Can Tarot Cards Lie?

This is a question I’ve been asked several times. The answer is “no” and here’s why.  The cards themselves are inanimate objects, fully incapable of consciously telling a lie to anyone.

So, if the cards don’t lie, why are readings sometimes inaccurate?  The answer here is the reader is lying, the questioner is doing cards for themselves and seeing what they want to see instead of being objective, or the questioner has chosen a different path or course of action.

Let’s look at these in detail.

Your reader is lying or misrepresenting things.  Unscrupulous readers who want you to become dependent or are in it just to make money may indeed lie to people they feel they can manipulate in order to extort more money.  If your reader ever tells you that “you’ve been cursed” for example, find the nearest exit, walk out the door, never return.

Your reader is injecting judgments into the reading.  All readers are human, we all form opinions.  What makes a Tarot reader excellent is understanding that our experiences and opinions are limited and we should not be using them to color our perceptions.  We haven’t walked in your shoes; you have.

Your experiences, thoughts, feelings are your own to have and your decisions are yours to make.  If a reader tells you what you “have to do” – they are not following this premise.  We can make suggestions, show possibilities, explore ideas – but your choices should always be your own, and you should feel empowered in your own decisions.

Lack of Objectivity

This is the most common reason the cards “lie” when people do readings for themselves.  I’ve seen many people ask the same questions over and over, but in different ways.  They will do this until they hear what they want to hear, or convince themselves that they are seeing the answer they want.

In order for Tarot to work; one has to have an open mind, not a rigid stubbornness.  If you are feeling defensive during readings, you are not receptive to the messages being offered and should take a break and come back when you are able to be more distant and objective.

Tarot is there to show possibilities, to illuminate new ideas, show you things you may not be perceiving fully and to help you engage in a well-rounded and meaningful thought process that engages all aspects of your mind.

When you approach it with openness and a desire to explore all possibilities it can open many doors.  When you use it as a tool to try to reinforce your already established notions, it will frustrate you.  It can be easier to blame cards than to accept that our judgment was off.



Tarot Reflections The Queen of Wands

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Tarot Reflections The Queen of Wands

tarot reflections queen of wandsIn this card, we see the queen sitting upon her throne. Behind her are grayish kind of drab skies and in front is her familiar, her companion represented in the kitty cat before the throne. This queen is loving and affectionate. She aims to please and longs to receive love and attention in return.

Generous and always giving of her time and resources, sometimes this queen gets so caught up in others she loses her own sense of identity. Her own needs get put aside, and without being attended to; they begin to loom behind her.

She reminds us that in self-fulfillment we are better able to draw others to us who respect our decisions and value our uniqueness.  Being a strong role model and example for others requires us to know ourselves and to be confident with who we are. We cannot give what we don’t have.

Often we are told that to be self-serving is an act of selfishness. However, being self-fulfilled is not only not “selfish”, it is a sure way to return something positive to the world. Those who take the time to fulfill their own destiny inspire others to also find themselves. This card reminds us to balance time spent on ourselves with our other obligations if we are to remain strong. Don’t allow your dreams to be placed on the back burner.

Today honor yourself and the important role you play within your family, place of employment, and community. Recognize your ability to lead by example, and use your fresh new ideas and inspirations to enhance your experience and bring joy to those around you. Remember we can’t “fix” others, but in working on developing our own strength, we will naturally inspire others to do the same.

Understanding Tarot The Emperor

tarot inspirations by Christin the Emperor

Today’s Tarot lesson is an important one and I love the Emperor card so much for it.  There is a difference in life between self-discipline and punishment.  Those who reach goals consistently are keenly aware of this difference.

Discipline requires effort, but it is an effort that is not burdened by self-defeat, negative self-talk, procrastination due to fear of failure etc.  Discipline doesn’t demoralize or talk down – it looks up.  It provides incentive.

Self-defeat is why many people stop striving to reach their goals.  They give up and throw in the towel.  Think about it.  Weight loss is a good example.  Someone who focuses on increasing their health, improving their physical energy etc. is more likely to be successful than someone who obsesses over their appearance and compares themselves to others or unrealistic expectations.

In career areas, if you love what you do that passion for it compels you to push higher, see what you can do etc.  If you are stuck doing something you don’t like it becomes a burden.  You feel guilty for not getting ahead, but the passion for the cause isn’t there…

Emperor in a Tarot Reading

Time to be focused and disciplined, take initiative.  If you’ve been procrastinating there is a need to get it in gear and take positive, constructive action.  Consider your current plans also – are they truly beneficial to you? If so be proactive and if not, perhaps it’s time to find a new direction for your energies.

Personal Reflection Questions

  • Am I too hard on myself?
  • Do unrealistic expectations cause me to lose motivation?
  • Do I have a concrete plan and goals?
  • In what ways can I be more proactive?
  • Do I know the difference between punishment and discipline?

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Understanding Tarot The Devil

An intimidating and challenging card, but one of the most powerful and liberating is the Devil.  In the Tarot, he represents all matters of imprisonment: fear, addictions, bad habits, toxic relationships, inability to form strong boundaries, codependency, abuse, neglect, subconscious negative programming – you name it.

He also brings the opportunity to recognize, accept and grow through all these prisons of the mind and soul. In conquering these lessons, you will experience true spiritual liberation and freedom.  Embrace the shadow – your darkness, your shadow self, is actually your ally and will give you great opportunities to grow and overcome obstacles.

Avoiding darkness is a habit that impedes growth, accepting that darkness is a necessary reality allows your fears to give way and your light to shine through.

The Devil in a Tarot Spread

There can be several instances when this fellow may pop up in a spread.  He often comes up around people who are lying to you, cheating or otherwise mistreating you.  He also tends to come up when we are lying to ourselves, making excuses for bad behaviors or doing self-sabotaging things.

Questions for Personal Reflection

  • Am I pursuing a dangerous or wrong path?
  • Am I allowing others to mistreat or abuse me and making excuses for their negative behaviors?
  • Am I doing anything to self-sabotage?
  • Am I obsessing about something that isn’t serving my highest good?


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Learn and understand the Devil Tarot card.


Daily Tarot Reflections for Personal Growth

Tarot can be a great tool to help anyone gain some focus and to start the day feeling connected and on purpose. When you approach Tarot as a psychological tool for personal growth and reflection; it can be a great motivator to push you forward. It helps you see the greater wisdom that lies beneath daily circumstances.

Even if you don’t read Tarot full time or really read them at all; you can still do these exercises. Purchase a deck that speaks to you and use it simply for your morning reflection. You can look at one card readings online and that’s great too – but there is something extra special about connecting with your own deck of cards.

Shuffle your cards, clear your mind and focus on a mantra or statement – something like “Share with me the lesson that will help me make the most of this day” or “What do I need to be most aware of today?” Whatever question or mantra you come up with is right for you. The key here is to focus on the now and to open your mind and heart to higher guidance.

Once you’ve focused on your questions and shuffled your cards; allow yourself to be drawn to one and flip it over. Look at the image – what is your first initial impression how does it make you feel? This can often be very telling in itself. For example, when I see a Tower – my initial response is usually to wonder what is going to fall apart or what have I maybe not built on a solid foundation. The lightning and collapsing building tend to suggest that I may have to deal with something unexpected and perhaps unwelcome at the time, but if I keep an open mind it will almost always never be as bad as I imagine it.

Once you pull your card and get a feel for it initially, look a little deeper.

What symbols are present? What colors? What are the characters or objects in the card doing? What does this tell you? Can you relate this to events in your life? Tarot is very flexible in interpretation and anyone can assign their own meaning to their own cards. Daily reflections aren’t so much about “fortune-telling” as they are about clarity of focus and living consciously.