I’m not someone who believes in doing a tarot reading purely for the purpose of finding something out, even though I find that readings often seem to be spookily accurate. What has drawn me to tarot is that a reading (often done when people are anxious or even panicked about a situation) can have the effect of calming you down and grounding you, and it can also wake you up to a different perspective on your situation, helping you to see in what way the Universe may be providing you with an opportunity to grow and develop even if you aren’t happy about the current circumstances. And that’s my goal in providing readings — to offer grounding and spiritual guidance in a form that is applicable on a practical day-to-day level and that can help my clients to feel more balanced and calm even when circumstances are challenging.
Put metaphorically, I try to be the human equivalent of an essential oil or a crystal that can be used to alleviate anxiety and provide balance and calm. If you know me personally, you know that this aspiration is a good match for my personality — I am constantly being told how calming I am (even by checkout people at the grocery store!).
Can tarot predict the future? Well, yes and no. The future is always changing based on the choices that we make and the choices that are made by others around us. In my view, tarot shows us the present energies surrounding a situation, and those energies indicate a tendency toward a particular future or futures, but not an unchangeable tendency.
Why read tarot cards if I don’t think they show us a “set in stone” future? Because tarot is MUCH more than a tool for looking ahead. A tarot reading is an interactive dialogue with the universe and can address almost any question, even philosophical questions — not just questions about the future. When you start to think about that, tarot turns from a “woo woo” party game into a practical tool for working with our daily lives, especially our emotional and psychological lives.