When is a Tarot reading not a Tarot reading?

The essential idea behind the Tarot is not rocket science – a deck of Tarot cards is composed of 78 cards, which is known for a explicit meaning with connection to a precise idea of life, or experience.

In a Tarot reading, the cards are shuffled, and then laid out in a ‘spread’ – that may be a pattern on a table, where each position represents a particular aspect of life, for instance ‘the recent past’, or ‘current emotions’.

The reader then examines precisely how the meaning of a card indicates the position it’s in, and tells the person what the spread could possibly be saying with regards to their current condition of life.

This is a simple aspect to describe, nevertheless it does suggest one very major question – how does it work? Just how do the tarot cards arrange themselves into a ‘meaningful pattern’? How come some pieces of cardboard with some pretty pictures on them be able to mysteriously rearrange themselves into an order which lets us know about our life and experiences in a detail that usually exceeds what we are consciously capable of observe?