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She Taught Me To Read Tarot Cards

And I still do, decades later

7 min readMay 24, 2024


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She taught me to read tarot cards long before they were cool. I’m not one of those annoying know-it-alls who can’t wait to explain how they liked this band or that fashion before it was cool. I once worked with a guy who stood behind me and said, apropos of nothing, “I liked Sriracha before everyone else,” as I squirted the hot sauce on my reheated leftovers in the kitchen.

I want to point out too — for posterity — that he also used to wear his long, greasy hair in a bun around the office. He was a lawyer. In-house. So, let me be clear: I am not this type of person. I’m not fashionable, ahead of the curve, and even if I was, I wouldn’t be annoying about it. But I feel like I have a right to be a little smug about this one thing I was truly into before it became popular.

And tarot cards are popular. They are, in fact, a full-blown wellness trend. There are millions of posts about tarot cards on Instagram, and if you’re interested, popular lifestyle sites are eager to sell $60 decks. But don’t buy a $60 deck.



John DeVore

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