Demystifying Tarot Card Reading


What are Tarot Cards?

Tarot cards are tools used for the purpose of assessing our lives, so that we have a better understanding of the situation and people involved.

On a mystical level, tarot cards are primarily associated with a technique of communicating with a Higher Power.

On a more secular level, Carl Jung (our modern day father of psychology) has made popular the use of Tarot as a language for our subconscious to reveal our psychological patterns.

Either way, regardless of whether the answer comes from a Higher Power or our own subconscious, tarot is a mode of communication beyond our 5 senses and glimpses into the unseen fabric of reality.

It is ultimately this belief in an otherworldly component that requires our intuition or 6th sense to tap into. 

What is a Tarot Reading?

A tarot reading is a question and answer session between yourself and what the cards have to say. Like Astrology, the questions can range from worldly matters like career and relationships, to self inquiry questions for self improvement.

Whatever our choice of question, the cards help show us an assessment of the situation or people in our lives. From this awareness of how the “optics” or the state of affairs looks like, we can then make better decisions for ourselves.

For beginners, I advise you to start using the tarot to understand yourself first and pose questions surrounding personality patterns and self improvement topics. For example, what are my blindspots with regards to this situation? What am I learning from this experience? This builds familiarity with using the cards and tapping into one's own energies, before attempting to tap into collective energies or the future. 

The other key component in a tarot reading relates to how the question is framed. Knowing how to frame the question stems deeply in our concept of the future, or our understanding of our own will versus what is pre-determined.

So when people assume that tarot cards tell us our future, they pose questions like “Will I be successful?” when they could be asking “How do I become successful?”

In reality, the future is the Sum Of The Parts (SOTP) of our actions. In turn, those decisions behind those actions, are also the SOTP of our personalities, preferences and habits formed by the conditionings of past experiences. So when we ask what is the future, the tarot cards give the answer that has the highest probability, given the current course of actions or behavior patterns of all parties involved.

This means that the future is not set in stone and we still have an ability to navigate our way towards a better outcome. However, as we go deeper into esoteric teachings, there are definitely matters of fate that cannot be avoided and a good tarot reader can determine that.

Like the serenity prayer, the tarot helps us find the wisdom to know what we can control and what we must accept. Essentially, the tarot system is a life navigating compass and learning to use the tarot can be one of the most beneficial life skills. 



Rishi Tarot's body of work is divided between teaching the theory of divination and practical works like giving a tarot or an astrology reading, harnessing both intellect and intuition. 

Serena of Rishi Tarot is a Contemporary Traditionalist.

She recognizes that she deviates slightly from the New Age movement which is currently in vogue.

She believes in preserving traditions for its wisdom and veracity while keeping up with the need for updates as communication and languages evolve. With that in mind, Serena strikes a balance by preserving the correctness of traditional methods while modernizing how it is expressed.

During Serena's tarot readings, she channels and works with the Rishis for guidance. They are the seers of the Vedas and the original Light beings.

In Hindu Cosmology, they are born from the mind of Brahma and Shiva. Their origins can be traced back to the first seven Rishis who are the manifestations of the Big Dipper Constellation.

The Rishis are also very commonly associated with Thai occult practices, notably through the amulets they empower. They remain popular even in modern day Thailand and parts of South Asia.

Serena's big passion is in the academic part of tarot!

She teaches Hermetic Qabalah / Kabbalah and the Western occult roots behind tarot like the Golden Dawn.

This is reserved for more advance students who plan on studying the foundations of tarot and the intellect of divinatory methodology. She incorporates both the Eastern and Western school of thought in her practise. 

Interested to learn and read more


        This article is for informational purposes only. The views expressed are the views of the cited expert and do not necessarily represent the views of SOTP.

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