Do Tarot Cards Work?
It's important when considering do Tarot cards work, not to forget, that the cards themselves are just that, prettily printed pieces of shiny card so it's not the cards themselves that are important in some respects, rather it is the person asking the question.
Tarot started life as a parlour game that took on spiritual significance after various pieces of writing by spiritualitsts. Today's cards may be regarded as: harmless fun, complete rubbish, an oracle predicting the future, a tool for personal growth or something dangerous to be feared, depending on an individual's viewpoint. .
Do Tarot Cards Work
Any of these viewpoints is as valid an any other, but what I think is dangerous is an obsessive adherence to 'what the cards say,' without recourse to discretion or rational thought.
Most people wanting a Tarot card reading will be at a point in their life where they are questioning something. There are three usual areas that an individual wants an answer to: money, love and work. However Tarot cards can also suggest how best to grow personally and spiritually, and the picture cards, or Major Arcana can represent the people around an individual. Nevertheless, the cards remain pieces of paper, it is the skill of the reader that makes them 'work' or not. There are extremely intuitive card readers whose predictions are quite accurate for the person commissioning the reading, and there are those whose readings are not.
Reading Tarot cards may be a lucrative business for some; there are now telephone Tarot card readers, online Tarot readers, mail order Tarot readers, as well as the more traditional face to face Tarot card readers. I suppose for anyone who makes their living in this way, then Tarot cards do work, and I guess that the more repeat business a reader has tells them that their readings must be accurate and answering a need in the 'readee,' other wise, people would not keep coming back for more.
Some people use the Tarot as a system for guiding personal and spiritual growth, by meditating on the cards individually, choosing a quiet time and place to focus completely on the images and meanings depicted in a card and seeing what pops into their mind. Thus, as a meditation tool, the cards must be said to work.
People have sought explanation for things they don't understand for millennia, as individuals we like to have answers and to know what the next best thing to do is. There are many different ways of predicting the future, but Tarot cards are increasing in popularity. Whether or not they work, depends on what the person wants them to do. They certainly work as a meditation tool, but can they predict the future, or do magic spells? I think, they can do whatever the individual need them to, depending on the intuitive skill of the person handling the cards. What I think is harmful is an obsession with seeking the answers outside of oneself.