There Are No “Bad” Cards

The dead-pan comic, Steven Wright, jokes in one of his routines about having played poker with tarot cards one evening. “I got a full-house, and three people died,” he quips.  Most people laugh, but many accept the underlying assumptions that tarot cards are full of doom and gloom and tell you exactly what fate has in store for anyone foolish enough to use them.   C’mon, folks, they’re cards.  They are simply pictures that express elements of life’s experiences that all people have in common, in other words, archetypes.  You can pay attention to them, ignore them, laugh at them, fight and/or struggle against them,  give away your power to them, or view them as possible hints or suggestions that invite you to explore the choices they present so you can use your own free will to make decisions.

Tarot for All Time explores each of the 78 cards in the Rider-Waite Tarot deck® with the understanding that it is designed to bring clarity and insight to the seeker.  The seeker still maintains the power and the right to question it, ignore it, laugh at it, or consider using it.  A tarot cardreading is supposed to be helpful, otherwise, why bother?

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For example, the Death card does not indicate that someone is going to die.  It speaks of a process where someone or something has outlived its usefulness and indicates it’s time for something new.  It encourages the seeker to let go of the old and embrace the new.  The Law of the Conservation of Energy dictates that nothing truly dies; it only changes form.  The number XIII, which reduces to a 4, on the card refers to the structure or form.  Notice the sun rising on the far right horizon; the new day has begun.  It’s time to let the old form that has outlived its usefulness die in order to embody its function in a new form.  We can live with that, right?

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