The word “accurate” never resonated with me. I mean, I am aware of the fact that the use of “accurate” is really just a word people use most of the time. It is usually an expression of gratitude when they feel like they have been given a spot on reading and they now having many things to think about.
I wouldn’t say I am against the word “accurate”–I’m mostly just reflecting on its usage and the attitude behind it. Of course, I will never have a negative reaction if somebody tells me my tarot reading has been an accurate one–I take that as a compliment! And a validation of my efforts. To hear positive feedback after a tarot reading–especially when it involves how much insight I have given a person or how much my reading has made them realize some truths about themselves–that’s the best thing I love about tarot.
However, if somebody asks me, “How accurate are you in tarot?” It gets a bit awkward. Understandably, they are asking because they are curious, but since it is true that there are many common misconceptions regarding tarot and many people expect tarot to be this fortune-spitting machine, I get a little defensive. Because I love tarot. I love it and I want others to understand it and love it as I do. It is such an amazing tool for self-exploration and self-healing and it’s sad that many people still regard it as some occult mumbo-jumbo.
Anyway. The attempt to evaluate a reading through its “accuracy” seems to imply a kind of attitude that expects answers to be given in a spoon-speeding manner. I find it to be a very dismissive and restricting attitude that prevents one from the benefits of a tarot reading. A tarot reading is meant to be engaging, interactive, and thought-provoking. It’s not supposed to give you the answers; it’s supposed to help you find the answers within you. In addition, it is supposed to challenge your views and help you achieve a different perspective that may be helpful to your situation. This is why you can’t really evaluate a tarot reading with a percentage. How accurate is it? It’s about 70% accurate. It’s a 100% accurate. The number really doesn’t matter. Tarot reading is qualitative, not quantitative.
That is why I never ask: “How accurate do you find my reading?” Instead, I prefer: “How much are you able to relate?”or “How much insight are you able to gain?” or “Did this tarot reading help you?”
I like the word “relate” because there is a thought-process involved. Unlike “accuracy” where answers given can be easily dismissed, “relatability” is comprised of an inevitable process of practical application and thoughtful digestion. It’s not just you taking the answers in and handpicking the ones that you find valid and disregarding the rest as “inaccurate”. You’re actually taking the answers in, absorbing them, attempting to apply them to your present reality, and attempting to generate new insights through this process of application. It’s a much better word, with many more positive connotations. And I feel that it captures the tarot process in a much better and relevant way.