^^^ I've been reading tarot for 40 years, but have only used the Mother Peace Deck for the past 25 yrs. Why this deck? First, they are all-inclusive in terms of sex, race and "religious" affiliations. Secondly, they are circular, which shows regard for all things "cunt." Unlike angular decks, these show where the energy is flowing from, or going to, in the process of learning some spiritual lesson. This differs greatly from the dichotomous basis of most decks - ie/ up=good, down = bad. Those are value judgments and have nothing to do with spiritual growth.
Reading tarot is a spiritual service and it is an honor to be a part of anyone's spiritual journey.
In terms of credulity, for me, the proof's in the pudding. I read accurately. Decades of experience confirms this. Some things ARE fate, destiny... not a darned thing anyone can do about them. They exist, even before they exist. Only some will understand that last sentence. But, mostly, I'd agree that the cards show the past, the present, and the likely future should the person being read continue on the path they are on - which means, if they don't like the "outcome," change things now.
I learned the cards by meditation. I'd "go in" the card, and once within, use my senses. The temperature, the lighting, how crowded, what is the energy of being "in" that card. That took about a year of daily practice. The result is this... when I read, since I already know my own relationship with the card, whatever is different, is the energy of the one being read. It's "their" energy.
Also, there is no need to avoid reading any issue that comes up in a reading. Over the years, my experience is that when the Death card comes up, the person being read already knows who it is. Most times, it does NOT foretell physical death, rather a definite transition. My personal view is that if it comes up in the reading, it is not for me to "play God" and pick and choose what is revealed.
As for frauds... yeah, there are humans who miss the point of living and act in untrue ways towards others. Sad saps!
I often say that I cannot read myself, but I don't think that's exactly true. Often, I do know things without evidence or reason. I tend to second guess myself and try to leave room for the possibility of seeing what I want to see and not what is actually there. So, I rarely, rarely use the tarot to divine my own future.
The cards themselves have the energy of paper and dyes. Like anything else... they aren't good or bad, but they can be used for both. I choose "good."
"Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
― Anaïs Nin