Most people are familiar with their zodiac sign and reading their horoscopes, but getting a tarot reading is less common and a little bit misunderstood. When it comes to astrology and psychic readings, there are a lot of misconceptions about what it all really means. Ultimately, it all comes down to guidance and self-reflection, so don’t be too quick to pass it all off as nonsense.
What is it All About?
If you are a skeptical person, then spirituality can all seem like a waste of time and it is likely you view the world in terms of logic, so tarot readings and horoscopes may seem like a waste of time. On the other hand, if you view it as an exact scientific formula that will tell you all the answers perfectly, then you will be frustrated too.
It is important to have an open mind and understand that whilst you won’t receive all the answers to every problem you have and an exact fortune of your future, it absolutely is not a waste of time. Spirituality, astrology and psychic readings are all tools that we can use for self-reflection and mindfulness. If you think of it more like a therapy session or a meditative session, you will understand why it can actually be helpful.
How is it Useful?
Tarot Readings can help you to gain a fresh perspective on things in your life. It will also open you up to thinking about certain aspects or problems you may be having and help you to better resolve things. If you are feeling like you are stuck in a rut, starting out a new phase in your life, struggling with something, or having difficulty making an important decision, then you may find it to be very effective at guiding you to a path or decision. During your session, you will be relaxed and ready to examine your lifestyle and any obstacles or goals you may have. Instead of going in with a question that you want a specific answer to, like “will I get a promotion?” or “how long will I live for?”, instead, focus on something more general. You will have the chance to discuss different scenarios and possible solutions so that you can leave feeling like you have a direction to follow.
It Cannot Predict Your Future
Nothing is every 100% accurate, especially the further into the future you go, just as weather forecasting can never be 100% accurate despite it being a scientific measurement. It is much easier to look at the situation now than it is to look at the situation in 10 years’ time because things can change so easily. Being told that everything will work out fine may leave you feeling more reassured, but it will also mean you will take less responsibility for things that happen. The reality is that YOU ARE IN CONTROL, so only you can choose which paths to take and what you will do to solve your problems. Just as a therapist can only suggest ways to help yourself or alter your current situation, your reader will help to guide you to possible paths, but you must be the one to choose which path to take. They may warn you of the consequences of certain actions, but only so that you have the opportunity to change your path and take control of your future.
Getting a reading is a useful way to gain another perspective on your life and the different aspects of it, without feeling any judgment about your decisions and choices. It is a way to help you reflect on yourself and receive guidance and the opportunity to reach deep into your own mind and analyze your situation.
What Will It Be Like?
Hollywood movies may have skewed our perception of what to expect, so you need to go in with an open mind. It won’t be like the movies, with a mysterious woman adorned in strange clothes and muttering strange chants under her breath. There probably won’t be beaded curtains either. What you can expect is a space that tries to bring a relaxing and calm atmosphere, so that you can go in with a positive energy and be greeted by someone who is friendly and respectful. They are not there to judge you, so you should never be made to feel ashamed about any poor decisions you may have made. The reason you are there will be to seek guidance and reflect on your own conscious and subconscious decisions, different aspects of your life and what things may be influencing you – whether you are aware of them or not. Your session will likely last an hour and you should be able to get a recording of the session to listen back to once you leave.
What if I Get Bad Cards?
No matter what cards are revealed in each spread, there is no such thing as a bad card. The death card and the devil card both seem scary and unsettling, but they have less terrifying meanings than you might think.
The death card is not an omen that you will befall a terrible fate. It actually can mean the end of something in your life, such as a relationship or a job, or even the action of finally letting go of something that has been holding you back. This will give you the chance to think about what could be ending, or what you may need to walk away from, which will then lead to figuring out what your next steps are and what you can do in these situations.
The devil card is also more metaphorical and can represent inner demons like materialism or your ego, or perhaps an addiction. The answers are never going to be clear and simple, which is why you need to keep an open mind and be able to discuss and reflect on things with yourself or reader, to better understand what the cards may be trying to tell you. The answers and conclusions that you may draw from the cards are there for you to figure out yourself but should help point you in the right direction, with suggestions from your reader about what they may mean for you and where you can go from there.
Everyone has different ways of working through their problems and self-reflection decision-making can both be much easier when you have help from tools such as tarot cards. If you go in with an open mind and not expect to come out with clear answers and a prediction of your future, then you may gain more from it than expected. Reaching decisions and finding your way out of a rut can be difficult, so just as therapy is a useful way to confidentially discuss your thoughts, feelings, and problems and gain an insight into your own mind and the way you handle things, spirituality and methods such as tarot readings can come as a helpful resource when you are in a difficult situation.
So instead of thinking of it as nonsense and ‘fortune-telling’, instead think of it as another method of meditation and self-reflection. Not everyone can afford a therapist, so practicing mindfulness and meditation can help you to be more in touch with yourself, and help you to work through your own emotions, thoughts, and problems.
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