First of all welcome to my readers to my first ever blog post. It took me just one sentence and I had already lied. I have actually written blog posts before, but only for work and never for any private purposes. I don’t care much for long introductions so I just jump straight to it.
The most fundamental part to being a tarot reader is to have a proper philosophy as a base. If you don’t have that, you have no clue about what you are doing. So before I start on any other topics related to the tarot I have to explain a little bit about how I see the tarot.
Most people see the tarot as a tool for divination or a means to somehow see the future. It is correct that tarot can be used to guide you to the future, but a lot of those requesting readings from professionals take on a very passive attitude towards it. “What will happen to me next?” or “When will I find my true love?” and so on. As a tarot reader you will have to learn to accept that and live with it, but it is not how the tarot works though.
Human beings have a free will, which means that your future isn’t going to be predetermined. True, there are certain dispositions that will limit your course of available actions such as gender, socio-economic status, knowledge and so on, but you still have a wide range of options available to you of how to respond to any given situation. Generally speaking love won’t just come walking in through the door. It can happen, of course, but for most of us it is highly unlikely. And when it comes to the tarot, it isn’t there just to tell you whether or not it will happen to you.
If you have that kind of passive mindset and just hope for things “happening to you” then you are severly underestimating the tarot as a tool. Whether you come from an esoteric background, as myself, or you have a more modern approach (I will write more on what I think about that at a later point) it is common to see the tarot as a great tool for self-development. It can for example help you map out the options available to you and instead of hoping of something passively just happening to you, it can drive you to make active decisions and take control of your own life. That is a healthy and empowering way to look at the tarot. So your starting point is in the present (and whatever implication the past has had upon the present) and then it can map out possible scenarios for the future. But it is only a snapshot in time, and it is your own decisions that will shape your own future.
Still though, it can be uncanny how accurate it can be used to describe a situation and later on it turns out that it just happens. Keep in mind though, that even if that is the case, it was probably only one of the possible outcomes, but perhaps you just followed the most probable route.
So my point at the very beginning is that you have the power (and He-Man too obviously) in your own life and no tarot reading is ever going to change that. And that will always be my number one rule and at the core of my tarot philosophy. There is a lot more to tarot philosophy than just that though and more topics will be coming up soon!
-Thus spake the Night Spirit