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Do Tarot Cards Actually Work?

If not, why does tarot come under fire so often?
Is there something more to this?

Tarot divination is a polarizing subject. A lot of people are quick to say that tarot cards are nothing but nonsense and that people who read tarot cards for money are con artists. Many others condemn tarot cards as an abomination meant to deceive its believers and practitioners. If one were to simply reflect their own judgements back upon either of these two camps, the latter would be dismissed as paranoid accusers projecting their own twisted desires onto others, while the former would have to be seen as trolls guarding the bridge of spiritual enlightenment. Essentially these two types are one in their pretense of authority on a subject that they obviously do not know much about.

One would assume such bold judgement and condemnation to mean they have knowledge and experience with tarot cards, and that the cards somehow did them a lot of damage. It may be closer to the mark to say that because they fear and avoid divination, which by definition leads to God, that they just don’t want you to know about these things. Or perhaps they are simply bitter, jealous of some imagined favoritism gained from divination, like in the story of Cain and Abel. But we must leave these false judgements behind if we are going to explore the issue of imagery divination with any validity. Since the first camp, the skeptical non-believers never offer up much of a basis for their argument against tarot and divination, they can be disregarded immediately.

The Argument Against using Tarot Cards

Opponents to the kind of spiritual freedom offered by the art of divination seem to be very conservative in their outlook. If we explore why people oppose progress so vehemently, we can easily spot these people if their aggressive prudishness doesn’t find us first. In order to disassemble their argument, we must first understand it. The argument against divination always seems to be based on a few badly translated pieces of scripture from the Old Testament.

The Hebrew Lord Jehovah was very strict about many types of practices. In Leviticus He specifically banned hissing and cloud-watching divination, but somewhere along the lines of history He came to be known as “God” and the specific things He had mentioned had taken on much wider definitions. The Roman interpretation of Hebrew morality must have been brutal. The downfall of the Roman Empire was survived by its church. As in the story of the Tower of Babel, another valiant effort bites the dust. The different national tribes of Europe each took a piece of the pie and went their separate ways. The English, who colonized a large percentage of the planet, had particularly disturbing views when it came to executing the judgement of the LORD. Thankfully we are well beyond the days when organized witch hunts were legal. (Or are we?)

Perception is Reality

Even if the Bible appears to have been grossly mistranslated, we must accept the fact that it has been translated that way. There are countless people who believe the words that they read in black and white. And what the English Bible says in black and white is that divination is an abomination to the Lord God (the abstract 3-fold deity partially composed of the Hebrew father). Knowing this, we must give in to the fact that what people believe in is very real to them. Therefore they are absolutely right that divination is an evil practice that they should stay away from. But that doesn’t give them the right to project their phobias onto others.

They apparently believe, as I have seen stated in many arguments, that divination is some kind of deception that takes place to confound the practitioner into actually believing in his or herself. This is fine, but what counts is if they practice what they preach. Upon just a bit of surface investigation, we see the astrologers of Babylon condemned for practicing the same thing as three wise men who heralded the coming of the Christ. We read tales of the ancient prophets and priests performing all kinds of magical ceremonies and forms of divination such as dream interpretation through most of the Bible. Something doesn’t seem right here.

Superstitious and Suspicious

The scales of justice are not just. Apparently as long as it is done within the confines of their in-group, everything is fine, but when it is outside the realm of their political influence, the same thing is considered evil. Anybody who knows a little bit of applied psychology will tell you that the person who is always accusing their mate of cheating is most likely the cheater of the pair. Knowing this forces us non-churchy types to seriously question the motives of arguments against forms of divination like tarot reading. If they suspect us to be ill-willed devil worshipers when all we are doing is trying to know ourselves better, that assumption speaks volumes. You would hope that a person’s prayers were intended for something better than just sucking up to God for favors – like a glorified teacher’s pet.

Food for Thought: Judgement as Condemnation

Why express an opinion that you don’t even know why you are expressing? As Christ taught, with what judgement we judge others we will be judged ourselves. The condemnation of divination by these people is viewed by the diviner as the ultimate sacrilege. As a diviner myself I generally mind my own business, and my intentions are benevolent at heart. For self-righteous ignoramuses to attack and condemn my arts, supposedly in the name of Christ and God, is extremely negative and in reality is an attack not for, but directly against God. If a self-described Christian hurls the first stone, how dare he call himself Christian?