Are Tarot Cards Black Magic?

May 14, 2017

Tarot cards have an aura of mystery around them, as a way of unlocking and divining the future through supernatural means. But are they actually black magic, or magic at all?

A little bit about tarot.

These cards have gone through many phases in their (admittedly not entirely transparent or linear) history. They’ve been used for gaming, but mostly they’re used for something like fortune-telling—receiving a tarot reading is usually an attempt to decide one’s future.

Those who say tarot cards are dark magic recognize that the spiritual dimension of our world is real, and it is not to be taken lightly. In the Bible, Ecclesiastes 7:14 reads…

“When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider this:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
Therefore, no one can discover
anything about their future.”

As a tarot reader who was raised Catholic (and has had my cards read my Catholic tarot readers) I believe tarot can be virtuous. Tarot is an exercise to discover the choices you have from the person who would know the possible paths best—yourself. No more and no less.

What happens during a tarot reading.

Usually a reading will start the querent (person asking the question) shuffling, cutting, washing, or just firmly hitting a deck of cards while thinking about the question they want to answer. The tarot reader will then deal out cards in a pattern or layout (known as a spread) face-down. As the cards are turned over, the reader or psychic will find answers for the querent based on the card’s meanings and positions in the spread.

This is the point where the “magic” happens: the querent will then interpret the cards for themselves. They’ll connect their own dots, ask for varied meanings, and make their own decisions based on what they see.

Tarot has nothing to do with black magic.

During a tarot reading, you never connect with any third-party spirits except for the one you are always connected to. The only difference is you are more in-tune to listen while you are searching for meaning in pictures in front of you. In fact, some tarot readers say there is nothing mystical about the tarot spreads either. They say they’re just snapshots—unable to affect anything before or after them.

What do you think? Are tarot cards a way to tell the future or are they a tool for introspection, or something in-between?

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