The Universe is Not Your Slot Machine

the universe is not your slot machine and your card reader is not your croupier

See that slot machine in the background in the image above? It’s not a metaphor for the Universe… and that croupier? I may shuffle and deal just as well as she does, but that is all we have in common.

Below you will find an amalgamation of what I would term slot machine questions for the Tarot. I have been asked all of these or similar questions from various prospective clients over the years.

Will I ever work for myself?

What line of work would make me happy?

Will I be rich?

What should I do about my current job?

What is my life purpose?

Is somebody out to get me?

Do I need to worry about anything?

When will he put a ring on it?

When will I have my own house?

When will I meet ‘The One?’

How many children will I have and when will I have them?

What clients who ask these questions seem to have in common is the notion that the Universe must be one great big slot machine and the Tarot reader knows the guy who fills it with coins, so she can tell them when they should gamble and how big the won will be.

That’s obviously not how creation works – Thank God, because it would be so utterly pointless! Not only would you not learn a single thing but it would be completely unfair. There are no secrets that will help you ‘win’ at the game of life. What you put in is more or less what you get out and the fastest path to contentment is to concern yourself with the happiness of others than your own happiness.

Let’s be very clear about the laws of cause and effect though: There is no such thing as ‘The Law of Attraction.’ I think the meme below sums it up beautifully 😉

law of attraction

None of us have been promised a trouble-free life. It is through life’s tests and trials that we grow. Elisabeth Kubler Ross said it better than I ever could:

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

Most of my Tarot colleagues wouldn’t touch most of the questions above with barge poles because of their high ethical standards. An ethical Tarot reader would strive to educate the prospective client about how things work and help the client reframe their question(s). Unfortunately, for every ethical Tarot reader, there are at least ten charlatans out there, so what we do often feels like a Sisyphus task. But that doesn’t make us give up… and I will keep using this platform to keep educating everyone about the true nature of the Tarot, how to best use it, which questions to ask and which to avoid.

Let me break the question examples down and answer them, free of charge, for everyone…

Slot machine questions for the Tarot

Will I ever work for myself? Yes, if you apply yourself, do the footwork, and read up on self-employment, the biz/marketing side of things. You also need a clear vision about what you wish to bring to the world, make sure there is a market for what you offer and confidence in your ability to create something new.

What line of work would make me happy? What do you do that makes people around you smile and want to be near you? What was your dream job as a child?

Will I be rich? Rich in what? If being rich in terms of making lots of money is important to you, you may have to sacrifice peace of mind and find, toward the end of your life, that you have been hoarding treasures that you can’t take with you. It is better to ‘lay up treasures in Heaven.’ The only thing you get to take with you is the love you shared with others.

What should I do about my current job? Keep it if it pays your bills – at least until you can come up with a viable action plan (see question one).

What is my purpose? See question two.

Is somebody out to get me? Totally irrelevant. All you have to worry about is your own upright walk. Unless, of course, it is a matter for the police… in which case, please phone them now.

Do I need to worry about anything? No. You need to pray:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
– Reinhold Niebuhr

When will my partner propose? I don’t know, why don’t you ask him?

Will my relationship improve? Are both of you willing to do the work? If not, no.

When will I have my own house? When you have enough financial stability to buy one.

How many children will I have and when will I have them? How many children do you want and when do you want them? Please consider adoption – there are too many unwanted children in the world.

When will I meet ‘The One?’ You assume there is a fated ‘One’ that you will settle down with. This may or may not be the case.

Will I ever find true love? Ever is a very long time. I keep forecasts to a maximum of 12 months. The shorter the time span, the more accurate the forecast, just like with the weather.

Questions I can read on with the help of the Tarot

  • My dream is to work with ______. I want to look at taking some steps toward achieving my goal in the year ahead. What do I need to be aware of? Which of these two paths (a or b) would be the best way forward?
  • I’m in a relationship with a guy who doesn’t seem to want to commit. What do I need to know about how I contributed to this dynamic?
  • Which of these career options (a, b or c) would potentially lead to the greatest amount of financial stability with a view to saving up for the down-payment on a house?
  • What can I do to improve my relationship?

Okay, so this post may fall in the tough love category but it is written from the heart. I hope you can take something from it and approach the Tarot with a better understanding of your motivation for asking questions of the cards.

Love and Blessings,

Lisa Frideborg

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