As a practitioner, I have been reading the tarot for many years now. Seldom, have I ever used them as spiritual guidance for myself because I have always felt that I am far "too close" to the matter at hand. But, lately an issue has arisen in my life that was so crutial that the need for comfirmation was strong!
I usually do my best to go with my "gut" feelings or inner voice which, if I am smart, I will follow them. Although sometimes it is extremely difficult to see our way through a given situation and we sometimes find that further spiritual advice is needed. I will say here in this post the very same thing that I tell all of my clients for whom I read, and that is that the cards are merely a tool used as a method of guidance or personal confirmation of something that deep inside of us we are or may already be aware of! They can also be considered a type of warning as to what will happen if we continue on a path which we know in our hearts to be wrong or disasterous in the end.
Of course, we can not change our past, our present is exactly that, but we do have much control over our future outcomes. By listening to both our instincts and the cards, we have the choice to make an informed, although not always easy in some cases, decision. In my case, the cards served to strongly confirm my fears. On the other hand; however, by doing so they helped give me the clarity which I was so lacking in order to see my problem through.
I also did something else which I very rarely do and that is perform another reading in regards to the same issue using my same deck. Interestingly enough and yet not surprisingly, the reading came up with the same accuracy and warnings that the first did. Even though the cards were not exactly the same, the cards which had showed up from the rest of the deck held the very same types of warnings and where very clear! In other words, the reading itself had NOT changed.
I personally still do not prefer to perform readings on myself. I find it difficult to keep my emotions in check just long enough to be able to maintain a clear head, but I do realize that there are times when it may be necessary to do so.