Why tarot can’t predict the future

The tarot cannot predict the future. The future is a splintered hologram of possibilities and probabilities that we decide to accept or change every second or our conscious and sometimes unconscious lives. In the final analysis, we are masters of our own destiny, and the Tarot shows us some of the inner and outer states and how we might best deal with a problem, avoid making a wrong move, build a new lifestyle or find a partner.

Asking a conscious question crystallises the inner, unconscious threads at the heart of any matter, but more than that, it sets in motion a whole new set of possibilities and probabilities because somewhere in yourself you already have the answer. You know what you could do. You know what you might do. But only the inner voice knows what you will do. The Tarot can give that voice a fair hearing but you alone can give it will.

-Mark Ryan in The Wildwood TarotΒ 

Author: Dipa

Tarot Tales from Japan

25 thoughts

  1. Personally, I only ever read the cards for myself and even then more as a meditation. Back when I used to do readings, I quickly realized that 99% of the people I would read already knew the answer to their question. All they were looking for was a) the cards to tell them they didn’t have to do the difficult task at hand, or b) justification for what they knew was right when they were filled with self doubt. In both cases, my cards would give answers that hit the querent like a sledge hammer, being blunt and “in your face,” leaving them sometimes bruised. They never told the future, per se, but loved to smack people upside the head with “Why are you asking me this?? Go take care of business!!” I stopped doing readings and everyone is happier now.

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    1. Hahaha that’s hilarious – I know exactly what you mean. Tarot can be a very confronting process for a lot of people – myself included.

      Thankfully most of the people I’ve done readings for have really needed that… I just hate it when people think I can see the future – I’m like that’s in your hands, yo!

      I’m sad to hear that you’ve stopped doing readings. You can do one for me sometime. The head smacking doesn’t bother me, I promise πŸ˜‚

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  2. I haven’t stopped doing readings, I’ve only stopped doing them for others. I’ve always been of the school that the tarot is a personal journey, a handbook for the Self, if you will. Each should learn the Wheel of Taro for themselves. To this end I’m always available to counsel or assist another and help them figure out the arcane language of the instruction manual. But each must do their own readings. To not do so is trying to take the easy way out!

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    1. I agree… there’s just so much misunderstanding about what tarot is and isn’t….

      And there’s no easy way out of life. Don’t we all wish there was? Unfortunately we’re all on the Fool’s Journey….

      Let’s enjoy the wild ride!

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      1. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy and, as a rollercoaster fan, I’ve always enjoyed a wild ride! I can think of no better place to be than on the Fool’s Journey. It may be a bumpy ride, filled with scary skeletons and devils and falling buildings but it ends with our Mother the Universe and that makes the whole trip worthwhile! It’s better than flying Delta, for sure!

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      2. Hahaha! Agreed! Life is a grand adventure and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Airplane food sucks so hey!

        What’s your favourite tarot deck?

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    1. Nice! I must check them out πŸ™‚ what do you like about the Thoth deck?

      I’ve been using RWS but I just bought Wildwood and am loving it! Have you used them before?

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      1. I love Crowley’s symbolism and the changes he made to reflect the current of the New Aeon. Being a Thelemite, that’s important to my magickal work. Haven’t heard of Wildwood. Truthfully, I ignore most tarot decks as I only use them for esoteric and magickal purposes. There are lots of beautiful artistic decks out there but I find most of them lacking in their symbolism.

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      2. Excuse my ignorance, but I know very little about being a Thelemite. What do you believe? What do you practise? I’m curious πŸ™‚

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      3. THAT can be answered by my blog, The Holy Books of Babalon. The philosophy is based on the writings of Aleister Crowley. It can be summed up simply enough – “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” and “Love is the law, love under will.” Personally, my focus is on the Divine Feminine aspect embodied in Babalon. That’s what my blog is about.

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  3. I just found your blog today and i must say, I’m in treat.
    For most people who seek to the Tarot, and people who decided to start their Tarot journey most of them must be very eager since they thought future prediction is a part of using Tarot. Well I must say I did use Tarot to predict the “possible” future. If it’s a positive one, I’ll try to make it better, but if it’s a negative outcome, the advice from the cards will, still, make the outcome better. We are truly the master of our life. But I do believe that Tarot can predict a tiny part of the future, at least show the querents that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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    1. Hi there πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind words. YES – I do indeed believe that tarot can possibly predict the future. But I don’t think it can accurately predict what’s coming next. But tarot has a way of highlighting underlying issues that might not have otherwise come to the surface.

      How long have you been doing tarot? I’d love to hear more about your journey!

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      1. Couldn’t agree with you more! The future could possibly changed right after the reading is set, and so we all try to make it better for the querents!
        Thank you for asking about my Tarot journey, I started my reading since the beginning of 2013 (Early March), which is more than 4 years and still learning and finding new things everyday!

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      2. I’m in the same boat as you. Tarot’s been an incredible tool for self discovery as well as helping others unearth their subconscious patterns…

        Any favourite cards/suits? I’d love to hear more πŸ™‚

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      3. I have never thought about this before, but i have “The Tower” appeared on my mind right after reading the question.
        I must write a post about this one haha.

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      4. Also, My favorite cards come from different decks. Such as the Deception (The Tower) from the Fairy Tale Tarot, The Star from the RWS, which is also a very interesting card, the 8 of Cups from the Shadowscape Tarot. I didn’t started out with a RWS, but a Rider Waite Smith Clone – Shadowscape tarot so I didn’t study Tarot the “original” way, which is what I kinda regret now since other decks focus more on the theme, while RWS is more neutral.
        I do write some posts about Tarot, but i’m not good with words so, still, i’m working on it. Feel free to check it out!

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      5. Shadowscape Tarot! That deck is beauuuutiful πŸ™‚ I’ve seen pictures of the deck online, but I’ve never had a reading done with it. I’ve always found that with tarot – it draws you into it when it does. So it’s great that you started with Shadowscape as opposed to RWS. What other decks do you use?

        The Tower card? Ahhh… It freaks a lot of people out… Why do you like it? What does it represent to you?

        I tried to check out your blog, but can’t seem to. Is it password protected or something?

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      6. There was once when I became upset with buying Tarot decks(still do), so I ended up having more than 20 decks. But my favorite deck is still Shadowscape Tarot, RWS, Pagan Otherworld and Silhouette Tarot.
        As for the Tower card, the image of the tower represents a false structure, something old and is easily broken down. And the Lightning that strikes at the tower is one unstoppable force. Something must happen, suddenly and unexpectedly. So it might freak some people out as its keyword was disaster, but imagine yourself in a very difficult situation, “The Tower” can be your first ray of hope. That is why I love this card so much.
        And I fixed the link to my blog, if you still can’t see it, the link to it is
        Alittlebitquaint.wordpress.com

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      7. Yes – I feel the same way about the Tower Card! But I think it freaks a lot of people out because it represents the shattering of illusions and sudden change…. I love the Tower card, but I’ve always had a stronger connection with the Ten of Swords. They’re very similar cards. What are your thoughts?

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      8. Yes their meaning are quite similar but they carry different energy. The Tower could be something sudden, fast and unexpected while the 10 of Swords could be a process, the final strike before moving on to the next phase. The Ten of Swords carries the message: “If it’s bad, it couldn’t get worse.” Which is a positive meaning to me. While the Tower, if the querents are living a happy life, this card is their true nightmare.

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      9. Interesting analysis! I never thought of it in that way, but I couldn’t agree more.

        I always thought – with the Tower – whatever you built was on a bad foundation, which is why it’s falling down… If you’re happy, your happiness is still illusionary…

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