I will never forget my surprise the first time I sat in a Tarot class and the “client” sitting across from me shuffled the cards and handed them to me. I laid the cards out in the pattern we were given. I then began reading the cards from the descriptions in my notes. The reading was quite accurate and amazed us. She did the same for me. We were stunned. I have seen the same excited reaction from my students. ” How on Earth did I do that?”
There are several possible theories to how this works. Some people believe that there are beings in other dimensions existing in the same spaces with us who guide the reading. They can be labeled “The Higher Self”, angelic forces, spirit guides, etc. Other people believe that somehow thoughts are transmitted from client to reader, or that the reader is responding to subliminal cues. These cues can not explain why telephone Tarot readings can be so accurate. But if you know a bit about quantum physics/mechanics, it becomes easier to understand.
Bells Theorem states: “No theory of reality compatible with quantum theory can require spatially separated events to be separate.” This means that all distant events are in constant communication; interdependent and interconnected, and that each and every single particle must know exactly what every other particle in the universe is doing to know what it needs to be doing at any time. This further implies that every particle in the universe is always in touch with an “Organizing Consciousness.”
Fritjof Capra explains the Bootstrap theory. “The “bootstrap” philosophy declares that we must abandon the idea of fundamental building blocks of matter. There are no fundamental entities whatsoever – no fundamental constants, laws, or equations. The material universe is seen as a dynamic web of interrelated events. None of the properties of any part of this web are fundamental. They all follow from the properties of other parts, and the overall consistency of their interrelations determines the structure of the entire web.”
In other words, all that exists is interrelated; inter-connected in a vast web. So it should come as no surprise that in our interconnectedness, my client’s past, present and future shows up in the layout of the cards. Every atom and molecule in the Universe knows what every other atom and molecule in the universe is doing at any given time. Synchronicity just flows naturally from that.
Carl Jung, who coined the term “synchronicity,” was a contemporary of Freud as well as a psychologist and professor. He came to this theory because he noticed “coincidences” played a very meaningful role in our lives, but were unlikely to have happened randomly. For example, one patient dreamed of an insect, a golden scarab. While telling Jung about the dream in session, Jung just happened to look out the window, saw a golden scarab flying by, and reached out and grabbed it. He gave it to the client and said, “Here’s your golden scarab.” This event facilitated a major breakthrough for the client, as you might well imagine.
Famous psychologist Carl Jung actually read his own Tarot cards daily, according to his autobiography (“Memories, Dreams, Reflectios”) and was fascinated by the I Ching. He suggested synchronicity might be responsible for how divination works. He believed dreams were part and parcel of synchronicity, and were also to be observed carefully for that reason. Synchronistic events, unfortunately, are not easy to study, using the currently accepted “empirical” model of science. This may be why many scientists state that we have reached the end of empiricism. The scientific method cannot measure everything! Some things, like love for example, definitely exist, but cannot be proven using empiricism. For anything to be proven empirically, the outcome must be repeatable. Synchronistic events do not seem to occur in this way, thus it is not possible to prove their existence using the empirical method. It requires that the experiencer trust his own senses more than the scientific method (remember, we cannot prove love exists). This of course requires that a person be capable of self-validation, and not be seeking validation from outside the self.
What makes Tarot work? The answer probably lies somewhere in science, rather than within the “airy-fairy” or within purely psychological explanations. All I know is that it does work, as do many other forms of readings.
I leave you with this. In Gary Zukav’s book , “Dancing Wu Li Masters,” he points out that all reality boils down to is energy moving. No one has ever yet observed a particle. Once you really “get” that, you begin not to wonder how a Tarot reading works, but why you cannot walk through walls!