Just saw your ask regarding frustrating questions during a tarot reading. Forgive me if my question here is equally frustrating. But, is tarot actually a form of divination that's taken seriously? Your story of the mother and daughter certainly gave me the impression you do, but I've always gotten the impression it was a bit of a... I dunno, like a show and glamor due to the vagueness of some tellings. Again, forgive me if this is a frustrating anon-ask; the concept just caught me off guard.
If by ‘seriously’ you mean in that it is a valid method of divination, then yes. Absolutely. 100% Serious form of divination that is used by many diviners for both professional and personal reasons.
If by ‘seriously’ you mean that it is 100% serious all the time… not really. My deck has a tendency to be a little smart-ass when I ask them questions.
Something that I should probably clarify here is that it IS very showy. It’s one of the most well-known forms of divination because of the sensationalism the media tends to portray it with. And I will admit fully that a good 10% of reading professionally for other people is reading the audience and not the cards.
But here is the thing about that:
Reading the querent and picking up on some of the unconscious cues they are giving you (their age, are they with a significant other, are they wearing a wedding band, were they timid about the question) are going to help you give a better reading. I’m not guessing what’s in an envelope, I’m not trying to speak to your recently-passed gran.
When I read, at least when I read, someone’s tarot spread- I am building a story where they are the main character.
The querent has a question. The cards are a guide to help THEM figure out the answer. I am here to connect the dots between what they can and cannot figure out.
A WONDERFUL book I came across while researching is called “Tarot and Psychology: Spectrums of Possibility” by Arthur Rosengarten. This book goes through the use of tarot and oracle cards in therapy and discusses the many ways that a person can approach tarot.
One thing that really struck me with this book was it’s approach to tarot not so much as a divination tool so much as a way to help a client sort out their issues in a way that is visual and (for a given definition) objective. The cards act as a third party in this situation.
So when I give someone a reading, I am giving them a chance to approach an issue from a different angle.
Now, another aspect of this is- do I believe that my cards can tell the future?
I am a believer of omens, symbolism, and chance. That everything has energy and that energy can interact in unpredictable ways. The right card at the right time. I believe that the person seeking an answer will find it.
Beyond the smoke and mirrors aspect associated with tarot, it’s use as a legitimate divination tool is on par with any other mancy you might fancy.