It’s Cartomancy, I’m afraid.
A Tarot reading is Cartomancy. The art of divining (or prospecting) one’s ‘fortune’ or another situation, by means of apparently random selection and array of cards during a pattern.
Does it work? Some skeptics say absolutely not. They claim it’s completely fraudulent and cruelly preys upon the innocents, the susceptible and therefore the gullible.
Now you’d need to be but three years old to not have heard of the Tarot. During which case it’s highly unlikely you’ll be reading this. (unless you are an infant prodigy , during which case you’d probably already know the solution to the present question) So i might need to say most would be conversant in the fundamentals tenets of the Tarot. There’s a shipload of data out there and that i won’t bore you with the small print here.
______So does it work, dude?
You want your fortune told, right? You would like your future predicted, right? you would like a touch more control of your life, right? Seems everyone argues excitedly on exactly how the Tarot works, or if actually it works in the least.
Does the system somehow stimulate latent intuitive or psychic qualities in those so predisposed? Does the questioning arouse invisible outside intelligences; angels, guides, discarnate souls, who directly or indirectly intervene to influence the proceedings in an unearthly way? Or is this a universe of ‘no accidents’ where the purposeful process of querying creates a synchronous physical event beyond the chaos theory?
Considered by some to be a gateway to the subconscious, the main arcane especially , due somewhat to prototypical patterns, has been connected ideologically to the psychology of Carl Jung’s collective unconscious.
Sorry, but to completely comprehend the last word truth to the Tarot, we’ll have to do a touch backwards time-travel.
______Maestro, a touch History, if you please
The 4 suited card packs first appeared in Europe within the 1370’s, probably in Italy or Spain. Then, in Italy within the 1430’s, a 5th suit of 21 illuminated cards called trionfi (‘triumphs’) plus an odd card called matto (‘the fool’) were added to the present pack. No, ‘the fool’ wasn’t the precursor of the fashionable joker, which was created separately within the late 19th century, as a euchre game card, of a jack with no suit.
Like in modern Mardi Gras, the illustrations within the trionfi, presumably represented mascots in medieval re-enactments of triumphal Roman processions. The rationale for the trionfi was to function as a better suit, becoming ‘trumps’ or a suit of ‘triumphs. Played by 3 or 4, sometimes 5 players, these ‘tarot games’ exhibited fluid alliances targeted toward the highest player in each deal.
So the bottom line is; until about 1780 in France, and based upon the Venetian or the Piedmontese tarot, tarot was a game.
______I can’t believe what I’m hearing
I’ll say it again – slower. Until just 230 years ago, the tarot was played as a game, possibly by children, not that differently to mention our gin . it had been never intended to be a divinatory method, an oracle. it’s NOT a purpose-built tool!! Unquestionably!
You can argue all you would like about the mountains of volumes of literature written on the topic , however once compared to the I-Ching, the Tarot’s origins, genealogy and pedigree is in somewhat of a shambles.
The I-Ching isn’t a mere child of just 230, it’s a venerable western mugwort of some 6,000 years, probably the primary transcribed document in history, created wholly and solely for the aim of functioning as an ORACLE. it’s imbued with thousands, not merely a few hundred years of vibrational human consciousness. it’s truly an institutionalized timeless artefact. But wait, this text is about the wonder of Tarot.
______Yes, you continue to create your own reality
There is another explanation however, that I ascribe to. It refers to the principle that we are all the masters of our own fate. We create our lives for ourselves consistent with what we predominantly desire or believe. We also are egocentric, meaning the planet revolves around each other . (for each of us)
So that when a card reader suggests to us a possible situation depicted by the cards, our very powerful association ‘reflex’ kicks full force, scans our life and makes every plan to coordinate the broad-brush card situation with our ‘real-life’ situation. Therefore we discover what appears to be a trail of occurrences that appear to match. We, alongside the certain authority we’ve given over to the reader, then trust the reading depicts an accurate portrayal of our lifestyle.
With our current atmosphere of near-perfect trust, the psychic will bring down his/her final decision . In our newly conditioned self, we believe this to be a reality;
______Ladies and Gentlemen, I now offer you a S.F.P.
Remember what I said about us being the master of our fate? Well, what we now do is to require the powerful belief of the reading outcome and ‘force’ it to become a life reality. In other words, we actually create the truth as prophesied by the cards. Incredible, no? This is often what’s referred to as a-guess what? A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
So is that this fraud? No, it’s just another example of the amazing power of the mind.