A spread for epistemological reflection

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Oh, knowledge. We think we know. Maybe we do. But some of what we think we know may be wrong. We may have been lied to. We may have been shown misinformation. We may simply have projected our own beliefs onto the situation. We may have refused to listen or see aspects of the situation that would have contributed to our understanding if we had heard or seen them.

At such a time, which is all the times, really, it can’t hurt to pause for a little reflection on the nature of knowledge. How do we know what we know, what we think we know? What can we know? What do we already know? What do we not actually know?

These questions fall into the category of epistemology.

And it’s always a fun one to delve into, right?

You don’t have to make it about politics.

This could even be, what do you know about yourself, and how do you know it, or how do you not know it?

So here is a little spread to work with if you choose to take on this topic. You can change it, you KNOW, you don’t have to use my version.

A four card spread for reflecting on epistemology, shown using the Steampunk Tarot: 1. What do I already know? The Ace of Wands. 2. What do I want to know? the Page of Wands. 3. What do I need to know? The Seven of Pentacles. 4. What is the theme of all this? The Chariot.
  1. What do I already know?
  2. What do I want to know?
  3. What do I need to know?
  4. What is this all about?

In the photo shown here, I’ve drawn cards from the Steampunk Tarot.

What do I already know? The Ace of Wands.

What do I want to know? The Page of Wands.

What do I need to know? The Seven of Pentacles.

What is this all about? The Chariot.

I won’t go into a lot of personal details here, but I will point out to you, if you are trying this, that the dramatic shift in suit from wands to pentacles is pretty telling. To me, when I see something like that, it feels like, “you think this is about one thing, but you’re looking in the entirely wrong area.” It feels like, “why are you waving sticks around and contemplating the nature of life when you should be finding the wheels for the transportation that will carry you forward?”

Or maybe it’s “why are you writing a blog post when the deadline for your paper for school is the day after tomorrow?” (The assessment vibe of the Seven of Pentacles is kind of thrumming at me here.)

Of course I’ve had the Chariot on my mind. It’s 2023, the year of the Chariot, numerologically, and also, on TikTok, the next card in my series on Logic and Justice in the Tarot is the Chariot–and I’ve been putting off talking about that, while also thinking about what I want to say about it, for weeks.

Anyway. I’m going to go do my homework.

And I suggest you do yours.

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