Follow-up to Meeting on Tarot from Pagan Society
… discussion Tarot and other things..
.. good night with some card reading and discussion. Special thanks to Cristina for excellent divinatory services =)
I may briefly comment on the healthy scepticicsm ot the scientific mind, which was expressed during the discussion.
Critic: The problem with using the Tarot cards to, say, increase awareness of your current life situation, desires, hidden confilicts or fears etc. is that
- drawing of the cards is random and may point into the completely wrong direction
- since the cards are interpreted either by you or another person, the message will always be subjective and hence not reliable or trustworthy.
Tarot-advocate (me in this case): I believe that this critique is based on a difference in perspective. Tarot is a tool used on the grounds of the conviction, that your subjectivity and the nature of relationships with people are important in life. And it is exacly this realm that you aim to explore when working with Tarot cards or comparable tools. So a Tarot reading explicity builds upon personal reactions and interpretations of the cards.
And for the randomness, well, that is for everyone himself to decide =)
For that I'll quote some anecdote accredited to Niels Bohr, who had a horse shoe over his desk. One day a student asked if he really believed that a horse shoe brought luck. Professor Bohr replied, "I understand that it brings you luck if you believe in it or not."