Friday, July 20, 2012
Wishes are magic
It took my convoluted thought process to bring me to that conclusion. Here's how it worked:
1. I decided to create my own deck of tarot cards, using art I admire that matches the cards' main symbolisms. I felt it would make the deck more meaningful to me, and thus easier to "interpret."
2. I wanted to explain to my more "reality-based" friends how the card reading process works (when I do it. I don't claim to speak for psychics and seers in general. Nor do I claim to be a psychic/seer at all). So I mentally prepared the explanation.
a. I use the tarot as a psychological exercise, not to predict the future, but to help the querent identify their goals, and the circumstances in their past and present that impact their ability to achieve their goals.
b. I ask a querent to keep their question private until after the reading is done.
c. Most of what comes from a reading is from the querent themselves. I tell them "this is what this card represents." The querent then makes an association that leads them to a conclusion.
d. By the end of the reading, the querent has basically answered their own question. They've identified a goal of some kind, and at least an idea of a plan on how to achieve it.
d1. The plan is essential. If we want something, we have to figure out how to get it. Which led me to the conclusion that "a wish is a goal without a plan."
d1a. It occurred to me that this concept was too profound to be original - although I don't remember hearing it. I looked it up, and learned that the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery said "A goal without a plan is just a wish." So.
d2. Without a plan on how to achieve our goals, there's an expectation or hope that they will just magically appear.
d3. The expectation that a wish can magically cause something to happen means that it's the wish, and not what is wished for, that has the power.
3. Ergo, wishes are magic.
4. I decided to write all this down before I lose it entirely.