You know I LOVE divination.
Anyone who knows me knows it’s a passion of mine. It’s an ancient, beautiful expression and process of connecting with something much bigger than all of us — what’s not to love? Aside from the specific inquiries for specific purposes, it’s a gift to check your “energy weather” every day through your horoscope or your numerology assessment or what have you.
When you do it for yourself, you have the advantage of being sure that the psychic shoe’s gonna fit. But, when you’re doing it for the general populace, it’s a different story.
I was checking my Twitter, as per usual, where I’m honored to be joined with fellow pagans, divinationists, readers, spiritualists, and just really cool people who I like to hear what they have to say. It’s so fabulous to be exposed to so much information from a plethora of sources in one shot. Many of them post astrological findings, which is awesome! They all take the universal, objective information and each give a different angle to its significance. So, the outcome is you get this incredibly rounded picture of your personal traffic report.
Once you’re prepared, you can move with the flow and achieve your daily goal with much more grace than just wingin’ it.
Not that there’s anything wrong with wingin’ it. Life’s fun that way, too.
But, when a gaggle of divinationists pull the “Card of the Day,” things kinda go amuck. One size just simply does not fit all. Twenty different readers pull 20 different cards. And I can bet that 20 of those cards come from 20 different decks. And those 20 different decks are done by 20 different artists, with 20 different perspectives on the card’s significance with 20 different allusions and metaphors, and…
Okay, you get the 20 different points.
Why doesn’t that work? After all, energy is energy, right? And if you have the astrological information, then naturally there would be a card correlation for it, right? Well, actually, the answer is:
Depends on the deck.
And the placement.
And the card.
And the reader!
For example: Let’s pull the 2 of Cups from the good ol’ Rider Waite, the Great Mothership Deck of all decks; Brought to the public in 1904, which re-introduced us to the world of Tarot, thank you so much, Arthur. The Two of Cups drawn alone can mean a solid agreement, partnership, relationship, or healing of some kind (because it’s cups, would most likely be emotional, though it absolutely can signify physical, especially in regards to the blood), honoring contractual obligations, and so forth.
Some readers would also signify this card in pertaining to marriage or connecting with a soul mate. Some readers may even see successful surgery! Who’s right? They all are. As long as the basic foundation of intent is perceived, which is the 2 (union) and the cups (element of water), you’re good.
Now, if you see this as going fishing with a friend, that may be a bit of a stretch, but I digress.
If you notice, this one card, as with all cards, possesses a smorgasbord of related meanings. So, with this, 2 of Cups in bedroom is going to have a very different significance than in the cubicle…or the doctor’s office…or on the road, or in the past or in the future, or just in your head, and so on.
We pulled one specific card from one specific deck which could signify at least seven to 10 different answers. Mind you there are some decks that do not illustrate the minor arcana and their interpretation is solely dependent on the numerology and suit. So, in these cases, the meaning is 90% up to the reader, alone, which would further the possibilities to the more ethereal (such as karmic contracts) or mundane (like a toast to celebrate something). The Marsaille Deck is an example of this.
With this, basically the 2 of Cups from Rider Waite is not the same as in the Haindl deck, which is going to be very different from the Deviant Moon deck, which is going to be totally different from the Goddess Tarot, which is completely and radically different from the Halloween or The Pirate Tarot, which is…you get the drift. And all not just because of the artist’s interpretation of the system’s meaning, but the way the reader connects with that interpretation, as well.
So, how can the “Tarot of the Day” work for the general populace? I think simply by specifying the deck and significance, such as:
Example: COTD (Card of the Day) – General, Ace of Pents – Universal Waite [insert reader’s interpretation here]
Example: COTD (Card of the Day) – Career, 4 of Cups – The New Palladini [insert reader’s interpretation here]
Example: COTD – Relationships, The Lovers – Tarrochi Vertigo (yah, I wish!!) [insert reader’s interpretation here]
Think about it…
How cool would be if you opened your Twitter or Facebook or other social media and found 20 different tarot cards by 20 different readers that apply to 20 different aspects of your life?? Even if 10 of them all pulled the same card, by knowing which deck and for which aspect of our lives that card signifies, that information becomes so much more invaluable and becomes a piece of a bigger picture, just like with the astrology posts.
It also presents a fantastic opportunity for readers to not only showcase individual talents, but also promote these wonderful and diverse choice of decks that we use, too.
I have been using the Tarot since 1981 – I was 11 years old when I started. It is an insatiable, lifelong passion and I have taught other professional readers as well as read for them…and I am still learning. Yeah, I know my stuff, but no one knows everything and beware of the reader that says otherwise!
The Tarot is an endless mansion of doors leading to other rooms, leading to other doors, to even more rooms and so forth. The more you learn the more there is to question. Everything you wanna know about astrology, numerology, the Qabalah, anthropology, even theology is in a deck of 78 little cards. Since the Rider Waite’s debut, literally hundreds of decks have evolved into a grossly underrated art form that impacts us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually in a way that no other art form can.
Even the greats of Salvador Dali and HR Giger have attempted to enter the Tarot world and met with very limited success. They learned that tarot is not about art alone.
We Tarot specialists who have truly connected with this tool are all a part of a pretty special world, each of us with different gifts to share. And it’s a much bigger world than most people realize.
And there’s still plenty of room…