As a tarot cards reader and fan, I am often asked if the tarot cards are for real and if I believe in fortune telling.

There is no straight answer to this apparently simple question, it all depends on what you expect from a tarot reading.

Tarot has been used for fortune telling and it is often erroneously linked to black magic or other sinister practices. Nothing could be more wrong.

Tarots are ancient cards depicting images charged with powerful symbolism. They can be safely used by anyone for guidance in moments of hesitation or concern.

The pictures on the cards take their power from the fact that these basic representations are present in our collective unconscious.

We learn to interpret symbols since our childhood. We know that a red cross indicates an emergency room or that an image with a little man or a woman directs us to a restroom.

Tarots show symbolic images and learning to interpret them is learning to interpret the reality that surrounds us from a detached point of view.

These cards are a mirror of reality and decoding them is like using a new alphabet that spells our daily lives, fortunes and events.

Interpreting tarots helps us read our story and the cards depict a moment in time, our reality at the instant of the reading.

I see tarot cards as an ancient but still very effective form of counseling more than a tool for fortune telling.

I believe that there is no set destiny for us, we build our own future with our daily actions and constantly we take decisions that have important consequences and influence the events of our future.

Tarots with their powerful images can help us find a deeper connection with ourselves to find our own path despite all the noise and confusion around us.

Stress and daily grind take a toll on us, we are swept away by the unstoppable stream of life. Don't you sometimes have a feeling that all your daily activities make you run around just like a headless chicken without a real meaning or direction?

Also in this tarots can be of assistance, they give us a moment of detachment and reflection, helping us to connect with a wider universe and a too often neglected part of ourselves that screams for attention for unattended needs and wishes.

Tarot cards do not tell us our fate but they show us a picture of our situation in a given moment, what we could do about it and the possible outcome of our actions.

So, are tarot cards for real?

Yes, they definitely are if they are used like trusted companions and reliable advisers.

A good tarot reading interprets the core of the moment we are living and can help us when we have lost sight of our path and we need a break of reflection to see things from a higher perspective.

Author's Bio: 

Despite my scientific training I find in tarot cards a source of inspiration and a powerful tool for meditation.
I started to share my fascination for tarot cards.
In my website you can find free resources, tarot meanings and free printable cards for daily counseling and inspiration.