Tarocchi Is a Game

Divination by the use of card decks is not a game.

If you want to play a card game, buy a modern tarocchi deck, not a set of Rider-Waite cards or other occult-designed decks.

If you want a randomization device, you can use whatever normal decks of cards are laying around.

If you want a randomization of storytelling device, you can get all sorts of gaming event/story element cards.

And yes, I do think Charles Williams was an idiot for using Tarot as a story device; but he was a genius idiot and not you. So even if he got away with it (which is a good question to debate), it doesn’t mean you will. If an Olympic swimmer can swim the English Channel, that doesn’t mean you won’t drown if you try it while out of shape and unprepared.

Do not dabble in divination. It’s stupid and wrong, and it attracts bad company.

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2 responses to “Tarocchi Is a Game

  1. Either it is either utterly worthless– in which case, why do it? As you say, there are better, cheaper routes to other outcomes — or it works, in which case it’s inviting things that get a kick out of messing with people to mess with you.

    Strip naked and walk down a bar section of town if that’s your goal.
    :shudder:

  2. Holly

    I think people turn to divination because they don’t know what to do and are frightened. Especially in dealing with big concerns, which a lot of people have right now, questions of ‘is it better to stay in this location and hope the political insanity eases or leave here with no resources?’ and so on. And I think many churches have totally and completely bought into the world’s narrative these last generations leaving both the churched and unchurched with little idea of how to find real answers or any peace. So divination promises answers to questions, when people should be kneeling in prayer instead.

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