|Hindpsych: Erstwhile Conjectures by the Sometime Augur of Yore
Was New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina?
With "hindpsych," the unfortunate answer is "yes"! Note that every card in our Tarot spread features wands. The hermit (left) holds a wooden staff for support. The central figure struggles to carry a bundle of sticks (still in leaf, as if fallen branches from living trees or uprooted trunks). And the Page of Wands (right) seems to be planting a tree in a barren landscape.
We begin with the center card, the Ten of Wands, as it is flanked by two figures facing away from it. The central figure is saddled with a difficult burden. He is carrying a heavy load, perhaps laboring to clean up a messy situation. (Ultimately, he is headed toward the right, where the Page of Wands is planting a tree, so the heavy load in the center picture is more likely saplings, symbolizing the labor and promise of regrowth.) We see a house and trees in the background; we can easily conclude that the landscape refers to storm-damaged New Orleans and that a time of struggle is looming.
The two figures facing away from the center card represent two outcomes. On the left, the Hermit represents receiving guidance and accepting help. On the right, the Page of Wands symbolizes creatively and wholeheartedly tackling a challenge. Our spread indicates that New Orleans will experience a "dark night of the soul" (the Hermit) but will blossom again through assertive action (the Page of Wands). We can say with confidence that New Orleans was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, and we can now move on.
Tarot cards hand-colored by Prof. Oddfellow from Public Domain artwork.
|* Historians must reconstruct the past out of hazy memory. "Once upon a time" requires "second sight." The "third eye" of intuition can break the "fourth wall" of conventional perspectives. Instead of "pleading the fifth," historians can take advantage of the "sixth sense" and be in "seventh heaven." All with the power of hindpsych, the "eighth wonder of the world." It has been said that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. Therein lies the importance of Tarot readings for antiquity. When we confirm what has already occurred, we break the shackles of the past, freeing ourselves to chart new courses into the future.