Tarot Tip: Remember the GIGO Principle!

It’s pretty understandable that a Tarot reader might place a lot of focus on what the cards have to say. That seems to be the point of consulting them, right? But a Tarot reading isn’t exactly a one-way monologue performed by the deck. It’s actually a dialogue, a conversation…and that dialogue starts with the reader asking the question(s).

There’s this old acronym in the computing field: GIGO. It stands for “Garbage in; garbage out.” It means that if you feed a machine a bunch of weak-ass, poorly constructed, low-quality input, you will surely see a steaming pile of equally weak-ass, poorly constructed, low-quality output emerging from out the machine’s back end.

A Tarot deck (and whatever might be speaking to us through it) is of course not a machine…but the analogy isn’t too horribly off-base here. The point is, you can torpedo a reading before you even get started if you pose the cards a question that’s unclear, or that transfers too much responsibility from the querent to the cards. Here’s an example… Asking Tarot, “What’s up with my romance?” is a poor question because it’s not at all clear what’s really being examined here. Asking, “When will I meet my soul-mate?” is also weak, because it seems like the querent is sitting around tapping their foot impatiently and doing nothing to improve their circumstances, while demanding that the ineffable spirit of Tarot somehow deliver to their doorstep the perfect dream-mate.

This might work better: “What can I do to better attract the right significant other for me?” It’s specific enough to be useful, and it places the responsibility for action squarely on the querent. They have to *do* something.

Transform your GIGO, so that you’re practicing a whole new form of it: “Gold in; gold out.”

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