Interpreting tarot cards is a great way to introduce yourself to the occult arts. The word “occult” simply means “hidden,” referring to certain information which is not widely accessible. It’s only natural to be curious about the unknown, especially when it comes to spiritual revelations. The Tarot uses occult symbolism to speak through the universal language of art.

The word “occult” seems to defy definition. Many people think of vampires, zombies, and werewolves when they think of the occult. Many others think of dusty old books about ridiculous magic spells performed by robbing graves and other such nonsense. In truth, there are many things hidden right under our noses, obvious things that everybody seems to overlook. Those who are brave enough to expose these often uncomfortable secrets should be the ones who are known as occultists, but they are overlooked as occultists because of the vague, largely misinterpreted definition of the word occult. It’s sad but true, but the human parasite who thinks he’s a vampire is the kind of person that gets credit for having occult wisdom, and he actually does possess such, though this is occult wisdom of the weakest and most absurd kind.

Tarot cards work as a kind of gateway to reveal hidden knowledge, which can be disturbing for some people. The cards can act almost as a psychic mind probe because of their archetypal language and that they speak so well with the unconscious mind. In the occult, tarot cards may be used for divination, as in tarot reading, or in other ways. Cards may be used in rituals that are performed to acquire a certain goal. Carrying a certain card around or putting it underneath your pillow while you sleep are common methods of getting familiarized with the cards, or even to invoke certain energies.

Many occultists study tarot cards, and some even design their own tarot deck. In occult tradition, a tarot deck is to be designed, or actually even just copied, after a certain level has been attained. Of course such quaint traditions are only observed accidentally today. The understanding of the occult, as the word is understood by many tarot enthusiasts, is ironically considered taboo in their online “community.” It makes no sense, except when you weigh in their perception of the occult. Somehow they do not realize that they are practicing the occult, even while in the middle of doing a reading with the occult’s token oracle.

It is understandable why so many people shy away from the name occult. The very nature of the word is taboo in a closed society, and it might even be best defined by the word “taboo.” It can be difficult for a person to accept a derogatory name, but there is no reason why the word occult should be looked at as derogatory. It is okay to be different. Tarot reading is not such a rare activity these days anyway. If one were to judge by the number of free tarot sites online, it would be obvious that quite a lot of people do tarot reading. It may not be as popular as horoscopes, but if you think about it, horoscopes are just another piece of the occult.

Ritual magic, spells, and prayers are about programming the subconscious mind or spirit to work towards a goal unconsciously, most commonly achieved by believing a deity or angel to be guiding one’s path. People who are into the occult think of magic(k) as a science, knowing that beliefs can be manipulated to achieve desires, and knowing how it’s done. Possibly the best two words to describe the occultist would be “pioneer spirit.” The occult is synonymous with the spirit world, and rightfully so. The realm of the spiritual can also be defined as that which we don’t know much about. It all seems so mystical and magical until we understand it for what it is. Then the magick dies. But it gets reborn as a science. To pull the strings as the puppets dance; this is knowledge of God: the wisdom of Creation.

The spirit world belongs to the occultist, a rather generalized term that could refer to a number of more specific callings. For example, church officials in possession of theological secrets are occultists by definition. To believe the occult to be ungodly is to believe the priest’s wisdom to be “of the devil.” Yet even today, the mere mention of the word occult can provoke psychotic outbursts fueled by a volcano of passionate ignorance.

The problem many have with the occult seems to stem from insecurity. By nature, the occult is about the unknown, and to many the unknown is terrifying. Admitted ignorance can be major a blow to the insecure ego. Feeling backed into a corner, one might instinctually retaliate by attempting to pummel an imaginary projection of one’s own dark side, known as “the devil” in a smokescreen of denial. This psychological defense mechanism is forgivable. It is certain that every human being has been guilty of such irrationality. After all, self-preservation is a most basic instinct. The occultist is well aware that he is a prophet without honor, due to the status quo.

The occultist is also aware that the only constant is change. Change is at the core of life. To the traditional occultist, the wheel of change is contained in a deck of cards. A microcosmic deck of cards known as Tarot contains a world of spiritual archetypes, a tool that many occultists use to dip into the undercurrent of the universal consciousness. A collection of visions from the spirit world, the characters and plots of tarot cards tell stories – a dark world visible to the reader, shadow stories reflecting the events of the real world.

Though occultism may challenge one’s beliefs, it certainly does not require anybody to transgress their religion. Rooting out false beliefs may be difficult, but it indeed brings one to an elevated awareness of God which some call enlightenment. Priests, prophets, shamans, and others who hold secret knowledge should all be thought of as occultists, being the metaphysical specialists that they are. If one day exposed, the occult will no longer be thought of as a dirty word.

“It depends upon what the meaning of the word IS is.”