It’s very simple. Tarot helps people. That’s why.
Initially the tarot was for my personal use only. I charted my goals and planned out how I would pursue my ambitions with the aid of tarot. I found that tarot helped me stay on track, stay focused, and achieve exactly what I want to achieve.
It also helped console me in times of grief, loss, and confusion. When the words and advice of well-meaning people couldn’t help relieve my pain, I found that the tarot could. For me, tarot has always been about self-empowerment.
Then friends would visit my home from time to time and if I wasn’t careful, my cards or crystals would be lying around and of course they would inquire about them.
I would tell them that I study tarot. They may ask a few questions about what tarot is and I’d answer. Later on in time, for reasons unbeknownst to me, some of those friends would remember me in their times of need.
They would ask me if I would read the tarot for them, and I would. That was when I saw firsthand how powerful and therapeutic the tarot could be.
Throughout the ages, the greatest leaders of human history have sought out oracles for counsel, especially in critical times. In a way, tarot can serve as an oracle, but that’s not what it really is.
That is just a simplified explanation of how it functions. In truth, tarot is a mirror. It reflects back who you are. It shows you your strengths and your weaknesses. It makes you confront the decisions you have made in the past, your attitude, both good and bad, and how these components have affected your life as you know it.
Somehow, just the right archetypes are selected each time to help you understand what you need to do to advance forward. It’s uncanny how tarot does that and I have no concrete explanation for why exactly it works, but it does.
It tells you exactly what you need to hear to go on (though rarely does it tell you what you want to hear; such is life).
Tarot is essentially a diagnostics tool for decision-making. I am one of those people who creates checklists, to-do lists, action items, and who is neurotically organized when it comes to charting from any given Point A to my desired Point B.
And personally I have found tarot to be an incredible supplement to that neuroses. Hence, I practice tarot.