Tarot and fortune telling in comparison to that of practice of medicine.
Tarot and all forms of divination are all methods for guessing the future based on the omens of today. These forms of divination has been passed down through the ages and have records on how they should be used correctly.
However, many people do not trust these guesses in the future as they state that these are without basis and with logic. They lack belief and faith, which is essential upon the use and operation of tools for divination. Moreover they view divination as random without a specific purpose or motive. When the reading or the diviner tells these people their fortunes, due to their lack of faith and concentration in the cards, the result proves to be false.
Yet an equal number of people can attest to the correctness of these methods to divine into the future. Being a Tarot reader, I would use tarot as and example. Tarot is an art of fortune telling. It is the most powerful tool in the Western tradition in which fortunes are told. There are several stories on the origin of Tarot. Some say it is an art, which has existed since the time of the pyramids. Some say that it is an art of gypsies
However, the first traces of the cards are form in the 14th century in the form of the Visconti-Sforza deck. The fact is it contains many icons and images which Psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud and management Guru, Carl Jung has mentioned in their books.
The reason why these people can use and believe in Tarot is the fact that tarot is a recorded system. The meanings of the 78 cards, the system of the spreads and the kabbalah have existed for ages. Individuals add their own meaning to the cards and come up with decks in their own images. These individuals have experiences with readings and through the records of these readings they develop their meanings and understanding of how better to divine the future. For instance, the 3 of swords upright in a reading concerning relationships is often referred to the card of sorrow and most tarot readers will in the same way. This method of recording readings and divination is similar to the methods of a doctor treating a patient.
Through the ages, the use of medicine developed from an art, which is random to an science with logic and system. How was this possible? In ancient times, healers and doctors did not really record the methods of how an illness is developed, what are the symptoms and how is it treated. These healers and doctors practiced through word of mouth and much knowledge is lost. It was only during the times of the greeks, the time whereby writing is developed that cases of illness are recorded, the types of medication used. As these information is useful to the society, a lot of effort and money has been placed in the preservation of these records and so the medicine became more and more accepted as a science. Yet medicine is also unpredictable. The most common of diseases could still kill if the patient, who is taking the medication, lacks the belief in that it will cure him of illness. New diseases and uncertainties are constantly developed. Hence there is research and development of new medications and treatments.
In view of motives, Divination and medicine are similar. One can aid the person in the curing of subconscious anxiety whereas the other cures the person physically. Both have established systems, which could be recorded and developed. Both can have repeatability in results. However, divination is not seen in positive light as there are many in the field who does it out of selfish and self fulfilling reasons. Moreover, these individuals tend to bend the readings or deceive the clients in order to achieve gains in their favor instead of the actual act of helping others. It is my sincere hope that in the future there are organizations which could develop the arts of divination in the positive manner. That is the reason for me to teach others Tarot and make them aware of the positive manner to use this art to act as a medicine to heal and not to deceive.
I leave you with an excerpt for the Alchemist.
"When people consult me, it's not that I'm reading the future; I am guessing at the future. The future belongs to God, and it is only he who reveals it, under extraordinary circumstances. How do I guess at the future? Based on the omens of the present. The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity."