Does a person have to be psychic to read tarot?
Tarot cards use things like standard meanings, numbers, and symbols in order to express different meanings that are interpreted by the person reading the spread.
Many of the symbols used in tarot are societal archetypes, meaning that they are standardly used symbols that represent ideas that resonate with a good percentage of the Earth’s population. So themes like pregnancy, pictures of dancing or swords, paths, mountains, people in certain roles in society – like priests or magicians – are used in the cards to convey messages or meanings that are easy for a many to interpret.
There are also more subtle images strewn throughout the cards: things related to elements, Kabbalah, astrological symbols, colors, flowers, seasons, etc. A more advanced reader will also tune in on his or her understanding of these meanings in order to add a more robust aspect to his explanation of what he sees in the cards.
Different numbers can represent different things in life, and those essences of meaning are present tarot cards as well. Things like new beginnings being linked to the number one, and solidity or order being associated with four are a part of the information that is portrayed on a tarot card. It is not uncommon for a 10 to be the end of one phase, and the beginning of another… Becoming familiar with standard meanings of different numbers helps a person to decipher messages from tarot cards.
While there are some slight differences in how different schools interpret different cards, the general message associated with each card – from a classic meaning standpoint – is pretty much the same. There are a variety of different books that go into great detail, explaining the different meanings and how they are represented in the pictures on the cards. When studying tarot, it is a really good idea to pick up a few books that will teach and explain the different standard meanings that are assigned to the different cards.
The Role of Intuition in Tarot
While you don’t need to be a full-blown psychic to interpret tarot, some would argue strongly in favor of readers using their intuition to help guide a reading. There are times when the real meaning of a card in a spread has nothing to do with the numbers or the standard or archetypical meaning provided by the card – something in the card triggers a person’s subconscious and that is the message that ends up really fitting the card’s meaning in the reading. A reader will pick up on subtle clues and cues surrounding the reading, the question, the cards, and the querent, and the absolute meaning of the cards will be dependent on those factors.
Strict Interpretation or Only Intuition
There is a school of taroitists who promote reading only by interpreting the classic messages, and a school of readers that shuns the classic messages, preferring to read only by interpreting messages triggered by the cards. Both groups are able to convey messages that resonate with the questioner, and both groups have good accuracy rates in their readings. It would seem that neither the strict classic meaning or the strict intuitive cue group is “right,” as both methods work equally well!
So, basically put, it is not necessary to be psychic to read tarot. Some tarot readers ARE psychic – we can talk about that another time! 🙂 Most readers, however, rely on a mixture of their knowledge of the meanings of the cards and some add their intuition to tarot give readings.