Just the other day, I received an email from a potential client. She wrote, “I am interested in a ‘future’ reading. That is, what will occur between now and the end of 2011 for me… I have had readings before but they are not useful in any way because most readers focus on what is either happening to you now or what has happened to you in the past.” I found this to be a really interesting question, because it prompted me to think, “Is a Tarot reading about the present or the future? Is it realistic to predict the future, without focusing on the present?”
I can absolutely understand where this lady was coming from – who wants to be told about something you already know or that is already happening to you? People come to a Tarot reader to find out something they don’t know or that is going to happen in the future, not what’s happening in the here-and-now.
However, often, it is the present which dictates our future. Let me share with you one of my all-time favourite quotes is from Paulo Coelho’s book, The Alchemist, which illustrates this point to a tee:
“When people consult me, it’s not that I’m reading the future; I am guessing at the future. The future belongs to [a Higher Being], 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 [a Higher Being] loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.”
What this excerpt touches on is that our present circumstances shape our future circumstances, and it is in the present where we can make the necessary changes to our lives to create a more positive outcome for the future. Many of my Tarot readings do focus on present energies, with a view to understand where the client is heading in the future. The client can see that if they head down the current path, it will lead to a particular outcome. If the client doesn’t like that outcome, then they can make the necessary changes now, and shift their direction towards a more positive outcome.
So, in this way, it becomes essential to understand the present energies in order to understand the future energies, and to empower the client so that they can use their free will in the present and re-shape their destiny.