Alison Spokes

Faerie Tales from an Artist & Tarot Reader

Tarot Geek Wisdom 1: Lord of the Rings & the 10 of Wands

For me, the Tarot is a source of wisdom – a pictorial manual for life as a human being on this planet. Each card contains its own blessing, challenge, piece of advice and important life lesson. I love Tarot for that reason; that, and it allows me to dabble in something potentially enchanting …which is totally cool! I mean, who doesn’t want magical tools, right?! But honestly, it really doesn’t matter to me if the mysticism is real or not. It’s fun, and it’s always a good reminder to be better, do better, feel better and think about things from another perspective especially if you are stuck or stumped.

How does this relate in anyway to geek culture? I mean, you’re probably thinking that mystical, woo-woo counsel from magical cards is the complete opposite of geek values, right? Personally, I disagree. In may ways, the same things that draw me to Tarot also draw me to my favorite movies, books and games: they’re fun and entertaining, but also embedded with wise counsel, advice and important life lessons. Over the next month, I’m sharing a series of blog posts to show you parallels between Tarot and Geek wisdom, and how both can teach us better ways to navigate through life here on our little blue planet.

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Lessons from the 10 of wands:

The 10 of wands looks a bit bleak. It represents carrying a heavy load and bearing burdens of responsibility. It reminds us that the burdens we carry are a direct result of the choices we make. Now we must reap what we’ve sown. 10s represent the end of a cycle, so if we’re searching for a positive, an ending and opportunity to take a load off our shoulders may be it. Even when we’ve worked hard, fulfilled a dream or accomplished a goal, responsibilities and commitments are often created as a direct result of that fulfillment. If you find yourself overwhelmed or over-worked, you now must look for solutions: keep going and continue to shoulder the burden on your own, recruit help, or put down your heavy load temporarily or permanently and once again face the consequences of that subsequent decision. The important thing to remember is that you always have a choice.

A Similar Lesson from Lord of the Rings:


Gildor Inglorion and his party of elves ride by just in time to fend off the Nazgul from hunting Frodo and his hobbit companions. Knowing they are now safe, the hobbits come out of hiding, greet the elves and inquire about Gandalf, whom they are searching for. Gildor responds with, “Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.” In other words, he means, “important matters should be left to important people and lesser beings ought not get in the way.” We all know the end of the story would have turned out much differently had it not been for meddling Hobbits, so while Gildor was warning them about the wrath and punishment of annoying one’s betters, Tolkien had a different meaning. What he really tells his readers is to think carefully before interfering with the affairs of those who carry the weight of responsibility, lest you find yourself bearing similar burdens.

Parody inspired by the famous Lord of the Rings quote.

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Author: Ali

Alison Spokes was born and raised in Houston, British Columbia and currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia as a self-taught digital fantasy artist and Tarot card reader. Visit her website:

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