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It’s a marketing thing, but I love the way the site statistics show some of the more popular search terms that are being used: it inspires me to write about the kind of stuff people are really interested in finding. Don’t panic – it’s private. It just shows the words typed in the box, not who typed them…totally anonymous. There’s a hint, folks. USE the search box to the right, don’t hold back! Type in whatever you are really interested in knowing. If it’s not here already, keep checking in…chances are it will turn up. Almost seems psychic, right? Actually its just a good stats package. Or, if you really want to get exactly what you need – be brave! Click the “suggest a blog post” tab at the top of the page and ask!

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I have to admit, sometimes the searches surprise me.

“Carl Sagan Tarot” – really?

The very best answer to that is to get to know Carl Sagan’s work, and I suggest you do. Cosmos changed my life.

Cosmos was a giant influence over how I approach Tarot. Not magic woo woo predict the future nonsense…Tarot as a tool to work with innate human abilities like pattern recognition, decision making, logical foresight…a tool for choice and action which would in turn influence the future.

Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan showed me, when I was young enough for it to matter, that science and beauty and wonder are all the same: science is beauty and poetry. Beauty and poetry resonate with science…

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

– Albert Einstein (via goodreads.com)

Through the “ship of the imaginaton” in Cosmos taught us the value of the human heart, mind, and spirit in the world, and in the world of science. What is the quote from the original Cosmos? “That’s some of the things molecules can do given 4 billion years” …or something like that.

I don’t know that Dr. Sagan ever addressed Tarot directly. If you want to get a sense of his view of astrology and such, watch the episode with Kepler, where Dr. Sagan is at the Prometheus statue in Rockefeller Center in New York.If Carl Sagan ever did discuss Tarot,  I think he would dismiss it as nonsense without a seconds hesitation, and he would be absolutely right. The popular notion of Tarot as a way to predict the future or predict what others will do in a relationship, what have you, IS nonsense.

That is my whole point, purpose and Mission in writing “Modern Oracle”. That’s why I call it “MODERN Oracle”. I like to think scientific minds would agree with some of what is here. I aspire to be Saganesque in my readings, teaching style and writing. I aspire to be a kind of Tarot that Carl Sagan wouldn’t laugh at.

Carl Sagan Tarot? Doesn’t exist.

Want Tarot that takes his approach? Want Tarot that gets along with science rather than ignoring it? Then you are in the right place. Carl Sagan was and is one of my greatest influences and inspirations. Tarot is a lens, a way for us to learn about ourselves and the living of life. It is a way of exploring the wonders of being human just as Galileo’s lens was a way of learning more about the stars. It calls to our logical strengths as well as our other oh-so-human abilities.

I suggest you all watch the original Cosmos series, or at least read the book, plus read “Broca’s Brain” by Dr. Sagan. I could never claim to be a protege, but if Carl Sagan did Tarot, I like to think Modern Oracle would be in the same league.