As astrologers and readers, we look at the same symbols over and over again. We spot the Sun in a chart and register it immediately, a learned response. We pull the tarot Sun from our favored deck and have an automatic reaction.
Is this what happens when we boil our symbols down to stereotypes only to have them become stale and ho-hum?
I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever be able to “read” tarot again because of the symbolic associations I’ve made for the past 30 years. The meanings are so ingrained that I bore myself. It feels like my intuition evaporated. Ever felt that way?
With tarot, we can switch to another tarot deck or maybe stop using the tarot completely, using an oracle deck to rev up our intuition. With astrology, it’s different. There are only so many symbols to work with. We can’t swap them out for another artist’s interpretation.
Perhaps this is a crisis of Pisces, when we are to “let go and let God,” but don’t. Here’s an example of a reading I did for myself on how to develop faith, a Pisces issue. The cards are from Titania’s Fortune Cards by Titania Hardie. I’ve never connected with these cards and don’t use them, so they were a perfect choice to try to get a new perspective ~ something different from the old standby stereotypes I’m mired in.
Here are the cards I drew and my gut responses regarding faith: a cold, lonely path (12th house?), a fish (duh! Pisces), and a snake (Scorpio/transformation). One standout response is that faith should never feel cold or lonely.
What do you see?
The accompanying book gives the card meanings as:
- “The Road ~ a new direction” (this makes sense as I’m feeling stale)
- “The Fish ~ a fortune, money, and sometimes dreams.” (I didn’t know fish were symbols of money; a strong symbol in feng shui, apparently. Money might help me develop faith, but dreams are more likely.)
- “The Snake ~ a tricky card, can be deceit if surrounded by negative cards; can be wisdom if surrounded by strong, positive cards.” (Faith is certainly able to lead us down the path of deceit, and Jupiter, the classical ruler of Pisces, is a symbol of wisdom.)
All in all, an appropriate reading, but not inspired. Predictable, same old same old. Boring.
How do you keep it fresh?