Finding a tarot reader who is accurate makes life easier. But every once in a while even the best reader misses something. Maybe they’re having a bad day. But also consider what you are bringing to the table. Is tarot always right? It depends. Some people are easier to read than others. But there are things you can do to prepare yourself to be open to the truth. And that results in more accurate readings.
If you’re a tarot reader yourself and want to be more accurate in your readings, check out my post, Ten Reasons You Can’t Read Tarot for Yourself (And What to Do About It), and the category Best Practices for Accurate Tarot Readings.
The Question: Is Tarot Always Right?
After asking this question at the end of our reading, my client looked at me steadily. She continued with her own answer, “It is sometimes, at least.” She was someone who stressed about life, particularly her career, a lot. The Eight, Nine, and Ten of Swords were so familiar to us that we laughed when they came up. I hesitated. In betwixt the swords pointing every which way we had seen a clear indicator of a better-fitting job coming into play. One the one hand, I didn’t want a “not always” to upset that precarious balance of hope. On the other hand, I also knew she needed the truth.
Joy’s Answer: Yes, When You Are Open to Receiving an Honest Answer
It depends on the person. Some people just need a clear answer. They ask straightforward questions, and they are curious to hear the answers. These people are the easiest to read for. Their cards make clear sense, the reading is uncomplicated, and the answer is honest. These readings tend to unfold with a high degree of accuracy.
On the other hand, there are some people who want to know the future, but also need reassurance. They are often higher stress individuals. They tend to worry or overthink the situation. At times they repeat questions. They might be too close to the situation, concerned about what a negative outcome would bring, or in emotional turmoil due to a recent development. These people want answers. The problem is that they also need reassurance. The cards cannot provide both at the same time.
In readings for this type of person, the cards usually provide an accurate outlook in the first spread laid out. However, some clients worry the question like a dog with a bone, trying to get at it from too many angles. In these circumstances, the spreads will become confused and conflicted. On occasion, they will shift toward reassurance. When this happens, the spreads will start to show a neutral or positive outcome, even when we’ve already seen difficulty ahead. Once this happens, the readings are much less likely to be accurate.
If you’d like your readings to be as accurate as possible, be open to hearing what the cards have to say. If, on the other hand, you’ve come to the tarot table to feel better, know that the accuracy might be compromised.
How to Make Tarot Always Right
When I read the cards, I find that there is a “next step” that is the major upcoming turning point in any given situation. Readings are accurate up to and including this next step. But until that plays out, nothing beyond it can be seen. The more the client can honor and value the understanding of the next step, and the more they can focus on healthy and productive ways to navigate that step, the more accurate and helpful the reading will be.
One last thing that can benefit many tarot clients, especially those who tend to receive reassuring rather than accurate readings, is learning to put your own mind at rest. Many tarot readers are innate healers, and they naturally provide a safe, comforting, space where the client can confront their fears and gain clarity into their necessary course of action. Sometimes, the client simply needs to be in that healing space — they are not ready to shift into taking action. If this is you, let your reader know. They can help you adapt the questions toward this end.
However, the reader’s skill is looking into the future to see what’s going to unfold so you can make a plan. If you need to know the answer, let the healing ritual of the reading calm you and open you to receiving honesty — and a plan.
Five Steps to Getting Tarot Always Right
Want more accurate tarot readings? You can do your part to open yourself to truth by slowing your mind down before the reading.
- Before you see your reader, journal, meditate, pray, or just sit quietly for a few minutes before going in.
- Let the reader know you have an overactive mind and might need help remaining grounded and clear.
- When you ask your question (or shuffle, or cut), set a silent intention to receive truth, honesty, and compassion.
- Be prepared to accept whatever outcome the cards indicate.
- But also ensure your reader helps you develop a practical plan to navigate the next step outlined by the cards.
Is tarot always right? It is when you’re ready for the truth. Following these five steps will produce much more accurate readings so you can be on track to reach your goals!
Joy Vernon is widely recognized by tarot professionals as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty years’ experience teaching energetic and esoteric modalities, Joy brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional tarot structure. Under her leadership, the Denver Tarot Meetup has grown into one of the largest and most active tarot-specific meetups in the world. Joy works as a tarot reader, astrologer, and teacher at Isis Books. To learn more, please visit JoyVernon.com.