MY PHILOSOPHY

What Tarot can do
... and what it can't do
Respect for the Cards


What Tarot can do

Traditionally, Tarot Cards were and are used for forecasting the future. But there is also the psychological approach which regards the cards as Archetypes of the human psyche (typically human situations and experiences). With this approach the cards are used as a tool to gain access to the subconscious. They don’t tell what is going to happen but help to become clear about our motivations, about how and why we find ourselves in certain situations. Thus, our actions and decisions are not governed by the cards – quite contrary, they are used to help to lead a more insightful, self-responsible life. Sure enough, Tarot can’t tell the future. But the cards can still refer to the future by helping us to realise which potentials (positive or negative) are masked in a present situation. If we then act in a way to actualise these potentials is our own decision.

... and what it can't do

It is important not to keep in mind that the cards can only give you profound answers if your question was profound or urgent. I've had the experience that if I read the cards just to kill time I get disappointingly empty answers. But if the question is really important to me, if I'm really desperate for a helpful answer, I do reliably receive one. So don't be dispirited if you mostly get shallow results in the beginning when practising.

Respect for the Cards

As you see, your Tarot Cards aren't mere game cards. You can learn to touch your own essence very deeply with their help. But for this to happen, you have to aim your focus inwards.
So respect your cards. Keep them safe in a special place in your room. Never allow others (or at least not people you find negative) to handle them. When you read the cards for yourself or for others, do this in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Don’t hesitate to create a ceremonial atmosphere; developing your own little rituals (e.g. lighting a tea light) will make it easier to become aware of the distinctiveness of the reading situation. For reading them, spread the cards on a beautiful cloth in which you also could wrap them afterwards - never let your cards lie around exposed.
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