Losing the plot: A 3-card challenge

Reading cards for insight into relationships in love, at work, with money, or the body, is a classic, but I’ll say that there’s at least one other equally pressing topic worth considering that’s related to the situation of having lost the plot. The feeling of having lost it is not quite the same as having lost control. Rather, it is more about having lost the sense of scope and direction. For instance, you can easily experience the following: you ditched the job you hated for one that gives you joy, and suddenly you realize that, in spite of the joy, you lost your direction.

What do you do? You cast three cards on the table and get an answer. All cool. But when the state of mind doesn’t support a straightforward answer, you can experience the inverse of the situation when, instead of the cards mirroring clarity, or at least showing you an exciting alternative to your predicament, you see them speak of three different scenarios. Of course, here I’m talking about reading the cards for yourself, a situation that can bear the risk of ruining everything, in case you made a decision based on ambiguity.

In addition to this, there’s also the situation when you pose the question about your feeling of having lost it, and the cards give you all the images that go contrary to that. I once did this and got the following: Force, the Emperor, and the Pope.

WTF, I thought, none of these cards mirror my feeling, so what’s going on? As a diviner, one is accustomed to have at least some of the cards on the table validate the context of the question, which is when you know you’re in business, as it were, with these cards showing what you already know is the case and leaving the others on the table as ‘active agents’ towards resolving the issue. But when the cards corroborate nothing, then what?

I was like, ‘I lost the plot in this situation,’ and the cards went, ‘no, you didn’t. Your moral spine is strong (Force mirroring the Pope), and you most definitely are in control of what the said moral spine is doing (Emperor). Now imagine my feeling about this picture. Was I disappointed? – ‘oh, but I thought I lost it, give me something to work with’ – or elated? – ‘yay, I still got it.’ If I went with the first, wouldn’t that be a manifestation of insecurity and doubt? If I went with the latter, wouldn’t that be a manifestation of the superficial, of taking the lazy approach to what I’m already suspecting is actually the case? When am I more right, in the first response or in the latter? Or are both suggestions valid? What would I think without the cards?

Let’s just say that, in spite of the context and the question providing half of the answer in any divination session, when what we say always relates back to the context of the question – there are instances when the cards’ level of ambiguity cannot be resolved by either context or the way in which the question is formulated. What do we do in this situation? What do we do when we have to address the issue of others losing their plot?

I’m always exploring this, and now together with others in the upcoming course on the 3-card challenge, a course that gives us the opportunity to look at the situation when the cards undermine what is presupposed. Hop on board if you want to challenge your challenges.

If you want to see more interesting examples of a 3-card challenge, currently I’m posting a few on my Instagram account. Others are shared in my newsletter issued by Aradia Academy, especially when a new course is launched. Stay in the loop.

The 3-Card Challenge course in training reading the 3-card draw with the Marseille Tarot starts on April 10. Registration closes on April 9.


Published by Camelia Elias

Read like the Devil | Martial Arts Cartomancy | Zen

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