Tarot cards, palm readings and crystal balls have always peeked my curiosity. Being a member of a religion that doesn’t necessarily condone this practice, I feel somewhat guilty trying it out. Yet, I do it anyways. What could it hurt? I realize that most of the stuff they are saying could be true for anyone so, I take it with a grain of salt.
For my birthday, one of my good friends took my twin sister and I to a tarot card reading. I was super excited a) because it was a new, fresh idea for a birthday gift and b) because I was curious to see what the cards held for me.
At first, we had no idea where she was taking us. “It’s a surprise,” she said. Oh, geez, I thought, I hate surprises. My twin sister leans over to me and whispers softly, “I hope it’s not a strip club for women”. Double Oh geez! I didn’t even think of that. So here I am sitting in the front seat taking note of every place we pass. All I see are liquor stores and gas stations. Bad sign.
At the end of the short drive we pulled up to a wine tasting restaurant. Wine tasting! So, that’s what we are doing. What a great idea, I thought. “We are getting our fortunes read,” she tells us. “Awesome!” my sister and I both scream. But, at a wine tasting restaurant? Random. Anyway…
We walk into the restaurant and see an older lady sitting at the end of a large wooden table with a lit candle and a stack of warn-out cards. This is gonna be good.
My sister was the first to be “dealt her future”. Then it was my turn.
At the end of the reading, I compared my notes. Some things she said sounded legit while others were far from the truth.
She told me that I will be successful in my career, and that my current relationship will be long and happy. Okay, sounds generic and acceptable. But, when speaking about my family life her reading was far from true.
As the reading progressed, we got to talking about her other ‘skills’. Get this: she said she could read our past lives. Say what? That’s right, our past lives! So apparently we’ve all been reincarnated.
“You know when you meet someone and you just instantly connect with them, and you feel like you’ve known them for ages?” she said, “well, that’s because you knew them in your past life.”
Interesting point, yet I’m going to have to draw the line there.
After all was said and done, I’ve come to this conclusion about fortune telling: I think it’s a great source of nighttime entertainment.
Don’t get me wrong. I have absolutely no problem with people who truly believe in this sort of thing. That’s great. I pride myself on having an open mind when it comes to religion and beliefs. I enjoy hearing and learning about other people’s values. Yet, for me, I took it as a form of fun and nothing else.
Would I recommend the experience at least once? Sure. It’s a great conversation starter and it’s always fun to guess what situation the cards can be referring to in your life.
Photo courtesy of tarotcardreader.blogspot.com
Samantha Cangelosi is a Guest Writer for local media company YouPlusDallas. She is a Senior at Southern Methodist University studying Journalism and History. Follow her on Twitter at @samanthacang.