• Tarot reading isn't about fortune-telling.  The idea of believing in predictions on the future is tempting. We all would like to know something about what is to come. This becomes especially true when we are vulnerable, which raises further ethical concerns to the reader who promotes a claim of "telling" your future. Tarot isn't about fortune-telling, but as Linnea Gits and Peter Dunham beautifully said, "a tarot deck is an impressive, meditative tool for unlocking the truths and creative narratives within you" (Tarot by uusi).

Guidelines are important in all practices. Tarot reading is no exception. Here are a few I consider imperative:

  • Tarot reading is not counseling. The latter takes involves a detailed system laid out some 200-years by men and women who dedicated themselves to understanding how the mind works within and outside of a specific cultural context. Much training is involved and accountability is a must.
  • The reader ought to understand his/her own biases and influences. No reading is reader-free. I once overheard a group of friends at a retreat share readings. The retreat was lengthy so I got to know some well, so much so that I could tell when they projected their psyche movements onto the card and eventually onto the querent. As readers of the Tarot, we must understand how (not if) our stuff taints the cards under observation. 

Guidelines Around the Tarot

The Pholarchos Tarot by Carmen Sorrenti

  • Tarot reading is a creative means of generating insight and inspiration. History is filled with individuals and collective communities--spiritual and otherwise--utilizing images to discover personal truths. Even the psychological field respects the power that images have on the unconscious (i.e. The Rorschach Inkblot Test). And truth be told, we interact all of the time with images that either provoke, anger, or encourage us.