BY JOANNA C. VALENTE
Tarot is a word that is thrown around often, with a lot of head nodding that soon follows. Most people have experienced some kind of tarot reading, usually after being harassed by a seemingly "mystical" lady on the street, or popping into a store with a sign that reads PALM TAROT READINGS PSYHIC HELP. There is a huge misconception that tarot is used to read someone's future, which is not exactly true. I don't believe anyone can see the future--one can read the present situation based on the past, which can help predict the future--in a way.
You may be wondering, why is tarot necessary to my life? How can it help me on the path to happiness? I say path, as opposed to "being," because we choose to be happy. Anyone can be happy or unhappy, and no one can feel one way or the other 100% of the time. It is a choice, based on how connected with feel to those around us, our jobs, & our spiritual inner selves.
When I give tarot readings, I always remind my clients & friends that the reading's sole purpose is to help the querent evaluate their current situation, and make adjustments based on what they want, and how they can achieve this. Perhaps you are worried about money and work a 9-5 that you absolutely despise--the reader will illuminate this issue, and allow you to weigh your options. Perhaps, for example, you can enroll part-time at a university to pursue a new degree, or maybe you always wanted to start a blog, so this is the time to do it! You invent your own destiny, not vice-versa.
While I definitely recommend that everyone participate in readings, it's even better if you do your own research; this way, you know how to get your money's worth out of a reading (because they can be pricey!), while simultaneously becoming more informed about what the cards actually mean.
1. Tarot can help you evaluate your current situation, thus, make more informed decisions on how to be happier and more fulfilled.
2. Readings can help you understand those around you better. It's hard to understand others, if you can't even understand yourself and your own motives.
3. It pushes you to compassion and love. Like the above, it enables us to seek our spiritual core, and the more connected we feel to our minds & bodies, the more we can connect to others. Our goals as humans should be to connect beyond our minds & bodies, and into the ethereal self.
4. Only you can choose to be happy, so be honest with yourself. It's impossible to evaluate your choices if you are lying to yourself. Humans are exceptionally adept at this.