"It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid." — Albert Einstein

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The Tarot of Physics: The Magician

The MagicianCard Description

Light travels at a constant speed, and nothing moves faster than the speed of light — but our sense of speed and time is anything but objective.

Like golden threads weaving through the universe, light waves combine to form the fabric of objective reality. From an outside perspective, the fabric seems to ripple and fold in on itself. Light waves bend as they pass some objects, while other objects reflect or absorb light.

Our own movement can also affect how we perceive the passage of time. In one of his most famous paradoxes, Einstein said that if we were to travel at the speed of light, time itself would slow down.

Suggested Interpretation

In a tarot reading, the Light Wave card illustrates how your perspective helps determine your reality. No one else can see the world through your eyes, because no one can share the same time and space you inhabit. You have the power to change your perspective by changing your outlook. You can also use the resources you have at hand to bend, reflect, or absorb light.

Dan Horn’s “Meta Physics”

Einstein said he wondered what it might be like to ride a beam of light. With modern computers and films, I think he might have recognized time slowing down for Neo in The Matrix. Or, he might have even seen a bit of his theories watching Bewitched when the witches would stop action of others so they could think about what to do next.

Is it possible that each moment in space-time is like a single movie frame, and a timeless part of each of us can work out alternate courses of action?

Number Symbolism

The shape of the numeral 1 illustrates a direct connection between spirit and matter. The line indicates pure action, without awareness of the periphery.

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The Tarot of Physics: The Fool

Big Bang

Card Description

Thirteen billion years ago, the four fundamental forces of physics — electro­magnetism, strong force, weak force, and gravity — were evenly balanced. They might even have been unified. At the moment of the Big Bang, however, that symmetry was broken, and the multiverse we know began to form.

Suggested Interpretation

In a reading, the Big Bang card suggests that something new is about to spring into existence — apparently, from nothing. All of the elements of creation are already in place, however.

Dan Horn’s Meta Physics

We can see how the fundamental forces that make all of reality interact with each other in atoms – except for one, gravity. The effect of gravity works on a much larger scale, and is at the same time, much weaker.

Now that seems odd to me. Could it be that the true reality is that the four forces are all unified – and a distorted perception of reality (organized as it is) is the time-space existence we perceive?

Is the reality of a video game on the CD, or the projection its bits and bytes create on the viewscreen?

Number Symbolism

The shape of the numeral 0 illustrates a perfect balance between spirit and matter, and the coexistence of space and time.

How to Buy the Deck

The Tarot Garden is the exclusive distributor of the Tarot of Physics. Click here to buy the Tarot of Physics from the Tarot Garden.

The card images on this website are watermarked. The printed cards in the Tarot of Physics deck are not.

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