This month, I’m answering some of your biggest, gnarliest (and most common) questions about tarot.
Today’s question: is tarot accurate?
A tarot reader (or any other sort of diviner for that matter) is like a weatherman. They look at the patterns and signs and then try to predict what that may mean for the querent. Now if you are a weather watcher (I am freakishly slavish to weather forecasts), I’m sure there have been plenty of times where your meteorologist was awesome – but other times, dead wrong. Tarot is the same way.
Tarot can be stunningly accurate at times (and when that happens, it is like a magical symphony) but like any divination tool, it is rarely perfect. In my personal experience, tarot is about 80% accurate at best. Why?
A few reasons:
- Humans make mistakes. A tarot reader is not some infallible god (avoid those who act like they are).
- Cards can be misinterpreted. Often the cards are correct but the interpretation is off. That may not be discovered until later.
- You may not be in the right frame of mind for the reading. (Yes, your mindset can affect the reading. You should never get a reading if you are bent out of shape.)
- The reader may not be a good fit for you. If you are not compatible, it may not work well.
- The future is not written in stone. You can change course at any time.
If you are going to a tarot reader or any sort of mystic, set realistic expectations. If you expect them to know your middle name, the color of your underwear and the birthdate of your first crush, you are going to be mighty disappointed. It doesn’t work like that.
And always remember this: although tarot can provide insights and clarity, ultimately it is your actions, thoughts and decisions that determine your future, not a deck of cards. If you use tarot as a supportive ally in your journey but still take full responsibility for your life, then you’ll get the accuracy you seek. After all, the only person who is ever 100% accurate for your life is YOU.
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2013