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How do tarot cards work, are they pretty accurate?


  1. If it’s against God, it don’t work. And tarot readings are from witchcraft which worships millions if not more gods. To me, and I say ME, God is the one and only God. All other gods are FAKE.

  2. It all depends on the skill of the reader, I find them to be extremely accurate, I have read fortunes for many years, although I do not do it very often anymore.
    How they work is very complicated to explain, but it is not magic in the sense many people would like you to believe, it is based on principals or mental states that are always in play but not always in focus.

  3. Up to a range of about two or three feet they are pretty accurate, after that they tend to fly off on a tangent and can end up anywhere.

  4. Tarot cards are a deck of cards with symbols on them that denote certain things, such as an action, etc. Supposedly if they are shuffled and placed in certain patterns, they can foretell the future.
    It’s a totally random thing and is about as accurate as predicting that planets in certain positions of the Zodiac can foretell your future. In other words, weather forecasters are more accurate than Tarot cards or astrology.

  5. I used to read cards.
    Each suite has a general meaning, and each card a specific meaning. The Major Arcana are more powerful expressions of these ideas.
    How a reading works is you get the question and then read the mark. Listen to how the question is phrased, ask a few leading questions, then do your layout. Interpret cards. Most people know nothing about these things, so you could tell them the Nine of Swords means “beware of backaches” and they’d buy it. But usually you stick to the question the mark asked, and use leading, vague statements to get more information. By the end of the reading, the mark is convinced you’re seeing the future. All a scam.

  6. The were originally invented for use in certain types of card game that required an extra suit. Their use in divination only goes back, as far as I’ve been able to determine, to the early 19th century. That said, if you accept the premise behind ceremonial magick the effectiveness would be a matter of the will and intent of the user, and the cards would simply be the tools that person chose to use, so they would be as effective as the person using them, no more, no less. It is, after all, the carpenter not the tools who makes the chair.

  7. There are basically these schools of thought:
    A) Cold Reading — that they work by providing vague or generalized answers likely to seem true in any given situation — for example, the instructions for the Rider-Waite Tarot often give completely contradictory ways to interpret each card (one reader said to me “don’t you just love it??” and I would have loved to have slapped her.) By that, it assures one outcome or the other will be true.
    B) Psychism — that the cards work by enhancing or awakening psychic abilities. Julian Jaynes writes in his book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind that the frame of mind associated with psychic abilities can be trained into action by performing certain (usually boring and repetitive) activities, such as shuffling or laying cards. There’s also some idea that the cards themselves have symbolism on them that taps into the the mind and awakens these sorts of abilities, though given the amount of variation historically in the card images and the fact that the earliest mentons of cards don’t indicate divinatory use this seems unlikely.
    C) Gravity and the Universal Mind — that the forces of gravity which run the cosmos, being also at work in the shuffling and laying of cards, are tapping in to universal tendancies and thus can demonstrate patterns and happenings at work.
    D) Cause and Effect — that reading the cards, either through magical ability, Chaos Theory, Law of Attraction or simple power of suggestion, causes the events they predict to come true.
    Also some people combine two or more of these ideas.


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