Of all the questions I get asked from people looking for answers through tarot card readings, the question “Are Online Tarot Readings Legitimate?” comes up time and time again. And it’s a complicated question without an easy answer. There is something mystical, historical, spiritual, and special about tarot cards. Certainly, the bond that forms between the reader, the seeker and the tarot spread is unique. If you think about it from the perspective of the tarot card deck, it’s called upon to guide answers and revelations to many different people seeking answers. However, it is a fact that the tarot card deck only works with one seeker at a time. For that one moment in the entire space-time grid of the universe, the seeker, reader, and tarot deck are intertwined, exclusively bound to each other until the reading is over. Then the deck, the reader, and the seeker move on.
So how does this relate to online tarot readings, or those free automated tarot card readings you can access on some websites?
Well, the reality is that it’s not really the same conditions as a personal and intimate in-person reading would be. However, that does not necessarily negate the value of the reading itself. Because, as the seeker, you select the cards that reveal their meaning through you, the understanding is that you will be drawn to the cards you choose regardless of what format they present themselves in. So theoretically free tarot card reading online services do have some legitimate value. They will reveal and guide you to the answers you are seeking.
But at the same time, there is a limiting factor. For one, usually, only a single spread is used or you can select a spread. It’s probably more helpful to have the reader select and do the spread depending on what you are looking for answers to. Further, the revelations revealed by your card choices are likely ‘stock’ answers from free automated card reading databases. Yes, some are sophisticated enough to alter and change based on the holistic selections you made. These sort of adaptive online readings are certainly more accurate, but it’s still a level removed from the personalized intimacy and changing aura of one-on-one reading.
So my short answer is that yes there is some value to online tarot card readings, however, for a more detailed, accurate, and personalized reading, nothing yet comes close to the magic of the tactile, human interaction. As with anything, there is a time and place for everything.