Popularly tarot is a method of “foretelling the future”- and it can be used for that*- but one of its greatest abilities is in allowing us to access our inner selves. Reading Tarot is reading the energies at play around a person or topic; each element can be identified by the story shared by its card.
Its power is in interpreting the story: you are able to identify toxic patterns and personal challenges that manifest visually as characters or plot points; you are able to identify energies at work in your life that might otherwise remain invisible.
Tarot is a spiritual practice. It is a way to see the pattern of the web of life, the interwoven strands that connect us all. It is a way to communicate with your most primal, essential self: the spirit that connects you to the Divine.
*Divination caveat: the future is always in motion, as we are constantly making choices that affect the outcome of ours and others’ lives.