSE that happened 2 years ago, not necessarily a pregnancy?
Answer: Yes, for sure. I don't even mention dates when I'm reading. I describe the situation to my best ability and allow the seeker to fill in the details. That's because readings, for me are a two-way process. I'm not trying to demonstrate my cleverness or psychic ability but to bring things into the light that the seeker might need to address.
Having said that, she had no business delving into your ex-boyfriend's life at all. It's an invasion of privacy because he had not asked for, or given permission, for it. It's what is commonly known as a third party reading.
Question: Where is the best place to buy a tarot card deck in the UK and what's the best way to learn the different card meanings?
Answer: You can buy tarot cards in small 'alternative' retailers, but right now, the best place is online. Amazon stocks many decks from all the main publishers. Plus a lot of tarot creators have their own websites.
Question: Went to a card reader with a girlfriend. The reader shuffled and cut the deck as expected. She read the cards for my girlfriend first, and the reading was predominately positive. The reader then takes the other half of the deck (instead of reshuffling a full deck) and proceeds to read for me. My question: Shouldn’t the reader have used a full deck to read my cards?
Answer: Yes, unless she explained why she was doing this, i.e. if it was a joint reading about a specific topic such as a relationship. If they were separate readings, the full deck should be used for each. Personally, I would have used the full deck in either case.
© 2018 Bev G
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 17, 2020:
Sorry to hear of your experience, Nancy. I really don't recommend that someone keeps doing readings on the same topic over and over. It can become confusing and contradictory. Also when a person does readings for themselves on a situation such as you describe, they tend to see what they want to see. Only disappointment lies that way.
I believe in tarot because it is honest... but I don't read for myself or for anyone close to me.
Nancy Bellinger on July 17, 2020:
I spent about 2 months holding on to a hope that someone I loved very deeply would return. And would return if I was able to do the work needed to create a new perspective. Well i worked day and night, found a new spirituality, new mental health awareness and so much more! I swore I was on the right path and every time I did a reading to make sure I was on the rigjt track so i I delved in a little bit deeper.
Well, I refused to put my life on hold for any longer and decided to see, if all I had heard in the tarot readings was correct. The reality of it though was truly a disaster. No where near the connection I put in my head, felt in my heart. In fact listening to tarot implanted further ideas in my head and what I found was so far from the true, the reality. No he wasntvready to step forward, no there was to be no honest conversation, no there was no reconciliation. In fact it became a nice slap in the face, a reality that I wasnt ready enough nor was he. That believing in tarot is a surefire way to get your heart ripped out of your chest. Nevermind all the money lost in the process. I read tarot for hope but have learned that believing can be way different than reality.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 23, 2019:
Hi Nancy, it depends if the reader was trying to tell you what you wanted to know. I don't do that. If the cards indicate that it won't happen, then that's the answer I give.
Advice: if your ex gives the impression he wants to move on - accept it and don't contact him again. Your ex's attitude toward you is much more telling than a tarot card :)
Nancy on November 22, 2019:
I had a couple readings asking if my ex and i would renconcile. The cards said yes but every time we speak it seems like he wants nothing to do with me. Can the cards predict the reconciliation when it all seems lost?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 20, 2019:
Yes, I agree, Brian. I've often been surprised during readings that something that comes to me, almost like a throwaway remark, is in fact the core of the seeker's question.
brian from uk on November 20, 2019:
Yes i also noticed we need triggers were human but i always find it facinating when readers get things that accurate i used to be very afraid of this kinda thing at one time due to my childhood and early adulthood experiences
brian from uk on November 20, 2019:
Ive made similar predictions but without the cards sometimes its a knowing without knowing were it comes from other times i can suddenly see pictures in my minds eyes i think this can be pre cognitive but that mainly happens in my dreams each to his or own ability thats what has guided me through life mostly with cards i noticed its non ego
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 19, 2019:
Blerina, wow, I think your reader was a true psychic, a clairvoyant, who uses the cards as a trigger for her gift. Most of us can't read in so much depth.
But, of course tarot readers are fallible and make mistakes. My advice to you is to live the best life you can with the man that you love and trust that everything will always work out for the best. xx
Blerina on November 19, 2019:
15 years ago i had a tarot reading, she was a tarot reader about 20 years of experience. She told my friends lots of details of their personal life that were extremely true. She also guessed that one of friends was 3 weeks pregnant and my friend didn’t even know that yet, after she made a pregnancy test and the result was positive. Also she told another friend of mine that she will end up marriyng the same guy who is askind her to have a date about three weeks by then, later that friend got out in a date with the guy and it turned out he was a very good guy, just like she had ever wished for a guy to be, they got married 1 year after. When it came to me she first told me some details about the life I was having including the fact that One of my family members was sick but she will be okay in the future ( my mom was very sick that time, but she got better and now she is okay), she also told me how i was doing in school and she guessed right and then she told me that after few years I will get married to a very good guy, he will be nice, Handsome, humble and a great person she said but you will not end up with him till the end she said, after few years with this guy you will be married with someone else who will be about 20 or so years older than you but he is a very rich and powerful man. Now I’m married and the guy I am married now is truly like she said, he is a great human being, a hard worker, Handsome, humble and a very good hearted person. I don’t want to believe what she said because I don’t want to lose him. Sometimes I hope that prediction will never get to be true. I really hope I won’t never lose a man like my husband. Sometimes i think if you believe that something will happen it will truly happen, it’s not just fate, it’s our will power that makes things happen. Can it be that sometimes even if the tarot reader is very good some of their predictions may not be true? Can this be true? Thank you
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 22, 2019:
You just ordered a reading from me, didn't you? :D
The main thing to know about tarot readings is that they are snapshot in time, so what might seem like a natural outcome at that moment can easily change and morph into a different one.
The other thing is, that sometimes the outcome predicted will come true... it just hasn't happened yet or in the way you expect.
For example, a reader might see a future love in the cards, but the seeker is expecting to meet the new person within a month. But if it happens a year later, it still means the cards were correct; the timings were off.
In any case knowing a future outcome is far less useful than receiving insight into the present. The here and now, where real life is happening.
I'll be in touch soon with your reading.
LucieK on October 22, 2019:
I listen/watch lots of free tarot readings and pick a card readings on youtube, they mostly resonate. Or at least describe current situation. But when i ordered a private reading, it didnt resonate at all. Was it just a bad reader, or not a reader for me?
It also happens that the current energies/situations resonate and are on point but the future never come true.. can it be coz i watch it too much and just dont let it unfold naturally?
brian from uk on October 20, 2019:
I've been doing a bit of reading my self and been read to as well ill let you know next month if its accurate
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 18, 2019:
I'm really sorry, ICbelieve, I just don't know what you are asking.
ICbelieve on October 18, 2019:
in a tarot reading i know was meant for me that transcended the universe... the reader said that my person wanted me to prove it to them.. Can you take action towards this or does it mess up the universe and the flow or should I just let divine do its work?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 26, 2019:
A convert - yay! Now you could think about learning to read for yourself, mdbill.
mdbill on January 25, 2019:
I had my first reading today by a woman that people claim is very good at this. I work in science and my beliefs are firm in factual data, so i was extremely skeptical. But when she laid out the cards in the center and in a cirle, and explained what they meant, i honestly could not hold back the tears. Events, situations, and people in my life. The only thing i could think of is who has this lady talked to or where has she done her research. Good predictions for the future. I hope she's right about those :) wow. Very shocked.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 13, 2019:
Sophie, I'm not doing in-depth, professional readings at the moment, but you can get a short free reading at my website tarot-study.info. They aren't private readings though.
Sophiepjm on January 13, 2019:
Can I ask for your help? I need to clear a situation desperately. I would like to have a reading from you, I'm willing to pay. Thank you.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 11, 2018:
Hi Chad, only you (& time) can tell how accurate the reading was. You must move toward your future in the way that feels best. Follow your own intuition.
Chad1992 on June 10, 2018:
So last night I was at the beach and there was a card reader I said why not I've been looking for answers anyways with what was going on currently in my life and she told me just about the same things that the medium told me 4 months ago except that my ex of 6 years and I were going to get back together and we were supposed to have another baby and we are soul mates but she said I have a lot of work ahead of me both medium and card reading told me I was going to have a son how accurate is this because I was nervous about getting this done but there was very little bad with what she said so should I keep working on everything to see if it all comes true ?
Omar on June 10, 2018:
I see. And yes I’m definitely confused about this lol. I call them visions because that’s what the psychic saw in her cards and so I just considered them visions and predictions so perhaps I’m wrong or misunderstood about that, too. But yes, my readings were done by the cards. Now, I understand. And I am planning to go again maybe in a week or two.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 10, 2018:
There are some psychics who use the cards as a jumping off point. When you mentioned visions, I didn't think you were referring to a tarot reading.
Most tarot readers don't work like that. They use a combination of study of the traditional meanings and their intuition to help pull out the most appropriate meaning and apply it to their client and the situation. We might get flashes of memory or ideas, but full on visions are generally restricted to the realm of genuine clairvoyants.
So you asked, 'Do these visions or predictions ever remain the same?' I tend not to make predictions like the one you describe because there are so many other factors at work. You might meet someone else. So might your ex. Your feelings might change.
Having said that, I have read for several clients where the overall feeling and energy of the reading never changed over months of readings. They wanted change but they weren't prepared to take action to make it happen.
Going by your description, your psychic's information seemed to be mainly based on what your girlfriend feels about you. To be frank, there's no way of checking that information. In other words, only time will give you your answer. Are you going to ask your girlfriend to get back with you? Or are you going to wait for fate to deliver her to you? :)
Omar on June 10, 2018:
Maybe I’m confused about tarot readings and psychic readings because she used the cards and through the cards, she told me everything...
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 09, 2018:
Sorry, Omar, I don't do psychic readings. I guess they vary from person to person.
Omar on June 09, 2018:
I ask this because 90-95% of the psychic’s visions came true including ones about my ex-girlfriend.
Omar on June 09, 2018:
Hello, there! I read your article and I found it amazing as to the dissection of tarot reading. Having said that, I have a question. I recently have been getting readings from the same psychic so far the last two months and here’s what I thought about so far. It’s almost like blurry vision. The psychic was able to see something but barely regarding my ex-girlfriend. I wanted to see out of curiosity if we would get back together or if she misses me or whatever the case and so she was able to see something but barely. At the end of the first session back in April, she said that we’ll get back together. The second go around, she saw the same thing but was a little more into detail such as she sees her thinking about me, missing me, and she tells me that she’ll reach out to me. Again, us reuniting. So my question is this...do these visions or predictions ever remain the same?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 05, 2018:
That's why it's never a good idea to get multiple readings in a short space of time. Each reading is a snapshot and, of course, they are going to be different. If your readings were by the same reader he or she would have the skill to weave them together, to see the similarities and differences.
Each reader has his or own perspective and world view, so will see your situation in a completely different way. Their own life experience will affect their interpretation of the cards/energies.
As far as accuracy goes, well, you should know what is true and what is not. Which reader gave you the closest version of where you are, your recent past? That'll be the one which is most accurate.
chiquito123 on June 04, 2018:
I had a tarot card reading and a medium reading from someone else i also has a california pyscic reading. i keep hearing different things. what is accurate and what isn't. I'm confused
Dominic on May 06, 2018:
I had a reading which was uncannily accurate, and my girlfriend at the time was told (by her psychic mum, our tarot reader) something bad will happen in the next few days, an injury of some type. 3 days later she broke her toe and we couldn't attend her friend's wedding...
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 15, 2018:
Many thanks, Charmaine. Your words are very much appreciated. I agree, tarot can become a friend to turn to :)
threekeys on February 15, 2018:
You explained the nature of Tarot clearly and informatively. I wish I had your ability to write in that way.
I like how you mentioned tarot is about the present surrounding energy and that it is subject to a number of dynamics (therefore freewill).
All in all I personally have found tarot a insightful and supportive friend for myself and others.
Wonderful article raggededge.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 15, 2018:
Thank you too, Karen. Keep learning, keep reading. Tarot is so rewarding and repays all the effort you have to put in to it.
Karen A Szklany from New England on February 15, 2018:
Thank you for this perspective on tarot card readings. I found it very useful and will keep it in mind when I lay out my next spread and work at interpreting it. I have a reference book that I refer to for this, which has the meanings of all the cards in a deck, with examples and "case studies." I find it very useful.
I have also had hopeful tarot readings done by others. When I've gone for a psychic readings. pulling a tarot card has been part of the experience. Those have been positive experiences, too.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 15, 2018:
Thank you, Jana Louise and Louise :)
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on February 15, 2018:
That was very informative to read. Thankyou.
Jana Louise Smit from South Africa on February 15, 2018:
Very well written. I enjoyed this a lot. Thanks for bringing your experience to HP!