What Do I Need to Know Today?

To learn the tarot and to get familiar with the various decks I inherited from my brother, I’ve been picking a card every day, and then researching the meaning. To get the best use of such an undertaking, a person needs to ask a question, though it isn’t necessary. My question — when I remember to ask it — is always, “What do I need to know today?” I find when I don’t ask the question, the card reflects my worries more than anything else. When I do ask . . . well, sometimes I get advice and sometimes not, but it’s hard to figure out from a card what I need to know especially if I don’t know what I need to know because the cards can only tell me what I already know since I am the one interpreting them.

Still, the advice I glean is sometimes spot on, sometimes too general to be useful, and is often something I already I know about me or my life. (I haven’t yet figured out how to discover that which I don’t know about my secret inner workings, even though learning such things is supposedly the best use of the tarot.)

The one suggestion that comes up over and over again in my daily one-card reading is to trust my intuition, trust my intellect, and to stay true to myself. I can’t help but equate this advice to certain current events since my intuition — and intellect — are both at odds with what most other people think, so I tend to doubt myself.

Despite the lack of true knowledge from the tarot about what I need to know each day, it’s still an interesting exercise. Maybe it will open my mind up to this intuition I am supposed to trust. If not, at least the question helps me focus on the day and what I might glean from it.

Forgetting the cards and what they might tell me, I’m curious as to what you might tell me — me specifically, or me as a member of the human race — what I need to know today.

So, what do I need to know today?

What do you need to know?

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3 Responses to “What Do I Need to Know Today?”

  1. rami ungar the writer Says:

    I asked today how next week will go for me. The “forecast,” as I call it, looks positive: the Future card was the Chariot, meaning overcoming obstacles with strength of will, and the Potential was the Page of Wands, which either means I’m going to come across an active, cheerful child, take on aspects of one, or I’m going to get some good work-related news (I hope it’s the last two).
    Slowly but surely, I’m starting to memorize all these meanings and how to apply them. By spring, I might not even need my guide book.
    As for what you need to know and what I need to know…I don’t know. I think I’ll ask the cards for the both of us and see what we get, LOL.

  2. Estragon Says:

    What I think I need to know is twofold:
    First, there’s what follows from a quote attributed (I think) to Mark Twain, something like “it ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble, it’s what you know that just ain’t so”.
    Second, finding ways to access the knowledge I have, but which isn’t part of my conscious worldview. Humans are good at recognizing patterns, sometimes to the point of not being able to consciously see things that don’t fit the pattern. Although not consciously aware of these things, we sometimes see them anyway. I find if I can get myself into the right frame of mind, these incongruities sometimes surface into my conscious mind, where I can try to deal with how they either fit the pattern, or require that the pattern be adjusted to account for them.

    I haven’t found cards to be helpful with this. My go-to’s are a combination of trying to read a variety of sources, and the occasional adult beverage 😉

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Hmm. I haven’t tried adult beverages yet. Maybe that’s the hidden key! For me, the whole search for truth is mostly about trying to find and then get rid of those things I know that ain’t so.

      You’re right about pattern recognition. We do tend to see patterns, but the more dots we have to connect, perhaps the clearer the true pattern becomes.

      I do have a hunch that when we go beyond daily human concerns, the pattern disappears into nothing. Because after all, isn’t that one of the patterns we find? Things can be broken down into smaller and smaller particles until they become waves and then . . . nothing. The quantum world is sort of the same — until something is actually made manifest in some way or other (such as observation) it neither exists nor doesn’t exist.

      For me, it always comes down to reading, which is good because reading and learning anything is an end in itself.


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