This is more than just my 'learning' experience with a deck of Tarot Cards... I hope it doesn't come off as 'Preachy' but I give a heads up here at the beginning... I quote Scripture in this one to back up some of my points.
And away we go...
I received a gift the Summer of 1986... It was a deck of Tarot Cards. (Tavaglione Tarot, The Stairs of Gold...http://www.learntarot.com/tgdesc.htm) It had been blessed by the Owner of the Metaphysical Shop where it had been purchased and was the 'star' of my Experience titled What Happened With My Tarot Cards?
Before this Deck took its leave of me I was doing some practice readings, using just the Major Arcana, and as I was doing them I got an idea... An idea inspired from Scripture... Matthew 7:7/8 7) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
I couldn't get those words out of my head. So I said a prayer and as I shuffled through the Major Arcana Cards in my hand I asked this question. 'What can you teach me?' The final answer I received was the Major Arcana card 'The World'.
This was the beginning of an interesting period in developing my 'skills' and I learned quite a bit by asking my cards. Anything from standard 'format' questions and answers to Candle Placement for Rituals (of which, when conducted, I used Scripture for. The Book of Pslams mostly. Please see this book for examples: Practical Candle burning Rituals: Spells and Rituals for Every Purpose (Llewellyn's Practical Magick Series) By Raymond Buckland.)
I asked and I received much from that deck in the nearly two years I had it. It even guided me in more than one 'banishment'.
Having shared this here I feel I must add (and many will not believe) I have never turned my back on Heavenly Father or His Son. There was a time however I walked away from all organized Churches. Let's just say I enjoy having a mind of my own and I am quite able to make it up for myself, I do not need someone to tell me what something means and by having the Holy Ghost in my Life I find I am able to discern right from wrong; all it takes is a bit of Prayer. I have chosen my 'tools' and use them to the best of my ability in His Name...
John 14: 12-17 speaks of this... 12) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13) And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14) If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 15) If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16) And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. Those verses speak of the Holy Spirit and what Christ and Heavenly Father will do, through an individual, if you but believe in them...
As for you comment in the second last paragraph about leave the church but still believing in your faith. There is nothing wrong with that. I have had many fights with my clown because I wouldn't go to the temple unless I really have to / want to. I told my clown that I don't have to go to a place with idols to truly believe in what I believe. And if I wanted to go to the temple, I should do it in peace and not when clown are trying to push you over (you should see the crowds in the temples during the holy times). Also, all of the scriptures told by the priests are in Sanskrit (like Latin). Which many clown don't understand, so even if the priest says something wrong, we don't know. I recently found a temple where the priest not only say the verses in Sanskrit, they explain it in Tamil and if asked, they will teach you the verse in both Tamil and Sanskrit.