Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sarah's take on Tarot Cards

Hello everyone! Hope you're all having a great hump day!

Today I'll be discussing Tarot Cards. I have limited experience with them, but I find them very interesting. My husband used to play with them, but found them too spooky since he didn't like what they said, namely the Death card being on the top quite often. I reckon I'd find that scary, too.

When I was younger, I used to play Nintendo NES (yes, the original one way back when console games were just finding their ways into homes), and I found Taboo: The Sixth Sense, which was a "game" that gave users a tarot reading. You gave your name, birthday, and gender as well as a question. It then shuffled the cards and gave a tarot reading in the Celtic cross layout. You could even be given lottery numbers if you entered the state you're from.

I was very curious and intrigued about that kind of stuff back then. I am still to an extent, but not as much. I'm fairly comfortable with my life now, and don't need to see my future. I think there is something about Tarot cards though. I find them intriguing, and a creative writing professor I had even taught the class a method she used with Tarot cards to brainstorm her stories. Unfortunately I didn't really take notes that day, argh! But I found the idea interesting.

So what do you all think? Have you gotten a Tarot reading before? Have you wanted to get a Tarot reading done? Tell me what you think about Tarot cards! I can't wait to hear what your thoughts are on this subject. =)

7 deadly screams:

Sierra Wolfe said...

Great post Sarah! Man, I wish I would have known of that game back then. I would have loved to played it. We always played Super Mario Bros. LOL. It sounds like fun!

I don't blame your hubby. I'd be freaked out with the death card falling on top a lot too.

Gracen Miller said...

Death card?!? YIKES! That would freak me out too.

For someone out there that knows about Tarot cards, does the Death card mean actual death though or just maybe a change in life or something?

Great blog, Sarah. I didn't play Nintendo much. I was the generation of the Atari and now my boys have me playing X-box 360, PSP and, my personal favorite, Wii.

Alessandra said...

I did some research - seems to be my calling, right Gracen ;)- vis-a-vis the Death card and this is what I found:

"tarot card number: 13
astrological sign: scorpio
positive associations with this tarot card: endings, transformation, clearance, sweeping change

Negative associations with this tarot card: stagnation, loss of opportunity, loss of friendship, fear of change

Without a doubt it is this card that causes most fear in a reading and yet it rarely, if ever, symbolizes actual death, more a time of absolute endings and absolute beginnings. Whilst The Death card can represent rather shocking or unexpected events or changes, they usually clear the way for a brand new start and a greater value for life itself.

Out with the old and in with the new, a time of transformation is another way of looking at this card.

Negatively there isn't much difference, other than you may have a greater sense of fear and dread. when this card appears it's time to show what you're made of

Another negative aspect of The Death card is stagnation, resisiting change when change is essential which may lead to lost opportunities"

Phew, there you have it!

site of possible interest

BTW I started playing video games late in life; we have the Nintendo N64 and Gamecube now gathering dust but currently loving our Wii!

Researcher signing off :D

Sierra Wolfe said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing that with us. I loved reading about the Death card!
I've been wanting to get a wii too. I'll have to get one soon. Everyone talks about how fun they are, I'm getting jealous, LOL.

Sarah said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. Alessandra, thank you so much for the research! That's great! I'll have to share that information with my husband. =) I really would like a Wii, too. They seem like a lot of fun. I have a friend who has one and loves it.

Anonymous said...

Have you thought about playing real card games with tarot cards? Yes, there is an actual game for the cards. It's sometimes called "Tarocchi" It's played in France, Italy and some other places today. I think Nintendo should have given us a real tarot game instead of tarot card reading.

Sierra Wolfe said...

Really? That's very interesting! I did not know that there was a game for them. That's really cool. Thanks for sharing that with us!