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O, that a man might know the end of this day's business ere it come!  ~ Julius Caeser Act 5 Scene 1 

Recently, after listening to Kyle Idleman's wonderful book "Not a Fan" I decided to step away from professional card reading for (and I kind of hate to say this) mostly religious reasons.

I say mostly because I have had a longstanding conflict over providing the kind of predictive readings more people than not seem to want.  This isn't to say that predictive reading is wrong or wrong for others, just that it has never really felt right to me.

As most people know, witchcraft and mediumship and divination are pretty soundly denounced in the Hebrew bible.  And while not necessarily considered invalid (Saul gets accurate intell for example through mediumship thanks to the witch of Endor) such practices  are often portrayed as an affront to God.   On the rare occasion that the Bible approves of divination, e.g. the mysterious divination tool known as the Urim and Thummim of the High Priest of Israel (Exodus 28:30), it is made clear that such a practice is not to be undertaken by the ordinary person.  

If divination is for priests however dreams are another story and there are many biblical instances of relatively ordinary people being given remarkable dreams.  Dreams are allowable.  Dreams are a gift.  And this is something with which I agree completely.  Except that, while I do believe in my dreams I believe in other things too.

Yesterday, I read a bit of commentary in the Hebrew Bible (from my personal favorite edition Etz Hayim). The Rabbis, it turns out, believed that God waited for the 3rd full moon post-Exodus to give the Israelites what is popularly called the Ten Commandments. Acording to their commentary this meant that those commandments were received in the sign of Gemini.  And Gemini rules communication of any sort including, I think, that which is divinely received.

And then there is that odd line in Judges 5:20 "The stars fought from heaven, From their courses they fought against Sisera" (who lost, abandoning his chariot and fleeing on foot).  And the verse in Psalms 8:3 that says "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained..."

Astrologers (many of whom numerbered among the hated Babylonians) were not widely admired in biblical times - particularly by Isaiah - but the main point seemed to be that astrology  could not counteract the will of God.  Something with which most astrologers would probably agree.
Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.  ~ Isaiah 47:13
I am aware, of course, that a lot of Christians agree with Isaiah.  Still, to me, there is a way of looking at these things - a way of looking at all things really - that honors your own personal sense of what is wrong and what is right.

I have been reading Tarot since 1971.  I was 13 years old when I started reading and I have read off and on my entire life.  In all that time, I never made peace with predictive reading and it occurs to me that I probably never will.  

Astrology however is another topic.  Astrology feel right to me.  I would even go so far as to say that I believe that it reveals something of God's plan for our lives.  Astrology is not endorsed in scripture but reading between the lines it seems to me that astrology, done right, had its uses.

The three wise man were after all following a star.



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  1. Dear Barbara, I think I understand your feelings about professional tarot reading. I have tended to keep my tarot readings for close people - or for my own guidance - but when I do it for others (usually on request), I make it very clear that I do not do predictive readings, that the only insights that I get are about their spiritual state and growth, for that is truly what comes through to me. Even agreeing to that stipulation, though, I find that many are just not as interested in their spiritual wellbeing, and still hope for some guidance on worldly matters. Sometimes that comes through, but always in line with what might help their spiritual growth. That said, I find that in my own personal readings, which I do only once in a while, I am given quite specific guidance on all aspects of my life, especially on my creative life, which apparently is an important aspect of my spiritual growth. And I find that I can use the tarot not to read but to focus and direct helpful or healing energies to those in great need, a use of tarot that I was intuitively guided to. Thanks for all your posts, Barbara. I don't get to them often as my reading and study list is quite long, but whenever I do, I am rewarded. By the way, you wrote something recently about the Magdalene. Can you re-direct me to that article or post, as I have been feeling pushed quite emphatically towards a a more feminine religious practice - not any of the goddess or wiccan stuff (though there would probably be elements of those in any system that values the feminine - that honours the feminine aspects of the Christos.

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    1. Hi Tosca. Thank you so much for your kind comments. I feel the same way about your blog.

      Tarot is tricky but I like your approach to it. My idea for now is to focus more on writing and media which is my first love.

      I am always excited to see you've visited my blog because I know I will find a deep and thought provoking comment.

      Thank you <3

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