1. Tarot is demonic witchcraft
I grew up believing that tarot was the devil's doing. (But actually.) It was Witchcraft, capital W, and it was evil, and it was wrong. The first time a friend offered to read the cards for me, I was curious but shied away because I was like "Wait... isn't that, like, witchcraft? Better not risk getting on God's bad side."
So, let's talk about tarot's association with witchcraft, which is one of the main contributors to its status as a socially taboo topic.
One of my first grown-up lessons was that witchcraft was a practice, not a religion, that could be used about a million different ways. The people I met weren't invested in converting anyone, but rather in their own daily, intentional practices that place enormous importance on personal agency and self-determination. Which makes it easy to see why some religions aren't too fond of it.
Your mom intentionally stirring love and good thoughts into her baking? Witchy. Your sister using a daily affirmation to set the right tone for the day? Witchy. Your grandma telling you to use peppermint to treat a headache? Witchy.
Tarot can easily be incorporated into explicitly witchy spiritual pursuits. There are also plenty of professional readers who don't profess any religion, or witchy practice, at all.
Tarot is not religious, non-religious, good, evil, or otherwise morally ambiguous on its own. You are the one who determines all of that. As with knowledge and all manner of things in life, it's not the thing itself: it's how it's used.
2. Tarot Tells the Future
... No? Yes? It depends?
This one can be confusing in that it varies by the tarot reader, their own spiritual practice, and how they believe the cards work. Be sure to check out a tarot reader's website for their Ethics and statement on how the cards work.
Personally, I do not read predictively. I don't believe that someone, or something, can tell you the scope of your life, what's going to happen, and how you are going to respond. You have the power to change course. Most of the time, you are responsible for your own outcomes (barring tragic accidents and diagnoses, natural disasters, and the shit that can come from being underprivileged in a prejudiced society).
I believe that tarot is a tool to empower each of us on our journey -- like therapy, like meditation, like journaling, like looking at yourself in the mirror and saying "I'm beautiful." It's part of the process. It's part of your unique blend of self-love, self-care, and self-determination.
3. A tarot reading can reveal how someone else feels
Oh, dear heart. Love and relationship questions are super popular with tarot (for good reason!), but each reading is centered on a question that's all about you.
If we accept that tarot is a tool for self-determination for the person directly involved in the reading, to help us understand patterns in your lives and make better decisions, it's hard to see the cards as having insight into someone else's mind and heart entirely. If only, though, right?
4. Want to practice tarot? You have to be given your first tarot deck!
Bullshit. Bullshit bullshit bullshit. Go take charge of your life, get a deck, and dive in.
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