On May 25 we celebrate World Tarot Day. The way people celebrate is by making gifts in the form of free readings – which of course, make a lot more sense than the computer generated ones – discounted tarot related merchandise, or some other form of honoring the beautiful tools for divination that make our lives so much more interesting than without them.
I made a contribution too, in the form of a competition. I asked people on infamous Facebook to formulate a question. The one who would pose the strangest question in the comment box (both on my Facebook wall and on my Facebook page dedicated to Taroflexions) would win my pledge to write a post about it on Taroflexions. I gave people a short guideline as follows: ‘Don’t pose absurd questions for the sake of being absurd. That’s not funny. The question has to be posed in earnest, however, strange, crazy, or indeed, absurd.’ I then gave an example from my daily repertoire:
Question: My girlfriend is not a romantic, and I would really like to give her flowers. Would bringing her a cabbage instead impress her?
Answer: Yes, don’t bring her a tulip. Bring her a Brussel sprout that she can pin to her chest, thinking it’s the best camelia ever. That will do it.
Fortunately 10 people wanted to play and celebrate with me – some posing questions long after the celebration day itself – and I got some strange questions indeed. But the one I liked the best was the one formulated by my friend and fellow cartomancer, James Wells:
‘How do my tarot decks know that I love them?’
So here is a short reading for this very relevant question, which I’m quite certain most cartomancers can relate to. For this reading I’ve used the classical French Cross layout with a slight modification so it addresses the question precisely.
A straightforward answer would be this:
Insofar as James adopts the position of knowing in his work with the cards that what goes around comes around (Wheel of Fortune), the cards allow him to take any direction that he sees fit (The Fool), yet in accordance with the aim of seeking the truth (Justice) in order to illuminate some issue that most of us want clarity about (The Star).
If we add the numerical value of the 4 cards on the table (10+0+8+17=35, 3+5=8), we notice that Justice insists on sitting in the center, doubling its own presence in the spread.
So, the cards know that you, James, love them, simply because you take their truth seriously. The cards also know that you love them because you trust them, as you trust a good guiding star. The cards know that you love them because you are neutral in your approach to them, yet while putting your shoulder to the wheel, you are ready to go unexpected places.
Good luck to you, my friend. Your pursuit in cartomancy is the right one. Why else read the cards, if not to arrive at the truth? Lord only knows how much lies we are all fed – especially from the public sphere – so using the cards to fix our blind spots with is indeed a most noble endeavor and worth our while.
Thank you for your question, and for honoring the World Tarot Day with me.
Thank you also to the other players. I’ve enjoyed all your questions.
Note on the cards: Carolus Zoya Marseille Tarot, ca. 1790, facsimile of the original in the collection of K. Frank Jensen.