So, Tarot cards? Ridiculous, right?
I think they're interesting. Let me start off right away by saying that I don't believe they tell the future or that I'm psychic. I'm not advocating their use as a method of decision making, divination, or just about anything else. What I do think they're good for, though, is entertainment.
If you want to get all outraged and hate on how unscientific the whole thing is, feel free. All I ask is that you if you do, be scientific about it. Link data, make verifiable claims, and all that jazz. Don't just come in here and call people stupid-poopy-heads.
Here's what I think Tarot cards are useful for: contemplation and examination. The images on the cards help readers (people who are familiar with the chunks of story and archetypes pictured on the cards) come up with an archetypical story that the person being read for can then apply to their own life. In the thinking involved to make it all fit, you spend time thinking about a problem that is bothering you (or else why would you ask about it?) and potential pitfalls and outcomes.
Think of it as being guided through a very complicated Rorschach test. As you apply things to your own situation, you make connections and gain perspective that you probably didn't have before (if you're looking for it).
Tarot cards can't answer questions you don't know the answer to. They can't tell you yes or no. They can't make decisions for you. They don't tell you facts about your future. In fact, I don't think they can tell you facts at all. If you try to disprove them through science, I'm sure you will. It's all about contemplation and examining your perspective on your own life.
Anyways, that how I look at it and why I find it fun.
So here's what I'm gonna do. I'm going to do Tarot readings for people in this thread.
I'll be using an online deck thingy (its not like I need real magical cards, right?) so I can post the spreads for people to look at. I'll be using the standard Rider-Waite deck for reference. I'll be using the Celtic Cross spread, which from what I can tell is kind of the standard problem solving way to lay out cards which most people start with (like the Ubuntu of Tarot).
The spread generator (warning, crappy New Age web design ahead): http://www.white2000.com/tarot/tarot_x.htm
A reference for the Celtic Spread and the cards themselves can be found here: http://www.learntarot.com/top.htm
I haven't really been trying this for very long, but I think I have a good grasp of the fundamentals (yay English and Philosophy degrees!). I don't think I'm psychic, but for my own personal entertainment (and maybe yours too) I'll probably pretend I am at some point in this thread.
This isn't as simple as just reading from charts and stuff though, as to do it successfully (that is, for it to be fun and potentially useful) it requires leaps of intuition and creativity, just like fiction writing. There's artistry in illusion and cold reading cons, so I expect the same to apply here. I'm no artist, but I'm trying.
Here are the rules:
- 1 question per person. I may do more, but second questions come at the back of the line. I may ask for clarification or fish for information from you, and I hope you get back to me. But it'll all be about your 1 question.
- Your question has to be about advice on a specific part of your life. Ask me about relationships, money, school, whatever. But when you do, give me some context. I need some context to place the story of the cards in. Tell me if you're a boy or a girl and roughly your age; that's stuff I'd know if I was doing this face to face. Don't just say "Tell me about girls," say "I've been dating this girl for two weeks, and I want to know if she's serious." See how that works? A good question gets you a good reading.
- No "yes or no" questions. Nothing with specific time frames. You don't get facts, just patterns and themes.
- Be honest. Be open. I am, so I ask that you be too. It's what makes this fun.
- Don't try to trick me. Where's the fun in that? If you try, you probably will. Remember, I'm not psychic. I'm not claiming this is science, so don't try to hold it up to a scientific lens. It's not science, it's fun.
- Don't hate me if I'm wrong. Do let me know though; maybe I could read things a different way and just misinterpreted what I saw. I'd like to get better at this, if only because I hate doing things half-assed.
- If I spend the time to write up a reading for you, I ask that you spend the time to let me know how accurate I was. Explain how what I said ties in (or doesn't), to your own situation. That seems fair enough, right?
So, the Great and Powerful zenpotato, the Illustrious Seer of Visions is now open for business! Step right up and... uh... sit down.
(Again, I'm not claiming to be psychic or anything. This is for fun and amusement.)
mod note: This is meant to be fun. This is not Serious Business. Anyone who comes in here to talk about how tarot is a big crock of shit will be infracted, as that is not the thread topic. - ElJeffe