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I started doing a couple of tarot spreads after @tj very kindly sent me a deck and they keep telling me to chill tf out and stop synthesizing problems and I feel very seen.

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I don't really believe in "fortunes" but I do believe in the use of ritual, symbolism and randomization to catalyze the decision-making process and as a tool to manifest intent into reality.

My need to qualify this to strangers on the internet is not a particularly self-serving trait.

@trhr

My conscious thought tells me that I don't care but my emotional brain is apparently worried about being misrepresented.

I ask it "who fucking cares" and the answer is always "you do apparently".

@grimmware @trhr

Music on random always freaks me out. Tarot rocks, get good enough at readings and you can make money off it.

There's some good stuff on youtube.

@SometimesCarkeys @trhr I wanna get good but only for me and my friends - part of the reason I got into occultism is because I needed a hobby that wasn't anything like my job :)

@grimmware @trhr

Quit your job!
Slack off!
Send $35 to the Church Of The Subgenius today!

@grimmware eh, i said we were judging you, not that you should care.

@trhr I'm honestly more concerned about why I care about things that I don't want to care about and how to stop :P

@grimmware

Is our decision making based of a personal interpretation of reality any less random then an interpreted tarot reading?

@Midder

That was exactly my thought process and my answers ranged from "no" to "marginally".

It appears to me that most of the value of tarot is in the very deliberate and methodical decision making process (of which there are several different schemes) and in how the random element helps reduce the perceived burden of the responsibility for the decision.

You can see how it's survived as a tradition on that front - if you strip away the mysticism it's a workflow for minimizing option paralysis and the anxiety associated with uncertainty.

@kl @grimmware

if you have seen Red State by Kevin Smith, I think he used a similar process when writing that, and you see it, where the film seems to move in an entirely new direction at points.

@Midder @kl holy shit yes I have actually already seen something that you’ve suggested hahah

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