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 Can tarot really foretell my future?


The honest answer is no, not with 100% accuracy. Tarot can however, be extremely beneficial in helping people to determine their own future. Perhaps it would be useful if we just take a moment to think about the whole concept of 'the future'. We are all at some point attempting to forecast our own futures.
For example, when we look at a road map and plan our route from A to B.

If point A is where we are now, point B becomes where we intend to be some time in the future. We look at the map and find a route that will suit us best. If we want to arrive quickly we would choose the most direct, alternatively we may decide on one that is more scenic. Either way we are always assuming the end result will be the arrival at our destination.
But, will your map make you aware of the possibilities of road works, traffic jams, weather conditions, or mechanical failure? Will it be able to point out the best places to stop and eat, or any other places of interest that you may be passing?

Tarot can talk fairly authoritatively about the possibilities and probabilities that lay ahead of you, but your actions and the effect of the environment will always influence their fruition.



 So, what about fate?


Another thorny issue and one that has been the subject of philosophical debate for centuries. All I can do here is present my own beliefs about it. In my opinion, fate is mostly an environmental factor that in itself does not necessarily determine a fixed outcome.

'Fated' events tend to fit into two main types:
In some cases we place our bets, and then 'fate' spins the wheel. Wherever the wheel stops will determine whether we win or lose. In this example we have taken an active part in our fate, we choose the numbers.
Our reactions to this kind of occurrence are not always exactly what we expected. For example, many people believe that if they win the lottery they will be happy. Of course, this is
not always the case.

The other category would be - 'fated' incidents that we can rightfully claim to have taken no active part in, but nevertheless are still deeply affected by. External incidents that we have no direct relationship to, yet that have a profound impact on our lives.
Yet again these don't have a predetermined outcome. Our reactions to them are based upon many different factors. To illustrate this further, an 'act of fate' can't always carry a fixed meaning. Not only can two people have completely different experiences of exactly the same event, but, time can also change our perspective.



 Tarot has been called the 'The Devils Picture Book', is it Satanic?


Another one of those untruths that are perpetuated by the uninformed, designed to prevent people from exercising control in their own destiny. Firstly we should think about what exactly we mean by 'satanic'? Fundamentally to give this claim any sort of validity you have to be subscribed to a particular belief system. The whole mythology that has been attached to this archetype is exceptionally complex. Much power has been ascribed to that name for many centuries. Throughout history it is a concept that has been used to explain, and in many cases to actually justify, some abhorant and horrific behaviour . . . much of it 'in the name of God' of course!

Any form of power can be used corruptly, and certainly users of tarot can be seen to hold some power. But as I keep repeating, how that is used is totally in the control of the user. Ask not whether the tarot is satanic in itself, but whether you can trust the one who is using it.

If you are asking instead, 'can the tarot be used for negative reasons?' Then the answer is yes, of course it can, in exactly the same way that a knife may be used to cut food or to commit murder.


 Does tarot reflect any particular religion or system of belief?


No, not at all. I know tarot professionals from a wide variety of different cultures and backgrounds. Any belief system will colour the way we perceive our world and tarot consultants are no different. What they see in the cards, and how they apply those lessons will relate to their personal beliefs and experiences. If you yourself have strong religious, moral, or cultural beliefs you might be well advised to seek out a reader who shares, or at least, understands them. 


 What will happen if I get bad cards?


It can be argued that there isn't such a thing as a 'bad' card. Naturally some cards do represent more challenges than others.......but please be aware that one shouldn't come to tarot with too many expectations for a particular outcome. Outcomes that we may come hoping to hear about aren't always the ones that are revealed.
But ask yourself this; if we are so sure about some issue, why would we need to enquire about it?

There is a school of though that says we are always actually ready to hear the truth. Tarot tends to be fairly honest, in some cases it can be very blunt. More often than not, somewhere deep inside we probably already knew those difficult answers.

Even if things do turn out differently than expected, a good tarot reader should be able to counsel you gently through the situation.


 How do I find a good reader/consultant?


This is a tricky one. Until such time as this profession finds a way to regulate itself this will always be somewhat of a minefield. Obviously word of mouth is always a good starting point, but always bear in mind if you use this criteria that people have different tastes. So just because someone you know might recommend a reader to you it doesn't necessarily mean that you will find them suitable yourself. This isn't necessarily a reflection of the readers abilities, usually more a question of style and personal taste.
If the consultant is working from a reputable establishment that might also be a good sign. Even though this is no guarantee to their skill level, at least you have an avenue of recourse if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the service.

The best advice I can give if you are going to see a consultant for the first time, is to ask them some questions. Don't be afraid to interview them a little, after all it is you who are investing your time and money in them.  Ask about their experience, their methods of working with the tarot, and even something about the belief system they subscribe to if that is important to you. Any reader who tries to evade this type of questioning is possibly one who is worth giving a miss.
You should also try to be quite clear about stating your own expectations. Too many clients leave a session dissappointed at not having the specific situations they are concerned about addressed fully - the responsibility for which cannot be projected totally onto the reader if you weren't clear yourself.



 What benefits can I get from studying tarot?


Well, quite apart from the possibility of starting a new and very rewarding career by becoming a reader yourself there are many other benefits from doing some study. Tarot in itself is a fascinating subject, it can easily lead one into other areas that might be of interest.
More importantly, in my view, it is never a bad thing to be better informed about any subject. Every day thousands of people go for tarot readings and many will place a great deal of trust in the reader they see. The better understanding you have of the tarot as a client, the more constructively you can use your time spent in a reading. 



 What sort of person comes to the tarot for advice?


People who come to seek guidance and insight from the tarot are often regarded as superstitious people who are incapable of making their own decisions. In truth that is an extremely innacurate and harsh judgement that does a great disservice to those who open themselves to the potentials of all the divinatory sciences. Other methods, like astrology, numerology, and graphology have all become widely accepted as reliable methods of assessing a variety of people and situations. Tarot has still to be regarded in a similar fashion.

The majority of my clients and students are extremely accomplished, creative, and intelligent people. Coming from an extremely wide variety of backgrounds and professions. Whether they be barristers or housewives, tarot treats them all with equal respect and value.



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