Today, I made a mistake.
I was performing a spread for myself that I call a “Crossroads Spread.” This spread focuses on achieving goals. The two columns represent internal and external paths. From bottom to top, the positions are goal, challenge, and outcome. The middle cards are strength and weakness. In this spread you analyze the different paths open to you based on your goals, strengths and weaknesses.
However, something went wrong. I asked the tarot: “Tell me about my career path.” and arrived at this result…
What the hell!? This result made no sense at all to me. It didn’t answer my question at all. And my eye kept being drawn to The Devil. I have never seen this card in my own spread before. I’ve seen all the others, but not this one. In addition it was the only Major Arcana.
Hoping to find more context, I examined the other cards. They didn’t make much sense either. I mean the Ten of Swords as my external goal. No way, Jose.
I decided to examine the spread later. I took the cards to the scanner and opened the lid… Several cards from a different reading were still sitting on the scanner bed! I had been working with an incomplete deck. No wonder the Tarot warned me to expect trickery.
The lesson to take away from this is that the Tarot always has something to tell you even when the reading is nonsensical. The key is to look elsewhere for the answer. 😀