Science Stories that Might Be Related to Tarot…


I love reading. And in the spirit of believing that there is always more to learn…and learn about tarot…I find myself constantly discovering in contemporary scientific literature connections that can be made to the psychology of reading tarot. So below are some links to science-related stories that I’ve come across recently that you may find of interest in your own tarot studies… Never stop investigating and never stop learning; there’s a world of information to be discovered all the time…




I’ve discussed previously how it is human nature to put up barriers and be distressed by strangers and new interactions. I sometimes remedy this reaction with clients by engaging in game-playing exercises in order to induce a sense of empathy or empathetic coöperation that can alleviate stress and break down barriers and communication blocks (because it’s extremely important to establish a sense of trust with the client in order to for clients to feel like they can engage in personally sensitive material or topics).


A new study, however, gets to the hormonal-chemical root of what may be going on when individuals discover that they exhibit empathy for one another… The study, published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, claims that empathy may be due to a release of the hormone oxytocin. Hmmmm… maybe we secretly start putting oxytocin supplements in Trump’s lunchtime taco bowls?


Ooof,…errrr…maybe not. Seems there might also be a related downside




The phenomenon of pareidolia is sometimes overplayed, I think. Every human brain participates in some level of pareidolia because it’s human nature to try to make connections with things that are familiar. However, many scientific journals claim that some people have more of a proclivity towards the phenomenon than others.


Do tarot readers have a hyper sensitive capacity towards this phenomenon? Possibly. It is, after all, the job of the tarot reader to see things and make connections that other people might gloss over or who might not notice the subtleties in an ocular examination.


photo by Todd Terwilliger


Some tarot readers, for instance, see an additional face on the side of the flowing hair of the little girl in the Rider-Waite-Smith version of the Six of Cups…



Others have quite commonly noticed that the drawn shadows in one of the goblets of the Seven of Cups from the same deck reveal the image of a skull…



One of the most famous widespread instances of pareidolia is the rock formation on the planet Mars that everyone mistakes for a face—it is the source of untold numbers of conspiracy theories that claim some alien ancient civilization built the mountain edifice on purpose.


A quick Google image search can provide you with plenty of other examples to wonder over…




Just like smiling, laughter could have a positive effect on your life. But not all jokes are equal. Learn the differences in humor





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