A Tarot Spread for Lost Causes

A friend once told me that fighting for justice is like trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. It’s hopeless, it’s futile—but if you really care enough, that’s exactly what you try to do. You empty the ocean, one teaspoon at a time.

And sometimes it rains, and the ocean fills up again, and all the progress you’ve made is lost. But you just take your teaspoon and keep working, hoping that somehow, little by little, you can make some kind of difference. Even if it doesn’t happen in your lifetime, people will take up the work after you’re gone, and you persist in the faith (or at least in the hope) that someday, the ocean will be emptied.

The world is a terrible place right now. The rainclouds have opened up, and it feels like the ocean is filling. The work of trying to fix the world, trying to empty that ocean, feels particularly insurmountable. So today, I thought I’d share a Tarot spread for lost causes. This spread is about the thing we fight for that we know we’ll probably never achieve, and finding the courage to keep fighting for them anyway.

  1. You
  2. The cause you’re fighting for
  3. {together with 4 and 5} The reasons the cause is hopeless and doomed to failure
  4. Resources available to you
  5. People who can help you
  6. A reason to keep fighting

It’s a simple spread, but, I think, one that sometimes proves necessary. We all need to be reminded sometimes of why we care about the things we do, and why we can’t give up on them even after we know we’ve already lost.

Let’s empty the ocean with a teaspoon.

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