The Complexities of a Tarot Reading

The popularity of the tarot has been on the increase for years and yet many people do not understand what can affect a reading. Here are my personal views on the subject…

First of all, the purpose of the tarot reading is important, and the tarot can be used for a number of things including:

  • fortune telling
  • guidance and advice
  • personality profiling

The person reading the cards and the person recieving the reading can play their part in how a tarot reading is perceived:

  • If you are reading for yourself, you may find that you might interpret the cards in the most favourable way
  • If you are reading for friends and close family, it can be hard to be brutally honest with them and as a consequence, whether consciously or subconsciously you adapt the reading to make it more comfortable for you to deal with, and subsequently pass on to them
  • If someone you don’t like or respect is reading your cards, you may find that you may, consciously or subconsciously dismiss any conclusions or inferences they make in a reading

Once you know the purpose of the tarot reading, you can then look in to what can affect the reading:

  • Free Will Of the person receiving the reading – Everyone has free will, the choice to do whatever they so wish.  A tarot reading is for guidance only.  One must decide how they wish to use any information produced as a result of a tarot reading, if at all.  However, the choice and thus the responsibility of their actions remain their own.
  • Free Will of Others Involved – The “problem” is that everyone we come into contact with has free will, as mentioned above, (you could argue, some people have the use of their free will to a greater or lesser extent than others, but that isn’t an issue to be discussed here).  This means that any number of characters in a scene have the potential to throw a reading off balance and change the course of their own life, with consequences for those surrounding them.
  • A Snapshot – A tarot reading, if used for the purposes of foretelling the future, looks at the picture as it now stands, exactly.  This means that any number of factors can influence what does indeed happen.  What one is usually told before or during a reading is “this is what will happen if nothing changes”.  However, any deviations from the reading suggests that the ‘most likely outcome’ is actually less likely.
  • What the cards say is not what will happen, only what is most likely to happen.  Our futures are not set in stone.  We all have the ability to change our destiny.
  • The Truth Hurts– Sometimes people will hear something that they don’t want to hear, courtesy of the tarot, and sometimes it can be hard to listen to what the cards have to say.  Yes, the tarot has the ability to cut deeply if it needs to and this can lead to feelings of embarrassment.  This can of course influence the outcome of a reading.  One might deliberately try to manipulate events so that what was suggested might happen doesn’t in an attempt to prove the tarot reader wrong or incapable in reaction to this embarrassment.  Also, some people actively encourage themselves to live in denial.
  • Expectations – Not knowing what to expect from a tarot reading can lead to misunderstandings.  If you don’t know what you are hoping to get out of it, how can you judge whether the reading was a success or not?  If you have never given a tarot reading before, or never had your cards read, you should discuss this with the other person/people present to ensure that you are both / all on the same page.
  • Clarity of Question / Purpose – If you don’t know what you are asking for or are unable to set the context for a reading, you will find it hard to determine just how to use the information given in a reading.  Remember tarot readings can be as vague or precise as the parameters you set at the beginning.

The above lists are not here to excuse a bad tarot reading, or make up reasons as to why what was predicted to happen, didn’t.  To some, it might appear this way.  However, what I believe these lists go some way to explain is how complex a tarot reading can be, and by understanding the complexities, we can perhaps understand our readings a little better…these are just my personal thoughts on it all anyway…would love to know what others think…


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7 Responses to The Complexities of a Tarot Reading

  1. Nagzilla says:

    I started learning Tarot a few years ago (still very much a novice) but your post really supports what I’ve told the few folks for whom I’ve performed readings. I would add that their own interpretation of what I see can also play a huge role in the reading.
    Great blog. Definitely going to follow. Glad I stumbled on to it. 🙂

    • sammiwitch says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. 🙂 It’s always great to hear what people think of my posts, especially when they have such nice things to say 🙂 Brightest Blessings

  2. supernova says:

    Great post on tarot readings Sammi, I’ve had a couple of readings myself and can understand where you’re coming from. Both were very vague but I now understand why! Thanks, SN

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  4. sammiwitch says:

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    I was very pleased to find this site. I definitely enjoyed reading every little bit of it and I have it bookmarked to check out new stuff posted regularly.

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