Tarot Reading Special: Predictions, Compulsions, and Propaganda


First things first, a disclaimer: I love doing tarot readings. They’re fun, I do get important insights out of them sometimes, and if they help others organize their lives, GREAT.

I watch a lot of tarot readers on YouTube who do readings based on zodiac signs. There are a few of them who take into account various astrological happenings in the reading, but most don’t—they go, “this reading is for Pisces,” and that’s it. In a realm where even getting a general reading solely based on one’s sign (not birth info) is pretty damn general, getting a tarot reading based on the sign alone is probably even more so.

And yet, I keep going back.

Now: why do I do that?

I have this magical thinking in my mind—some of it based in theories of synchronicity—that something about that one moment when I view the reading on YouTube is “special.” That it’s “all come down to this”—and that in that moment, it truly is my “personal reading” because of “happenstance.”

As I write this rationale out, it sounds rather cracked.


Now, I do think that watching a random tarot reading for your sign, once in a blue moon at a crucial moment, could yield a revealing moment of synchronicity regardless of other factors. But watching these readings all the time? No.

But still I go back; why do I do that?

Some of it is me subconsciously searching for “information” to back up what I already want to happen. Some of it is because some of these tarot readers (and astrologers too) are pretty much de facto therapists, in terms of their understanding of the human psyche and solid general advice. Some of it is…compulsion.

It’s a compulsion like gambling is a compulsion…I want to toss the I Ching coins over and over again, stir the entrails, flip the coin, and get instant commentary on the future. It’s why I don’t like to read tarot cards for myself—because I’ll just keep shuffling and casting, shuffling and casting.


All of what I’ve just written is not to say that talented tarot readers—and astrologers, and entrail-stirrers—can’t give whip-smart frighteningly accurate predictions. I think that happens all the time. But that has to be this personal, one-on-one, almost ritualistic thing. It is not the same as me compulsively hitting “play” on one YouTube tarot video after another for theoretical insights on a thing called “Pisces.” (especially since I’m an Aquarius cusp)

There is one other “predictions”-related area I’d like to cover in this post, and it’s something I mentioned in a post last week, on the media coverage over the August 21st eclipse and famous astrologer Jeanne Dixon’s connection with both the FBI and past presidents. And that is: how easy it is to use these predictions as propaganda.

In fact, I’m surprised I don’t see more of it used in this manner; though maybe I’m just not looking in the right places. Heck, there have been tabloid headlines trumpeting (if you will excuse the pun) various predictions (some by Ms. Dixon, in fact) for DECADES.


Here are two of the things most hijacked for political and ideological ends in the history of the human race: conspiracy theories and predictions.

For instance, I could use my weekly tarot readings as a way to either support a pro- or anti-Trump view. I could use them to back up Conservative talking points or Liberal ones. I could do it as clickbait, I could do it to push my own personal political/ideological/religious viewpoints. I could get paid to do it by this or that shadowy cabal or media entity.

“Predictions” go hand-in-hand with a type of religious (be it traditional, New Age, UFO-based, or what have you) experience that many humans in uncertain times crave. They are the prophecies and revelations of Old—from the time of Sophocles, from Biblical times, from Shakespearean times, from the middle of the Cold War.


Predictions…can be propaganda. They can be PR. They can purport to be received from God or the gods him/her/themselves.

I think about all these things as I cast my cards each week.

Here are the cards, by the way:


Generally, a pretty positive spread. It’s satisfaction and strength and an end to delays/stagnation.

Is this your reading? It could be. We could make a decision right now that it is. We can say: all the other stuff was bullshit, but this one moment was synchronicity. We can even disregard everything else I just wrote in this post and just make the decision: this reading is the way it’s going to be. We will use…strategic irony. Or: strategic anti-irony. But we can do this.

We can believe. We can push the nay-sayers out of our mind and just believe.

We can believe. Starting…


More to read about on Butterfly Language:
Narratives: “Great American Eclipse” And “Death Of A F**king Salesman”
Our Increasingly Unprovable Universe
The Writers Who Predicted The Sinking Of The Titanic