For me, as an empath, the tarot is more accurately described as a translation dictionary. I connect with each client by experiencing their emotions thus allowing me to essentially read their soul. This can be extremely overwhelming for me since every thought we have has an emotion tied to it. That's a lot of emotion! It's a lot to filter through, so I use the tarot to focus and zero in on the most important message for my client. Because I do not receive messages from a third party or outside source, the purpose of my readings are to validate my client's thoughts and feelings, to aid them in measuring their options and making the best choices for themselves. I speak on behalf of their inner voice that does not get the attention it needs. My clients time and time again have said that they already knew what they needed to do, but didn't want to, because change is often difficult and uncomfortable. However, after the reading, they feel at peace and confident in the actions they need to take.