The Tarot is an art and practice shrouded
in mystery. Here, we hope to answer some of the more common
tarot reading questions.
Do I have to be given a Tarot deck for it to work?
No. The power of Tarot reading lies in the fact that the symbols
contained in the deck work like computer keys to the psychic
mind. They are symbols residing in the “collective unconscious.”
Anyone can tap into these symbols merely by quieting the mind
and reading the cards in a relaxed state of awareness during
which the mind is more receptive to information. Tarot does
not receive its wisdom from superstition but from the universe.
As such, you can find wisdom in the symbols of a deck that
you buy as easily as you can in one that is given to you.
Reading some decks may speak to you more than others, but
the heart of Tarot reading is in what the symbols make us feel.
Do I have to keep my Tarot deck wrapped in silk?
No. Some teachers of Tarot reading explain that you must keep the
deck wrapped in silk, and in a special box. In truth, you
use Tarot as a catalyst for your own psychic mind. While it
is true that the deck will inherit your own aura's energy,
or “vibrations,” such energies are not fragile.
How you interact with the world, especially on a psychic level,
strongly influences how you may want to keep your deck. If
you love finery, you may want to keep your deck in silk or
velvet. If you are inclined to the mystical, you may keep
a deck in a special box. I keep my Thoth Tarot in a gorgeous
egyptian stone box decorated with heiroglyphs. Another Tarot
deck, the Rider-Waite (Universal) is kept open on my office
desk, where I read. This deck of Tarot is as open and public
as I am!
Is Tarot of the Devil?
No. Most Readers, Healers, Pagans and Witches do not believe
that there are evil gods or entities responsible for bad things
that happen in the World. The concept of the “Devil”
most people picture is a Christian one. Pagans are not Christians,
or Satanists (though we have seen Satanists inaccurately referred
to as Witches or Pagans) and we do not knowingly harm others.
Most folks know that Tarot reading works because it contains universal
symbols that access the part of the brain that allows us to
be psychic. The process is scientific, psychological, and
transformative. The “power” in Tarot comes from
its interaction with the psychic mind of the reader and not
from any outside entity, evil or otherwise.
Do you have to be psychic to practice Tarot reading?
Yes. However, all living beings possess some degree of psychic
reading ability, though how far it develops depends on motivation,
determination, and practice. It is a combination of practiced
skill and inherent talent, much like other disciplines, such
as singing, painting, and swimming. Psychic energy is a life
force that flows through every particle of the universe. Psychic
work, such as divination through Tarot cards, is a means to
map out the influences in our lives. All of us possess a degree
of innate psychic ability, If you dedicate and apply yourself
to psychic work, you will likely excel at it.
Finally, think of a Tarot Reader as an artist, using the
Tarot Cards as an artist would use a brush... you will always
get bad artists and good ones!
The ‘Masters’ can create profound and intricate,
subtle and challenging works of Art!