Some people believe in fortune telling, while others resist the idea that divination tools can predict our future. However, more and more people are now turning to different forms of fortune telling—be it feng shui, astrology or tarot—as evidenced by the rising number of searches on Google.
Here in Hong Kong, Letao Wang is one of the more well-known tarot card readers who describes tarot as "an astrology reading that gives guidance to the soul." With a client base ranging from local celebrities to members of the Tatler community, he talks to us about the true meaning of tarot and his most unforgettable tarot reading.
When did you start reading tarot and how did it become a profession?
When I was in my early 20s, I accidentally walked into a spiritual counsellor’s shop in Sydney, who later took me under his wings, became my mentor and taught me astrology and tarot. I started to help friends and families through my readings and people loved it. I felt a very strong sense of calling around that time. But still, I wasn’t confident to do it professionally.
A few years later, I was asked to provide reading service at a public event for holistic healing and spirituality. At first, I had reservations as it would be the first time for me to read people I don’t know in public, but I plucked up my courage and accepted the invitation. I turned out to be the busiest and the most popular reader there. That's when I thought: this is my calling.
What drew you to tarot?
Many esoteric studies are rooted in astrology, including numerology and tarot. I was initially drawn to astrology and stars, but after a year of training in astrology, I encountered tarot.
Tarot is a deck of 78 cards with 78 degrees of wisdom, and there are very important archetypes hidden behind the beautiful pictures. I've been reading tarot professionally for over eight years and I'm still amazed every day by its philosophy and art.