“Why didn’t the cards show that?” the woman sobbed. Her brother had been viciously murdered in a drive-by shooting.
“You never asked about him.”
We both got quiet for a minute. For her, it was a moment to realize that her whole focus had been on her son, who was going through a tumultuous teenage rebellion. It was all she could think about. We both assumed the drama in that reading was centered on him. She never bothered to ask about her equally troubled brother.
For me, it was a humbling reminder that the cards do not reveal all nor do I get the privilege of being able to “see everything or “know it all.” I didn’t see it coming.
Neither did she.
We’ll never know if her brother had an inkling or not. I suspect he might have. He was immersed in gang life and seemed unable to shake it, even though he was trying to turn things around. Over the years, he made some important enemies and it certainly didn’t take a set of tarot cards to see that this might end in a bad way.
Even so, sometimes, despite all of our intuitive abilities – or logical ones – we can’t see what is about to happen until it actually does.
Life isn’t mapped out neatly nor in a linear fashion. Sometimes stuff just doesn’t make sense and yes, things can happen randomly.
Which is why tarot and other art forms may be helpful but they don’t answer every single question nor do they spell life out precisely. If that was possible, there would be no surprises, no lessons. It would all be easy.
The Universe doesn’t work that neatly.
Plus we’re utterly human.
The idea of uncertainty, of random monkey wrenches, may seem a bit unsettling. After all, we all want to feel in control.
But don’t let those unexpected events keep you in a state of perpetual “what if?”
Instead, be as present as possibly with each moment and always do your best. And when life takes an unpredictable turn, one that you didn’t see coming, be flexible and learn from it.
Because life is not perfect nor always crystal clear. But even in uncertainty, there is always opportunity for growth.
Proud to be featured in the April 2017 edition of Milwaukee Magazine! Woot woot!
Ever have a situation happen where your gut was wrong? Perhaps you didn’t see it coming either? Here’s a post I wrote on when your intuition is dead wrong.
Are you in Toronto? Grab a seat at my Celtic Cross In-Depth workshop at The Hermit’s Lamp.
There are only ten spots available so hurry hurry! SOUL-ED OUT!
Loving this from The Numinous: Why these are the perfect tarot cards for April.
Next week! April 13 2017 6-9PM: The Waxwing in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Tarot + Wine – a free workshop with mini-tarot lessons, book signings, nibbles ‘n wine! Imbibe, learn some tarot, mingle, get a copy of The Tarot Coloring Book signed by yours truly. Books will be available for purchase.
Maxine Waters is such a great role model: 8 Ladies, Inspired By Maxine Waters, Share What Makes Them Strong Black Women.
TabiTarot author Chloe McCracken asks: What do the elements hold?
I’m always on the hunt for cleaning and decluttering tips: These Easy Hacks Are The Secret To A Clean, Blissed-Out Home.
Smart stuff from Michelle Nickolaisen: The ultimate guide to becoming a better podcast listener.
New goodness from Elijah Hicks: Spirituality and Exercise.
Excellent post on what it means when the Full Moon is in your sign.
A thoughtful post: Seth from Coming Out Tarot writes about working for free.
Sg Frindle has a whole list of Tarot Life Tricks. (The Tarot Coloring Book got a sweet mention!)
Be ready to drink with this guide to assembling the perfect bar cart.
I adore everything that Siobahn Renee writes. Check out: Face Up Tarot: How to wield the 9 of Swords.
Wish I had this letter to read when I was a kid: An open letter to the weird kid.
Want: chrome eye liner.
I am a pre-ordering queen: You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jenn Sincero is pre-ordered and so is Ruby Warrington’s Material Girl, Mystical World: The Now Age Guide to a High-Vibe Life. I also nabbed my copy of Danielle LaPorte’s White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another.
Intrigued with Nicole LaPin’s Boss Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Take Charge of Your Career.
The Tarot Coloring Book continues to chug along. Did you get your copy yet?
Oooh Lisa Lister has a new one coming out: Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic. I smell another pre-order coming on….
What I’m Grateful For:
New books pre-ordered
My awesome publisher
An upcoming trip to New York
Good background music
One more credit card paid off
Soundtrack for 4/1/17:
On the Come Up by Mike WiLL Made It ft. Big Sean
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2017
images from stock photography and personal collection