Polly Macdavid March 1st, 2017
To See or Not to See: What is Your Preference?
I was going to write more about Runes for this month’s column, having worked diligently with my new set all month long and even found a way to use my pendulum with them. But yesterday I read an article in The Guardian that made me think about divination in general and I want to discuss that today.
The Guardian is one of my favorite sources of news nowadays – like The Huffington Post, it posts articles that were originally posted on another site. The article I read, “Want to Know the Future? Most People Don’t, Study Suggests,” by Rachel Rettner, was one of these – I saw it posted it on the Guardian site but when I clicked on the article, it took me to the LiveScience site here: http://www.livescience.com/57939-knowing-future-psychology.html . The Guardian showed a picture of Tarot cards (which is what attracted me to the article) and the LiveScience article had a picture of a crystal ball and candles but after reading the article, I found that neither of them really had anything to do with divination per se. However, the concepts brought forth in the article does matter to anyone who uses divination for themselves or as a way to make money or even just for fun.
The study, which was conducted in Germany and Spain, said that 85 to 90 percent of the participants wouldn’t want to know “certain negative events in their lives”. Well – honestly – that really isn’t any kind of news. Isn’t that why almost every single Tarot deck & book out there dances around the meaning of (for instance) the Death card – saying that it’s “not about” death but “transformation” instead? The IV of Sword is the same way. It’s obviously a crypt in a morgue – obviously the querent or someone near the querent is dead or mourning the dead – but every last booklet will say it’s about “rest” and “restoration”. My very first Tarot book – by Eileen Connolly, which I no longer own – said straight out to never give your clients “bad news”. Personally, I think that’s like a doctor who never gives his patients a true diagnosis. If Death or the Tower or some other so-called “bad” card shows up in the reading, there’s a reason for that!
What really surprised me was that only between 40 to 70 percent said “they wouldn’t want to know about certain positive events.” I’m not sure why that is but maybe that’s because they were afraid it wouldn’t really happen? I know in my own case, whenever I thought something wonderful was going to happen, it rarely did and even when it did happen, it was usually messed up in some way or never lived up to my expectations. Still – I thought that was pretty amazing.
Only 1 percent – one measly percent – said that they wanted to know about their future.
As someone who reads the Tarot on almost a daily basis – who is learning to read the Elder Futhark Runes – who rarely goes anywhere without her pendulum – who casts her own horoscope and knows about the movement of planets and stars and what they mean – who watches the changing of the seasons and the patterns of the clouds and the birds and every little thing – I find such willful ignorance of one’s life and the lives of those around her truly deplorable. I suppose most people leave it to the “will” of their higher power. Personally, I have never been comfortable leaving my life in the hands of anyone else or to the will of anyone else – higher power or not. And doesn’t one’s higher power command the stars and the planets and the casting of the Tarot? Isn’t it all along the same lines?
I suppose 1 percent of the world’s population wanting to know their future is enough for spiritualists and occultists to be able to make a living – depending on where they live, I suppose. My interest is for my own education and edification – I have never tried to make a living off my limited skills in divination. But I was quite dismayed that so few people – percentage-wise – had an interest in knowing their own future. I would really like to see more of these kinds of studies – perhaps with different kinds of question.