After a reading, I like to ask my quérant how they felt about it, did it met their expectations? Often the answer is the same "certainly is not what I expected at all". Well... so what is usually expected of a reading...of a reader. Anything, but a person quietly drawing its cards without ceremonials, without smoke and lights and rituals; with or without the whole 'setting’, Some times I had to read at parties, in the middle of high music and tingling lights, some on girls night. Some readers you can see on the streets, on markets and fairs... So, why the surprise?
This, in part its because of general image Hollywood y television sells about tarot and its readers, in part do to the image some readers like to give about themselves.
We were discussing today, in a dear friend's group, about tarot and the use people gives it today. . .
Usually you would ask tarot things that are important or will have a great impact on your life, like 'is this new job a good decision, should I travel, can I save my marriage, etc'.
Tho its also true the we have this curiosity and not always went to the reader because we had a life changing event, we some times went to see a tarot reader to know what is all about, to ask things like 'does he/she think of me', to see if the reader could guess our past or foretell our future. For in all honest truth, we are just nosey, inquisitive human beings. And this whole mystery halo and superstition that surrounds tarot cards, tickles us very deeply.
From Their Beginnings:They are called the messengers of the Divine, the window to Universal Law and the sacred symbols of the higher consciousness. Whatever their auspicious synonym, the Tarot has been mentioned in ancient texts for 35,000 years. One such text, from the Hermetic Kaballah, tells of 108 stone tablets that lay beneath the ancient pyramids at Giza. 78 of these tablets are called the Exoteric Tarot, the remaining 30 are the ' Esoteric Tarot. This legend goes on to say, that one day these tablets will be uncovered and will explain the Universal Law and the soul's path through the cycle of rebirth.Even though there is evidence that the Tarot has existed for thousands of years, the first known decks come from 12th century India. In India spiritual symbols were placed on small tablets and tied together with string.
Tarot is not what will or will not happen, it shows what MAY happen. Tarot wont fix your life, it will give you the information and advise you need to make your life better, it will help you understand when and how to take action, and when is best to leave it to the divine. Tarot gives you the means to see things from a different perspective, it will reveal what you need to know and it will help you hear your inner self. Some times the answers you need are just a click away...