How Accurate Are Tarot Card Readings?

Some might find it hard to believe, but tarot cards are never wrong. They always deliver the correct answer, but it takes a skilled, self-aware psychic to effectively interpret and convey the messages being sent. So how can you determine if your tarot card reading is accurate?

What Is the True Purpose of Tarot Cards?

tarot readingTarot cards have been used for divination purposes for the last several centuries. A deck consists of 78 cards, each containing its own imagery, story, and symbolism. Skeptics say that the tarot cards are just ink on paper, but they are actually a mirror to our soul.

Many people hold the misconception that tarot cards are used to predict the future. The practice, however, is more about unlocking one’s inner intuition and wisdom. The person can then use this newfound wisdom to help them navigate their life.

For instance, someone might be on the hunt for a new job. At a tarot reading, they would not find out what or when their next job will be. Rather, the advice provided by the cards would show them how they can go about finding their next job.

Whether you are performing a reading for a client or yourself, keeping in mind the true purpose of tarot cards will help deliver more accurate results.

Factors that Can Influence How Accurate A Tarot Reading Is

Even though tarot cards are never wrong, the subject might not receive the correct results. This can be due to a number of factors, some of which include:

1. The Questions Being Asked Aren’t Accurate

To get accurate results from a tarot reading, it is very important that only accurate questions are being asked. Clients often seek out advice for tough problems in their life, and it’s easy for their questions to be unintentionally biased.

They often ask questions based on what they want to happen instead of what is actually happening. It’s human nature to let your emotions get the best of you and, consequently, cloud your judgment.

A woman, for instance, might come in looking for relationship guidance. She might describe the date she recently went on as a magical night, saying that the guy seemed really interested. Wanting to know if the relationship will go anywhere, she goes in for a tarot reading.

The woman, however, might be misled. She might want a relationship so badly that she viewed the date differently than the guy did.

If she describes the interaction as she did and asks biased questions, the psychic won’t be able to give the most accurate answer. Their interpretation of the cards will be misinformed and flawed. This is why it is crucial for clients to ask accurate questions and provide information as factually as possible.

2. The Future Isn’t Knowable

tarot cards on the tableThe best tarot readings provide a glimpse of emotions, events, and energies at any given moment. Clients must recognize that these circumstances are never permanent and that they have the power to control their destiny. They should understand that readings are temporary in nature and won’t apply at a later time.

The dynamic between the client, the reader, and the cards also makes it challenging for the reader to provide an accurate, timely interpretation. Readers must carefully focus during each session, so they can consistently provide valid, relevant information.

3. The Present Is What Truly Matters in the Reading

As mentioned in the previous point, the future is not knowable. Events are not set in stone because the present is constantly changing.

Clients can, however, take control of their future by using advice from a tarot reading. They can apply useful information to their current life in a way that will shape their destiny.

4. Trust the Cards

At times, tarot cards can seem stubborn. A client might be asking one question, and the cards aren’t seeming to answer it. A reader, of course, should never force an interpretation. But there are sessions where a reader can’t make the card answer the question being asked no matter how hard they try.

Tarot cards are clever. They understand that the questions we ask aren’t always the ones we need to know. People aren’t always self-aware enough to ask questions that will actually help them better their lives. They might be so wrapped up in a minor problem that they are ignoring a much bigger one.

When a tarot deck senses that a more important question needs to be answered, the cards will play out accordingly. Skilled readers will recognize the deck’s behavior and steer the session elsewhere, giving clients the most useful information possible.

5. Types of Tarot Readers

Generally speaking, there are three types of tarot readers:

  • The gifted psychics. Their natural abilities have been developed over the years, allowing them to use the cards merely as a jumping point for their readings. They understand exactly how drawn cards relate to a client’s life.
  • The traditional readers. These readers are well-versed in all things tarot. They have taken the time to study the decks and learn the traditional meanings behind each card. Even though these traditionalists are knowledgeable, their interpretations might seem less authentic. They recite traditional meanings rather than allowing the tarot cards to speak to them.
  • A little bit of both. These readers have characteristics of both of the previous two types. They’ll rely on the cards’ standard meanings while also using their own intuition.  

6. Communication between the Reader and Client

accurate tarot readingGood communication between the reader and the client is key to a successful reading. As previously mentioned, the client should recount experiences as unbiased as possible.

Readers also need to remain unbiased. It is easy to become invested in a client’s situation, which leads to the reader taking on a counselor’s role. Especially if they personally relate to a client’s situation, a reader might find themselves incorporating their own life experiences. A reading is more accurate when emotions and personal attachments are left out.

Additionally, a reader should be upfront about their tarot reading methodology. It will help clients know what to expect and assist them in receiving an accurate reading.  

7. The Creator of the Deck You’re Using

Tarot decks are connected to the supernatural, but they weren’t provided to us by some mystical creatures. They were created by humans and, unfortunately, can become tainted through our innate personal biases.

No matter what preventative measures are taken, it is possible for a tarot deck to be influenced by our own experiences. The artists, publishes, printers, and investors all can affect a deck’s outcome. Because of their agendas, biases, life experiences, and misinterpretations, a deck might not be as functional as it could be.

There is a common superstition that you should only be gifted a deck of tarot cards. It’s said that if you buy one instead that you might experience complications.

It is recommended that you are gifted a deck, but if you must, buying one is an option. Make sure you go with a traditional version and feel drawn to it. No matter how you obtain your tarot deck, make sure you know it like the back of your hand. By studying and building a strong connection with it, your readings will be consistently accurate.

 8. What If All the Cards Hold the Right Answer?

This is a logical question to ask yourself. If tarot cards are never wrong, could it be because all the cards actually hold the right answer? Tarot decks, after all, include all aspects of life, making them universally applicable.
Readers and clients alike have to trust the power of tarot decks. The cards know exactly what the client needs to know and how to communicate their true intentions.

All in all, tarot cards are accurate. Of course, if certain factors are off, you could end up with an inaccurate reading. But in the right conditions and with a reliable reader, you’ll be able to unlock your inner wisdom.

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Alissa Monroe is a self-proclaimed “psychic junkie” with over 10 years of experience in the world of psychics, tarot, and spirituality. Her goal is to help people find happiness through spiritual enlightenment and self-discovery.