What is Tarot & How Does It Work?

If I asked you right now, “What is the Tarot and how does it work?”, how would you answer?

Take a moment now and see what comes up for you.

That’s it – I won’t go anywhere while you’re thinking. I’m just here.

Was that easy? Or a little more challenging than you expected?

I know, for me, when I tried to answer the question, I really had to stop and think about it.

You see, what is a simple question on the surface is actually a very deep question when you dive into it. It raises all sorts of questions about how you personally use the Tarot, what kind of a Tarot reader you are, your Tarot reading ethics and, more broadly, your spiritual beliefs and life perspective.

Sure, every Tarot reader’s answer is going to be different – but that doesn’t matter.

What matters is that you have a clear idea in your own mind about how YOU see Tarot working.

Why? Because I bet my bottom dollar that soon enough you’re going to have someone ask you this exact question and you don’t want to be standing there, fumbling your way through an answer!

But more importantly, when you have a clear understanding of what Tarot is and how it works, you’ll know exactly how and when you can do your best work as a Tarot reader.

For example, if I believe that Tarot is a highly accurate tool for predicting the future because it allows me to tap into my psychic energy, then I know I can do my best work when I’m predicting the future, using my psychic energy.

But if I believe that Tarot is a tool for unlocking the subconscious mind and bringing thoughts and feelings into conscious awareness by identifying with the symbols in the Tarot cards, then I know I will do my best work when I’m helping my clients to connect with symbolism in the Tarot – and not when I’m trying to predict the future.

Even better, if you’re reading Tarot for other people, you’ll start attracting those people with whom you do your best work because you can clearly articulate how the Tarot works for you (and your clients).

So go ahead and ask yourself, “What is the Tarot and how does it work?”

Now, you might be wondering, “That’s all very good, Brigit, but how would YOU answer the question?”

Firstly, let me tell you that my answer doesn’t matter! What is more important is that YOU come up with your own answer and you really think through what Tarot means to you.

But I do want to share what came to me as I was reflecting on this question.

For the first few minutes, I kept looking at all the various ways in which I use the Tarot, not just for myself but also for my clients – as a tool for empowerment, coaching, creativity, business planning, personal insight and so on.

Then suddenly it clicked.

I began to see a deep connection with the Major Arcana cards – as if each and every card spoke to a different aspect of the Tarot and how it works.

Let me show you how…

high-priestessThe Tarot opens us up to new journeys of self-discovery (Fool)

The Tarot supports us in manifesting our big goals and dreams (Magician)

The Tarot connects us to our higher self and our intuition (High Priestess)

The Tarot ‘creates’ (Empress)

The Tarot structures our spiritual knowledge within the 78 Tarot cards (Emperor)

The Tarot is our teacher (Hierophant)

The Tarot aligns us to our best selves and the Universe (Lovers)

The Tarot acts as a roadmap (Chariot)

The Tarot gives us strength and courage (Strength)

The Tarot reminds us that we already have the answers – we simply need to go within (Hermit)

The future is not set in stone with the Tarot (Wheel of Fortune)

The Tarot connects us to the source of truth (Justice)

The Tarot offers an alternative perspective we may have been missing (Hanged Man)

The Tarot supports our transformation (Death)

The Tarot integrates (Temperance)

The Tarot highlights our dependencies (Devil)

The Tarot reveals all and shatters limiting beliefs (Tower)

The Tarot offers hope and faith in the Universe (Star)

The Tarot connects us to our subconscious mind through its rich symbolism (Moon)

The Tarot shines the light of consciousness on our shadow selves (Sun)

The Tarot enlightens (Judgement)

The Tarot is whole (World)

But enough about me – what about you?

How would you answer the question, What is Tarot and how does it work? Share your personal insights below in the Comments. And remember, there is no right or wrong answers – just clarity!

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