Sample Reading: Fool's Forecast
My short little three-card general reading, the Fool’s Forecast, can take a few forms, but it’s always meant to be a jumping off point. It can be a look at what’s coming ahead, a look at what you probably need to give more attention to but haven’t yet articulated, or a glimpse into the most pressing issues related to the area of specific inquiry. Sometimes it’s playful, but sometimes it’s not. It really just depends on the cards and the energy they’re taking from the querent, intentionally given or not.
For this sample reading, I looked at the general “What is it that I need to know right now?” variety. In this case, it was not a forecast about the future, per se, but it will hopefully affect the querent’s future actions. Because it’s a short reading, I can copy it all to the page without needing to point you to the PDF including introductory letter and all that jazz.
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From the Prismatic Tarot
What does Anon most need to know about right now? 6 of Cups — 6 of Pentacles (reversed) — The Hanged Man
[There’s some introductory preamble]
It seems as though you're seeking a past version of your life that no longer exists, consciously or not. This is likely about a time when things seemed happy and easy and as though you had everything you needed, and now you don't have that life. You may want to return to childhood or adolescence, when the hardest part of your day may well have been getting your homework done in time. You had time for friends, hobbies, physical exertion and getting outside. How much you really engaged with those things is up to you to remember accurately, but it's the memory of those easier times that you chase. Or you may simply want to go back a few years when things seemed to have all fall into place as an adult, before things broke down.
In the present day, you likely are giving away a significant amount of your time and energy to the dwell in the past. Most of us wish we could go back—what couldn't we do with the wisdom of now and the energy and curiosity of our younger selves? But you can't go back, and your memories are just fantasies. There were challenges then, just as there are challenges now. The difference is that you feel comfortable with the challenges then. You may regret some things that you did or didn't do, but I'd ask you to flip the script and reimagine your regret as a lesson learned. If you've ever thought, I would do things differently if I had the chance, that is not just regret about the past but a reminder of your present-day growth and wisdom. You didn't do differently then, and there's a reason. You didn't know then what you know now. You didn't feel then what you feel now. You didn't prioritize then what you prioritize now.
Rather than spending time fantasizing about a past that cannot be recovered, work with what you have now to make sure that you don't look back at these days with the same sense of missed opportunities. What is it that you wanted in the past that you don't have now? How can you create that for yourself with shifts in perspective or priority? I can help you brainstorm some ways of reincorporating that, but for now, here are some examples of modern pain points paired with nostalgia for younger days, as well as possible solutions.
Was life easier as a kid because you only had to worry about soccer practice and finishing your homework, and the rest of your time was spent socializing or playing video games? As a kid, you may very well have spent almost as much time in school as most full-time employees spend at work, and if you rode on a school bus, your commute was probably almost as long. So what made it seem like your time was more free? Socializing at school? Breaks for recess and lunch? All of those things are possible to sprinkle in to adulthood.
Was life easier in high school because you had taskmasters and a defined checklist with clear due dates? There are now a few dozen apps that help you do that for yourself now. And if you can't, set some goals that a friend can help you stay on top of. And, yes, there are also accountability coaches, but see if you can do it for yourself with easy tasks before spending money on someone else. You may quickly find what really needs the extra assist.
Was life easier before adult life because you didn't have to clean the house and cook your own meals? Was it the bliss of ignorance over the financial health of the household and the lack of responsibility to contribute to the bottom line? It's possible that you did things for the household that were "work" (or that took the same effort) that you've forgotten about. But if not, are you in a position to hand off some of those responsibilities? Can you go out for food sometimes (or get take-out) to save time and energy on cooking? Maybe you can just reframe the tasks you don't like into their realistic time frames: listen to a podcast or audiobook (free through most public libraries!) while you clean the bathroom. Have an old episode of a favorite TV show playing in the background while you clean the kitchen or make dinner. Does it really take more than 30 minutes? Emptying the dishwasher is annoying, but it takes, at most, five minutes.
As I said, these are just guesses (really just projections from me), so I'm happy to help you work through one or two of your own personal frustrations. And if you're longing for a more recent past, perhaps one with a partner who's no longer in your life or at a job you no longer have, then we can still use the same method for recalling what's now lost and how to reframe the present to capture the good parts of that past without dwelling in it and giving too much of ourselves to the fantasy of memory. Some of it is real, such as financial troubles or a sense of loss or betrayal, and that will take real work to overcome, but much of it is really just about a shift in mindset, and even the hard work can be started with a shift in mindset.
[There’s then some closing out information.]
The cards pictured here are from the Prismatic Tarot (formerly the Illuminated Tarot), which is an independently created deck available through WingysArt’s Etsy store. If you want to learn more about the deck, you can read my interview with the deck or see my synopsis on the Decks Available for Readings page.