November 14, 2017

I can't actually predict the future.


Okay, that's a terrible thing for a professional Tarot card reader to say, but it's the truth and if you'll stick with me for a few minutes I'll try and explain why with the assistance of the always-lucid Tom Cruise.

Wait, don't leave, I promise this is going somewhere!

So, the other day I'm hosting a Tarot party on my YouTube channel and one of the participants wants to know how many children she'll have and when she'll have them. To her surprise, I said that I can't predict that because--as I believe--how many children and when she'll have them is a future which depends entirely on the choices she makes. Does she have a partner who wants to conceive with her? How often will she attempt to conceive? Is she fertile, and her her partner potent? Will she carry the child to term, or will she change her mind due to other circumstances and choose to abort? Will she stop trying after the first child, or will she continue this cycle in the search for me?

The explanation I gave her is that I don't believe in a fixed fate which is yet to occur. Instead, I believe in observing the present. If there are no patterns in the present which would lead to the desired outcome, then I don't believe that the desired outcome is possible. With the use of the Tarot, I'm able to magnify patterns that exist in the present and attempt to extrapolate them to their furthest possible conclusion.

Which to me feels a lot like the Division of Pre-Crime in the movie "Minority Report," in which prescient test-tube children scan the future to see murders before they actually happen. Supposedly, the system is perfect because all three Sylvia Brown-ettes will see the same murder and agree on its veracity, but once in a while there's the eponymous "minority report" in which the psychic snoops have been deceived or were just wrong.

The movie "Minority Report" includes a lot of themes including free will and predetermination, but also the question of whether a crime-free society is worth the risk of the false imprisonment of people wrongly convicted of murder despite no crime ever being committed and the potential for the "pre-cogs" to get it wrong.

Which puts me into a terrible predicament: if I accept that it's possible to predict the future, then the very act of predicting it ripples outward into choices which ultimately change the prediction. Therefore, any attempt to know the future necessarily invalidates the future.

Or at least, that's how the argument goes.

I've got a lot of happy clients who swear that I've done right by them, but me being the one person who's in a position to know all the predictions I've ever made, I'm fully aware that there're more than a few minority reports in the archives.

All of which is a long way of saying, I can't really predict the future. I can only really talk about what's happening the present, try to see where it's going in the future, and offer you the best advice based on existing patterns.

Just watch out for those pesky minority reports.

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