Consulting Cards While Making Choices: Intuition and Rationality Should Be Equal Partners

“Do you use tarot to make all your decisions?” I was asked recently.

The answer is no. I probably don’t even use tarot to make most of my decisions — because when you think about it, we make decisions all day. I’d be even more punctuality-challenged than I already am if I pulled out a deck constantly to make decisions with.

Even for the more major decisions where I do pull out the cards, tarot does not make my choices for me. The outcome of the reading becomes one factor that I weigh into my decision-making process. Intuition is an important tool and an important part of who we are. But we also have free will, and rationality. And I believe in letting rationality and common sense weigh into my decisions as well.

That’s what today’s cards from the House of Night deck are about: intuition, represented by the High Priestess of Water, Choices, and rationality, represented by the High Priestess of Air. Though I randomly pulled these cards, I couldn’t have consciously chosen three better cards to represent the framework of the decision-making process at its best. Some people make a list of pros and cons — but I would prefer to ask, what does my intuition tell me? and what does my rationality tell me? Both should carry equal weight. Intuition does not open to us for the sake of shutting rationality down. Rather, it complements what the rational mind has to say.

High Priestess of Water, House of Night
The High Priestess of Water, card 4 from the Wisdom of the House of Night deck by Colette Baron-Reid

 

Choices, House of Night
Choices, card 46 from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the House of Night deck

 

High Priestess of Air, House of Night
The High Priestess of Air, card #6 from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the House of Night deck

I like the image on the House of Night Choices card: a man with wings. Intuition and rationality are our two wings. If we allow them to work together, we can spread our wings and fly. If we insist on using only one wing, we are in grave danger of crashing to the ground.

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3 Comments

  1. Great post! I’m with you on utilizing Tarot to work with decisions already made, though not to make them with. Tarot is like a 78 person committee of wise counsel presenting things to me as CEO so I make more informed decisions. Sometimes I use it and sometimes not.

    I feel intuition informs rationality, gives us something to be rational about, and rationality informs intuition clarifying how clearly it comes across to work for us…and both are like cylinders in one engine… one the gas and one the air and they cycle-flip-synchromesh resonate back and forth.

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