Intuitive Understanding and “Divination”

Atheopaganism

I read Tarot cards. Not as much as I used to, but I still do it.

I don’t think of it as “fortune telling”. I think of the Tarot as a magnificently complex set of symbols from which I randomly choose, creating therefrom a narrative which draws up my intuitive understanding of a situation or question and illuminates it in complex, interesting and often surprising ways. In a way, Tarot is like a Rorschach test, only with much richer set of available symbols and a long history of interpretation and lore.

Besides, it’s really, really cool. Tarot by candlelight, with a bit of incense? You won’t feel much witchier than that, short of dancing naked around a fire.

In the Atheist community, I see a lot of hyperfocus on rationality, and discounting of intuitive thinking (and of emotion, generally). What cannot be logically explained is often dismissed entirely, to a fault…

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  1. Louise Pare-Lobinske
    May 09, 2016 @ 15:05:29

    Thanks for this; it helps me to understand Tarot and such practices better. I may have mentioned before that my aunt used to read cards, but she used a regular playing card deck, and I have a book on how to do that (that I haven’t read yet; maybe it’s time). If Tarot is a process of intuition, intuition tends to be one of my weak points. Maybe studying Tarot would help me get better at it. Thanks again.

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