Originally Posted by Jeff Lilly
I had an interesting experience recently. Adam (one of the forum moderators!) came to me and a psychic friend for advice. I've never considered myself psychic, but I wanted to help Adam, so I tried doing one of my little visualization/meditation exercises with his question in mind. A character in the meditation sat down with me and performed a Tarot reading for Adam, picking up the cards, showing them to me, and explaining how they applied to Adam's situation. I told Adam about it, and he found it very helpful. In fact, his knowledge of the Tarot (which is a lot more expansive than mine) helped him get a lot more out of the meditation than I thought was in there!
Honestly, I trust Jeff's reading more than I would trust a physical reading... As a tool, tarot cards are extremely useful for conveying large amounts of information in very terse, short terms. It's similar to a computer programmer's jargon, in that the words used are common, every day words, and when both people in the conversation understand the jargon, a lot can be communicated very easily and quickly. If someone doesn't understand the jargon, though, only confusion will follow. (Classes, objects, instances, and pointers mean very different things to programmers than to those who don't know the jargon, just as Death, the Tower, and the Three of Swords mean very distinct things that are not clearly evident to those who don't understand the tarot.)
I agree with Erin that it isn't the tool that is the problem, it is people's reliance on them. If your only tool is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail... Tarot is extremely well suited for discussing abstract concepts cleanly, but I find that a random spread is only effective as far as each of the cards can apply to the different, extremely complex layers of the human psyche and range of events. It's like shooting fish in a barrel; you're sure to hit one, but it probably won't be the one that you really want/need, which is where a psychic's skills come in, in rooting out what is most important to the person at the time.
With Jeff's reading being non-physical, I found that he was using his Anima's abilities to pick out the qualities that were most important, and translate them into three cards, arranged in a way that conveyed the message clearly, concisely, and with aspects that I hadn't considered before. Wow, that was a really long sentence.
Actually, it was a joint, separated effort between Jeff and Slade (who hasn't visited this board for a few months) that gave me the answer that I needed... They worked in seeming isolation, and independently picked either the method to work with or the direction to work towards... It's odd how they both worked together to give me a whole picture without seeing each other's work during the process.