Welcome to True Tarot Tales, visiting behind the scenes with me, Katie-Ellen, a professional Tarot card reader and psychic adviser and consultant in the UK.
I mainly read for people in the UK but can read for people anywhere, thanks to Skype, and I also read Norse runes and ordinary playing cards (reading with playing cards is known as cartomancy)
I have been reading professionally since 2006, and do personal and business readings, including forecasting, and am sometimes asked for animal whispering readings in support of companion animal behaviour and welfare, when the findings, naturally, must be validated by the animal’s human carer.
What I do is not fortune- telling. I read within a context, starting out cold, for sure, but having demonstrated and established that basis for a reliable connection, I investigate questions, sourcing feedback, guidance and forecasts in delivering the most useful and precise response that I can, in respect of that framework and context, aiming to get at specifics wherever possible.
But what is the Tarot? Technically, it is nothing but a deck of 78 numbered and illustrated cards which began as a game of chance in Northern Italy during the early Renaissance. Tarrochi or Tarot as it was called in France, probably did not come into common use for psychic or divinatory purposes until much later than did ordinary playing cards.
I work with both. As a long ago museum employee and student of Art History, the Tarot cards particularly spoke to me as my first arena of psychical study. The Tarot, especially the 22 cards of the Major Arcana (Greater Secrets) contain much symbolism; tapping deeply rooted cultural archetypes, lending themselves as powerful prompts for associative thinking. They function as springboards for psychic and other insights, while investigating the client’s present situation, its history, and likely future developments.
Why do people have readings? Why do people use such services? Well, why do we watch weather forecasts, or play guessing games, or follow the Stock Exchange? Why do people place bets on this or that? It’s about control, and ultimately therefore, survival. It’s in our make-up for dealing with the world.
The human race has always exercised its wits in trying to look ahead, in preparation for readiness to meet opportunities, challenges or even downright threats. Sometimes we don’t have all the facts we need, yet a situations demands we make a decision right now, time is of the essence and we must take a leap in the dark.
Divination, the practice of clairvoyance, is as ancient as misunderstood, but it is about nothing more or less than a different mode of thinking, and no less mysterious for that.
Tarot is an Art not a Science. Forecasts are predictions based on detected trends. In the case of science forecasting, these are numerical data trends. The human mind intuits trends based on instinct and inherited memory; cultural memory, embedded knowledge, no longer conscious, passed down the ancestral lines.
Intuition is master, Einstein famously remarked; the rational mind its faithful servant.
There is no unique picture of reality, Stephen Hawking once observed, while Niels Bohr said to a student, ‘you are not thinking, you are merely being logical.’
Johannes Kepler was not only a mathematician and astronomer, but was also a practising astrologer, as was Dr John Dee at the court of Elizabeth 1. These people were among the most highly educated thinkers of their times. The psychic Arts have time and again walked side by side with mathematics, astronomy, alchemy and maritime navigation as a natural adjunct to sciences in centuries past. Even even now in this secular age, these questions intrigue great scientific minds, whether they attribute so called psychic manifestations to quantum mechanics, or other workings of physics – or psychology.
No belief is required on the part of the reader or the client. Divination is about uncovering what is hidden from sight, or what has not yet been clarified in the understanding of the enquirer. It’s about map-reading and sign-posting, questing new insights, and greater clarity of understanding in support of the power of decision.
Business owners use what I do as an extra inside track in sourcing opportunities or for problem-solving, or as a sounding board for testing ideas and options, or for a clearer sense of the odds on a given outcome.
It ain’t necessarily like this, going to see a reader, though I could wear the turban, I suppose, if the mood took me, which would be….now let me think….never.
Some readers may be spiritual in motivation, style and approach, and use that language, while others are entirely secular. The kind of reading experience you will receive depends very much on the background and abilities of the individual reader, but the practice of divination is not, in itself, to be confused with religious activity or belief, and genuine sceptics can take it or leave it, resting easy that they are in the best of company, keeping an open mind as to the possibilities, these being allowed for by physics, and Quantum Theory.
The immediate question in a reading is always, so what? What can be learned? What can be verified and used?
Beyond that, what do these activities tell us about the nature of life, of time and of ourselves in the grand scheme of things?