There are a lot of ‘psychics’ out there that claim to be able to tell you exactly what is going to happen, just by using tarot or oracle cards. Although there are plenty of psychics offering genuine services, tarot is always the target of novelty fortune telling and it can give the art of divination a bad rep.

Many times people come in to a tarot reading session expecting the reader to be able to give them the answers to all of their burning questions, but that’s not always the best way to approach a reading. So, can tarot cards predict the future? Read on to find out…

You hold the answers within yourself

It might surprise you that the tarot simply reflects what you already know subconsciously, back to you. The tarot cards show you what you already know, but in a more narrative and easy-to-understand way.

We all have our own ways in which we find a connection to a particular card and its meaning. This connection that we make is our subconscious putting the pieces together for our conscious brains. We start to see our answer reflected back to us and the realisation starts to dawn about what we need to do, or what lessons we need to learn.

Suggesting what COULD happen

What the tarot can do is suggest possibilities that you can keep in mind moving forward. We all have free will, so nothing can ever be truly predicted, but what the tarot can do is give us warnings or hope for what could happen to us.

For example, if you asked the tarot to help you understand what you need to know about your relationship, and it tells you that in the near future, you should expect a big commitment, it’s really up to you to then take steps to make that happen.

It’s only by following the lessons and advice of the tarot that we can even begin to step foot on the path to that outcome. If you ignore what lessons the tarot has given you, then you may find yourself with a completely different ending to your story.

The lessons of the tarot

Every tarot reading will offer some sort of lesson or point to think about once your reading is complete. Whether it is the major life lessons offered by the major arcana or the smaller lessons offered by the minor arcana.

One of my favourite things about tarot is that it is like having a personal life coach that you can bring out whenever you feel you need it most. You can discover so much about yourself and your options through tarot reading, and it can also offer a lot of comfort and support.

Remember, the next time you have a reading, instead of wondering ‘can tarot cards predict the future?’, go in with an open mind and ready to take on board the truths that the tarot will serve you. It’s not always what we want to hear, but it is definitely what we need to hear, in order to become the best version of ourselves.