How Did This Show Up in the Cards?
Part of the process of reading predictive tarot for yourself is retrospective. Sometimes it feels like the cards try hard to tell us something that we can’t quite see. Then, an event occurs that causes us to say, “Oh! That is what this card has been trying to tell me.”
A great example of that was my mother’s cancer diagnosis and death. In the months before the phone call that changed my life, I had been stalked by the Six of Cups. It was not until my husband and son and I moved to my family homestead to care for my mother, and ultimately inherited that historic house, that I understood the poignant message of the Six of Cups.
One might wonder, then, the value of predictive self-reading if we can’t always see what the prediction is until it has already come to pass. Actually, there is great value there. The Six of Cups served as a beacon for me during that difficult transition. The Six of Cups told me that it was correct to upend my business, my life, and my family to make this out-of-state move to try to help my mother and manage her affairs after her passing. The Six of Cups told me that my mother’s passing was inevitable; one of those things that is ‘written’, rather than something I could have changed. I found immeasurable comfort in that.
We professional readers can often see societal trends in the cards of our clients. I wrote about this last year in a blogpost entitled What Tarot Readers See About the World.
The question is, how did a worldwide pandemic show up in the cards? I am encouraged that, in the past few months, I haven’t seen a slew of doom and gloom, financially or health-wise. Yet, when I think about it, I did see a lot of cancelled trips (Chariot reversed). I did see job changes (Ace of Pentacles reversed, Three of Pentacles reversed). I did tell a lot of people to be careful about their health. I told folks that they would be teaching classes online. I told folks that they would be spending more time with their kids.
In retrospect, the two cards that have been presenting a lot more often than usual are the Hermit and the World. Now, that makes a lot of sense.
Another card I see quite often these days is the Seven of Swords. This card appears to describe those who are cavalier in their approach to social distancing. In some cases the Seven of Swords appears to describe the virus itself as the unseen enemy lurking.
At the beginning of 2020 I did a reading for the year and shared it in a blogpost. The questions I asked were about the thing that was bothering me most at the time; the great polarization and division between Americans.
Now that we are in an unprecedented world event, I thought it would be interesting to go back and look at the cards that appeared, and to see if there was any foreshadowing of this great crisis, or any wisdom we might derive from those cards.
I had asked three questions and pulled three cards in answer to each. The final question was about where we would be at the end of 2020. Would we still be a divided nation? The cards that came up were the Hierophant reversed, the Fool, the Wheel of Fortune Reversed.
Knowing what we now know, these cards take on a new meaning for me. The Hierophant reversed could be about eschewing science and good medical advice, as well as the high price our medical workers are paying in the pandemic. It could also show an end to business-as-usual at the highest levels of government. The Wheel of Fortune reversed could speak of this difficult cycle we have found ourselves in, and the many people who are suffering. The Fool could speak of our naïve ways of handling this crisis. Yet, the Fool also offers the hope of a new beginning, and a new journey at the end of the crisis.
Every tarot reader works in their own way, as does every intuitive. I think for a lot of us it is hard to interpret things that are unthinkable. Now, global pandemics are suddenly a reality that will always stay fixed in our mindset. In the future, when this nightmare is over, if I see the World and the Hermit together repeatedly, I will wonder if another pandemic, or other global event, is on its way.
The hopeful news is that as I continue to read for people, positive things appear in everyone’s cards. I see business, I see relationships, I see weddings, I even see travel. Within the cards of each person it is clear that the world is not ending, it is simply on pause.
Another way that predictive self-reading is helpful is this. Once we are in a situation, we can find wisdom on how it might evolve, and what might happen next.
Of course, the one thing we all want to know is how long this crisis will last. Timing is often one of the hardest things to figure. In this case, when this ends will depend so much on what people do right now. Yet, I still feel compelled to ask the cards some questions.
What do I personally need to know about this pandemic?
Hermit reversed, Ten of Wands reversed, Page of Wands
Well, that’s pretty clear. My job is to continue to do what I am doing. I must continue giving readings and encouraging our community with live broadcasts and online classes.
When will this crisis be over?
Ten of Cups, Six of Cups, Queen of Cups
That is certainly hopeful, and to me suggests a return to some kind of normalcy somewhere between June and October.
These three cards offer the sort of comfort and hope that reminds me how helpful tarot can be.
Sometimes the cards give us a full picture of what to expect. Sometimes the cards give us only clues. I have to trust that in every case what we see is what we need to see.
When we look back, old readings are often able to offer new insight. This is why keeping a record of the cards we pull can be so enlightening. Whether we are looking to the future or the past, tarot helps us understand the now.
These days, we are more in need of understanding than perhaps every before. I have been a tarotist for thirty years. Yet, tarot never ceases to amaze me with its ability to comfort, to inform, and to offer wisdom and insight when we need it most.