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.

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.


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



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.

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@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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