I had a tarot card reading in October 2016 and I’d completely forgotten about it until recently. When I looked back at what it said and to where my life is at now I couldn’t help but think it got it right.
I would like to preface this whole thing with the fact that I am a skeptic. I don’t believe in horoscopes or fortune telling. Maybe you will have heard of the Barnum Effect. It’s the theory that people will believe statements about their personality are specific to them when in fact they are general and vague and anyone and everyone could relate to them in someway. I think that this is true for most cases. But I’m also a hypocrite and I am an ENFP, Hufflepuff, Enneagram 7. So rather than dismissing Tarot straight away as bullshit or going in blind believing that it’s perfect and true, let’s go in with our minds open to a bit of nuance.
My experience with Tarot was slightly different to other horoscope/personality quizzes because first of all it’s not putting you in a box. You can do Tarot many different times in your life and ask it different questions and you’ll get different answers. It’s less about inherently who you are and more about certain situations so it’s more flexible.
So in October I went on a Trek America trip around the Deep South and I made a video about it here. Our tour leader, Sara, had Tarot Cards and asked if she could give me a reading and I thought why not! We did a past/present/future draw rather than a full spread but I would love to have my full spread done at some point. Why does this sound dirty to me as I’m writing it?
Anyway, the way it works is that you have to think of a question before you draw the cards. The cards aren’t meant to give you any answers or predict the future. They are simply a stimulus to potentially make you think differently about a situation, help you gain a new perspective and help you come to conclusions about your question yourself.
I asked about relationships. It had been a couple months since a break up and I knew I was ready for a relationship but I still wasn’t meeting anyone I was interested in or if I did they were very unavailable. I was a bit confused as to what it all meant and felt like I needed some help in that area.
The cards I got were:
Past – Page of Wands
Present – The Hermit
Future – Three of Coins
Luckily, I wrote about it in my diary so I have evidence of how I felt about the reading at the time.
Page of Wands – creativity, curiosity, exploration, confidence. I interpreted this to be about my single sex/dating life.
The Hermit – need for solitude, retreat. I interpreted this as my current feelings and thoughts around needing to take a break from work/people and have a holiday. Or maybe draw stricter boundaries for myself.
Three of Coins – materiality, a project, goal about to happen. This didn’t really resonate with me. Could be about the book? A relationship with Chris? But it doesn’t predict the future. It’s just one possibility.
First of all. Chris is not my boyfriend. He was a guy I was interested in at the time.
So how do I feel about all this now?
The main thing I noticed is that I deviated from my original question in my interpretations because I couldn’t see the answers loud and clear and that frustrated me. I probably should have just accepted that I didn’t understand what it means, especially the future card. Because it’s the future. No-one knows.
With hindsight, it makes a lot more sense. Now, I believe The Hermit wasn’t about taking a break from work (although I’m still planning on doing that!), it was about taking a break from men/relationships. Around that time I had nothing really going on. I had a bit of a complicated situationship with a crush but that was never going to amount to anything and I was alone after a break up really thinking about what I wanted and what I needed.
Two months later, I met my now boyfriend. “Materiality, a project, goal about to happen”. Well it happened!
I’m not saying that my Tarot Card reading accurately predicted my future. Whatever it would have pulled out I bet 8 months later I would be writing this same blog post but with the details slightly changed. But there is a part of me that thinks it’s kind of cool.
I love shit like this and if the opportunity ever arises again, I will definitely do another Tarot Card reading! Have you ever done one? Can you do them? Do you think it’s all bollocks or there’s something there? Let me know in the comments!