The Stuff I Don’t Know

An expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing” – Nicolas Butler (via

A fool thinks himself to be wise but a wise man knows himself to be a fool” – William Shakespear (via

Boarder patrol.

As I see it,  life goes a little easier when we patrol our boarders – in a figurative sense, anyway. In other words, it’s a good idea to know where boundaries are and give them a certain healthy respect.

If there is a place where boundaries are soft or broken, it’s worth shoring them up so resentments don’t crop up in their place. You can’t solve a problem until you know it exists.

You can’t learn new things until you know what you don’t know.

No one, and no thing has all the answers. That’s true of psychic work and Tarot. I still ascribe to the spork theory…it might be the best thing for eating noodle soup, but you wouldn’t want to build a house with it. You have to have the right tool for the job. Sometimes logic and reason serves us best. Other times intuition and emotion are just what we need. To know the difference requires that we try to learn the boundaries and Vinn diagram cross-overs between them.

There are, after all, only 78 or so cards in a Tarot or Oracle deck. The human experience is far more complex and nuanced than that. Multiple meanings and combining cards into layouts increases the reach exponentially, but it still has it’s limits. We owe it to ourselves as readers and above all to our clients to know what our individual limits are. Blundering beyond our limits in service to our ego does no service for our clients. Indeed, it can potentially cause harm. In addition to the spork theory, I also ascribe to the Hippocratic / Wiccan exhortation to do no harm.

Granted, the client has every chance and choice to ignore everything we say. Their path is ultimately their responsibility. I think we need to respect that boundary too. As I see it, predictions that promise certainty and accuracy hop right over that boarder line and plants a seed that could grow into something that ensnares them much more than it liberates or supports them.

Long story short, one thing we can do to be better Tarot readers is know what we don’t know and set boundaries with our clients accordingly. One thing we can do as clients to get the most out of a reading is to step up to those boarders, and realize our part in a reading is as important as the person doing the reading. Our job as clients is to reinforce boundaries, to use discretion, to give reasonable consideration to what we take to heart.

Boundaries have two sides. We as readers need to know what we don’t know. We as clients need to know what we do know, and not give that knowing away to the reading process.

Will you get that job? I dunno. Is your long-distance love interest cheating on you? I dunno. When will you meet your soulmate? I dunno.

But I do know we can find ideas in a reading that can help you make the most of here and now while setting a course toward the future you want to find.


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