This Tarot reading stuff. Divination or Counselling?

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Merriam- Webster: Divination: the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers. 2 : unusual insight : intuitive perception.

Counselling:  the provision of professional assistance and guidance in resolving personal or psychological problems. “bereavement counselling”

Depending on the reader, it may be either or both. There are Tarot Counsellors who advertise as such, and who specialise in taking a counselling approach, often based on formal, academic Jungian training. These readers may decline to handle any forecasting. Other readers, working with a more psychic style of approach, may offer valuable, sensible advice, but without a basis in formal counselling training, and the source of their insights is another conversation. Is it empathy, intuition, hard boiled shrewdness, life experience, or something else?

In preparing for a reading, Tarot, runes, cards etc; the reader can only prepare to respond. The person will wish for verifiable feedback  early on in the process, or how else can they see if you know your stuff?

They will want feedback, advice, prediction, hard, workable information, or they may be fragile or tired, looking for a bit of hope and cheer. But it has to be credible, to them, in the form that it takes.

Mantras or spiritual platitudes simply will not cut it.

The reader must be ready to deal in specifics. Questions will often be presented as entirely hard boiled, to do with money or business outcomes.

The client may want a yes or no answer; eg, is this merger going ahead, will I win or lose this court case. If I spent 50 K on building this extension to my premises will I get that money back when I want to sell?

Only time will tell whether you get it right, and you better had, far more often than you get it wrong, or you won’t be doing this work for long.

But nothing is ever entirely factual and hard-boiled. Wherever time, thought, worry, hope and effort is invested, there are also high personal and emotional stakes.

There are also those other questions where the only validation possible is in the heart and mind of the other person, and whether or not your answer finds resonance within them.
Here’s an example from a social media forum,  all readings free of charge.
The questioner’s identity disguised.

Questioner. ‘Help me please? Is there a spirit of a unborn child surrounding me? Here are the cards I drew but I’m not sure what they mean.’ 

Fool GoldenTower Golden9 Swords Golden

Images from The Golden Tarot, by kind permission of Kat Black

The enquirer received 3 responses.

Responder 1: A better question would be asking such spirits who they are to get your answer.

Responder 2 :  Ask them who they are!! I have 4 guides and they always come in 2’s. Never by themselves.

Responder 3: (KT) I don’t think so but I do see mourning (The 9 Swords) and The Fool card represents the newborn or the unborn while The Tower can suggest a sudden, shocking event. Is this why you are asking? Are you grieving a pregnancy – a lost baby?

Questioner: Yes, and my other children seem highly attracted to my tummy all of a sudden and clingy. Its weird.

KT: I am so sorry. In answer to your question, no, I think based on your cards here, there is no ghost. The Fool card especially, says the little one’s returned to source, to the palm of the Universe, or God, whatever you like to call it. The Tower and the 9 Swords, I see as reflections of you, and the aftermath of a shock-wave.  You do not want to think of the baby stuck and trapped at your side, a soul too small to know why.  You can make a shrine inside yourself, in your mind, in your heart, with a candle to light the way back to life one day for that little soul, and in that way, you can be the baby’s own guardian angel for all time.

Questioner: I love that idea! But why do my children keep wanting to touch my tummy?

KT:  I think your children are sensing and responding to your grief, and they understand the source of it, whether instinctively or because you have told them. They’re wanting to ‘rub it better.’, wishing to comfort you, and also they are anxious, and want reassurance from you that everything’s all right.

Questioner: So not a ghost then?

KT I’d say no, there is no conscious entity here, the baby is gone to source again safe and sound. The ‘ghost’ now is the memory, the grief and the physical aftermath of loss. Your body may feel like a haunted place for the time being, not because the spirit of the baby is there, but mind and body are one, this is a fact of biology, and the body is still adjusting after the loss of the baby.

It’s not for me or anyone to pronounce of course, there are always the great unknowns,  but I see no ghost here in the supernatural sense of the word .

The one card in the Tarot most suggestive of a ghost…as in an active, ongoing haunting is The Moon card. It’s absent here, every card contains a message and sometimes in a reading, a card is actually most conspicuous by its absence.

Questioner: That’s such a weight off my mind, I can’t begin to tell you.

SUMMARY

This was not divination as such apart from the fact that I picked up on the reason behind the initial question.

But was it counselling? I’ve done some of that work and training in previous jobs. Maybe not quite that either. The methodology would possibly not be accepted as counselling in the formal sense of the word.

Looking again at the first two replies, I was struck that their replies reflected a personal position or philosophy, but did not engage with the cards presented by the questioner, and in doing so, bypassed her story here, because the cards clearly raise a  story that begs a question – what was the reason for this lady’s question?

My response, whether ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ – meaningless terms here – were prompted by the questioner’s own cards- I was acting simply as an external translator.

I felt her question very deeply, for my own reasons, but the reader must be so careful not to let THEIR stuff get in the way of seeing someone else’s stuff.

What connects everyone in the real WEB is that there are facts, there are truths and there are poetic truths.

And nothing new under the sun.

Divination or counselling. You decide.

Until next time 🙂

Tarot Tells Of Things That Go Bump In The Night

The Tarot’s Moon card: Things That Go Bump In The Night…

English: The Moon card from the Visconti-Sforz...
English: The Moon card from the Visconti-Sforza Tarot deck. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Tarot card that might be talking about things going bump in the night, and we don’t mean burglars, or …well, you know…is The Moon card: Its meanings: Dreams, Illusions, Shadows, Psychic Perception, Deceit, Danger, Fear of the Unknown, Paranoia.

Things that go bump in the night. If it’s filmable, if it’s reproducable, I don’t think it’s the real/unreal thing.

Why? Because such experiences are perceptions of the Amygdala. The eyes see what the brain sees, projecting, not reflecting. This is the vision of the psychic eye. It does not mean that it is not ‘real’.

Reports of ghosts may be considered suspect for a number of reasons. For one thing, they can be good for business…certain businesses. There was an interesting legal situation in the ’90s when a famously haunted Lancashire property, Chingle Hall, was sold at a value to reflect its haunted status with tourist income potential, which did not, em, materialise as substantially as expected.

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This doesn’t mean there aren’t ghosts anywhere, anytime, ye who cry scorn and derision. It’s something so easy to do, just dismiss it, if it hasn’t happened to you.  Ghosts are not performing seals, or maybe it requires a certain kind of sensitivity to be open to that perception. Which begs the question, what is a ghost, anyway?

Have I experienced anything of that sort, myself?  Yes, I have, on a few occasions.  The first occasion was long before I ever thought of learning Tarot, and it was extraordinary although the full strangeness did not hit me right away or even for some years.  I was ‘fetched’ to a scene where a man had just died, and it turned out to have been the man himself who had done the fetching.  There was the body, round the back of M&S in Leicester, there was the ambulance, and the paramedics, trying to resuscitate him, but he was now too far outside himself, and very shocked at its suddenness, poor man.

These days, there’s a small dog on the staircase just now and then.  I’ve seen it running down, fading in and out of view. Nothing unpleasant whatsoever. I’ve seen it in the kitchen and on the landing, and I’ve seen it run under the dining table. It’s the size of a large terrier with pricked ears and a short dark coat. I see the movement and the shape, not the detail.

I imagine it’s some kind of energy residue; a print or a memory of a previous household pet.

Other things over the years have been sadder, stranger, creepier, and I have definitely not wished to encourage them.

I’m not asking if you ‘believe’ in such. If you don’t, you don’t, and many don’t. I get that. But, I have heard a lot of stories, presented quite matter of factly, by people in perfect possession of all their marbles. If you are interested, look up the books of TC Lethbridge, psychic researcher and academic with a scientific background.  He said, ‘today’s magic is tomorrow’s science,’ and I think he’s near the mark.

The world is not only stranger than we know. It may be stranger than we CAN know. Why should recognising  possibilities and the limits of current understanding be a barrier to enquiry?

Tarot, Runes, our dreams, myths and songs, are some of the many boats available for exploring these deep waters. Some may prefer to stay in harbour, and not explore at all, and that’s fine; they needn’t. But not everyone has the choice, the current pulls them out. I chose Tarot but I didn’t choose the things that went before, I learned they were part of my make-up.  For all our intellectual achievements and aspirations, resistant to ‘superstition’ or not  ‘we’ remain an instinctive animal. We rely on it for our safety. If someone gives you the creeps, then they give you the creeps, and there’ll be a reason. Police, Emergency Services Personnel, the Military, all need good instincts, or else.

To be psychic is only an extreme  form of instinct. This is our nature and our default. Factual truth may also be poetic. Stories  come from someone’s experience, and myths and fairy tales from a collective experience. In this sense, however fanciful, even ghost stories contain some essential truth. They do not  lie.