Can Tarot be literal? Yes!
Tarot works in three main modes. There is the ancient and enduring symbolism of the Major Arcana, which so often reflects our inner narrative, rather than outward events. An example: a person getting the Tower may be restless around a relationship, wanting to leave it.
The Tower shows that agitation, aptly, as opposed to any situation incoming that would break up the relationship. Judgment is a Plutonic card with the sensibility of that planet, rather than a suggestion that something outside of you is going to be calling the changes.
Then there are the more worldly cards that conjure up the genius of your intuition, the images combining with the interpretation suggestions to evoke an ‘aha’ moment. The Tarot can be as inscrutable as dreams. It is more Sphinx than Oracle.
Or; the Tarot can be super-literal. People often say that the Tarot on the site is particularly accurate regarding the “people” cards and I agree. Characters such as the King of Swords show up repeatedly, well before they materialize. If you get into the right mindset when looking at the Tarot, it tells you little stories. Sometimes they are highly practical – the Four of Pentacles is always a ‘don’t spend’ cue, and there are cues that someone may not be as free for a romance as you thought they were.
The Seven of Swords can point to thieving, and though it is a Major Arcana card, the Devil seems connected to people getting out of their depth with debt, drugs, or a seriously dodgy bit of business in relationships.
What do you think the most literal cards are?
Image: Irving Penn