When I was little, I wanted superpowers (who didn’t?). I was drawn to TV shows that were science fiction/fantasy, shows like The Tomorrow People (the Nickelodeon import from the UK version) in which the teenagers would teleport and read each other’s minds. Movies like Escape to Witch Mountain with the twin brother and sister that ended up being telekinetic and telepathic aliens. And don’t even get me started on the classic 80s movie Teen Witch, starring Blake Lively’s older sister, Robyn (did you know that?).
But I’ve come to find that those supernatural powers out of sci/fi and fantasy turn out to not be so supernatural at all… That our “sixth sense”, known as being psychic or intuition, is in fact very natural after all. And my childhood self would be delighted to discover some of those superpowers I always wanted as a child I have come to practice and fine-tune as an adult, professionally as a tarot reader and personally.
I spoke a bit about this in describing how tarot works and about the structure of the Major Arcana and the Fool card. Basically, what we do naturally isn’t magical (and yet is, but we don’t think of it as such), and what we humans do naturally is TELL STORIES. We’re constantly writing and rewriting ours each and every day.
I often have people ask me “what do you see? how do you see what you see? how do you KNOW? how do you read tarot?” The simple answer is I infer the story of your life from the pictures and patterns I’m seeing in/on the tarot cards. Again, that’s the simplified version of what I do.
The other question I get asked (frequently, more than anything else I get asked) is “do you believe what you do or that you are able to do it is a gift?” Yes and no. Using the terminology of “gift” connotes that what I do cannot be done by anyone else, or if someone else can do it, it’s the denizen of a few select people. That I don’t believe. I believe anyone can do what I do. I believe the sixth sense as it is called is something that everyone has innately, a tool to shield, protect, and guide us as we go through our lives and try to make meaning of them. However, even though I believe that everyone has the ability, I don’t believe everyone has the “talent” for it. There are people that are “gifted” that do seem to have MORE of what people call the supernatural: when it fact it’s just MORE natural, to them.
So let’s stop calling the natural sixth sense of intuition supernatural, implying that it is above and beyond what we expect of nature. Let’s call it instead ultra-natural, super-natural (in that it’s REALLY natural, and not other or beyond). Or heck, just call it plain natural, because that’s what it is.
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