April 04, 2018

A Tarot Spread to Reveal Hypocrisy.

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A big part of what I do as a Tarot reader, and incidentally a big part of what I've been writing about lately, is encouraging my sitters at best toward self-awareness, and at worst just looking beyond their immediate circumstances. Part of how I do that is by invoking the principle of the ritual chamber where disbelief is suspended and sitters' lives may be compared and contrasted to the fantasy conjured through the cards, but another part of it is simply searching for hypocrisy and attempting to find consonance between internal and external realities.

One of the ways that I look for these things is through the comparison of Needs, Habits, and Desires. This allows me to see the way of life to which a person is habituated, and to question if this person's motivating desires support, ignore, or antagonize his or her lingering needs. See how that works? I'm asking, "Who are you, what do you want, and does this resolve your needs?" In the immortal words of Mick Jagger, "You can't always get what you want, but -- if you try -- sometimes you get what you need."

This three-card arrangement is something that I've been using for years because it's just so damn good at providing perspective, but another three-card arrangement I've recently begun using is Thoughts, Words, and Actions, and I've found that it partners really nicely with Needs, Habits, and Desires in order to show consonance or dissonance of self. 

In this way, I'm able to question what the subject is thinking, whether the subject is sharing these thoughts, and whether the subject's actions agree with thoughts and words, as well as if the subject's actions move him or her closer to either the needs or the desires. See how that works? "What's on your mind, are you sharing it with others, and are you working to create material changes?" There's an allegedly Irish saying that nicely encapsulates this three-card arrangement: "Nodding your head doesn't row the boat."

What does this arrangement look like in action? Let's take it for a test-drive:

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