Is Tarot Psychic? How a Tarot Reader Knows Your Business Before You Ask
Tarot Seems Like Magic and Mystery, but It's Not
Most "psychic" hotlines are cashing in on the public confusion about the differences between psychic powers and the ability to read Tarot cards. Maybe you have already noticed how many "psychic" readings are actually Tarot-card readings. When a Tarot reader is able to tell you, a perfect stranger, what is happening in your life, it seems reasonable to think that Tarot readers are "psychics" and "Tarot is psychic." But that isn't true.
Genuine psychic talent is rare, given at birth to maybe one in ten million people. Tarot-card reading is learned, and studies can begin at any age. Psychic connections are unpredictable, but Tarot can be practiced, tested, and called upon at will, and no psychic ability is required. Tarot takes several years to learn, but, like driving, anyone sufficiently intelligent and motivated can learn it, improving their skills with time. Experienced practitioners—mostly mature individuals—can read the cards so accurately that it seems like magic.
"Psychic" hotlines should admit it when they are really sending you to Tarot-card readers. This would enhance their credibility, because skilled Tarot readers are better than fake "psychics" or airheaded "clairvoyants" anytime. Unfortunately the Tarot-card readers working for hotlines are reading for dozens of clients per shift, trying to make money for themselves and their employer. Also, they must communicate through the computer's or phone's electromagnetic radiation and far apart from the client's actual presence. These stressful conditions can greatly reduce their accuracy.
Why Tarot Looks "Psychic"
Remember being amazed, as a child, by people who could type without looking at the keyboard, or play piano without sheet music, or knit without taking their eyes from the TV? Their mastery, which came from experience, looked like magic.
What seems "psychic" to a Tarot client is in fact the Tarot reader's mastery of the cards and their symbolism. Each of the 78 Tarot cards has two meanings, one when the card appears right-side up, and another when the card appears upside-down, or "reversed." The Tarot reader is not psychic. Rather, he or she has memorized 156 card meanings and studied to understand each card's complicated and densely packed symbolism.The finest Tarot readers learn to trust the cards and their own intuition, and are empathetic and articulate, conveying the message of the cards in ways each client can understand.
The attraction people feel for Tarot cards is because their symbolism is embedded in human cultural heritage and in our collective unconscious. The Tarot card reader can apply the symbolism on the cards to our contemporary life. For example, the Devil card includes carefully selected multiple symbols that indicate not that "the devil" is after you, but that you feel stuck with a certain habit or way of life you feel too enmeshed to change: You've chosen the devil you know over the devil you don't. The illustrations here are from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, the most popular because it has the clearest symbolism. In some decks the symbolism is more esoteric although the cards' meanings are the same.
True psychic powers are so rare that most of us will never meet a true psychic. It is much easier to find a skilled Tarot card reader, and for best results, meet him or her in person. This way you both know who you are dealing with. Fake Tarot readers do exist, but they can't keep faking because it's spiritually empty and the word gets around.
What the Tarot Card Reader Knows and You Don't
Students of Tarot learn that most clients will ask about one of these:
Readers learn to breathe deeply, opening their hearts and minds, while they greet you, then shuffle and lay out the cards. They learn that for a question to be properly answered it should be properly framed. Not "How long will Grandma live?"--the Tarot cannot give a date, hour and guarantee--but "What is Grandma's health outlook for the coming year?" Not "What is my future?" but "What will happen if I continue in my current relationship?" or "What will happen if I quit school to take a job?"
In a good Tarot reading, intelligence, intuition, sincerity, art, empathy, and collective wisdom are all working together. Those are the values of Tarot and Tarot professionals.
The Tarot exists to help people. Many people don't stop to reflect on their lives, or they refuse to see certain realities, or aren't able to gauge for themselves where their current path is leading them. The Tarot-card spread freezes a moment in time and makes visible the invisible path you are on. That's what feels so magical and healthy about Tarot. In the appropriate cases the cards might indicate that a change in the client's habits of thought or behavior will lead to a more desirable outcome.
Mind Readers or Not?
In my experience, the Tarot is always right although the reader might read the spread incorrectly. Tarot-card readers get tired or have off-days like everyone else. Noise, alcohol, spectators listening in (a couple asked me to read for them while she was seated on his lap. I couldn't wrap my mind around both at once), dirt or mess, pressure to hurry, and electromagnetic pollution can all interfere with accuracy. I personally think remote Tarot reading is not accurate enough to pay for.
- Some Tarot readers ask clients what their questions or concerns are.
- Others let the cards reveal the client's question or concerns.
- Both kinds of readers are legitimate. Tarot readers don't read minds. They read cards.
The Tarot cards and the Tarot spread together form a story. In the traditional 10-card spread, the first two cards reveal your question. The reader knows it's probably about money, health, love, or family, and the cards confirm which of those it is. The Tarot-card reader should be skilled and experienced enough to read the story the cards tell. That is how Tarot "hits the nail on the head" for you and how the reader amazes you.