Tarot cards and prayer meetings are remarkably similar.
This is a fact I could never have accepted a few years ago. I thought psychics were con-artists or devil-worshippers. Then I found out that I have a friend who reads cards.
She has read my cards a few times and I have been impressed with her insights, but doubted that they had much to do with the tarot cards. My friend is a very intuitive person with a natural gift for reading people. Why should I be surprised that she sees I have certain issues?
One day she asked me to read her cards and guided me through it. Instead of feeling pressured to speak words of the divine, she told me just to share the thoughts that came to me. My words. Not prophetic or psychic, just my thoughts.
We went through the algorithm. The order of a card stood for something such as Past Experiences. Then the particular card, say 3 of rods, had a list of possible scenarios but very open-ended. She asked me to pick which line about the card jumped out at me and tell me why.
In the end, I was able to say things that I really wanted to tell her but didn’t know how to. For example, I could tell her that she was beautiful and her body shape was healthy and attractive. There was no need to count calories but to accept that she is gorgeous without being underweight.
It reminded me of a prayer meeting. It provided a medium for asking deep questions without feeling like it was crossing some social boundary.
At prayer meetings, instead of looking at cards, we closed our eyes. Instead of saying “I’m thinking that you are struggling with this right now and maybe it would help if ___” we spoke more obliquely at church. “God, you see that so-and-so is really struggling right now and help her to see that ____ is ok.”
Also, I didn’t feel like I had to be right. I could throw out any idea and have it be processed, and built on or rejected. Perhaps that was unique to my friend, I don’t know. Unlike a prayer meeting when the pressure of using ‘divine’ authority is felt by both speaker and listener, this felt more free and honest.
The pictures and thoughts in my head were focused by the ideas on the cards, but they were my own. No more agonizing over whether my thoughts were inspired by god or deceptions of the devil.
I doubt I’ll get into tarot cards or psychics, but I do have more respect for the role that they can fill in a friendship.