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Tarot reading gained tremendous popularity in the 15th century in Europe, and misconceptions about this spiritual practice have been around ever since. While some of these myths have been debunked throughout history, many of them are still issues psychics are confronted with every day.

Most of these misconceptions are centered around the fear of the unknown and, paradoxically, their wish to know more about the future. This is why one of the biggest misconceptions held about tarot reading is the belief that it is a clear-cut prediction about the future as if nothing could be done to influence the outcome of a situation once the cards have been read.

Many people believe tarot is an occult practice, something to be feared or avoided at all costs because it has to do with the dead and the evil. And while it is true some tarot cards have negative meanings, they are meant to be received as helpful advice, not as a curse or profanity.

Below are some of the most common misconceptions people still have about tarot reading and what we can do to finally overcome them.

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Tarot reading is for those who want to know the future

It is in our nature as humans to want to look ahead and be able to predict what will happen in the future. However, as much as we would like to be aware of everything that will happen in our life, there is nothing that can 100% predict this. This uncertainty prompts us to believe a tarot reader will be able to tell us exactly when our true love will arrive, when a loved one will die or what fortunate event will happen in the next 2 years.

A genuine tarot reader will never claim their cards can predict one’s future with ultimate accuracy, but remind you that the only person who has control over your future is yourself. The actions you are taking are the ones responsible for what will happen in the future, so tarot works as a guide rather than a prediction. If the cards present you with information that you don’t like, then it is up to yourself to make a positive change.

You need to be a strong psychic to be able to read tarot cards

The word “psychic” is often misinterpreted and misunderstood, whit many associating it with “supernatural powers”, but the truth is nothing can exist beyond nature. The word psychic means “pertaining to the soul and mind”, which has nothing to do with supernatural activities or magic powers. In fact, even a conversation with a psychologist or a priest can be perceived as a psychic experience. Learning how to read words and understand how to apply those notions to your life is yet another form of physicism.

Like everything we do in life, becoming a strong psychic requires training and willingness to read. It does not mean a beginner psychic will make less accurate readings, just as an experienced reader can read the cards wrong at times. A reader’s abilities will increase with time, the more they study the cards and discover things about human nature.

True tarot readers shouldn’t charge money

Many people believe being able to read tarot cards is a gift from above, and they should not be charging money for spiritual guidance. This prompts many beginner readers to avoid asking for payment for their services, which should never happen.

When a psychic or tarot reader charges you, they are not charging for guidance or for the reading itself, but for their time, knowledge, and experience. It is perfectly normal to pay someone for the time spent doing something for you, especially a dedicated person who has done the best they can to be there and guide you. Tarot readers need to pay for food, electricity, and a place to live, just like the rest of us, so don’t assume they don’t need money to live. Many psychics do provide free psychic readings online, but you should not assume their job should always be done for free.

A tarot reader will fix all your problems

If you are coming to a tarot reading confident that it will solve all your problems, then you are in the wrongs. Tarot can point you in the right direction, but it can not make absolute declarations about what you should or should not do.

A good tarot reader will encourage you to make positive changes as you navigate through life, but they can not fix your problems. They will remind you that you have to take responsibility for your life and give you the push you need to start making positive changes, even when the future looks a bit grim.

If a psychic suddenly asks for extra payment in return for “additional insights” about the decisions you should make, then they might be more interested in money than spirituality.

Tarot cards always mean the same thing

If tarot cards always had the same meaning, you could just buy a deck and do it yourself at home, but tarot means much more than simply reading the description of a card. There are 78 tarot cards, each with at least half a dozen of meanings, and the more you read about it, the more new definitions you will find.

Tarot revolves a lot around correct interpretations of the meanings of the cards, which is not something anyone with a deck of tarot cards can do. The creative talent of the reader, together with personal experience and their relationship with the cards, are all necessary to correctly interpret what’s in front of them. For example, there is a card called “The Devil”, which is commonly interpreted as “an exaggerated fear”. If this is all a reader knows about the card, they won’t be able to talk to you about the fact that fear is often just an illusion or help you overcome superstitious beliefs.

Tarot readers speak to the departed

Psychics are known to have extra sensorial abilities, which can be clairvoyance, clairaudience, or empathic abilities, but not all psychics are mediums that can talk to your dearly departed grandma. Mediumship is what is necessary if you want to talk to the dead, and assuming all tarot readers are gifted with it is completely inaccurate.