Tarot #Misconceptions

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‘So, where is the crystal ball?’ he asked, his eyes scanning the room.

‘Why is your office so brightly lit? And why no incense fumes surrounding you?’ she wanted to know.

‘Ah! The Death Card! I am doomed!’ he explained, shoulders slumping.

‘Could you cast a spell on my Husband?’ she wanted to know.

‘Could you see to it that my mother in law gives me her Solitaire String Set and not to my *&^$%## sister-in-law?’ she earnestly asked.

Welcome people, to a day a few hours in the life of a professional Tarot Card Reader. Me.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my profession! To teeny tiny bits and pieces! 12 years now and I can safely say that no two day’s hours are alike. And I have met so many different people and heard so many stories that my own existence and my problems seems miniscule in comparison.

When I started Tarot Reading these misconceptions people had about it used to annoy, even anger me, making me grit my teeth. But over the years wisdom, patience and the study of varied human behavior have got me to just smile at them and clear the misconceptions people come to me with to the best of my abilities.

So, no I don’t use, nor have I ever used a crystal ball. My office is very well ventilated and well lit as sunshine is the best thing to energize a room and cleanse it of energies not conducive to you. No. The Death Card does not mean ‘you are doomed’ The Death card stands for a transformation, not necessarily a smooth one though. In fact the reactions to The Death Card, usually depicting a skeleton riding a horse, in a spread are so scary that newer decks are changing the sketch and renaming it Transformation.

Cast a spell on your Husband? If I had that kind of power I think I would be ruling the world, instead of Tarot Reading or writing this piece that you are now reading:)

Tarot Reading is not an Occult Science nor am I a witch, btw. There is a system of Tarot which is Occult yes. And which does have Witches and Warlocks who are a part of a coven but I am not one of them and I have no idea where they are or what they do.
The reason why Tarot is often thought of as Occult is, since it was banned in the 14th century, in Italy where it was discovered, y people took to practicing Tarot behind closed doors and after dusk, giving it the impression of being Occult.
Tarot is a science that works on vibes. It looks into your past, connects it to your present to predict/give directions about your future, since all three are interconnected.

I have no special powers. I didn’t wake up one fine morning to discover that I have been blessed with the ‘gift’ of Reading Tarot Cards either. I learnt it under a professional, practiced, practiced and practiced some more before I decided to turn professional. Like anybody else, I cook, clean, travel, enjoy life, have to be force-fed Bhindi, Karela and Brinjals, and Tarot Reading is my profession.

And yes, if I could convince your Mom-in-law to part with her Solitaire String Set, I would keep it for myself! ;)))


This post is written for my Blogging Team #InkMagic for the prompt #Misconceptions



Demystifying Tarot

Curious to know how Tarot works? Read on to find out.

Some basic terms you should know before you read further;
* Readings – A Tarot Reading is an arrangement of cards drawn from a shuffled deck.
* Spread – The layout of the Tarot Cards drawn is known as a spread.
* Deck – A basic Tarot Deck consist of 78 cards. 
22 of the cards are referred to as Major Arcana and the other 56 cards are the Minor Arcana, which are further divided into 4 suites of 14 cards each. The Suites are referred to as Swords, Cups, Wands and Pentacles.

* Upright / Reverse: The meaning of each card changes, depending on whether it is drawn ‘reversed’ (upside down) or ‘upright’ (face up)

**When and where did Tarot originate from?
* Italy is where the original deck of Tarot Cards is known to have been discovered from in the 14th Century. It was called the ‘Sforza’ deck and did not have all of the 78 Tarot Cards that the decks available now do.

**Is Tarot an Occult Science?
* Due to the strength of the church, which was against practicing Tarot, Tarot Reading was practiced behind closed doors and no one spoke openly of it. The reason Tarot Reading was, and often still is, thought of as an ‘Occult Science’. Incidentally, the word, Occult simply means hidden/concealed.

**How does one interpret Tarot Predictions?
* A good Tarot Card Reader can tell you about your past give you an insight into your present and predict your future. The Cards picked up by the Client/Reader, and their sequence, which forms a spread, predicts the answer to the question asked. Tarot Readings are meant to let the person know what to expect and give them time to prepare. And if the need arises, rectify certain situations.

**How is a Tarot Reading done?
* Each Tarot Reader has his/her own individual style, which they have perfected and are comfortable with.
This is how I read my cards;
* The client is handed over the Deck of Cards. I ask them to shuffle the cards slowly and ask the question they have in mind as they shuffle. After they are done they need to tell me the question asked and hand me back the deck. I use the topmost cards to form a ‘spread’ through which I answer their question.

**How does an Online Tarot Reading work? 
* It works exactly the same way as a personal Tarot Reading, the only difference being the Reader picks the cards, because the Client cannot do so.

**Tarot v/s Astrology.
* Tarot differs from Astrology. Unlike Astrology, Tarot does not require the date/place/time of birth of the person asking the question, unless a Reader chooses to combine a Tarot Reading with astrology or another practice.

**How does Tarot work?

* Different Readers have different ways/styles of interpreting Tarot. For me, Tarot works on a simple question – answer basis.

**Is it the subconscious mind of the reader that is pulling out the relevant cards or the space that the tarot reader puts him in that creates this?

* A Tarot Reader, or anyone for that matter, CANNOT control your mind AT ALL. Nor can Readers ‘put you in a space’. The subconscious mind of THE PERSON ASKING THE QUESTION i.e. the client and the vibes that he/she (the client) give out attract the cards.

**Is it that the Tarot Reader puts you in a certain mental space that you pick cards that are meaningful?
* If a Tarot Reader would be so powerful, so as to control your mind enough to do that, would they rather be Tarot Reading or ruling the world?  I know I would be doing the latter.
A professional Tarot Reader will make you feel comfortable and answer your questions with full honesty and truthfulness, as the cards reveal them. There is no sleight of hand, no magic, no superficial power involved.
Just like other subjects, Tarot too is a subject which is taught by experienced professionals. Each card has multiple interpretations. After the meaning of each card is taught, interpreting ‘spreads’ is the next step. There are many types of spreads, and more coming up each day, and each Tarot Card Reader uses what he/she is most comfortable with.

‘Tarot Reading’ is a science that has to be learnt, and then practiced (a lot!) before you can turn professional.

And yes, Tarot works!

I really must add;
After they’ve met me at my office most people confess that they expected a Tarot Reader to be wearing flowing robes, scarves, have kohl-lined eyes and wearing bracelets making music with every gesture, sitting in a dimly-lit, smoky cave-like place with at least a crystal ball in front of me and a some ominous curios surrounding me.
However most are pleasantly surprised (and relieved too, I guess) to walk into my well-lit, sunny and comfortable office, with blinds on the windows, and find me clad in semi-formal wear/
Also, in answer to often asked, and more often imagined, queries of whether Tarot is a ‘gift’ do I have ‘special powers’ and if I can ‘put a spell/curse on anyone’…my answer to all 3 is ‘No!’ 

The Tarot Reading I practice is just like any other profession. Just as you would go to a qualified doctor if you were feeling unwell or to a qualified architect if you were looking to build your house, in the same way you would go to a Tarot Card Reader if you were looking for answers from a neutral source.

P:S: I wrote this post in 2005, reposting to answer fresh Tarot based queries.