Results Reveal That 42% of US Adults Have Had a Psychic or a Tarot Reading

According to the PsychicGuild Poll*, 42% of US adults admitted to having had a Psychic or a Tarot Card reading. Psychicguild.com is a psychic reading portal that allows users to access free tarot readings on their site.

The Survey

Between 24th and 29th January 2019, PsychicGuild.com surveyed almost 3,000 US adults about their experiences with Psychic and Tarot Readings. PsychicGuild wanted to gain a greater understanding of the popularity of such readings as well as their significance in relation to the popularity of the industry as a whole. Their results show that a surprising 42% of US adults admitted to having had a Psychic or a Tarot Card reading.

See the full results breakdown below.

Tarot Reading Jan 2019







Psychic Reading Jan 2019






Broken down further, the split shows that almost 24% had had a tarot card reading compared with 18.5% having had a Psychic Reading.

IBISWorld provides some powerful statistics on the state of the Psychic market over the past five years. The US industry has grown by 2% and had reached revenue of $2bn by 2018. The number of active businesses grew by 1.6% and the number of employees by 1.4%. Clearly, people are asking more than enough questions on the topic for industry growth to be a certainty in the future of society as it currently stands.

Adam Grunwerg, Partner, at Psy Ventures Ltd., owner of their flagship site PsychicGuild.com commented, “These results show a staggering demand for psychic services in the US, far larger than we anticipated. What is further interesting is the great proportion of male respondents (36%) that admitted to having had a psychic reading, given that the industry that predominantly markets itself to a female audience”

The Demographic Breakdown

Looking at the poll results on a more granular level, as shown in the table of results below, we were able to pick out some trends, whether they were expected or not. The overwhelming result, however, was that Tarot readings appeared the more popular choice.


Row 1 = Tarot Card reading data

Row 2 = Psychic Reading data

Psychic Tarot Breakdown 2019


The Female/Male Divide

Perhaps it is not surprising that the gender divide was biased towards the female participant. 48% of the sample who had had a reading of either kind were female, versus 36% being male. When it comes to Tarot readings, the gender gap was higher at 7%, whereas with Psychic readings, the divide was lower at 5%.

Age Groupings

Extrapolating the age-related data also provided some interesting results. Those under the age of twenty-five appeared somewhat skeptical, according to the findings from PsychicGuild, with just 14% having had a Psychic reading. On the opposite end of the scale, those who fell into the over fifty-five bracket also provided them with lower percentages. This could well have to do with how society viewed this niche in the mid to late 20th Century, but that may be explored another time. The age group the most likely to have had a reading was the thirty-five to forty-five, 27% of whom had had a Tarot reading and 22% of whom had had a Psychic reading.

Our Conclusion?

As expected, in summary, the results show huge and increasing popularity in the niche.


*The total sample size was 2,797 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 24th – 29th January 2019.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (aged 18+).

Tarot Explained : The End // Beginning

Tarot card - The World

Tarot card - The World

It’s with some sadness but also lots of other good feelings that I have to announce that I will no longer be running Tarot-Explained, effective around the end of this month. What started as a tool for my own learning kept growing and growing. Tarot-Explained has been a big part of the last four years of my life and I’m happy to see the current state it is in, ready for somebody else to take control. I’ve learned so much about Tarot just by talking to others who are passionate about the topic, and it’s been a wonderful experience. With anything, there must be an end, and while the site will still be here for you to use, I will no longer be a part of this journey.

In future it might appeal to me to create another Tarot learning journey, in the form of a website. If it does occur, I’d love to see you join me there as well as here. Likewise I may be back here from time to time, or I may not, but I wish you all the best and for the final time I’d like to personally thank you for visiting Tarot-Explained.

With kindest regards,


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Happy Festive Period, and a Happy fourth birthday to Tarot-Explained!

Tarot card - The Emperor

Tarot card - The Emperor

A very happy new year to all of you. I hope you had a lovely warm and peaceful festive period. January 2nd marks the birthday of Tarot-Explained, and I’m very happy to celebrate what started as an endeavour of passion which then turned into extensive study and the deepening of a hobby. I cannot believe it has been four years!

2018 added a lot to the website, lots of things were fixed, we got a new menu on mobile, reverse meanings were added to every card and each card description was checked, double checked and generally tidied up to be the vest free tarot resource on the internet.

The past four years have been formative in my life; I’ve moved houses, gained and lost jobs, friends and relationships, but this site has ever been a constant. It might seem silly, but this website has been a trial and endeavour that I am proud to keep working on.

I hope that 2019 is a happy and prosperous one for you.




Tarot Explained news: A small note on reversals



A quick note about Tarot Explained and reversals. Recently, I have thought to add reversed meaning to each card page. These have taken the form of a short paragraph towards the end of the card meaning. See an example here. After a bit of thought,I have decided to do a complete rewrite of each card with it’s reversed meaning. So, you’ll see a page for The Fool, and then one for The Fool (reversed). I think this will be a lot clearer, as well as being more concise.

This process will take a few months, but I expect to enter into 2019, (and the fourth year of Tarot-Explained!) with a full set of card meanings with reversals.

Thanks for visiting Tarot-Explained



What is Lenormand, how is it different to Tarot?

Another form of cartomancy, Lenormand has been growing in popularity in recent years alongside Tarot and Oracle cards. Lenormand cards tend to talk about a different aspect of your life than Tarot, and though as they are both forms of cartomancy and are therefore similar, there are some stark differences between a Lenormand reading and a Tarot card reading. Let’s explore these differences and similarities to see if a Lenormand deck is right for you.

Only 36 cards

For starters, there are only 36 cards in a Lenormand deck, less than half of a Tarot deck, and even fewer than a regular playing card deck. While initially this may lead the reader to suspect these cards are very general, that isn’t the case at all. Lenormand cards deal with very practical matters instead of general meanings that a Tarot deck would supply. While Tarot is up to interpretation, Lenormand will deal with something specific; “Home, Accidents, Sex, Truth” etc. This can be a good thing; Tarot-Explained was set up because I felt Tarot was very vague and wanted to have a repository of card meanings which were generally considered to be correct. This wouldn’t need to happen with a Lenormand deck as the meanings are already very concise and decided upon.

Illustration doesn’t matter

Usually, the images on a tarot deck will have some influence on their meaning, or at least reflect it to give the reader a clearer picture of the reading. This isn’t the case with Lenormand, where the cards can be bland, have no illustration or just be text, and have the same meaning.

Combinations matter

Lenormand cards are generally designed to be read in combination, not alone. Each card can be a ‘modifier’ for another. You may have a subject card, and then an action card, and then a reason card. For example a subject (Draw card) may perform this action (Draw card) for this reason (Draw card). There are a number of set in stone spreads like this for Lenormand.

No reversals

As the card meanings for Lenormand are set in stone and are so reliant on each other, there is no need to read reversals.

There is still intuition

Like Tarot, however, Lenormand can rely on the readers intuition. While it’s likely that two readers, having drawn the same cards in the same spread will come up with the same result, there is still some room for interpretation.

Can you really trust a tarot reading?

trust tarot?

My interest in Tarot has only been growing over the years, but one thing really bothers me; can you really trust a Tarot reading? What sort of questions should you consult the tarot for? Have you ever made a life changing decision as a result of the cards?

Tarot is a form of divination that works on intuition and interpretation, that is to mean that it is completely subjective. Many will disagree, but the same cards drawn in the same spread, read by two readers, will often result in entirely different readings. The whole reason for Tarot-Explained existing is to have some sort of concise, largely agreed upon meaning for each card. As a logical person with an interest in Tarot, I found it hard to look up card meanings on different websites and different books, and find sometimes completely different meanings. With many cards, there is an almost unanimous decision regarding the meaning; ‘Death‘ means rebirth, ‘The Fool‘ means new starts, for example. For other, less well known cards, there seems to be a vague notion of their meaning. Tarot-Explained began as a way to have the most agreed upon meanings for each card, all in one place.

Holy Mountain Alchemist

Over the last few years I have performed many readings, and received a few myself. Some of the readings I performed dealt with life changing things; new jobs or prospective partners. I’ve also heard stories of people quitting their jobs as a result of a Tarot card reading, and in one instance that stands out, it didn’t bode well for the querent at all. There are a few things I would be very wary of when looking for somebody to perform a tarot reading for you:

Other people

When you consult the tarot, depending on your belief system, you are likely consulting some form of higher intelligence. You should really only be asking about your path in life. Many tarot readers, myself included, will not perform a reading based on somebody else’s actions, person or feelings.

Medical or financial issues

If you believe you have a medical issue, then your first point of call should likely be a doctor. Tarot is a good source of advice, but honestly I would leave it there. No card drawn is going to magically bring you out of bad health, or a bad situation regarding money.If you do decide to consult the tarot based on medical or financial woes, then try to give the cards the same wight as you would a friend giving you advice.

The general future

Tarot can become a self fulfilling prophecy when the future is considered. I have specifically heard a reader draw a spread and then say to the querent ;”You will go to Australia this year”. She didn’t go to Australia, but a reading like this can really change your life. Someone may draw cards that give you an idea of your future, and you may go out of your way to make that proposed future happen.


So what should you ask the Tarot for? My belief is that so long as you treat the Tarot as advice, and not an order, than you can ask for anything. We all know or have known people who give bad advice, and as discussed, people can run with bad advice from a tarot spread. The best part of tarot is that it can open your mind up to new possibilities in your life, but it is my belief that you have free will in this matter, in no way is the dealing of cards describing your future in a fatalistic sense.


Tarot Explained Redbubble – Finished!

tarot stickers redbubble

All the cards are now available as a sticker, phone case or greeting card, over at Redbubble. If you have a specific card you’d like to go to, you’ll find they are all easily organised into collections. You can follow the links below to go to a particular suit.

Major Arcana





Now that all of the rider Waite deck are uploaded, I’ll look to focus on other expired decks and custom illustrations. Thank you all for the support so far, and i’m glad you are enjoying your time at Tarot-Explained.com

Automatic Writing: Notes From The Other Side

automatic writing

 Do you remember taking notes in school, or maybe you took dictation in an office? All you had to do was write what the teacher or boss was saying. In the world of psychic phenomena, the concept is similar to the gift of automatic writing.

 Sensitive people who have this mysterious gift claim that they hear “messages” from the spirit world, and transcribe them onto paper. Often, these people are in a psychic trance while they are writing. Let’s delve further into this fascinating phenomenon called automatic writing.


 Brief History Of Automatic Writing

 Ever since humans recognised their connections to the Divine, they have practised some sort of automatic, or spiritual writing. Ancient cultures developed sacred traditions that were based on “hearing from the gods.” As their shamans and holy people performed rituals, they often went into a trance-like state, and scrawled symbols of the things they saw and heard. The results were proclaimed as divine ordinances that shaped the cultures’ views of the cosmos, afterlife, and traditions.

 Most holy books of the world’s major religions claim that they were dictated by the Divine, such as the Christian New Testament. In his letter to Timothy, St. Paul declared that all scriptures (both Old and New Testament) were written by people as they were “moved on by the Holy Spirit.” While these religions state that all their laws and traditions came from Divine lips, the actual writing was done by gifted humans who heard and saw. For millennia, Native American shamans went on dream quests to transcribe spiritual instruction for their people.

 Automatic writing has been around since the beginning. The process has evolved with different cultural interpretations. It would not be until the 19th and early 20th century until psychic investigators recognised automatic writing in the modern sense.


 Automatic Writing and the Spiritualism Movement

 In the mid-1800s, authorities investigated alleged psychic communication between two New York teens and the spirit world. The Fox sisters had claimed that otherworldly forces communicated with them with a series of knocking sounds. Although this long-studied incidence later proved to be a fraud, it sparked a tidal wave of interest in the occult across America. The movement was called Spiritualism, and it gained popularity in the UK and other parts of Europe.

 Automatic writing became a major tool of Spiritualism. One of the most attractive parts of the movement was that it was open to everyone, regardless of gender, social class, or religion. Spiritualists were not required to be of the clergy. Just about anyone who claimed to have a message from the spirit world in those times were heard.

 During these traditional seances, the psychic medium would go into a trance, and would convey messages from beyond the grave. Most of them used divination tools, such as crystal balls or tarot cards. Instead of speaking, some psychic mediums wrote spirit-guided messages, or drew pictures or symbols on paper. When they came out of the trance, they would discuss the writing’s meaning with the group. Many people were eager to receive messages from their deceased loved ones.

 Contemporary spiritual writing has undergone much scrutiny over the years. Parapsychologists officially call it psychograpy. Some automatic writers were famous, such as Pearl Curran. In the early 1900s, Curran claimed that a spirit named Patience Worth dictated nearly 5,000 literary works. Other prolific spiritual writers include Francesco Chico Xavier, and Helene Smith.

 The paranormal allegations of these writers were published internationally, and studied by some top universities. While professional sceptics assert that automatic writing is simply the result of the person’s subconscious mind, proponents insist that it is genuine. Many automatic manuscripts have demonstrated eerie accuracy, which keeps the psychic gift prominent to this day.


 How Automatic Writing Can Benefit You

 Since we all are connected to the Divine, say psychic believers, everyone has a touch of psychic ability. While you may never be another Liberace, you may learn to play the piano decently. Just because you are not a full-scale psychic medium does not mean that you cannot develop the gifts you have to their full potential. Fortunately, automatic writing is one of the easiest gifts to practice. Here are some helpful tips to get started:

 • During the Spiritualism movement, automatic writers used pens or pencils and a large sheet of paper. Some artistic writers drew their impressions with paint on canvas. In our technically-advanced society, many automatic writers use their computers and mobile devices. Use the tools that feel the most natural for you.

 • Approach your practice with an open heart and mind, and forget preconceived notions about spiritual communication. When your intentions are pure, the spirit world will be eager to convey messages to you.

 • Find a quiet place in your home, where you will not be disturbed for a while. Many spiritual writers find inspiration when practicing outdoors. Organize your writing materials and sit wherever you are comfortable.

 • Close your eyes, and meditate. Say prayers, chant, light a candle, or do anything that releases your mind into complete serenity. If random thoughts hit you, be patient. Acknowledge these thoughts and let them pass through your mind like drifting clouds.

 • Focus on an open-ended question that you want to send to the other side. If it helps, ask the question out loud. Concentrate on your query, and become aware of any sensations you feel. Ask the Divine to protect you in white light as you seek spiritual direction.

 • Pick up your pen (or laptop), and allow words or symbols to enter your mind. Allow your spiritual being to guide your hand. For a while, you may feel silly or that the words you write are nonsense. Write or draw whatever comes to you, whether in spirit voice or visions. If you are drawing, do not worry that you are not an artist. Putting your spiritual communications to paper is the most import thing.

 • It is fine if you do not go into a trance—some seasoned automatic writers do not. Stay in your meditative state as long as you wish, and write or draw as you are inclined. Learn to trust your gift. As spirit guides you, you will intuitively know when to stop.

 • After your session, take some time to review what you wrote or drew. While the answer to your question may not be direct, you may find clues in the words and pictures from your session. Ask your spiritual guides to help you discern your messages. Say a prayer of gratitude to the spirits and universal forces that helped you today.


 As with any skill, the more you practice, the better you will be. Try to have an automatic writing session every day. You may consider keeping a journal or art portfolio of your work, or a thumb drive. Find a genuine psychic adviser to help you further your studies and hone your gift. The spirit world will communicate with those who are listening. Maybe you are the hand they need to convey their messages.

Reversals and free readings.

Free readings are coming back at Tarot-Explained.com. Previously only open to newsletter subscribers, they will soon be open to all. Head over the the Reading page to learn more. Be aware that last time, this got so busy that they had to be limited, so get a request in as soon as possible. These readings are real, performed by an actual person, and we can have a little discussion after if you wish.

Also of note; reversal meanings are being added to Tarot-Explained.com, starting with the Major Arcana. Take a look at them here. Reversal meanings will be added to the Minor Arcana over the coming days. I’ve also been correcting silly mistakes along the way, as well as updating the pages and making them more user friendly.

That’s all for now, I look forward to receiving your reading requests when the service is available soon!