78 cards in most decks, multiplied by however many keywords and meanings per card, multiplied further by the number of cards and position meanings in a card spread, times the meta-analysis of the entire pattern, all raised to the power of intuitive and situational understanding = Tarot is a really darn inclusive, expansive, and useful tool for advice, understanding, spiritual growth and an empowered life.

Even with that kind of calculus, sometimes it is hard to match the just-right idea with the just-right card energy. For the Tarot reader, the obvious and easiest place to start is with the cards. If a single card doesn’t hit the bullseye, the elegant patter of a card spread (with the attendant position meanings and implications will turn on the light you need.

But what if the light you need is a laser instead of a bulb? As huge as the Tarot lexicon is, the most rudimentary vocabulary to be fluent in a language takes hundreds and thousands of words. (Which is why the only thing I can say to a Klingon is ask for chocolate and the only thing I can do in Spain is ask for the restroom – both very important phrases though, you have to admit)

ANYWAY….my thought is: what about going in the other direction? Can we reverse engineer the just-right card from a word ย or question…then go back from the cards to other known, connected meanings for further insight? Can cards be like the “operator” in the Matrix instead of the oracle? Can cards be a clearinghouse for creative connections instead of a wellspring of answers and inspiration?

My guess is yes. Look at David’s (@myownminister) #leximancy tweets. (I used to think I had a good vocabulary until I came across this guys tweets – whew! Word workout!) Not wanting to invade his turf, every now and then, just for fun, I’d like to ‘reverse engineer’ a card. ย We’ll start with a word, phrase or idea and end up with a card, and come back to a different word.

Essentially that is what happens in a tarot reading…we start with a question or concern, go to a card, and come back with new ideas and advice.

Tarot is old. Society, life and technology is dynamic. Reverse engineering Tarot is a good step toward keeping Tarot modern, relevant and useful.

Tomorrow: Reverse engineering Tarot & social media

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Thank you again to Bridgeville Library for hosting the Aromatherapy and Tarot workshops

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