Attending this year’s London Tarot Conference seems like an appropriate time to review my professional reading career. 14 years experience of throwing cards to ease troubles has taught me to be very cautious indeed when predicting or commenting upon any kind of shift – be in personal or societal. There are three main reasons that I can see:

Inertia – the unwillingness to move – is a spiritual truth. Most folk prefer dull familiarity to dangerous novelty. This is never truer than when the eager for change move out of the zone of talking about it into the arena of actually having to do something. Looming reality often breeds second thoughts.

Change is hard. Many people make an enthusiastic case for change on their own terms, but of course it never quite happens like that. There is always an element of the unknown wherever change presents itself.

We only learn when we have to. This is why ‘bad stuff’ happens. Otherwise we dodge the learning. (Come on, we all do this!)

Naturally there are other forces at play, but in essence if an individual can demonstrate an appetite for learning and a willingness to do the heavy lifting of life then it seems to makes change so much easier. For the opposite must also be true. If a person expects their life to transition from Situation A to Situation B without any intervening period whatsoever then they are doomed to failure.

But for many, a shift – of life experience or possibilities – is simply not possible, so affected are they by a million and one external factors and a whole shed load of internal ones.

In essence we shift when, and if, we want to. And if we don’t really want to make the effort that is always required then we do not change and we do not move. It is as simple as that. Coulda, woulda, shoulda never cuts any ice with the universe.

There is one final factor that seems to be at work. The best kind of shift, for most people, most of the time, is a gentle one. Less a shift, and more of a flow. Evolution not revolution. For although revolution works in favour of the impatient at the expense of the stubborn the pain that a revolution always brings can be avoided by being neither impatient nor stubborn.

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