Whereupon I had a Tarot Reading

I mentioned yesterday that I had a Tarot reading recently, and that it was one of the most comforting and hopeful things I've done in a long time.

Here's the thing about Tarot--and this will likely piss some people off--I felt the same comfort from Tarot that a lot of the people I grew up with find in reading the Bible. I think the parallels are interesting, and it's why I have no problem with Tarot as a source of inspiration, healing and guidance for people. 

Anyway, I thought I'd share my 5 card Tarot spread from Isis as a way to kind of give you a little context about my life these days, and some of the steps I've been taking to, you know, not throw myself off a bridge.

First, here are a few things Isis made clear before we got started:

The Tarot doesn't tell the future.

"Humans are complicated. We have relationships. We have emotions. Shit happens. Every decision you make affects not only you, but the people around you, and the ripple effect of free will ensures that no one choice will lead linearly to one specific outcome, no matter how many times you watch Back to the Future.

"The point is to to understand the choices we have before us. It's a clarifying tool for accessing our intuitive sense of what can be."

The Tarot is not a "tool of the Devil" (or any other variety of related statement)

"If you believe that the tarot’s messages come from the devil or are evil in some way, then you should just admit that you think the human spirit is fundamentally evil (not lit with a divine spark from God or whatever you believe in), because the tarot is simply a vehicle for the intuition to speak without fear of reprisal from the superego/conscious mind."

The Tarot is not the exclusive playground of crazy middle-aged ladies who wear headwraps and have too many cats and wear too much jewelry.

Isis is 25, totally sane, and has no cats, just a French bulldog, though she refuses to deny the jewelry or the occasional headscarf. ;)

OK, without further ado, here was my spread:

I pulled The Knight of Cups, The High Priestess, The Star, The Chariot, and the Ace of Wands. 

I could get into pretty detailed explanations about each card, but a) I'd be bad at it (Isis is the expert, not me!) and b) I mostly just want to talk about The Star and The Ace of Wands because those are the ones I got teary over (I know, I'm a mess).

The Star


This card represents hope after a great upheaval. In the background is a ruined tower, but she is shown rising above the ruins. When I say that I look at that mess of a tower, then look at the image of her and feel like I can rebuild and find myself again...well, anyway. The image, for me, is a powerful one, and it is comforting to know things can and will get better.
The Ace of Wands


Wands in the Tarot represent creativity. This card in particular, because it was the last one pulled, represents how creativity will be essential as the guiding force in rebuilding. To me, this was a significant point, because I had let this part of my life fizzle out, and as a result, I feel like I lost who I was as a unique individual. I've been making a lot of effort to renew my creativity (including writing here) and I already feel a bit more in tune with who I am.

So yeah, this card, like The Star, was just crazy, crazy hopeful and comforting to me.

Also, Isis was like, "Oh hey, wands are phallic, so..." and I was like, "Score."

There you have it: a little glimpse into my experience with the Tarot. I'll have more from Isis tomorrow on why she started a business around Tarot, what Tarot is and isn't, and how it got her through a divorce.

In the meantime, have any of you tried Tarot? What did you think? If you haven't tried it, would you? Why or why not?