Tarot … What Is It Good For?

November 16th, 2013 § 0 comments

I asked my cards two questions the other day. ‘What is Tarot good for?’ and ‘What is Tarot not good for?’

For the first question, what Tarot is good for, I got the 3 of Disks.

3 of Disks - Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris

Hmmm … I would have thought it would be something more dramatic – like the Fool, the World, or maybe the Magician, or High Priestess. I didn’t really expect this rather humble card about developing mastery.

But really, isn’t that what Tarot is best for, working on ourselves, trying to actively make our world a little bit better?

3 of Pentacles from the Smith Waite Tarot

The 3 of Disks asks us to care about what we’re doing, on both a physical and spiritual level. It’s a card about step-by-step development, creativity, and the willingness to work hard to achieve something worthwhile.

What a beautiful way to see the cards, as a helper in our work.

4 of Wands from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Now for the second question, ‘what is Tarot not good for?’; the card I got was the 4 of Wands.

In the Rider Waite Smith deck, this is a card of celebration, which makes me think right away – Tarot’s not really a very good ‘party trick.’

But for this question, the idea in the Thoth version of the 4 of Wands speaks even louder to me.

4 of Wands from the Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris

The key word on the card is ‘completion’, and that’s exactly what the Tarot is not good for – completing things.

It’s not trying to settle all our questions, or give us the final answers to anything. It’s just there to help us figure things out as we go.

Tarot is more like a friend to ask advice of, than a Guru with all the answers.

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