Renowned tarot teacher Rachel Pollack and I will be on Donnaleigh de la Rose’s show on blogtalk radio this evening to talk about wisdom readings. What are they? For me, a wisdom reading takes tarot (or whatever tool or process one uses) beyond ourselves. It reminds me that there is an intelligence and organising principle in everything. This is not, I hope, about anthropomorphising objects or the more-than-human part of the universe community. The last couple of thousand or more years have shown how unhealthy it can be to say there’s an invisible man floating around in some invisible kingdom in the sky. What I’m talking about here is getting out of the idea that we humans are the only intelligent creatures on Earth (or in the cosmos) and that our own annoyances and successes are the only things worth noticing. Wisdom readings take into account that all of life matters and that all of life is wise. Who better to ask about pine trees than a pine tree? Who would know more about pods of orcas than orcas themselves? Instead of taking a theologian’s word for what the nature of Divinity is, why not ask Divinity Itself? And a chat with a supernova will educate me more about it than my high school science books. The trick is to slow down long enough to really be present and to listen. A wisdom reading is an exercise in council mind, the capacity to be a compassionate, curious, and attentive witness and container and to respond with intentional speech and action that contributes to the well-being of all concerned.
What in this universe makes you curious? What are you burning to ask it? How might a dialogue with/about it contribute to the well-being of all the beings? Get out your chosen wisdom tool, do a reading with it, and please post it in the comments. We all want to learn from you.