The short answer is no.
On Sunday morning before the Superbowl I noticed that several gifted tarot readers had posted predictions for the Superbowl. The consensus was that the Broncos would win. Obviously, all those predictions were wrong.
Curious about what the cards would show if I also tried to predict the outcome, I drew three cards for each team. Here is what emerged:
Broncos: Queen of Swords – Judgement – The World
Seahawks: 8 of Coins – The Lovers – The Hanged Man
The Broncos seemed to have the better tarot hand, which was in accord with what other tarot readers were seeing, so I posted my “prediction” along with the rest. I generally don’t use the tarot for such predictions, so I added that we all had a 50-50 chance of being right. At the same time I felt that a win by the Seahawks would expose the hubris of all of us who were attempting to predict the future with tarot cards. Since I’m very unlucky with speculative risks, I added that if I were to bet on the Broncos, it would all but guarantee a win by the Seahawks.
The prediction in favor of the Broncos was at odds with what most sports commentators were saying. The Seahawks were generally favored to win by the experts but there was a sentimental wish that the Broncos would win because of Payton Manning’s status in the game. Even though I knew the odds were in favor of the Seahawks, I was hoping Payton Manning would win for such sentimental reasons. The cards seemed to have picked up on my wishes rather than the facts of the matter. In addition, I had some misgivings about my interpretation because the Queen of Swords is usually someone who is grieving a loss and the eagle (substitute for Seahawk) is elevated above the bull (substitute for Bronco) on the World trump card. Nonetheless, the Hanged Man ending the Seahawk’s spread seemed to imply an upset of what the experts were predicting. Like the other tarot readers, I was simply wrong in the end.
Many years ago when I was first learning tarot, I experimented with a large number of yes-no questions and with predictions of the outcomes of elections and sporting events. After keeping careful records for a period of over a year, I concluded that the tarot, in my hands at least, was no better than chance in predicting the outcome of a yes-no question or contest situation. It may be that other readers are more fortunate, but when I followed all such predictions that I made in the course of a year, the tarot was not better than flipping a coin.
I found in the tarot literature that many tarot experts were of the same opinion. For example, Mary K. Greer advises in Tarot Mirrors (1988) that instead of using the cards to try to predict the future, the tarot reader better serves the client by rewording the question to “transform all questions and statements into forms that are empowering.” In the case of the Superbowl, instead of asking who will win the game, one might ask, “What do the Broncos (or the Seahawks) need to do to be able to win the game?”
Following Mark K. Greer’s lead, James Ricklef in Tarot Tells the Tale gives an example in which a querent asks a fortune-telling question “Will I be successful at …” which he transforms into an empowering “What can I do to be successful at ...?”
The books by Mary K. Greer served as my mentor when I was seriously studying tarot in the 1980s. I ignored her wisdom on Superbowl Sunday and used the cards to try to predict a predetermined future rather than empower the querent. I hope in the future I can avoid ignoring Mary’s wisdom and my own research into the matter.