Meteorologists, doctors, stockbrokers and tarot readers are in the same line of activity. Predicting. And is the prediction more often wrong that they are right can be a tricky question.

Forecasting is estimating any time frame extracted from cross-sectional and longitudinal data. Just like a weather forecaster who analyzes information gathered from charts of wind patterns,barometric pressures and other data and then makes an intelligent calculated prediction of the forthcoming weather.

Similarly, tarot readers take the known information from what the clients tell them about their concerns and then observe the patterns, influences and trends that appear in the tarot card spread and make extrapolations about the future based on the gathered data.

Although every tarot reader struggles with how far and to what extent they are trying to predict and how detailed they are trying to be.

Straight-arrow fortune telling rarely works nowadays because of the negative associations with scams and frauds. Back in the era of the Roman Empire, there was a law forbidding anyone to consult a forecaster or soothsayer. The olden civilization were suspicious of people who practiced forecasting. The stigma still is present in this period.

A forecast or prediction plainly gives the querent or the client added information of what is to come in the future. At the end of the day, it is their free will and how they respond to it that matters.

Being aware of the future events can be empowering because it will confirm the knowledge that they are on the right path or if it is something negative gives them a warning to avoid potential bad situation.

It can be beneficial for the tarot reader to match his/her chosen tarot card spreads that complements his reading style and philosophy about predicting the future.