August 21st, 2003

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I don't engage in LJ-propagated memes too often, but I've always had a bit of a fascination with fortune-telling. I admit I'm not sure I believe in it--the accuracy of a Tarot deck, I strongly suspect, comes from the storytelling ability of the reader. I mean this in the best possible sense, mind you; good storytellers are good observers, good interpreters and good improvisers, and the cards serve as catalysts for brainstorming, the reader being able to relate them to what she knows of the subject's life and form them into a coherent narrative.

This of course means that any computer "reading" is quite suspicious. From a traditional fortune-telling standpoint, there's no contact between reader and subject; there's just a pseudo-random number being generated. Any metaphysical aspects of touching stones or cards are being replaced by a hashing algorithm. And, from my storyteller argument, the ability to do that brainstorming, to turn disparate signposts into a coherent narrative, is also absent.

But, hey. I've been feeling pretty reflective the last few months. Maybe it's all the changes over the past year in my life. The once-ridiculous seems more plausible now. (Maybe it's just allergies, which I think are manifesting for me out here in new and unpleasant ways.) At any rate, when I saw the rune caster linked from kiarrh's journal, I couldn't resist:

Your Name: Watts Martin
Your Date of Birth: 10/30/1967
Your Question or Information: Should I go into freelance work by next year?


Fehu - Increase of wealth and possessions, protection of valuables. Used to send energy on its way, fire in its uncontrolled, primal state.


Ing - Fertility, successful conclusion to issue or situation, ending one cycle and beginning another.


Jera - Harvesting tangible results from efforts already sown, fertility, culmination of events, abundance.

Cast the runes here:
Rune Caster

This is of course where that storytelling aspect does come in. Even though I know that's the output of a hashing algorithm (rerunning the page with the same input gives the same result), I can definitely synthesize a narrative from that--as could nearly anyone who knows me and my life over the last year. In spite of myself, I'm intrigued.