Tarot for Skeptics: What Will Be the Next Big Cure?

Finally, responses are starting to come in to my call for volunteer skeptics to ask a tarot question! H. Ellis Walker would like to know, “what is the next major disease for which a cure will be discovered?” 

H. Ellis, thank you very much for volunteering! I don’t mean to be difficult, but I can’t answer your question in exactly the form in which it was asked. I can’t think of a disease that has ever been cured, though I can think of some that have been prevented through improvements in nutrition and sanitation (scurvy, dysentery) and in some cases because of vaccines (polio, smallpox). But is preventing a disease really the same as curing it? You’ll think I’m splitting hairs, but I don’t believe that there is such a thing as a cure — only a treatment.

So, I’m answering an alternate question which I hope is still in the spirit of the original: what is the next major medical advance that we will see in our lifetimes? 

Answer: virtually bloodless surgery.

In answering this question, I also ran into a problem: I found that I knew the answer without resorting to pulling any cards. When this question came into my mind, I kept seeing images of swords cards. In addition to that, in my research for my day job as a science writer, I often run across technology that is being used to make new and amazing imaging of parts of the human body possible. It is already possible to have laser surgery to correct vision disorders. It doesn’t take much psychic ability (in my opinion) to see where medical science is headed. So I’m not going to draw any cards in response to this question — it just feels silly to draw cards for a question that I know (or at least feel very confident in) the answer to. Sorry! This won’t do much to alleviate your tarot skepticism. But I would love to answer another question, H. Ellis, if you have one.

If you are a tarot skeptic and want me to try answering your question in this space, please write to me at readings@tarotsalve.com. 


  1. I don’t think you’re splitting hairs, whatsoever. This was an assumptive question in initial phrasing. I get Knight of Swords Rx and Four of Wands, and I think you’re pretty much on the mark, I’m seeing a great stride in surgery, particularly acutely post -traumatic surgery, plus continuation of great strides already being seen in prosthetics. Things learned in and post war, will find refinement in application in peace time, sad to say, but nothing new in this. I was hoping to see something in physicianship, maybe for cancer or on the genetics front, but they’ve a way to go, it seems before their next great strides hit the ground. Five Swords, King Cups RX. Innovation in physicianship continues to lag behind surgery, which is literally at the cutting edge of medicine for the foreseeable future.


    1. Wow, thanks for your comment! It’s nice to see I’m not the only reader out there who is interested in science.

      Meanwhile, I’m always fascinated to see what different people will draw on the same topic–if anyone else out there would like to chime in and see what you come up with, please do!


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