Before I start, I just want to specify that this blog is not based on my own experiences and is not an indication of whether or not I believe in tarot readings or want people to use – or not use – tarot readers. There are so many types of tarot cards and they’re sold in so many stores worldwide and many people (including myself) believe that tarot readings encourage clients to reflect on their life through spiritual growth, which can be very beneficial. But it’s a very controversial practice, so here are 9 grim things about tarot readings.
- The scam artists
Not all tarot readers are serious and knowledgeable with a genuine desire to help people – some just want a quick and easy income. They cheat and deceive, giving little to no correct information (they literally don’t know any…) or simply tell the client what they want to hear – or what they want them to hear.
Some people remove their wedding ring to test the readers’ abilities, but they might spot the lack of suntan where the band was on your finger. They aren’t necessarily psychic and could just be lucky guessers – you either recently divorced and you’re looking for future guidance, or it’s in your pocket. A few simple questions could determine this.
- Some people ask specific questions
Tarot readings generally start with a question or an area of focus, usually relating to a career or relationship. It doesn’t have to be specific – it could be simple like “Tell me what I need to know right now.” Other questions might be “should I take this new job?” It’s a lot to put on the spirits and the interpretation of shuffled cards.
- Some people fear the worst after the reading
“If you’re a beginner and you don’t quite fully understand that every card has multiple meanings, you might get the Death card and think it literally means Death. Or you might get The Tower and assume it spells disaster. This can be frightening and it can taint your Tarot experience.”
- Some people just wanna be told what to do
Many people leave their readings with a fresh perspective on life, viewing it from a different angle. They’re inspired to change, but this isn’t necessarily a good thing.
“I realized that a percentage of people who came to me were not interested in spiritual awakening or personal growth, the two big social buzzwords at the time. Rather they wanted someone else to take responsibility for the decisions they needed to make in their lives.”
For example, many clients believe tarot readings justify negative things. A beloved relative passed away, but it was the fault of what arose during the reading. This can affect the grief process.
- Readers can’t exactly be sure how the readings work
Many believe their readings come from an intuitive and/or empathic ability to help people looking for guidance, while some believe omnipresent God is present during readings and determines the cards chosen. And others believe a spirit entity works through them.
If the latter is correct and readings are influenced by spirits, who’s to say that they have good intentions?! “Many fear that by lifting the veil between the physical and the spiritual, you may be opening the door to not just helpful spirits and energies but negative ones as well.”
- It isn’t all fortune-telling
… so if that’s what you’re looking for then, um, sorry to break it to you.
“People who are not familiar with tarot reading consider it all fortune-telling. This is inaccurate.” So, the reader announces that big changes will happen before you turn 30. Wow, no shit?! Of course they will. Some interpretations of the cards may be quite vague.
- It’s derived from divination
Divination describes any means used to communicate with God. Records of divination trace back as far as earliest recorded history.
You’ve probably heard of some ancient methods but it wasn’t all drinking tea and reading leaves like in Harry Potter. It involved the brutal dissection of sacrificial animals so their guts could be read; the bones of dead humans and animals were thrown and interpreted; the sacrificing of young children, some of which were thrown into fires and burned alive. Ok, so we don’t feel the need to sacrifice living beings anymore, but if you believe that tarot reading opens us up to God, then you’ve gotta accept that it comes from an ancient and evil history.
- The readers’ feelings can affect the reading
Even professional readers may interpret cards differently depending on their mood. For example, the Death card doesn’t literally mean someone will die – it could relate to the death of a job or a relationship, and sometimes this is a good thing. Maybe it’s the death of health concerns. It’s all about how it’s interpreted. But if they’re in a bad mood, or don’t really like you, the result could be shite. Many readers cleanse themselves and the cards before each reading to avoid projecting negativity over the reading.
- The bible warns against it
Leviticus 20.6 in the bible specifically warns against using mediums, which fucks with the belief that God has the best intentions for the client if he’s present during readings…
“I will set my face against anyone who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute themselves by following them, and I will cut them off from their people.”