Confessions Of A Tarot
by Bob Olson, OfSpirit.com Editor
must confess that I as I sit here and write, I can’t help but to ask
myself, “What has become of my life?” Life used to be so simple and
predictable. I knew what was real and what was fantasy. I knew what to
believe and what not to believe. And I was smart enough not to be fooled
by charlatans and schemers claiming to have abilities of supernatural
design. Of course, they were all phonies in my mind, so it was easy to
protect myself from their frauds.
Oh how I miss those days when I had
all the answers. My ignorance was truly bliss. For today I am confronted
with a knowing that is not fit for a man who grew up on large doses of
Charles Bronson, Clint Eastwood and Sly Stalone. Revenge was the code back
then, not love and forgiveness. An eye for an eye and every man for
himself was the macho mentality, not oneness and peace and helping your
neighbor. Life used to be so much easier to categorize when everything was
either black or white. But things aren’t so simple today. There are gray
areas of which I wasn’t aware.
Where I was once a brave young deer
hunter, today I catch insects in my house and gently place them outside.
Rather than shoot my bullets at pheasants and ducks, I now shoot my camera
to capture their beauty. Yes, times are a changing, and I’ve changed a
great deal along with them.
Having once been a proud skeptic of
all things paranormal, today I have spent three years researching the
subject of spirit communication. Those have been three incredibly
enlightening years. Yet I continue to remain skeptical about certain
practices, and until recently, tarot card reading was one of those
practices I refused to swallow. So wouldn’t you know, as I recently
verbalized this skepticism to a friend, a tarot card reader showed up in
my life to confront my disbelief.
“Hey, I’m open to new
possibilities,” I said to my wife, Melissa—although deep within me I
knew I had made up my mind on this subject. “Why not, I’m going to
give it a try,” I told her. If for no other reason, I felt I owed it to
myself to at least rule tarot out as a legitimate source for spiritual
guidance. Melissa said she felt bad for Caera, the tarot
reader I was going to put to the test. But I warned Caera that I held some
doubts in this area, and she was unaffected by my admission. She told me
that she trusts in the cards and her guides who assist her. So we began
I told Caera that I had never had a
tarot reading before, but I later remembered that I’ve had a couple.
Both were as phony as a bad toupee, so I now realize why I’ve always
considered the craft a mere parlor trick. To me, tarot readers were
psychic wanna-bes who used the cards as a substitute for a genuine gift.
So you can imagine my surprise when Caera’s first few words were dead-on
Using a Celtic tarot deck known as
the Arthurian Legend, Caera
gave me a reading that revealed the inner details of my higher guides, my
inner guide, my past, my near future, my abilities and strengths, my
current influences, my hopes and fears, and the final outcome of my
current issues. Even more incredible than the accuracy of what she told me
is the fact that every card’s messages revealed exactly the same
messages given to me by three different psychic mediums, two different
astrologers and one palm reader. I have written about this uncanny
coincidence when I got the palm reading, but this did not lighten the
impact it had on me this time.
Only a few years ago, I would have
accused anyone telling me this same story of being a naïve believer. But
having experienced Caera’s reading myself, and knowing that I did not
fit square-pegged generalities into the round-holed details of my life, I
stand corrected in my past skepticism of tarot cards.
What I find most convincing is that
not one of the practitioners I have seen—the three mediums, the two
astrologers, the palm reader or Caera—beat around the bush while
throwing out possible insights as bait and waiting for me to bite. No,
each practitioner jumped quickly to the point. Bam! This is your story.
Bam! This is your past. Bam! This is your future. Caera even read my cards
over the phone, never giving her the luxury of reading my facial
expressions or body language along with the cards.
Caera slam-dunked message after
message about the private elements of my life. Her style for interpreting
the cards was simple to understand and interesting to hear. With each card
she turned, Caera told me the story of King Arthur and his knights that
was depicted on the individual card. These stories served to further
explain her interpretation and improve my memory of the reading. Nothing
improves memory retention like a good story to nail down the message.
Caera initially invited me to think
of a question or issue to which I sought answers; but I chose to trust in
Spirit, allowing what was supposed to come through to find its way without
my controlling it. This proved to be a good choice, as the most important
issues of my life were identified and given insight. I must say that I was
surprised that Caera streamlined directly to these issues, because she
could have concentrated on so many other areas including my health,
relationships and overall emotional well-being. But I wasn’t dealing
with issues in any of these areas; I had one thing on my mind and Caera
addressed it with every card.
“How did you know to address this
one area of my life?” I asked Caera. Caera said she simply reads the
cards; it is up to one’s individual beliefs to determine how or why the
cards fall the way they do.
“Then what happens when you do
two different spreads for the same person? You must get two completely
different readings, right?” I asked.
“No,” Caera said, “I usually
get the same cards. It’s even hard for me to believe sometimes, but the
same issue or issues repeat if readings are done more than once in a short
period of time.”
Interestingly, the same is true for
psychic mediums, astrologers and even palm readers. Go to two different
practitioners and you will still get similar readings if the practitioners
are both skilled and/or gifted. If there is an issue you need to deal with
in your life, it’s going to show up until you deal with it. As much as
we might wish we could, we can’t just ignore the messages we are given
and go to another practitioner for better messages. If we go to genuinely
gifted and reputable practitioners, we simply cannot hide from the
Universal wisdom these ancient tools or spiritual gifts provide us.
Tarot readings were last in line in
my hierarchy of practices to endorse. Yet I must humbly admit to you that
my experience with Caera has opened my eyes to the legitimacy of tarot
readings, although I still feel a little embarrassed to admit it. However,
based on my three years of research and experience with spiritual
phenomena, Caera has provided me with enough evidence to conclude that
tarot is a justifiable source for guidance and insight. For all you nay-sayers
out there, I’m here to encourage you to experience this for yourself.
I now know that the reason I had
lousy readings in the past was because I went to lousy tarot readers.
Anyone with five bucks in their pocket can buy a tarot deck. Not anyone
can read tarot cards with the skill and accuracy of practitioners like
Caera. Hence, if you are curious enough to discover what tarot cards can
reveal to you, I strongly urge you to use care in choosing a tarot reader
with a good reputation.
I also believe that a certain
amount of psychic ability is necessary to accurately interpret tarot
cards. Each card can be interpreted several ways, and the practitioner
determines which interpretation he or she will make. Caera’s psychic
instincts were excellent. Several times she told me that a card could mean
two or three different things, and then she gave me her interpretation
based on the psychic insight she was getting from her guides. While this
might sound over-the-top for some people, she always chose the only
meaning that could possibly fit my life. Maybe she was just lucky; but it
happened several times throughout my reading. If she is that lucky, she
should put down her tarot cards and take up Blackjack.
Being the editor of a holistic
magazine has its perks, the greatest being that I get to test
practitioners for any given practice, even if I am skeptical about its
legitimacy. This is often how I am led to
discovering practitioners like Caera whom I write about. I have been
to genuine mediums and phony mediums, gifted astrologers and not-so-gifted
astrologers, and legitimate tarot readers and lacking tarot readers. I have put
this tarot reader to the test, and
she scored brilliantly while opening my mind to the potential and value of
tarot readings. I recommend that anyone interested give it a try and see
for yourself what possibilities tarot offers for guidance, insight and
articles by Bob Olson, visit www.ofspirit.com/bobolson.htm