For anyone who has ever had a reading done with Tarot cards you know that each card carries a meaning, often changed if the card is laid upright or upside down; depending on the pattern that the cards fall in shows us how many answers are dependent on the things and people around us.
Aside from the suits Pentacles, Swords, Cups and Wands, the cards are also categorized into Minor and Major Arcana. Minor Arcana belong to the individual suits whereas the major arcana (I.e.: The Lovers; Judgement; The Hanged Man; The World; The Fool; and more [22 in total]) do not belong in the suits. While several of the minor arcana (8 of swords; 2 of cups; 5 of wands; and more [56 in total]) share similar meanings with the major set, the message is not as strong.
When reading the cards, the minor arcana indicate average day-to-day activities and influences. The major arcane on the other hand are more persistant, seems to carry more weight, and indicates that there are outside forces that factor into our lives and have significant bearing on the answer. The standard is when 4 or more major arcane show up in a reading then the result of the question often means that the outcome is not in the seeker’s control.
(*my mom used to read with a normal deck of playing cards and she was fairly accurate, however she always said the cards are not the final answer, only the most likely if everything continues on the same path. Most times you do have the power to alter the forecasted outcome)
But dang it gets frustrating when you life seems to all major arcane and we feel no control over our situation. There are times when we do everything “right” only to have those outside influences grab on. The person driving down the road, obeying all of the traffic signs and mileage, is struck by another car that is speeding and weaving – the outside influence was the OTHER driver – this situation may have been out of our control. Or how about when Mother Nature decides to flood our streets and we have water gushing into our homes, one would not be surprised to see several major arcane in the lay of the cards.
Truth is that even in the examples above we still retain some control (in the 1st we drove a car, in the 2nd we decided to live in a low-lying flood prone area near a major waterway). It is always very wearisome when no matter how well we planned our actions, something unexpected happens to ruin the day. It doesn’t change the fact that this is the life we’ve been given and we have to decide to move on, to attempt to take back control of our lives. Things happen, sometimes they go wrong… and sometimes something better has been placed before us; we have to learn to recognize those moments and grab them while the opportunity exists.
Sometimes life is like that. We all know we’ve got to work “with the cards we’ve been dealt”, however it’s hard when we feel all that is being sent our way are major arcana. Never allow yourself to feel defeated and never give up. Garth Brooks sang a song called Unanswered Prayers and it serves as a good reminder that things don’t always go as planned and that could be a very good thing.
Just the other night at a hometown football game
My wife and I ran into my old high school flame
And as I introduced them the past came back to me
And I couldn't help but think of the way things used to be
She was the one that I'd wanted for all times
And each night I'd spend prayin' that God would make her mine
And if he'd only grant me this wish I wished back then
I'd never ask for anything again
Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you're talkin' to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn't answer doesn't mean he don't care
Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers
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