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Perhaps you’ve been curious about tarot, but you’re skeptical about tarot reading accuracy — you’re not alone. Some people contemplate whether or not tarot can truly provide clarity and direction or if it’s nothing more than just another card game. For starters, no psychic reading is 100 percent accurate all of the time. If a psychic claims this is true, run in the other direction. However, this is not to say that tarot card readings are inaccurate either. Here are some key factors to consider if you want to receive as precise an outcome as possible. 

What is a Tarot Reading?

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to tarot, so first let’s be clear about what this type of reading can do. Tarot is a practice that’s conducted with the intent of predicting potential outcomes while assessing miscellaneous influences connected to a person, circumstance, or both. A reading can help with every aspect of your life, including personal growth, relationships, self-care, healing, major changes, goal-setting, and more. In addition, it can teach you what your past, present, and future represent; whether or not love is in the air; which influences are present in your life; whether or not big changes are on the horizon; and more. 

The More Cards (and Spreads), the Better the Reading

A one to three card reading is efficient for answering one question (typically in a “yes” or “no” format), but don’t expect details. This is where tarot spreads become useful because they provide greater insight into your situation or life path. The more cards in the spread, the more comprehensive the reading. Some experts believe that the more cards a reader uses, the more experienced they are. While this is true in many cases, some psychics pick up on tarot quickly regardless of experience. 

  • Understanding Spreads: To be clear, spreads are unique patterns in which the cards are laid out to provide a specific type of reading. Each placement in the spread is linked to a distinguishing meaning. There are over 100 spreads a reader can choose from, but some of the most popular 10-12 cards spreads are the Tree of Life, the Celtic Cross, and the Astrological Twelve House Spread. However, when a reader is confronted with a more complex issue, he/she may use the Inner Work Spread to disclose deeper information about one’s life — including past lives. The goal of this spread is to reveal three lessons that the Universe is asking the recipient to recognize regarding the situation at hand. 

Be Prepared With Specific Questions 

There are several “dos” and “don’ts” in tarot. One major “do” is coming up with a list of questions. Before a single card is drawn, you need to ask the deck a question. If you’re looking for a specific reading, ask specific questions; it’s as simple as that. Avoid passive “yes” or “no” questions and be as clear-cut as possible. For example: 

  • What can I do to grow in my career?
  • Why am I feeling stressed about starting a new relationship?
  • How can I understand my spouse better? 
  • What do I need to know about getting ready for an overseas move?
  • What opportunities can I gain from starting a side gig?
  • How can I move past the loss of a loved one? 

Make Sure You’re in the Right Frame of Mind

If you’re stressed, crabby, distracted, or evenly remotely skeptical about the tarot process, it’s not the right time for you to book a session. Going in with negative energy is only going to negatively affect the outcome of your reading. If it’s just a matter of having a bad day, reschedule — but if you don’t believe in tarot or the spiritual world in general, don’t waste a psychic’s time or yours. 

Don’t Expect All Your Problems to Be Solved

A tarot reading can only guide you in the right direction so that you can make the right choices to try to prevent conflict, misfortune, disappointment, pain, and any other emotion that causes you to be mad at the world. Tarot cards can’t fix your problems. If you find yourself in the hands of a reader who claims they can (typically by asking for more money to buy faux “good luck” objects or get rid of a curse), you’re likely working with a scammer who doesn’t have your best interests in mind. 

Your Reading is Not Set In Stone

Can tarot cards be wrong? As with any reading, only you are in control of your future as the choices you’re making daily are affecting what will happen in the present, and down the line. Tarot can tell you what is likely to happen based on your current situation, but by no means is this information set in stone — this is a common misconception. So, in terms of “accuracy,” only you have the power to manifest change. Tarot merely helps you digest your past and present so you can make the best choices to mold your future.

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