Tarot has long been shrouded in mystery and, for some, controversy. Often misunderstood, it has faced criticism and condemnation, with some people viewing it as 'evil' or associated with the devil. These views are usually rooted in historical, cultural, and religious misconceptions. This blog aims to address these concerns and offer insights into how to respond to those who condemn the practice or give you a new perspective on the depth and usefulness of Tarot in life’s journey.
Historical, Cultural and Religious Contexts
- Roots in Entertainment: Originally, tarot cards were used for games and entertainment in 15th-century Europe. It was only later that they became tools for divination.
- Rise of Occult Associations: In the 18th and 19th centuries, tarot became associated with the occult and mysticism. This shift contributed to its controversial reputation, especially among religious groups.
- Differing Beliefs: Many religious doctrines view tarot as incompatible with their teachings, associating it with paganism or anti-religious sentiments.
- Fear of the Unknown: Anything that delves into the future or the unknown can be unsettling for some, leading to fear and condemnation.
- Images at Face Value: Some of the images in Tarot when taken at face value without introspection may seem frightening or strange. The “Hanged Man” or “The Fool” cards may carry negative connotations at first glance, when in reality, they invite a deeper introspection into human behavior.
Opening up the Conversation
- Education and Open Dialogue: Often, fear stems from misunderstanding. Educating people about the history and purpose of tarot can help demystify it. Explain that tarot is more about self-reflection and guidance rather than summoning evil forces or altering fate.
- Highlighting the Psychological Benefits: Emphasize that many people use tarot for self-discovery, clarity, and coping with life’s challenges. Tarot can be a therapeutic tool, encouraging introspection and personal growth.
- Respect for Different Beliefs: Acknowledge and respect that everyone is entitled to their beliefs. While you can provide information, it’s important to understand and accept differing viewpoints.
- Personal Experiences: Share personal stories or testimonials about how tarot has been a positive influence. Highlighting its role in personal development can counteract fears of malevolence.
- Tarot as a Tool, Not a Doctrine: Clarify that tarot is a tool for insight and not a belief system or religion. It doesn’t require or enforce any spiritual or religious dogma.
- Encouraging Personal Research: Encourage skeptics to research tarot independently. Understanding its symbolic language and the way readings work can dispel many fears and misconceptions.
Learn More About the Tarot Deck
Be sure to see our subsequent blogs that delve deeply in the symbols and interpretations of this 78 card deck. Experience Tarot for yourself with an experienced Psychic Reader and watch myths and old beliefs fall away in the light of insight. Remember that Tarot is only a tool to uncover and the bring to the surface what is already relevant to your life and allow it to be examined for your benefit.
The belief that tarot is evil or demonic is a misconception based on historical, cultural, and religious stigmas. By approaching these concerns with education, open dialogue, and respect, we can help demystify tarot and highlight its value as a tool for reflection, guidance, and psychological well-being. It’s important to remember that tarot, like any tool, reflects the intentions and attitudes of its users. Used thoughtfully, it can be a source of insight and personal growth.