I have been trying to think of ways to explain how I feel the Tarot works, there seems to be many opinions about this question. When I first started getting to know tarot, there was a sense of magic and mystery. I still think there is something very special going on that we CAN have access to. I don't think every tarot reader is "gifted". I don't think there are very many real "psychic" readers. I DO think we all have intuition. When someone who is skeptical asks you "how does the tarot work?" what do you say? I have struggled with this question for quite awhile. I tend to be very "matter of fact" about things and usually say, "It works because it just works!". Okay, that is not a brilliant answer...there has to be more to it! So, I think I will start my quest for an answer by sharing the link to John Ballantrae's podcast where he shares his opinion. It's about 15 minutes long and for me, he articulated a few points that I could not...it is definitely something that I think everyone should listen to if they are seeking an answer to how the tarot works. http://www.thetarot.ca/podcasts/podcast_006/006_audacitymp3.mp3
If you follow John, you will know that his knowledge of tarot is amazing. He gives facts. He also explains things in a way that anyone can understand.
Before listening to this podcast, I did a little 3 card spread...past-present-future..."what can John teach me?" was my question.
I turned over:
The Devil-The Hierophant-Three of Wands
The Devil in the Past position tells me that I may have some bad habits. Maybe I have ideas that are just not true. Mostly it seems to be saying that I am obsessed with something...which brings me to the Present and the Hierophant. Well, I am obsessed with learning! I think it is also telling me that I need to study more-I need to know more of the structure, the symbols, the fundamentals. (that makes sense to me) And also, John is a teacher...he has a course and materials available to learn the tarot. The Future is the Three of wands. There is a sense of climbing higher to see farther. I like that. So, I would say that I have much to learn from John!