Sometimes a deck – even one you’ve owned and used for years – seems to betray you and starts “speaking in tongues.” I’m not one who believes that tarot decks have personalities, only idiosyncrasies introduced by the creator’s unique perspective, so I think the fault, if it can be called that, lies with the reader’s “tin ear” and not with the cards. While the cards have apparently gone “out of phase” with your antenna, twiddling the knobs usually won’t help. Which brings me to my personal opinion on augmenting a reading with “extra” cards.
There are a number of reasons why your cards won’t talk to you:
Sometimes you aren’t supposed to know the answer.
Sometimes you ask the wrong question.
Sometimes the meaning isn’t yet clear, even to the Universe, because there are just too many volatile factors.
Sometimes you don’t know (or are ignoring) the information you need to be able to understand the answer.
And sometimes you aren’t listening because you don’t like what the cards are saying.
The one-word solution for all of these is “clarifiers.” Keep going until you get something you like or can deal with. They save you from having to think too deeply about the message buried in the original pull. If Douglas Adams had been a tarot reader, he would have said you need 42 of them to get it right.
The Adams Theory of Clarifiers:
“There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.”
In other words, pulling clarifiers is futile, since the Universe is a moving target. If you wait long enough, it will circle back around to where it was when you pulled the original cards. By then you will be older and wiser, and can figure out what they mean.