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July 13, 2014

NEVER STOP LEARNING: It's all in the cards — tarot cards

I’m sure I’m not alone in believing that it is human nature to be curious about the unknown, the things we cannot see or explain. 

Despite this, I am mostly a skeptic. If I can’t touch it, see it or prove it, I generally try not to spend too much time thinking about it. Still, there are many people who believe in fate or destiny, who think the universe works in mysterious ways. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t, but if enough people think it does, there might be something to it, right?

In an effort to dig a little deeper, I signed up for a tarot card reading class called “Intuitive Tarot” at Spiritually Rooted on Webster Street in North Tonawanda. In the back of the store, a small group of people sat around a table with a sort of poster laid out and 10 tarot cards placed face up on specific parts of the poster. 

The poster, I quickly learned, was a layout for understanding what each card meant. Each label card space represented things like the past, present and future, as well as slots for cards that might explain the why, who or when of the question asked by the person receiving the reading. 

In this case, the class focused on one specific participant, a regular student who was a facing an issue with a person from her past. Tarot cards can be used to perform a reading that relates to a person’s life in general or to answer a specific question, according to instructor Theressa Johnson. 

In this case, my fellow student wanted to know how to handle her problem, or what would come of the situation. Honestly, I somehow thought that reading tarot cards was more direct than it is. I thought that each card stood for something more specific and that the meaning was objective. I was wrong; everything is totally subjective. The idea is that you will be led to the right answers. 

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