The tarot is widely successful as a means of divination precisely because it is so accessible and adaptable. During a consultation, or tarot card divination, the diviner will communicate with the angels, ancestors, or divinities that guide them. In a tarot card divination, the energy of the client being read, is accessed and interpreted as it pertains to the archetypal set of circumstances presented in the cards. The pictures on the cards are meticulously organized and divinely-inspired captures of archetypal points in every living being's journey. Certain situations are common to every human walking the planet, regardless of race, ethnicity, economic background, nationality, gender, religion, or sexuality. Falling in love, for instance, or even falling in love with two people at once and having to make a decision-- this situation is a universal situation.
Likewise is the circumstance one may find oneself engaged in when one feels betrayed by a friend or one's secrets are revealed. The quest for knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, as well as spiritual advancement and emotional security is one every human shares. Along this quest, there are particular points, or states of being, reached wherein one advances to a new level of application of the knowledge they've gained. Each card in the tarot deck has a pictoral representation of these points or states of being. Each picture is likened to a visual key to certain esoteric lessons; also, each picture contains certain symbolic codes in the form of objects, the figures of people, or words. In fact, even the very position of these elements in the picture in relation to the other elements, figures, or objects, is carefully organized for specific spiritual significance.
When the diviner looks at the case-specific cards that fell at that particular moment for that particular client, (s)he interprets the images in the context of the client's energetic vibrations by their very presence and consciousness in the room, as well as through nuanced bits of information passed through the divinities, angels, or ancestors the diviner works with. The appropriate warnings, prohibitions, advisements, and blessings are then delivered to the client by the diviner in the way that the client will be able to comprehend.
The task of tarot reading or divination is a rewarding, surprising, and humbling challenge. It allows the diviner to submit oneself as a vessel for divine energies and wisdom from the spirit-world. It is a task that requires compassion, patience, sincerity, integrity, openness, and willingness to not only listen to the concerns of the client and the advise of the spirit world, but also to speak up and relay the valuable information provided by the Divine guides.
The knowledge a diviner shares-- or, God forbid-- withholds during divination could literally save a client's life. It is an experience that every diviner hopes is uplifting and empowering for the client and herself, and an experience of some degree of emotional and spiritual healing. Tarot reading requires intuition and the often difficult skill of "letting go" and flowing in the soul and heart rather than the rational mind, as is so early ingrained in us as humans.
Tarot readings are experiences of revelation, acceptance, and the client should come out of any divination session relieved and with the knowledge and tools to improve their lives.