If prostitution is the oldest profession and priesthood the second, what is the third? I’m going to guess divination.
People are a lot like cats. We’re curious and we’ve just got to know: what’s going on; what’s coming next, what’s around the bend, what’s the ending to the story; what, what, what? We can’t help ourselves, and for that, there’s the age old ritual of prophesy — the ability to foresee the future. For some it’s a parlor trick; for others, before any big life decisions can be made, they must consult the experts.
No one can really see the future, especially someone else’s, but sometimes the longings of your Soul are hard to differentiate from all the ruckus around you, and while you can make an educated guess as to your own future, the ancient form of divination known as tarot might give you an assist in deciphering the signs.
Famous people throughout history have consulted soothsayers, but few admit to it. Nancy Reagan, Princess Diana and Megan Markle, King Henry II and anyone who ever sought out Nostradamus or Sir Isaac Newton for their insight.
Even the Washington Post reported an uptick in the general populace seeking out psychics in order to get a handle on what’s coming in 2021, probably due to the overall general suckiness of 2020.
Admittedly, I am a tarot neophyte despite my more than 25-year dalliance with the cards, but I have always been fascinated by it. Once a year, somewhere between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, my friend Bob returns from his home in California to visit family still living in Pennsylvania. The trip includes a couple-day layover at my house, a tradition as much a part of the holiday for me as putting up the Christmas tree, and for a couple days we gab, eat, catch up, make general merriment, and do our cards. The custom started when Bob and I lived on the same block in South Philadelphia a thousand moons ago and has continued pretty consistently since then although we missed this year because of Covid.
I’ve always been interested in the paranormal and to indulge me, my mother bought me a book called The ESP Reader when I was about 10 or 11. I still have the book. It’s still in print and a new copy sells on Amazon for $768.57!
Maybe that same Christmas, my mother bought my sister and I an Ouija board not really understanding what its purpose was until after The Exorcist released and then she made us throw it out. We Catholics take things such as possession by the devil seriously and she didn’t want to take any chances even if the general consensus was that it was simply a silly game. Frankly, my sis and I only used it a couple times because it creeped us out so much. We probably intuited even as kids that there are some things in life you just shouldn’t mess with.
But the cards, oh the cards — now these are fun. I’ve had a couple different decks, some more scary than others, but my favorite is the Thoth deck, brainchild of renowned psychic and crackpot, Aleister Crowley, and beautifully illustrated by Lady Freida Harris. The cards took five years to create and both Crowley and Harris died before they were published in 1969. When combined with The Tarot Handbook by Angeles Arrien the deck becomes accessible to everyone, not just people who have studied tarot, offering a window into your deepest desires, the ones you sometimes can’t hear amidst the cacophony of the outside world — a GPS for the Soul.
Since Bob and I missed our usual 10-card life review this year, I did a quick three-card spread for this blog post to represent past, present, future.
Here’s what I got:
Past: Ten of swords represents mental despair, helplessness, and hopelessness about an emotional relationship or finances. Well, that’s spot on, and sounds pretty much like most of 2020 for many people, not just me. Thank goodness that state of mind is on its way out!
Present: Queen of Swords represents intellectual thinking and a desire to cut away all false masks and superficiality to figure out who the true me really is. Perfect — a great card to have in my present space as I’ve been diligently cutting away all that no longer suits me for some months now, including giving away all that I no longer find useful so it can find a better home somewhere else.
Future: Princess of Swords represents the mood-fighter, as in practical, common-sense thinking to dispel moods that cloud mental clarity. What a welcome tool for figuring out exactly what my future should look like without the fugue that surrounded 2020.
Crazy? Maybe. Or perhaps another tool in my proverbial toolbox to figure out what life is asking of me and to give me a glimpse into what my Soul needs to flourish. If so, I’m game.
We are entering the Age of Aquarius, come round again after 2,150 years, so it’s time for us all to bring our A game because this next period is about building the foundation and connecting — to one another and the planet for starters.
A most divine 2021 to you all. May you find and use the tools that suit your journey.
I will leave you with one of my fav songs from my childhood. I distinctly remember my sister and I dancing around the living room to this one. Time to let that sun shine in.
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