Tarot 101: Shattering the Myths of Tarot
Learn the truth about this amazing tool
By Brigit Esselmont
Does the Tarot seem intimidating? Have you had a fear of getting readings? Unsure of what the Tarot does? Brigit Esselmont, founder of BiddyTarot.com, will help you demystify Tarot, busting some of the biggest myths about reading Tarot cards...
Myth 1: You have to be psychic to read Tarot
Many people will have you believe that you have to be psychic to read Tarot. That is, to be a good Tarot reader, you have to have some sort of supernatural power that allows you to see into the future, know what people are thinking, or receive messages from the spirit world.
The truth is: You don’t have to be psychic to be a good Tarot reader. In fact, anyone can learn to read Tarot -- including you. All you need to do is say yes to your intuition.
We are all intuitive beings. Every one of us. But many people have shut down their intuition, refusing to listen to their inner voice. They downplay the intuitive flashes they get and pass them off as a silly feeling that means nothing. Instead, say "yes" to those random, unexplainable messages you might receive that help you to navigate your life’s path. Say "yes" to going with your heart, not just your head.
Myth 2: Tarot will tell you your future
This one isn’t completely a myth, but it isn’t exactly the whole truth either... Many people see the Tarot as a fortunetelling tool. And, not only that, they believe that whatever the Tarot says will happen in the future, will happen, no matter what. Some people are so afraid of having their cards read because they worry that if they do, something bad will happen as a result.
The truth is: Tarot can tell you about not just your future, but also your past and your present. Understanding the past helps you discover the key lessons you’ve learned along your path so that you can make better decisions in the future. And understanding the present helps you discover what’s happening for you right now.
The future is not set in stone. Yes, the Tarot can predict the future -- but "predict" is the keyword here. It means that the Tarot can show you where you are headed based on where you are now. Don’t like where you’re headed? Then you can make changes right now to reshape your future! It all comes down to your free will and your ability to make choices.
Long story short: Tarot helps you understand your past and present to enable you to make good, positive choices that will shape your future. The future is in your hands and it’s yours to create.
Myth 3: Tarot is mysterious and complex
Look up "Tarot reader" on the internet and you’ll be met with images of mysterious-looking women in bohemian clothes, peering into a crystal ball, foretelling the future. This is not an accurate representation of what a Tarot reader is really like!
The truth is: People from ALL walks of life read Tarot -- office workers, teachers, coaches, therapists, lawyers, executives, nurses -- you name it. Just ordinary, normal people who have learned how to use the Tarot cards to connect with their intuition and navigate life’s challenges.
Tarot doesn’t have to be mysterious and complex. Tarot can be simple, fun and easy to learn. Anyone can do it, including you!