I’ve been reading tarot for about 20 years now and over those two decades it’s only natural that my beliefs about tarot would change and evolve. Here are 4 things that I no longer believe about tarot as a result of my direct experience.
1. That its sole function is to predict the future – I’ve done hundreds (if not thousands) of readings and honestly? Each of these readings has been so different and has been a catalyst for so much healing that it feels shameful to me now to reduce tarot to just being a tool for predicting the future. Really, it’s one of the most powerful self-empowerment and self-discovery tools we have.
2. That it can’t help with the ‘important’ life stuff – Before I fell down the tarot rabbit hole I used to think that there was no way something like a deck of cards could help me. What use was a deck of cards when it came to important stuff like trying to understand myself or assess which path I should take? Wrong. Tarot has changed my life completely. It’s empowered me so fully. It’s led me down incredible paths, allowed me to meet amazing people and it has helped me to gain a deeper understanding of myself and what I’m here to do.
3. That it’s ‘just a bit of fun’ – Let me preface this by saying that tarot actually is good fun and it’s always a party for me when I’m throwing cards and helping people fully embody their highest self. BUT I will throw my hands up and say when I was younger (and there’s a lot of people out there who still hold on to this idea) I just assumed tarot was a party trick. Yes, I believed that there was zero substance to it and that really it was just a bit of lolz. How naïve, right? Tarot is fun but woah it is powerful. Pick up a deck and channel change. Amazing.
4. That learning tarot is hard – Learning tarot is not difficult, but when I was starting off, I told myself that it would take me years to master this skill. I had this huge mental block around the fact that there were 78 cards I needed to get to grips with. Here’s the secret: It’s only hard if you allow it to be hard. This is a marathon, not a sprint. You get to decide how hard or how easy it is. Wanna dive in seriously? Then make sure your practice includes A LOT of self-compassion. Instead of memorising all 78 cards, why not just give yourself permission to read form the book until it starts to naturally stick? Be kind to yourself. Allow the process to be easy and enjoyable and, surprise, surprise, it will be.