I thank you for all the time and effort you have put into your responses quietmorning! I was wondering about this:
It's very easy to say it's for the community, but when you strip it down, it is still individualized because it is the person seeking from THEIR motives of need for control.I was under the impression that the Tarot gave insights to help people make better choices in the future. Not actually predict the future. Am I incorrect?
Does it honestly make a difference?
But let's unpack that and strip it down for a moment. . .what does the last card in the spread tell you? Isn't it the result of all the other cards if you stay on the path? And isn't there a future event card opposite (depending on the spread) of the past event card?
What the person is left with is - 'this is these events that have an effect on your question, and these are those events that have an effect on your question - and if you keep going on the same path you are on with these events, THIS (the last card) is where it will lead
So what then? What do you do next? If you truly live a full life each of those events has a hundred million scenarios with real people . . .are you going to control each of those people and chose . . .which event? And if you can control each of those people and chose the RIGHT event to change, what are you going to change it to?
Heh. . .go watch the movie The Butterfly Effect - it makes for a very very good point.
So in effect, this thing that is supposed to be so helpful. . .is giving you a very unclear path going to a very precarious place . . .so that you can help those you care about . . .to do . . what? What would you change the event TO? And would it be good for every single person involved if you really truly had THAT MUCH power to effect your LAST CARD?
Who are we to say what's good or what isn't for another person that our lives touch? Or even for ourselves? Only God knows all things.
How do we take what we are doing today - especially if it is God's hands, and walk away from it because a deck of cards suggests that this happening will lead me to this or that event? Or refuse to let it go because of that last card? There are so many things in my life that what happened 'today' fifteen years later saved my life. THAT is God.
There is our own wish to control . . .and make things better and prevent pain, and not see our loved one's suffer any harm, ill or tragedy. . . or for ourselves to keep from living through tragedy. . .so we try to fix it, and keep it from happening.
But that very tragedy is what hones us and strengthens us and purges us from things that are killing us eternally. So. . .would we be tricked out of it? To what. . .
Those very hard difficult things is where faith is born and miracles happen. I can try to control what I think I can control, or I will live every moment knowing that He is with me and be satisfied with that moment - and watch my life and others become something gleaming and pure and miraculous through Him who takes that trust even through the worst possible events . . .for His Glory. That is HIS RIGHT. . .He bought that right with HIS LIFE.
Or I could not trust every moment to Him how made me with His own hands . . .and knows every moment of my life since HE WROTE IT HIMSELF. . .
Because we never allowed Him to help us. . .truly help us. . .because we didn't trust Him. Truly trust Him. . . in the good, in the bad, in the hard, in the easy, in the painful, in the joy. . . in every situation He could possibly use to bring us to Glory and then take us from Glory to Glory. It's the hard narrow road, not the easy wide one.
Now lets go back to the thought that "the Tarot gave insights to help people make better choices in the future". . . going back to the question of who. . .do you really want to serve another god? Can a deck of cards really do one thing to help you? And if they are better choices, and those better choices aren't from the One God, but from a deck of cards, doesn't it stand to reason that the choices are actually either of your own making given the possible scenarios the cards 'suggest'? (and in that case, then it goes back to being self serving instead of God serving). Why would anyone risk their families or their own lives on a deck of cards? On suggestions that pull up puzzles you have to solve. . .and by this time, do you really think God would listen to you who is refusing to listen to Him?
And is choosing to listen to a deck of cards, instead?
Thank goodness He is forgiving. . .and all merciful. . .but why test Him?
PFNicholas, you are quite welcome. . .
You're worth every bit of His mercy and grace you can possibly receive. . .
I hope, in His mercy, this has been helpful, and I REALLY hope that this is more Him than me. . .because I tend to mess things up pretty good. If you were helped, then it was from Him. . .and if you were harmed, please place the issues squarely in my lap.
In Christ, forever.