My ethics of counselling with cards is very simple. You ask a question, and I look at the cards. What I look for is anything that busts our habitual thinking. Most who come to me, come to me to learn about how they can see what they can’t see, or won’t.
I have a samurai sword – literally – that I swing over heads like you won’t believe it.
You come to me to hear more about how you can define your situation, reflect on what’s at stake, evaluate the strong and the weak, and act in accordance.
Being clear on how you define, reflect, judge, and act is not always a given, as ambivalence often sets the agenda.
I fix ambivalence. How? I look at cards. I look at cards as a way of bypassing mainstream culture. I look at cards and say, ‘heh, that’s surprising. I never thought of that.’
The contemplative art is not a science, it’s an interpretative art.
Put cards and Zen together and you get dynamite.
I read the cards in the present moment and look at what presents itself as a potential for the future. But this potential is also tied with how we act.
The cards give us pointers, open a window towards alternatives not considered, and make clear what we don’t want to confront:
Our fears and desires; our ‘what if’ and its discontents, our path not taken and the ensuing regret; our lost loves; our nothingness.
The cards help our unconscious find a channel of expression, and hence they help us articulate a conscious and coherent course of action.
As the cards speak on behalf of our creative genius, they are therefore most magical.
You are open, curious, non-judgemental, and ready to try this visual and magical world of what makes us all smarter.