Tarot is a divination, psychological and analytical tool. Tarot not only helps us divine the future, it also helps us to create our future through knowledge. Tarot can change lives by making us aware about the choices and patterns of outcomes. It helps us to look into the inner workings of our own lives and gain new perspectives. Have you ever thought about how Tarot works? The truth is that no one knows for sure. Readers have different theories on how Tarot Works. I searched online and asked some Tarot readers about how they feel Tarot works. There are many theories that can be used to explain how it works.
- Synchronity:The credit for this theory goes to Carl Jung. Synchronicity can be defined as moments of “meaningful coincidences”. Jung never used Tarot cards but he used to work with I Ching. In I Ching (like Tarot) a random generation method is used to draw out a hexagram (which has keywords) or series of hexagrams and the spread is interpreted. Synchronicity was used by Jung to explain the unusual accuracy of I Ching. When two or more events seem to be related but cannot be adequately explained by cause and effect, the theory for how and why the events occur together is synchronicity. These meaningful coincidences related to similar events, that occur simultaneously, that have no cause and effect relationship but were highly unlikely to have occurred by chance. So in a tarot reading why a particular card comes in a particular position in a spread for a client and gives the answer to his/her question which makes sense? In a spread the randomness of the cards becomes not so random. The spread and the cards have a meaning. These meanings cause simple coincidences to give way to Synchronicity.
- Collective unconscious:-Carl Jung popularized the concept of collective unconscious. Jung believed that each of us has a personal conscious where in all the knowledge and memories of our personal experiences in current life resides. Below the personal conscious is the personal unconscious which contains the memories which we have forgotten or repressed .The Tarot cards can reveal through their imagery such repressions. Outside the personal conscious and unconscious we have super conscious where our higher self resides along with the records of past lives and all that we have learned. The super conscious is also our connection with the divine and can be accessed through deep meditation and hypnosis. The collective unconscious can be also linked to Akashic Records. The symbols on Tarot cards can help us tap into the collective unconscious of the seeker and inform about what he/she wants to know. An archetype is a primal pattern of thought, inborn and imprinted on every human’s subconscious mind. According to Carl Jung we are all programmed to look for archetypes in our everyday lives, because they work as a framework for our understanding of the world-for example –the hero, the wild old man, the maiden etc. This also helps in understanding the psychological aspects of a tarot reading as psychology has a great impact on how we live our life. A tarot reader who is attuned to his/her tarot deck will integrate his/her energy into the cards by shuffling so that the deck can draw appropriate cards. The cards are also given to seeker/reader for shuffling so that the cards can be imbued with the client’s energies and collective unconscious. When a tarot reader is able to tap into collective unconscious he/she can perform distance readings. It is on tarot reader’s preference whether to give face to face or distance/email/phone readings.
- Magick: Some people believe that Tarot works through magick. Tarot cards work through spiritual intervention. When we ask a question, shuffle the cards and lay them out in a spread our hands are divinely guided by God, Goddess, Angels, and Fairies to pull the right cards in the right spread to give the right message to reader/client. The cards are a mere medium through which the spirit/divine world communicates with us. Some people think tarot cards are evil and satanic. The truth is tarot cards are just paper and ink. The real magick is not in the cards. The real magick is in the tarot reader.
Some people say that Tarot reading is nothing but a cold reading. Some fake psychics/ clairvoyants/tarot readers claim that they can read thoughts of others .They give fake readings by analyzing person’s body language, age, clothing , hairstyle, religion, race, gender, ethnicity, manner of speech, facial expression. They use certain phrases which can be applied to each and every person and the person who has come for the reading believes them to be true. Cold reading does exist but it is nowhere near to the real Tarot reading which can transform an individual’s life. There is no doubt that body language and seeker’s response can help a Tarot reader to check if the seeker can make sense of the reading and also if he/she is gaining something by it. True tarot readers use body language and responses in a more ethical way only to help the seeker/client. Tarot readings do work whether the seeker is present in front of reader or he/she is miles away. A true tarot reading given in front of the client/seeker will be as effective as an email tarot reading given to him miles away. If tarot reading is just cold reading how does it work when seeker/client is miles away and reader cannot see the body language, facial expressions and the responses of the client. Now this also depends on the knowledge and expertise of a tarot reader.
Conclusion There are many theories on how tarot works-collective unconscious, synchronicity, magick. Regardless of the explanation on how it works, the truth is Tarot works and works for good. I myself use tarot for self-development, personal growth and to read for others and the message given by tarot cards is always helpful and transforming.
Would love your findings on how you think Tarot works!!