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In this post:
- How tarot works.
- How to get the benefits of tarot without carrying around cards.
Most people figure tarot is about which cards you deal. That the magick is in the shuffle and cut, and that the dealing pattern matters. That you need cards, and that you can’t do readings with a half-full deck.
They’re wrong on all counts. Here’s why.
The Magick Isn’t In The Cards
Here are some reasons why the magick isn’t about which cards you deal:
- Influencing how you shuffle is complex, and getting 1 card out of order would give the wrong results. It’s not a robust way to give a detailed message.
- If it were, repeating a question would give the same cards. It doesn’t.
- Each card has multiple, conflicting meanings, so you can read the same deal in many ways.
So if the magick isn’t in the cards you deal, how does tarot help you predict the future?
How Tarot Works
When you read tarot, your mind receives information from The Universe, or some other external source (I call all those external sources systems). (Update: The term “systems” was confusing, so I now call them “ethereal software.” Post has been updated.)
To understand how tarot works, you need to understand how ethereal software communicates.
How Ethereal Software Communicates
Each thought you think puts each part of your mind into a different energy signature. So “Yes / Good” has one signature, and “No / Bad” has another, and “Next item” has another, and so on.
To read your question, the ethereal software reads these signatures. To write its response into your thoughts, it shifts the energy signature of each of those areas of your mind to match the signature it would normally have when you think “yes” or “no” or whatever message the software wants to send.
But precision is tricky. Imagine the ethereal software can say anything. To read it, you have to tell the difference between “you should” and “you will,” between “accident” and “disaster.” Those mental signatures are similar, so the software will have to set your mental signature very precisely, and you’ll have to interpret that signature without disturbing it with your own expectations. That’s hard.
Instead, imagine the ethereal software just has to say “Yes” or “No.” No messing around with “Probably,” “Unlikely” or any other shadings. Now getting close to the right mental state is good enough. Almost yes is as good as yes. That’s a lot easier.
That’s what tarot cards do: It boils down a complex question with an open answer into a series of simple questions with multiple-choice answers.
How Tarot Simplifies Questions
A client comes to you with an open-ended question. “Tell me about my financial future.”
You deal some tarot cards. Each card has 3-5 possible meanings (I think. I don’t know all styles of tarot).
Now, the ethereal software just has to guide you to which meaning is correct. It can do that by sending one of those meanings as its message (and even getting close, you’ll probably be able to figure out which one it means), or you can go through each meaning and get a “yes / no” response. In both cases, the limited set of possibilities let the system transmit communicate its meaning more robustly.
Additionally, there’s redundancy. If you deal 10 cards, you get 10 data points. If 9 point to “You should start saving money” and one points to “Spend all you got,” you can figure that they should probably start saving. So you can still get the reading right even if you get one piece of information wrong.
How To Do Tarot Without Cards
Notice that nothing about the procedure requires actual cards. Just a series of multiple-choice questions.
So next time you do a reading (any reading, even non-tarot), mentally go through different aspects of the situation and ask about a series of possible meanings, like you normally would when dealing tarot. You should get the benefits of a tarot reading, without needing to carry around cards.If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.