Recently, I spoke with an old friend of mine visiting Berlin. He lives in England and just got separated. But we always kept in touch. So we were talking about this and that like old friends do when he started asking me about Tarot. He never had a Tarot reading done for him and like many men, he is more skeptical than most women often are about it. But still, he was curious. He asked if I would read the cards for him. I said sure, but only if he’d take it seriously. The cards need to be respected to speak I explained. He wasn’t sure if I was being serious… as if the cards had feelings! I said “look, I don’t know how it works exactly. I guess it is about being receptive, about hearing and seeing things others don’t and translate these signals in our everyday language. I guess the future has already happened somewhere. Maybe there’s a way of sensing it”. That left him a little confused, and a little more curious about it all. But then he said ” ok, look at me, I’m separated. We’re getting a divorce. I know how it ends. What can Tarot do for me at this point?”.
That’s when it hit me. If you read Tarot on a daily or regular basis, it is so obvious what Tarot can do, but for many people it is not always so clear. So let’s step away from all the pre-conceived ideas and cliches for a minute and clear the air.
Tarot can do almost anything when it comes to guidance. It is the most powerful coaching tool that could ever be used. The cards are always well put to use if you need advice on what to do next. Many spreads don’t include any fortune telling at all. For example: it is very common to sit with your Tarot deck on a full moon (or any moon really) and simply draw 4 cards, one that speaks of your present situation, a next step that would help you grow, one card telling you what you should absolutely avoid and one revealing something you had not noticed around you. But that’s just one of many simple spreads that one could do anytime to see a little clearer or get quick and easy advices from the cards.
Guidance and fortune telling are probably the two keywords when it comes the our beloved decks. But there’s more. Tarot can tell you who is out there to help you achieve a specific goal. Who is working against you or simply not being truthful. Tarot can reveal things that were right there all along and that you didn’t notice, for instance a difficult colleague going through a rough patch who would actually love to open up and become your friend. Tarot can tell you how to best handle the difficult separation you are going through. It can also draw your very own portrait, revealing strengths, weaknesses and potential. The uses are almost endless, and that’s the beauty of it.
So while it is true that Tarot can predict future events and let you foresee the most likely outcome of a situation, you can see that it is also a powerful tool to help you make the best decisions or see clearer in times of doubt and uncertainties.
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