The “Damned If I Know” Vague Answer Remedy

Things have been getting rather technical around here lately, so I thought I would indulge in a little useful fun.

I’m not one to anthropomorphize my tarot decks (c’mon people, they’re cardboard and ink!) but I sometimes think they act all too human, saying in essence: “Just give ’em the short answer and maybe they’ll go away.” Or, failing in that, they simply side-step into W.C. Fields territory: “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.” But I also have no use for piling on random clarifying cards in hope of dialing in the answer since they often produce cross-currents of confusing “static” that still leave us floundering. On the other hand, I don’t have a problem with a semi-formal approach to extending the reach of a reading that falls flat on the first go-round.

Here is an imaginary conversation played out in three additional cards that can be tacked on to any inconclusive spread:

Me: Why didn’t you tell me this before?
Cards (offering lame excuse): I didn’t think you were ready to hear the truth, but I’m giving you another chance.

Me: What else didn’t you tell me?
Cards (defensively): This, but I’m not sure you’re gonna like it . . .

Me: Try me. Where do I go from here?
Cards (pointing): That way, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

In less fanciful terms, these three cards can offer an inside look at 1) what wasn’t obvious about the previous “outcome” card; 2) what else might be learned from the apparent “missed call;” and 3) what alternative course of action presents itself as a result of rethinking the situation. It’s been said that the cards are never wrong, but I’m not so sure they always want to make our quest for information easy. Here I’m suggesting a structured way to back them into a corner and make them cough up the goods. I would deal these cards off the top of the deck without reshuffling since they were already “waiting in the wings” to chime in on the narrative.

This is a less involved way to squeeze more information out of a reading than my “Rest of the Story” spread previously posted here:

If you don’t want to go to the trouble, you can also just calculate the quintessence card for the spread and use it as a single-trump-card summary of the advice from the reading. Here is a visual run-through of the different ways to do that:

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