Earlier this month I mentioned that I asked my tarot friends if they had any beliefs or practices that they thought others would think was controversial. One commonly shared statement was that not letting the querent shuffle was outside the normal practice. And I recently shared my fledging idea that maybe the tarot doesn’t always tell us the truth but rather what we need to know, even if it isn’t the truth.
Another allegedly controversial belief was that astrological and Kabbalistic correspondences are not necessary and may, in fact, be overrated in learning and reading the cards.Â
As usual, I am interested in your thoughts and experiences with these systems. I know that I did study both and then let them go. My reason was that neither felt like a smooth fit but rather forced, so I didn’t see the point in learning two new languages (astrology and Kabbala) in order to learn and effectively read tarot. So they do not play an active role in my readings or my ever-evolving understanding of the cards. I do know that those for whom these systems resonate, they add a lot to their understanding. Why is it true for some and not others? Does it matter? Tell me what you think.