For me, tarot isn't a way to divine the future, and the cards can't tell us what we should or shouldn't do. I don't believe that the cards can possibly 'know' what's in our hearts or minds, and I don't think strange and wonderful magic causes them to appear where they do in readings (although I wish it did!)
What tarot is, to me, is a way to shine a light into the darker corners of our hearts and minds, and a way to tease out ideas and feelings we don't even know are in there. I've found the cards prompting incredible conversations with friends, suggesting new ways of approaching situations, or different ways to see other people in our lives. Sometimes a particular card can bring about such an amazing revelation that it's hard to believe that some kinda magic isn't taking place. But in fact, I think, the cards are simply the prompts. All the knowledge, all those ideas and feelings - they're already there inside us. Tarot can be the catalyst that helps to bring them out.
The cards can't work on their own. Alone, they are beautiful, intriguing, fun to play with...but they can't help us to see the truth within us. They need a capable, compassionate, willing facilitator who understands how to use these prompts to get to the truth. My aim in learning to read and interpret tarot cards is to be able to do this, so that I can keep delving deeper into the truths on my own soul, and help my friends to do the same.Further ramblings on why I love tarot and how I use it.