Tarot Talk: Where “Fortune Telling” Typically Actually Leads

Before jumping into this topic, I feel that it is important that I make a distinction between two things. There is a difference between a question like, “I don’t like the current trajectory of my present romantic relationship. What can I do to make sure we don’t end up where I think we’re headed?” and “What job will I have in 15 years?”

The first question asks about the state of the future, but it acknowledges that the power is still in your hands. It asks specifically what can be done to alter that future. It is a question of what to do with your free will, not of what will happen with or without you, period.

The second question is going to yield a response that you can’t do anything with. You can attempt to alter the future that I’m describing to you in the second question, but we don’t know enough information about that situation in order to ensure the change is one that is good for everyone. It’s too targeted of a question, so it provides too targeted of an answer. The best example of this I have is what my claircognizance usually provides for me without cards and I’m going about my day, and is generally what this post is about. (Storytime)!

I once was out with my partner and his friends, and as the night was coming to a close, I very clearly saw my partner and I walking home late at night rather than taking a bus. I didn’t know why, and I didn’t know how we came to that. Logically speaking, there was nothing wrong with taking the bus, and it wouldn’t stop doing its rounds for a few more hours. I rationalized it like this, and figured it would do no harm to walk to the bus stop anyway. We happened to miss the bus by a few seconds, running after it and waving our arms profusely, but to no avail. “Oh well,” we thought. “No harm in waiting for it to come back around.”

I did the math. To walk home would take around 30 to 45 minutes, and the bus coming back and dropping us off where we needed to be would be around the same time. The plus side of waiting for the bus, of course, was just that we wouldn’t have to walk. Long story short: we waited 45 minutes or so, and it never came back around, so it was a colossal waste of time. At this point, my partner’s friend said goodnight, as there was no time for him to come to our place and then go back to his. My partner suggested trying another bus stop to me, to which I protested, getting the feeling the same thing would occur. When he asked why, I told him honestly — “I don’t know.”

You can guess where this story ends. We end up walking home in the late hours of the night after waiting at various bus stops that never have buses arriving, for whatever reason. Such things happen like this all the time. I tell someone that I think we should do something earlier, take another route, try a different option, but there is never any logical backing behind these words, and we end up going down the path I see in my mind because either I rationalize it on my own, or someone else does for me.

This is what happens with the second kind of question. Reality often doesn’t pan out in the way we expect it to, and with our limited view, there’s only so much we can do to change a future that we don’t know much about. I saw us walking home, but I didn’t see us missing the first bus, or it never coming back.

Let’s reimagine this scenario in regards to tarot or predictive readings. With the second form of question, I would ask, “What happens that night when we go out?” and receive the answer of, “You end up walking home.” The same events would play out as they did in real life. But if I ask, “What should I do that night that we go out?” then I receive a wholly different answer, one that allows me to actually change the course of the future, even if the answer I receive is something like, “Speak your mind, even if you think it doesn’t make sense.” When I receive that advice, I’ll have no idea what to use it for or how it relates to the night out, but when the time comes, it has a real utility.

I think we often avoid asking the more productive question because, quite frankly, it isn’t as fun. I think we can be real and admit that someone telling you that you’ll be a doctor in 15 years or so is just fun (or for some, scary. To each their own). It’s not as fun to receive vague advice that we don’t know what to do with until much later.

When readers tell you that they don’t predict the future, this is typically why. It’s not to be a party pooper; it’s just because for the vast majority of scenarios, these kinds of questions don’t get you anywhere. And many readers want to help you, not dish out what is often inconsequential information.

I personally don’t mind doing this specific form of predictive readings in good fun, for the most part. On the receiving end, though, if I am to receive a predictive reading, I want it to be one where I am asking a question that leads to a fruitful answer. And when it’s you that’s spending your hard earned money on a reading, I think it’s important that you receive answers that you’re happy with, and that your question has to provide leeway for that to happen. And, unfortunately, sometimes “fortune-telling” questions just don’t get us there.