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Conversational Tarot – Eight of Wands

September 1, 2014

A while back, I described a way to initiate thought-provoking conversations using the messages of the cards. (See: A great way to facilitate this process is to use my Pithy Tarot app, which provides a quick little meaning along with a card.

Eight of Wands rains 50pct 2Today I used the Eight of Wands. The pithy meaning I got was this:
When it rains it pours.

The question I came up with is this:
There is a saying, “When it rains it pours.” Why do you think that is?

Some of my thoughts:

First of all, it is often a matter of perception — we tend to notice extremes more than the averages. So, for example, boring times when nothing much is happening and hectic times when everything seems to happen all at once both stand out more than normal times when things move along at an average pace. Also, whenever those times of drought and deluge happen to come back to back, they are set off in glaring relief and we remember them even more vividly. Similarly, in some situations we have a very narrow window of comfort, so everything outside that window seems like either a drought or a downpour.

Secondly, a lot of situations and conditions have a tipping point where nothing much changes until you reach a certain point where drastic change occurs. (This observation leads to another pithy meaning for this card which I will post in the near future.) Let me give you a very simple example of what this (tipping point) means. Start pouring water into a glass. As long as the glass is not full, nothing exciting happens. But then, once the glass is full, you’re suddenly in crisis mode because water starts overflowing onto the table and floor. Another (unfortunate) example of this is a car battery. Those things work fine up until the moment when they fail.[1] But tipping points do not always lead to something bad. For example, what if you’re working on building a business but it doesn’t seem to be panning out? The advice here may be that you’ve not reached the tipping point where the business takes off, and in that case, this card may be encouragement to keep at it because you’ll soon get there.
So those are a couple of my thoughts about this. What do you think? I would love to hear what you think about this.

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[1] I’ve always wondered why it is that we can’t come up with a car battery that gradually stops working so you can get it in to the shop to replace it before it dies, usually at the most inopportune time.

  1. On the other hand, that expression could be nothing more than an acknowledgement that things, in whatever extreme, are attributable to cause and effect, when put into the correct perspective. When it is raining, it can also be said to be pouring, if there is enough water falling. However, it cannot pour without raining first – so the extreme of “poured” rain is predicated on there being rain in the first place.

    Or – the extremes of a situation are rooted in its origins. If you find yourself in a pouring rain, you are in rain. The amount of water becomes unimportant once a certain level of wetness is achieved. Just so when this card comes up for me. I am in pouring rain – and if I want to be dry again – I need to examine the basic rainstorm that is generating the excess forces. Metaphorically speaking, of course. 🙂 Gentle rain is necessary for growth and development. Pouring rain can be destructive and horrific. So when it is raining AND pouring – Danger, Will Robinson!

    • And I guess if you don’t like rain at all, pretty much any time it rains it will seem like it’s pouring.

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