16646RE: [TolkienDiscussions] The LotR Tarot
- Sep 2, 2006<<The Mirror of Galadriel is clearly similar to a Tarot pack, both in its
ability to see the future and in its inaccuracy.>>
I can confidently say that you are definitely 100% sort of correct! ;) There
is a bit of foreknowledge involved with the mirror, however, I have always
viewed it not as a television to the future, but rather as (as its name
implies) a mirror which just happens to be able to reflect a person's
inner-self rather than just the outward appearance. Everything a person who
looks into it sees is based inside their own self and is an extrapolation
from inside them. What I mean is that I've always had the impression that if
Galadriel were looking over Frodo's shoulder into the mirror at the same
time they would both be seeing different things in it because it was
reflecting their own self back to them rather than being a TV to the future.
IIRC she has to ask Frodo what he saw, doesn't she? If the mirror were a TV
to the future, wouldn't she have been able to see what it was showing Frodo
just as well as he?
<<I wondered why the Catholic Church is so down on Tarot so I looked and
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Divination and magic
2115 God can reveal the future to his prophets or to other saints. Still, a
sound Christian attitude consists in putting oneself confidently into the
hands of Providence for whatever concerns the future, and giving up all
unhealthy curiosity about it.
2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or
demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to
"unveil" the future.48 Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading,
interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and
recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and,
in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate
hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we
owe to God alone.>>
Yes, that says it pretty perfectly.
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