The concept of Tarot has a lot of misconceptions surrounding it that has caused much debate. For years the Tarot has been used as an instrument to gain insight and understanding. In this time a lot of tarot readers have had to grow into this tool also, learning through experience what it can and cannot do. Tarot is not a fortune telling device as often depicted. It is not a magic wand that lays out an easy future by providing all the answers in advance.
In simple words Tarot is an instrument used to gain deeper understanding and insight through symbology and exploration. Tarot is a tool for personal transformation through the combined usage of spirituality and psychology. It improves awareness, and in the process expands horizons by highlighting choices and scenarios by laying it all out before us. Living an empowered life means understanding that the future is not entirely predestined. Just like a grade in school, you have certain objectives and lessons that are part of the goal plan. Some students will succeed, others will not make the goal, but each student shapes his/her own learning experience through effort and application. Tarot was never intended to be “magic”, just a tool for insight to help the querrent make more powerful decisions. It acts as a sort of study guide, enhancing the learning process through displaying repeating behavior patterns, potential consequences/rewards for ones actions, and possible choices. The Tarot through its series of images tells a story, each card represents different personality traits, attitudes, actions etc, and through these pictures a story begins to emerge. The ultimate outcome is entirely in the hands of the one seeking the guidance.
The vast majority of us who use Tarot in our daily lives are no more evil than anyone else. We work jobs, raise families, and socialize with the rest of the community and do otherwise perfectly “normal” things. We don't all have big head dresses and speak in funny accents telling others we have mystical magical powers and can change lives, bring people lovers, or dole out winning lotto numbers. The charlatans who practice this kind of thing, and propagate these misconceptions aren't evil either, they are just plain greedy and eager to capitalize on the pain and misunderstanding of others. It is seen just as much greed in many churches & temples, so it is better for people to not jump to conclusions, but to research and try to gain understanding into how this tool works before labeling it as anything.
Legitimate Tarot Readers, Psychics and other such advisors believe in building people up as we show them all the options and potential choices surrounding present conditions, and help them to come to terms with issues from the past that may be shaping their current perceptions. A genuine Tarot reader does not present Tarot as something that only the elite can master. Many of your more reputable Tarot readers teach and are usually happy to share Tarot knowledge and personal insights with those who are learning. The mark of a genuine psychic is empowerment, not dependency. A truly gifted healing practitioner does not seek to enslave a querrent to their guidance, but to show them how to find the connection with their own inner guidance.
Another common misunderstanding is the tendency to link Tarot Readers and Psychics together into one category. One does not have to be a practicing psychic to use the Tarot, however many psychics, started out on the paths of reading Tarot. Tarot can be a tool to help aid and enhance the insight and that often opens people up to further abilities. Tarot serves as a validation to the senses of tarot readers. It's almost like that old security blanket one reaches for because it’s comfortable, out of habit and not necessity.