On Divination II – Using Cards For Prognostication
The notion that the future could be told using any form of divination is one I discussed in a previous essay (On Divination) and that I have long held suspect. If glimpses “of what may appear” to be a future event occur, it should always be viewed with caution and not given more attention than any other information obtained as intuitive gifts unfold.
It’s not just what someone glimpses that is important, but how it is interpreted; hence lies the subtleties of inferring meaning in prognostication. Most impressions of “the future” come in pieces and, rarely if ever, present themselves as a complete picture. Relying on them for the purpose of prognostication for others can be dangerous because many people tend to see things in the form of images. We always need to be on guard to put them in their proper context, especially when attempting to read the cards (or any impressions we get from them) for ourselves. Objectivity can be compromised because we may color anything we sense about our own future. This is why it is best not to read for ourselves.
A better approach might be to develop and encourage Introspective Observation which may assist in sharpening an overall perspective of events as they occur by revealing some of the obstacles we face both internally and externally, so that we can make more informed choices about our life. This can lead to a better future for ourselves. If people are more confident of the choices they make, knowing what “the future” holds becomes less important.
The inner intent of different forms of “divination” (crystals, tea leaves, palm reading, or cards) is meant as a focus for the reader to unlock their own intuitive potential. As those capabilities unfold, the need to use these physical focus points diminishes until they are no longer necessary. For some people, that can be a short time, for others a long one. Each person is on their own path and should never compare their gifts to those of others. Development should never be forced, but allowed to unfold naturally. It all depends on the individuals capacity to unlock these gifts in themselves by understanding their meaning and for helping others. Once those gifts are accessible, the task is to recognize their limitations (boundaries), to be increasingly aware of the motives of others and oneself, and learn how to use these gifts in a way that displays wisdom, rather than self-interest. Once a door like this is opened, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to close it. In all things, Know Thyself.