One thousand tarot/oracle sets line a bookshelf, a spread for literally every question, buying every deck ever made, and performing daily rituals. For most of us New Agers, this seems like a typical way of life whereby we consult the cards for every question we might have. One doesn’t have to look far to see this is a growing trend. Scrolling through my Instagram or Facebook feed- 90% of the posts are of daily readings. Some of us pull cards first thing in the morning to show us what the day ahead has in store for us. Some pull cards for questions ranging from- will I get the job- to should I buy that dress? Either way, it seems we have become obsessed with fortune telling. How many of us could actually go a day without doing either one? I know I’ve tried skipping my weekly readings, and I found myself feeling very unsettled. Every-time I would walk by my bookshelf where I keep some of my divinatory tools- I would feel a little anxious, tempted, and desperate to use them. I don’t use divination everyday, I have always limited myself to once a week. However, when I have a burning question I usually grab my cards or consult the stars to gain some clarity and insight. My concern is that when we rely on divinatory tools for answers we neglect our intuition and spontaneity. Some may argue that all cards do is confirm what we may already suspect, but can’t we just tune every once in awhile? The less we engage that inner voice in our head, the sooner it will stop speaking to us. It’s much easier to grab a deck and try to interpret the hell out of it, but I would argue it’s just as easy to let go and see what happens. Spontaneity allows us to embrace our inner child and to trust the process of life. The more we use cards the more we use our free will, trying to manipulate the outcomes of our readings. Considering there is a big push in the New Age spirituality communities to connect to the divine, over-exhausting our free will seems counter-productive. Relying on cards for every single question might be an indication of a control issues. Is the New Age birthing a generation of control freaks?
Source may speak to us through our cards, but why can’t we just talk directly to source? Do we really need a hermetic translation in the form of plastic cards- no matter how much magic is encoded in them? Can’t we just expect the unexpected and decode our own inner feelings, signs, and symbols? If we are able to do that, then we will have the most valuable Tarot/Oracle deck ever made- one made of our intuition, emotions, presence, and soul.
I wouldn’t be surprised if in the future there are Tarot therapy groups- similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. I’ve seen some lives destroyed from Tarot readings. I knew someone who had a reading done by a very well respected Tarot reader in the community and was foretold that she would acquire a lot of money. This person ended up stealing a lot of money. Rather than to wait to see what would happen, she decided to manipulate fate for her own devious reasons. Tarot addictions can be very dangerous when you misinterpret the cards. Consulting a true professional is always the best option.
Do you think you could go on a Tarot/Oracle diet?