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Tarot and Reliability

To: alt.magick,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.pagan.magick,alt.occult
From: (nagasiva)
Subject: (O) Tarot and Reliability
Date: 28 Aug 1998 20:32:51 -0400

980828 IIIom

questions from tarot-l, the best I'd seen in a year; 
my response posted to Occult Elist and Usenet

RE what I do with the information from the act ('divination'?):
I call it divination and I accept the vision afforded by reflection 
on the cards as an intuitive, insightful and helpful individual's input 
surrounding the issue(s) raised by the querent (me).  I treat the cards
as if they were a hazy communication from a far-off, valuable advisor.
I don't usually do readings for others.

RE how do I take what I get from the cards into everyday life:
I consider the perspective I have obtained or been given (semi-
randomly) by tarot to be of special value.  I rarely come to tarot
with inquiries about anything but serious matters which I have
failed to resolve through other means (usually stressful 
decisions and a desire for insight to forestall calamity or error).

I integrate what I have found into my decisions in life, when all
the research and feedback and consideration available won't really
support a decisive action and I am looking for depth of vision
to confirm or gainsay commencement along any single option.

RE how well I trust the information I get from the cards:
I use any system of interpretation I find meaningful and I have
never taken the issue of whether the tarot would lie or deceive 
me seriously.  I don't typically understand tarot to be a person
so much as a reflective tool, or mirror.  certain cards can be 
used as communication devices in rite or nonordinary encounter,
but always tarot seems to me an interface rather than a personality.
the issue of trust therefore does not usually arise for me.  it
may be a superficial or shallow sounding such that the input I
obtain from tarot is deemed of lesser value and a mere emphasis.
it may be deemed something very deep which I had not previously
considered and become the central focus of a serious of changes.

the information is not so important to me as the insight.  I am
not usually looking to expand on the data which I possess, but
to learn new ways of configuring that data such that I am given
an advantage (promethean) due to breadth of understanding rather
than precognitive or predestined promise.

blessed beast!
nagasiva --;
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