Fortune telling by Tarot cards: fortune-telling by the user

We all want to know their future. Divination by Tarot cards has existed for many centuries and may reveal questioning the veil of mystery, giving the answer to the question of what awaits him in the future. It is believed that Tarot cards have magical energy, and from the hand of the Master or simply a fortune-teller, depends on the accuracy of the prediction. In General, Tarot is shrouded in mystical aura, something diabolical, revealing the true nature of things. Not everyone can correctly read the card, and they say that to touch someone else’s Tarot deck, as this card can lose its strength. Agree, sounds at least intriguing. But how to actually do Tarot cards work (and work if at all) and what science says about this?

How to read the Tarot cards?

When I was about 14 my mother bought a new pack of Tarot with beautiful illustrations. It was thought that using Tarot can see into the future, and everything that say will come true. I even heard that the Tarot is somehow connected with the devil, or energy-space information flow (don’t ask what it is, I don’t know), but because to read them very rarely, otherwise expect trouble.

To the deck had instructions on the little booklet that began with the story of Madame Lenormand, the famous fortune-teller, who was born in 1768 in a small French town. Madam Lenormand explored the destiny through the pre-established card meanings and their combinations, and in 1840 he developed his own deck, which is published in Paris 50 years later. The statement promised to turn the beginner into a real fortune teller and give the ability to “see the future”.

Before guessing, it was necessary to “tune in” and ask the cards a question or wondering if someone mentally to concentrate on this man and ask him – also mentally – ask the cards a question. Then the left hand to move the part of the deck and to make the alignment. Of course, the choice: depending on what you want to know. Then quite simply – do as written and seek the interpretation of a particular card. That’s all.

Of course, the instructions say that with time you will remember all the interpretations and begin to feel the cards and read them. In fact, without the user to guess it was impossible, however, over time, some of the maps I still remember. At first I wondered “how” – once in a couple of months, but soon began to wonder what would happen if you break the rules. Spoiler: nothing.

In the end, to comply with the rules I stopped and hands are done as long as does not fall out I need cards that promised a bright future and success in all endeavors. So you can call yourself an experienced tarragon – I still remember the difference between inverted and not inverted “tower”. But seriously, the more I wonder the less I can believe in the predictions – in the end, what’s the point to follow the rules, if the result and with them and without them the same?

Psychology of fortune telling

Whatever form it took divination, the basic process remains the same: the search for meaning in random coincidences and events. I think, for anybody not a secret that the human brain is very good finds (or creates) meaning, even where it is not. That’s why people see faces and other images in clouds, Rorschach blots and coffee grounds. This phenomenon is called pareidolia and it is well known in psychology.

The reality is that none of the many methods of divination or predictions not working and it is very easy to check: still no tarragon or eminent astrologer – the list goes on – have predicted the 2011 tsunami, pandemic coronavirus, the accident at the Chernobyl NPP and other important events, knowing which you could save a lot of lives. But the most obvious problem is that different methods of divination discrediting each other (and themselves) by giving inconsistent and contradictory predictions.

Two ways to read Tarot cards or reading the tea leaves every few minutes from the same person asking the same question about the future, should give the same answer, but this is not happening.

If you want to know if something happen to you, the answer will always be Yes. If you want to know whether there will be something about you, the future is always uncertain and vague. Suppose someone wants to know whether he will move to Paris in the next 10 years, or the current President will be reelected for the next term. If any of these methods of divination work, they should all give the same answer. It does not matter if you ask the psychic, wondering on the Tarot, or on the chamomile. All the answers should be the same, because either you will move to Paris or not, and the President will or will not be re-elected.

In fact, the answers are no different from random guessing is 50/50. With exactly the same success a person can consult with 10 different psychics and get 10 different answers about the future. But if all these methods of fortune-telling is wrong, why bother to use them? This raises another question: if any of the methods really worked, why so many? Why not stick with proven, reliable method instead of inventing literally hundreds of other tools for divination?

If the guesswork has been scientifically proven way to predict the future, and not, say, divination by crystals yl Tarot, then people naturally would use the method that works. In fact, all methods of fortune-telling are equally true (or not true), because they are all based on the same erroneous premise – see coincidences and meaning where there are none.

Is there free will?

Many of those who believe in fortune-telling, do not understand that if they are right, you answered one of the fundamental questions of philosophy about free will and determinism. Most people would prefer to believe that they are in control of your actions and are responsible for decisions, but any person’s ability to know the future proves that they are wrong. Or is “future”, you need to know (or at least catch a glimpse) – and therefore our future predetermined, or the future is unknowable and uncertain. Roughly speaking, you can’t control their own destiny, if the future is knowable.