Tarot card meanings? Think about it!
A while ago I showed a friend my Pithy Tarot app. We called up a card with its pithy message, and her immediate response was “What does that mean?” Of course, she turned to me to interpret the card — she is a total Tarot novice, after all. But of course, also, she (and anyone else using this app) is not going to have me sitting there at the ready to explain every card’s pithy message whenever they use this app. So what’s the solution? What should I tell Tarot newbies (and not-so-newbies too) about how to use this app? After all, such people are a big part of my app’s target audience.
The short answer is this: “Ya gotta think about it a bit.”
A more detailed answer involves some things you can consider when you read the message of a card using this app:
What do you think about the pithy message that comes up? Take a quiet moment and see what comes to mind. Also, consider some of these questions: What area of your life does it seem to apply to? What insight does it give you about that situation, or what advice does it seem to provide? The pithy meaning can also suggest a question that you might want to consider more deeply. This can lead to some very deep revelations. (See an article I posted about how a question posed by a card can lead to profound discussions.)
So let’s return to the example that I started out with to see how this can work. As I mentioned, it was a while ago, so I don’t recall all the specifics, but here is the gist of it. As I recall, the card we got was the Three of Wands, and the pithy meaning was this:
“You can’t reach a goal if you don’t have one.”
(See the image below of this card and message from the “All Cards” facility of the Pithy Tarot app.)
It turns out that this woman and her husband are remodeling their home. The process was taking longer than expected, and she had posed the question “When will our home be done?” when she used the app to choose a card. Well, of course there are no pithy meanings that say something like “November 15, 2014,” so one must expect that questions seeking such specific answers are going to get insights into the situation instead, which is usually more helpful anyway. (As I always tell people, the future is not etched in stone so we have both the power and the responsibility to create the future we want.) In this case, although the woman asking the question was perplexed by the answer that the Tarot provided, her husband was not. He laughed and said to his wife, “You keep changing your mind about what you want; that’s why it’s taking so long. I think this message says that the remodeling won’t get done until you make up your mind.”
And that brings up another point. Sometimes it can help to show your pithy message to someone else to get their detached perspective because we are often too close to our problems and have too much of an emotional stake in them to see the answers we need clearly enough.
PS: Want to read more about how you can use one-card Tarot readings to great effect? See my article called “One-card ‘pithy’ readings.”