Are you wondering how you can use Tarot for prediction? Do you want to know how to predict the future using Tarot? Do you want to give more accurate predictions for love, business, relationships, answering yes or no questions, and more? If you want to know your future using Tarot, read on!
Prediction is the ultimate goal of most Tarot card readers. In fact, predicting the future is what brings most readers to divination in the first place. However, accurately predicting the future is something many readers struggle with.
Prediction is such a massive topic with many layers, and it’s not possible to get everything out I want to say in a single article. However, I can point you in the right direction.
How to Use Tarot for Prediction
Below are my top twelve tips I have for accurately predicting the future using Tarot cards.
Read Fate, Destiny, and Free Will
Obviously, there are a lot of parts to understanding fate, destiny, free will, and how it all relates to Tarot reading. However, it is essential that you know more about these matters if you would like to learn how to use Tarot for prediction.
I like to think of destiny as your highest good, your full potential. Your destiny is what God, the spirits, and the universe approve of. When we speak of something destined, we discuss it as if it’s something that’s ‘meant to be.’ The universe, God, and the spirits bring things that are meant to be into our lives as if by magic. For example, a chance meeting at a bus stop with the love of your life is something we can say is meant to be. However, just because something is apparently meant to be doesn’t mean that it has to be.
Humans can struggle against their highest good. As a Tarot reader, you probably see it all the time. You’ll warn a client that a guy is no good for them, yet they still pursue the relationship. You know the link is not meant to be, but they persistently go back over and over again. They use their free will to fight against what is and isn’t meant to be.
The next thing we know, fate steps in. Fate is the universe acting on our behalf. Suddenly, your client phones, crying that their shitty boyfriend has woken up one day and magically stopped loving them. Their ex is now living with a new girl, is engaged, and she’s pregnant – all within six weeks of meeting her.
When you read Tarot, you’re not just throwing cards and hoping for the best. You’re reading the cosmic dance of fate, destiny, and free will. You are respecting that not everything is in our control, but that not everything is out of it either; it’s a balance. Hold the intention of interpreting this balance, and your readings will be more accurate.
Connect to Your Ancestors
Many newbie (and even experienced) Tarot readers assume that if they want to give better Tarot readings, they need to rely on their intuition. While this is true, you also need some type of spiritual aspect to your reading practice. If you want to learn how to use Tarot for prediction, you must learn how to work with spirits outside of yourself.
Before a reading, you should always ask your ancestors for spiritual assistance from your ancestors. Tell them to show you the course of action that’s in line with your destiny. Feel their presence. Petitioning your ancestors before performing your readings will make all the difference.
Have a Ritual
Our next step for learning how to use Tarot for predictions, is to have a ritual. Most Tarot readers can predict, but they don’t remember their predictions because they make them in passing – this is especially true for people who read themselves on hard topics like love and business.
Having some type of ritual can make your readings feel important. If your readings feel special, you will take them more seriously and remember your predictions. Not taking your readings for granted also means you’ll be less likely to keep re-throwing your cards on the same thing, and you will read the entire spread (more on that below).
I’m superstitious about my cards. I don’t let other people touch them (not even my clients), and I especially don’t allow other people to read with my primary deck. Before I use a deck for readings, I form a ‘relationship’ with it; I carry it around everywhere as if it’s a second limb.
On top of these rituals, I petition my spirits into my space before a reading. For critical readings, I reorder my cards and then reshuffle them. These are only some of the things I do before a predictive reading.
You will need to design your own rituals that are personal to you. It may seem like a lot of work, but I swear they’ll make your readings more accurate.
Don’t Underestimate Court Cards
Love them or hate them, Court Cards are the backbone of prediction. Without being able to read Courts accurately, you will never be able learn how to use Tarot for prediction.
Believe it or not, 99.99% of predictive readings will involve people other than you (if you’re reading yourself) or your client (if you’re reading other people). You’re not just reading one person; you’re essentially reading the entire universe.
Our interactions with other people shape our world and significantly affect our lives. Other people are co-architects of our futures. Think about it. Relationship success is dependent on the two of you getting along. Business success is dependent on customers. Social media success is dependent on followers.
In Tarot reading, Court cards represent the other people who have an impact on the situation, so you must learn to read them effectively.
Set Your Intentions
Before you even begin to perform your Tarot reading, you have to set your intentions. Setting your plans for predicting the future will ensure that you don’t second-guess yourself and change your mind when you don’t get the outcome you desire.
All you need to say before the reading is something like, “I wish to know the future of Jose and me.” Otherwise, you’re just going to get a mountain of jigsaw pieces you’re going to have to dig through.
Use the Right Spread
Usually, Tarot readers become frustrated with their readings when they have no set framework for making predictions. They use the wrong type of spread for the job, then scratch their heads wondering why their reading never worked out the way they originally intended.
If you want to predict the future and you use spreads, you need to use a Tarot spread with the right spread positions. You must use a spread that takes all relevant factors into account so that you can conjure up a prediction.
Setting out to predict the future is one of the reasons why the Celtic Cross is so famous. The Celtic Cross sets out to predict when, where, why, and how. You can effortlessly combine all these factors together to form your prediction.
Don’t get me wrong, once you become good at prediction, selecting the correct spread becomes less critical. However, if you’re not accustomed to making predictions, a half-decent spread is the best place to start.
Work on Your Interpretations
It may sound pretty obvious, but you have to be able to interpret cards accurately on the matter you’re reading about. Otherwise, you’ll get confused. If you don’t know what cards mean when they land in certain positions in some styles of readings (for example, the Four of Pentacles in the future position of a love reading), you’re not going to know what it means when it comes up for you. If you can’t interpret cards for a range of situations, you must work on this while learning how to make predictions with Tarot.
Work on Your Techniques
One of my primary pet peeves is when Tarot readers sit on Facebook groups advising less experienced Tarot readers to throw the book away.
Don’t throw the book away; keep your books. Hold onto them because prediction is, ironically, unpredictable.
There have been times when I’ve read a technique in a book and taken a mental note of it because it was so exciting. Years later (literally ten years later), I would then use that technique in a reading. Even if it happens eons from now, something you learn today from a book can be useful in the future.
There’s nothing shameful about listening to people who bring something new to the table. Moreover, you need to be consistently learning because prediction is elusive. When you sit down at that reading, you never know what type of information you’re going to use. If you want to be a predictive reader, you must always be educating yourself.
Avoid the Self-Help Trap
Avoid the self-help trap like the plague, especially when reading for others. Don’t get me wrong; there will be situations when you give advice. If you’re not a heartless rock, you will be providing your seekers (and yourself) help, but you mustn’t stop there.
I often see readers who give advice but don’t state specifics. You have to dig deeper. Where are you getting this advice? Where is this advice coming from? Why are you giving this specific piece of advice? What situation is it linked to?
A classic example is that of a relationship with The Tower in the future. You know it’s dying. It’s the end of the road for the partnership. Instead of giving your seeker the facts, you dance around the issues and provide them with lots of self-help tips.
Here’s the thing: you’re not reading Tarot to appease, you’re reading to be right.
You may worry that knowing the future, especially when it’s a negative one, is damaging. The reality is that you won’t be able to see things you’re not meant to see. There will of course be things you’re not supposed to see and therefore can’t predict. However, if you do see it, you need to trust that it’s there for a reason. Be sensitive, but you should always disclose what you have predicted.
If there are certain things you simply don’t like to predict, refuse to perform issues on those topics. For example, I won’t read on pregnancies. However, reading things like break-ups and business failures are part of the job, so you have to get used to the truth.
Read the Whole Spread
If you’re performing a reading (especially a love Tarot reading for yourself), you’ll probably fall into the habit of only looking at the outcome/future positions and ignoring the rest of the spread. However, if you don’t read the whole spread, your reading is invalid.
Mostly, when you sit down to perform any Tarot reading, you have the subconscious goal of predicting the future and outcome. Therefore, all cards in the spread are relevant to your question, not just the future positions in any given spread.
You must read the past, present, obstacles, opinions of others, and every other part of the spread as if it answers your question. Your spread as a whole weighs up the pros and cons. The entire reading is the essay, and the ‘outcome’ card is the conclusion; it pulls the rest of your reading together.
A good reader can predict the future even without having a spread with an outcome or future position. This is because they can read between the lines and see whether the positives outweigh the negatives. Remember, read the entire book, not just the last page!
Wait Out Your Tarot Predictions
I’m not going to lie; there have been times when I’ve been incorrect. I’ve made the wrong predictions sometimes. I’m only human, and humans make mistakes. However, there have also been plenty of times when I’ve thought I was wrong and was in fact dead wrong about that!
One of the hardest parts of learning how to use Tarot for prediction, is accepting that not all predictions will happen quickly. Sometimes you have to wait.
More times than I’d like to admit, I’ve left Tarot readings worried that I made a mistake, or saw a post on Facebook by one of my clients that reflected the complete opposite of what I had previously predicted. At the time, I kicked myself, only to later discover that my initial prediction was proven correct.
One time that especially sticks in my mind was a reading I performed on a woman. I predicted that she and her partner would soon separate. One year later, I saw a Facebook post that they had gotten engaged. I assumed no separation had taken place until she contacted me to inform me that they had actually separated after the reading. Their eventual engagement marked their reconciliation.
Another time, I was the seeker and had gotten a reading during a Tarot event. The reader told me that I would get so close to a significant commitment from my partner at the time, but that he would pull out at the last minute. I would then meet someone else at a bar.
I took the reading severely and refused to believe it. However, sure enough, a year later, my partner and I had rented a house together, but he pulled out two days before we were set to move in. I lived by myself in that house and later left my partner. The guy at the bar was an ex I had bumped into at a party in front of the bar; after that night, we reconciled our relationship. The Tarot reader was right about everything.
Just because your predictions look like they’re not set to happen now doesn’t mean they won’t occur in the future. Moreover, what you see from your clients on social media is always only half the story. You could be right all along and don’t even realize it, so don’t let being ‘wrong’ affect your confidence in yourself for making predictions.
Have Confidence if You Want to Learn How to Make Predictions with Tarot
You can’t be afraid of being wrong. If you want to be able to make predictions with Tarot accurately, you must have the confidence to put out there whatever’s in your mind and heart.
This might sound strange, but confidence with Tarot doesn’t come from confidence-building exercise and chakra clearings. Instead, confidence originates from being 100% certain that your ancestors are there. It comes from knowing that you’re in this line of work for a reason. Not to sound like a basic Instagram meme, but you have to trust the process.
One way I teach my students to build their confidence is to show them how to work with signs. A form of divination known as apantomancy, working with signs is relatively easy. All you have to do is ask your ancestors for spirits for signs – these are manifestations of your ancestors’ presence in real life.
When you’re shown time and time again that spirit is there and the universe is aligning, it makes you more confident in your readings. Doubt fades away. You know what’s going to happen, and that knowing is clear. For you, there will be no ifs, ands, or buts about it; an outcome will be an outcome whether your client argues with you or not.
Having confidence in your predictions also means having the courage to tell your clients when you don’t know the future. If you perform a reading and the outcome looks uncertain or you can only predict for a short time, say so! Never be afraid to tell your clients something like, “There’s going to be a make or break discussion, but I can’t see what’s beyond that.”
Closing Thoughts on How to Use Tarot For Prediction
That is all for how to use Tarot for prediction! How are you getting on learning how to use Tarot for prediction? Have your predictions been accurate? Are you struggling to learn how to predict the future with Tarot? Feel free to share your thoughts with myself and my Divinerism community in the comments section below!
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