biologyweeps said: though question, would that really matter as long as you observed the ‘correct’ number, even if time-wise it’s not the same length?
Probably not really. It’s just that I can tell from the language at least [at least 25 heart beats/pause for 5 heart beats] that it should be at a calm steady heart beat rhythm.
Why not say 5 seconds/25 seconds? Why does it need to be heart beats, is there something specifically special about heart beats? were you trying to be flouncy and fancy with your words.
*makes the face again*
Ok this is just being optimistic about the author and wildly guessing into the blue, buuuut
it could be because seconds are a pretty artificial construct. While our bodies do have natural rhythms (‘sup clock neurons of Drosophila) they’re not as fine-tuned as seconds or even minutes. So I think the author might have tried for ‘small unit of time that’s somehow based to your body’ considering that pulse rates do vary between people with regular heartbeats, too. My dad’s an athlete and I can guarantee that his pulse baseline is lower than mine, meaning that to him 5 heart beats would cover more time than for me.
So measuring in heartbeats could be attempt have both ‘personalized’ time units and a time unit that doesn’t require outside setting like checking on a clock. (which might tie back to the approach the author takes on ritual implements, which aside from the tarot, seem to be ‘use what you’re comfortable using’ so maybe by using heart beats the author attempts to eliminate the need for clocks?)
Except I don’t see a point in doing that in the what I see here as the paradigm. It’s not about the internal body or the body at all. The body is like a nothingness it has no place in this paradigm. It’s solely about the consciousness and the layout of the tarot cards.
It’s about the mental focusing and visualizations of the cards in order to process it and push it back through to the subconscious mind. Which will then *waves hands* some how *waves hands* mean that what you thought about will become what actually is.
If the paradigm was focused on the body and the body’s rhythms I’d definitely be able to see it in that. If the body was some how the origin of the power that pushes these things into the subconscious, then I maybe could see that.
But it’s pretty much not. So far the author’s made it clear that magic is *psychology.*
Pretty much it was like adding the randomest flowery bit you could add to something.