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Tarot card reading can get confusing

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on January 27, 2009

Here is what appears to be a short, honest description of one person’s experience with reading Tarot cards. She picked up a deck, taught herself and proceeded in reading the futures of friends, and her own. I am ok with that, however I coudn’t shake the feeling that the person is herself a little confused about the supposed accuracy of the whole process. Here’s a couple of quotes:

I’ve had skeptics that approached me for a reading, only to dismiss everything I’d said. It was frustrating, because I knew I was wasting my time trying to convince someone who was already determined not to believe what the cards said.

Guilty as charged. I am fairly confident that Tarot cards are a bunch of BS. It seems to me that she is frustrated because the skeptics did not take her word for it, but that’s not very clear it’s just my interpretation of her words. Moving along!

I have been a slight skeptic from the start. I realized later that it’s good to have a little skepticism, because it has prevented me from becoming obsessed with Tarot cards and relying on them completely.

Ah, ok so we can’t rely on the Tarot cards completely. So how much do we on them, a little? How much is enough? What are the rules, the guidelines? I guess the skeptic had a point. Is it possible that this lady pretty much knows the cards don’t work and is trying to have her cake and eat it too? The above two quotes basically say: “It’s frustrating that the skeptics don’t trust the cards, nevertheless we can’t rely on the cards too much!”. Hmmm, head scratcher!

I had no problem reading the cards for others, but as the years passed I read them for myself less often. I felt that I shouldn’t have to rely on a pack of cards to tell me what I should or shouldn’t do.

Ok, and her problem with the skeptics was???? She doesn’t sound like she cares much about what the cards say anyway. They’re not reliable completely and don’t let them tell you what to do, or not to do. Then why waste time reading them? Entertainment value maybe? That I can understand.

Even so, I found that my readings became more accurate despite the fact that I read them so little.

Perhaps I had gained more insight. Maybe I cared for them more than I had realized. Whatever it was, I was more confident in my ability to read them accurately.

If the readings were getting more accurate, wouldn’t you expect her to practice even more? If she’s so confident in her ability why doubt the whole process? For doubt it she does undeniably. Here’s how she closes the article:

Whatever it is that happened, I know that I am in control of my own life, no matter what the picture on a card may tell me.

Therefore the only thing that the cards must have been accurately telling her is that she’s in control of her own life, and the cards can’t tell jacks@$t about the future. But we all know that don’t we? And something tells me she knows that too!

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  1. frank said, on January 28, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    I think it takes a little more than just picking up a deck of tarot cards, reading the instructions, and then boom all of a sudden you are ready to read people’s future.

  2. hmmm said, on March 14, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    i agree.
    also, my experience more than not, as a total skeptic and a new tarot user, is that they are eerily ON POINT. i’ve shared the readings with friends who could care less and they were intrigued. the cards aren’t some out-there force. it’s just a reflection of your own consciousness. read some jung, he’ll tell you that, too.

    if you don’t believe, if you are doubtful, ABOUT ANYTHING, THEN that is what you have before you. of course. but if you open your mind, you can see what’s possible.

    i’ve had readings about moves that had cards telling me i was going to move. i had readings about love where almost all the cards were about love and relationships. it’s more or less fun to see what will happen. i also noticed i love the cards because i loved all card games and games in general as a kid.

    your analysis isn’t really that great. sorry, but it’s just kind of lame. you need to dig a little deeper. i also think there is some truth to things that have been around for eons…like yoga. no. i am not some burning man freak (no offense) or new ager.

    you have to research more. learn more. study more. before you can pick anything apart.

    but of course not everything is for everyone. that’s why they say don’t throw your pearls before swine.

    • Skepdude said, on March 15, 2009 at 9:48 AM

      Ok hmmm, a skeptic you’re not, that I can pretty much guarantee. If you believe in tarot cards (as you seem to from your comments) and you believe that there is some truth to things that have been around for eons, that makes you a believer not a skeptic.

      My analysis may be lame, I will not contest that, but you seem to be under the impression that I am doing a piece on tarot cards in general, when obviously I am commenting on that woman’s article. Lame or not, that’s what I think of her contradictory statements.

      And by the way, Tarot cards are bullshit, that’s pretty much what all sensible people agree on. I know the basic premise and it is a load of crap. I do not, and will not, spend more time studying something which has no plausibility whatsoever. It’s nothing more than cheap cold reading.

  3. Emo Girl said, on June 16, 2009 at 12:49 AM

    The thing that skeptics of tarot get wrong is that they talk about Tarot readers as if they are trying to con you, cold read you and do all these things to you. The reality of the matter is that MOST readers TRULY believe what they are saying to you and in the power of the cards and in the power of their abilities.

    I was a tarot reader, I read the cards and surrounded myself with other readers and people who thought alike and we all debated readings and thought that truth was somehow held there. But sometimes the way the cards come out can indicate quite horrible tragedies and who really wants to know that? and when you truly start to believe that, that is when you start the slow assent into madness.

    I think that cards are BS but what makes them so believable is the rich symbolism behind them and our imagination, it is oh so easy to weave a rich tapestry.

    • Skepdude said, on June 16, 2009 at 10:17 AM

      That is actually a very important point to make: Many tarot card readers, and this is not only limited to them but includes all kinds of supernaturalists, do believe that they are doing it for real, and not all of them do it to defraud people.

      I do not mean to come accross like I belive they all do it with fraudulent reasons in mind, and I don’t think I came accros that way. I am only commenting on one person’s words and am asking questions based on what she is saying.

      But you are wrong when you lump skeptics as a group that talk about Tarot card readers as con artists. Most likely than not we, the skeptics, are willing to give anyone the benefit of the doubt and acept that most of them are self-deluded.


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