This is going to be a marmite post. I can feel it (ironic given the subject).
My new ‘Wild Unknown’ Tarot cards arrived today and they are just beautiful. I bought them not only because they were on a bl**dy good offer on Amazon, but because they are so beautifully illustrated, seem less ‘scary ‘ than some decks (more on that later) and I think its kind of nice to have several decks of cards to work with. STOP – Back story required…….
Ok, here goes. I’ve always been a little bit fascinated by anything mystical and esoteric. Like lots of little girls, I loved books about fairies, witches and fantasy and as I grew up it never really went away. I was lucky enough to know a fortuneteller many years ago and she was bewitchingly interesting. She would captivate me with stories and wow me with crystals her son had collected from far away lands. She’d read your aura and impart wise words. And she lived in the most beautifully ornate vintage caravan on a travelling fairground – the real deal and just magic!
When it comes to believing in things, I have one sister who is a hardcore cynic and one that is arguably more ‘woo woo’ than me. I’m straight down the middle and like to keep an open mind. Some days I’m hippy and others not so much.
There are some things considered ‘woo woo’ that I’m completely sold on such as the moon and its affect on us – you can’t argue with it really. And other things that I can’t quite wrap my head around (past lives and stuff like that).
What I am a staunch believer in though is your intuition and gut instinct. If you pay attention to it, it will serve you well. Because of the type of person I am, (generally on edge, tends to be anxious about most things ‘knickers in a twist’ worry wort) I sometimes find it hard to ‘listen’ its like I can’t see the wood for the trees. And that’s where divination comes in.
There’s something about us that makes us yearn to ‘know’ the meaning of life, what the future holds, what’s our destiny. This need to know has been around for thousands of years and just about every culture throughout history has devised one way or another to try to master it.
Psychics, Tarot cards, Angel cards, I Ching, Runes – there’s so many different ways to ‘divinate.’ Many of these are considered ‘fortune telling’ and in a way they are. But is the information coming from some mystical heavenly source or place? No. I believe it comes from within YOU. You choose the cards and pull forth the information that probably was inside you somewhere – you just weren’t in touch with it. There is so much we don’t know or understand about the power of our minds and brains.
Is what comes out a forgone conclusion over which you have no power or influence? No. The information presented is what’s likely to happen based on what’s happened in the past and what’s happening now but it isn’t always ‘fixed.’ We all have free will, we all have the capability to change or behave in a different way so these ‘divination’ tools reflect that. Often they can highlight a mistake or an error in thinking or behavior and help us think about an alternative. Think of it as destination programmed, journey started but ‘course correction’ as and when required.
But then what about fate? I’m still on the fence with this one. Maybe somethings ARE destined? The way I see it as that sometimes, the people you meet or the experiences we face serve a purpose. Normally, it’s only with hindsight that you realize that. I LOVE the little ‘coincidences’ that happen and when you pay attention when you become more ‘present’ they are everywhere. And I also appreciate that somethings are meant to be and others not. But I always listen to my intuition, my ‘gut instinct’ and I certainly pay attention to ‘signs’.
So, I have had divination tools for many years. It used to be all ‘what does my future boyfriend look like’ or ‘will so and so go out with me’ type nonsense. Although a particularly spooky experience as a teenager with a Ouija board taught me never to ‘mess’ with this stuff. I could write a whole post on that story it involved Sunday school, wobbling lampshades and even a toffee crisp wrapper (if you’re under 30 you so won’t get that reference).
Anyway, I’ve started to use my ‘scary’ tarot cards. My sister (the woo woo one) thinks it’s hilarious that I call them scary but with pictures of hanging men, falling towers and the Grim Reaper’ I think that’s justified. But actually, they aren’t all that scary. Sure, they don’t always tell you what you want to hear and no one really wants to see the aforementioned cards, but often the scariest cards give the most valuable answers (they aren’t actually about death and hangings in most cases). My new Wild Unknown cards take the edge off a little bit. If its bad news the at least you can appreciate the pretty pictures. They are very different to the traditional Rider Waite deck, which is great for variety, but because you don’t have the original illustration, which holds so much of the meaning in the card, it makes using them a little more complicated.
What any of these card readings do (and astonishingly accurately so far) is give me an insight into a situation, get me to think about it and my influence on it help me ‘pay attention’ to that inherent knowledge and powerful intuition. And sometimes it helps just gain a little clarity when you are ‘stuck’ on something. Hell, even Carl Jung consulted the I Ching for over 30 years. And if its good enough for Jung, its good enough for me. Maybe I’ll get myself a little vintage caravan and run away with the fairground…