Exploring Tarot Cards: Judgement

Exploring Tarot Cards: Judgement

Remember the story of the Hare and the Tortoise. Over the years the lesson learned from the story has been changing.

During my school days I thought that of course “the slow and steady wins the race” is the lesson from the story and the Tortoise won the race.

However, in today’s fast paced life, I tend to think that the lesson from the story is “not all races are meant to be won, collaboration is more important”.

Imagine a scenario where the Hare realised that his health would deteriorate if he continued to run and therefore took the required rest.  Just when the Tortoise saw the Hare, instead of continuing with the race, if the Tortoise had stopped and checked on the Hare. And finally, both of them would have won the race together helping each other.

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The Judgement card enables us to look at different ways to judge ourselves and the people in our life. It gives us a chance to use empathy in judging others, putting ourselves in other’s shoes and being compassionate. When we feel angry at not getting through the job or scold our children for poor marks, are we taking ourselves too seriously.

The question asked by the card is:

In which area of our life are we too harsh on ourself and others?

 

 

Exploring Tarot Cards: The Devil

Amy sat by her window on a chilly Sunday drinking a coffee. It had been a few days ago when James had proposed to her. The proposal had taken her by surprise as she considered James a very good friend. So she told him that she will give her answer in a few days.

Amy was not able to makeup her mind when she got a Whatsapp message from her school friend Isabel.

Isabel: What’s up girl!
Amy: 🤔 James proposed
Isabel: From our school…
Amy: 👍
Isabel: And what did you say…
Amy: Am still thinking. You know how it is… We have been best of friends.. James is great guy and we talk to each other about anything and everything… I don’t know what to do

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Isabel shocked and thinking: this girl is so naïve. Let me try something.

Isabel: Say no to him
Amy: 😡 Why
Isabel: Why are you getting angry. You are so beautiful and fashionable… He is just ok and does not have any fashion sense…. Loves cricket and you love painting…. There is no common interest
Isabel: Keep him as a friend and enjoy the shopping sprees
Amy: But he is also caring, intelligent and has a great sense of humour…. Which is more important to me….
Isabel: 😱I don’t think so
Amy: I think I know what to do….

Amy closes the Whatsapp window and calls James. The story ends here.

What do you think Amy said to James?

How did Isabel help Amy decide?

In this story, Isabel played the devil’s advocate by pointing out the negative aspects of James and Amy’s friendship. This gave Amy an insight to her real feelings for James.

The Devil card too asks us to play the devil’s advocate in our life from time to time to ensure that we don’t take our life for granted.

Where can you play the devil’s advocate?

Exploring Tarot Cards: The World

Let me tell you an interesting story about a girl named, Soni.

One day Soni found herself sitting in front of three well-dressed and serious-looking senior executives. This was Soni’s BIG moment, she was giving an interview for campus placements. As the interviewers took few minutes to scan through Soni’s resume, she had many questions running through her mind “How do I impress them?”, “Am I dressed well?”, “What if I don’t know the answer?”, “Is my posture correct?”

Soni was so engrossed with questions in her mind that she did not hear the first question asked by the panel and she had to ask them again. Thankfully, the rest of the interview went well and she did get through to the next round.

Did this BIG moment happen to Soni overnight? How did Soni know that she could ask the interviewer to repeat the question?

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This BIG moment was all Soni and her friends could think of while doing their eengineering. They would constantly discuss the companies they wanted to join,  resume, interview questions, presentations and even dressing style.

Soni’s practice sessions, discussions with seniors who were already working, and research on companies had finally culminated into this interview.

This is exactly the theme of the World card, the last card numbered 21 in Tarot. It tells us that now is the time to put your preparation to action.

What is your preparation for the BIG moment in your life?