We place so much emphasis on thought and speech that we tend to elevate intuition to something that is beyond-ordinary, extra-sensory. I was the same, and I wanted to believe that intuition was a gift that some of us were born with - divinely given, if you will.
Tarot uses imagery to tap into the not-so-easily-tappable. It mainlines into that part of you that has a more familiar relationship with the unconscious, while you prefer to live in a world that makes meaning.
I was speaking to a friend last night, and we were discussing how it's not as easy as it was to see what's lying ahead. An organising principle that we've been used to working for us seems to have stolen away in the night.