I was visiting with an old friend of mine when she asked whether I had my Tarot cards with me. She had recalled that I had been an itinerant Tarot reader and wanted me to do a reading for her. Alas, I told her I hadn’t got the cards with me when she said, “why don’t you do a reading without them?”
I gave her a confused look and she related a short story. She had been at a gathering a few weeks ago when the organiser had a lady to read her tea leaves. Unfortunately they had no tea to drain the leaves from when the organiser suggested that she do it without the leaves. “How does that work?” the lady had asked and the organiser had responded by asking the question. Do you really need the leaves? Or are they a permission slip for you to be able to access your gift?
What an interesting concept and one that isn’t new in this blog. How many times have Gwas, I and readers (notably Liz) suggested that we lay aside our dowsing rods. Surely they provide a good analogy for a permission slip, don’t they? We have of course on occasion laid them down, however we still don’t leave the car without them.
Returning back to my friend and her request for a Tarot reading. I said, why not? I was game to see if anything useful comes from it. So I took an imaginary deck from my pocket and asked her to shuffle it whilst holding he question to mind. She did so and I took it back from her and laid out three cards…
- Ace of Cups
- Three of Cups
I let my intuition interact with the drawn cards and gave her a reading. I was quite surprised when it correlated highly with what her question was. Indeed all 3 cards not only hit home but the words that I used to describe their impact also had synchronous overtones with my friend.
After I had left my friend I thought about the reading process and what it meant. Of course the cards create a random (or not) element to the result and then the reader brings his/her intuition into the mix. So why not have a random imagined set of cards that are drawn? After all I didn’t ask my friend about her question until the cards had been drawn. In any case, it was a fascinating little experiment and brought about another consideration.
What are you needing a permission slip for before you act?