Tarot: Does it work? How?
So, I'm guessing that the vast majority of peeps in here believe in the tarot- it works for you, yes?
So the real question is HOW does it work? What is the mechanism (in your world view) that makes 78 pieces of printed card stock know so much?
The quick rundown of my world view:
I don't do readings for others. period. I don't believe in them. I don't get readings from others- again, I don't believe in them. To me, it is sort of like dream interpretation (it's best done for yourself). There is nothing magical going on- the cards don't know, the universe isn't putting the cards *there* because *there* is where thye are supposed to be. It is simply a matter of a system of symbols that is flexible enough to fit most any situation, and fitting your issue (the question at hand) to the answers that your cards present forces you to look at your issue in a new way. Thus you learn something about yourself or the situation that you wouldn't have known otherwise. The reason that I don't read or get readings with others is because it is *my* issue, and I don't wany anyone else's issues or assumptions interfering with my reading. (or vice versa). But I can imagine that others could *help* you get a reliable reading for yourself by guiding you in the meanings of cards- I just find it most useful to think of my issue and let the cards speak to me- a good deck will always find *something* to say that makes sense, and possibly some mysteries that at least open up new paths of thought.
I imagine that I'm gonna get a lot of flack from others on this board who believe that spirits are controling the deck- psychic powers of the reader are being used- the cards somehow know.... or whatever. Try not to get your hackles raised too much. From my point of view, it's real easy to believe *any* explanation for why it works, but it quite simply does work, so I'm pretty far from making fun of anyone who believes in any of the magical, occult, paranormal explanations. I'm just not in that camp.
So tell me- how does it work for you?