While I was growing up in the shadow of religion, I recall being told that things like the Tarot were evil and that they were a doorway for negative spirits. I was interested in the Tarot, however – drawn to it by curiosity, but I stayed away out of fear because I did not want to be followed by demons, or whatever it was that was going to happen to me if I allowed someone to read my cards. As I became older, I began following my curiosity, and had a few readings done. Some of them were interesting, while others were a little airy fairy. If people tell you they can read your future, they are probably a little “out there,” but I was discerning when I was young, and now. The cards can be “off-putting” if you don’t know what they mean, and also, I was never aware of anything other than what I was taught, so for me to go way out beyond the limitations of my beliefs, was considered a bit like being a lost sheep. What I know now from my “straying” is that I was doing exactly what we should all be doing… following our gut (intuition) instead of listening to outside banter. Once you have information from doing your own research, you discover that either something you feared is completely harmless, or you realize (on your own) that it is to be avoided. We all have an inner compass leading the way for us. If I would have bought into the fear about the cards, I would have been ignoring my intuition which drew me to them.
About two years ago I dated someone who was very Tarot oriented, which was interesting to me because I had always been fascinated, but never took the time to learn what the cards meant, or from where they derived (no one knows, btw), but just like a deck of playing cards, they are genius. Without getting into the different symbols and what they mean, the actual readings themselves are a bit like reading poetry of a person’s moment and time. The Tarot is nothing more than a tool used to guide people back to themselves. Now that I have been learning more about the Tarot and doing readings myself, I have discovered that many people are curious, but have been told the same thing that I have about them being evil. The cards themselves are not evil, but a person can be. So of course be aware of the person behind the cards. Some people make money reading Tarot. I would rather sit at a farmers market or something and read for people without taking their money, just to give them some intuitive guidance with the assistance of the cards, which merely depict facets of the human experience and archetypes (or roles) we play out as we move through our lives. I’m not saying that making money reading Tarot is wrong, but I enjoy the art of the Tarot, and how a reading can help someone without me benefiting or taking something away from the person for whom I’m reading. The Tarot is a gift, and now that I have learned about our subconscious minds and how we resonate with symbols on an emotional and spiritual level, I see the cards as a breakthrough into a person’s deepest part of themselves.
I have read the Tarot for many friends and family members, and they walk away from my readings with a broader sense of clarity. Sometimes people text me and ask me to read for them because they are facing adversity and they need some clarity. Honestly, because I have learned to tap into my own intuition and can read people just as well as I can read the symbols of the cards, I do not necessarily need the Tarot to give advice or direction, but they are a valuable tool, and I love the art of the Tarot. The more readings I do, the more I resonate with the cards I’m using. I love art in any form, and this is what the Tarot has become to me – a form of art. I’ve had some beautiful readings done for me that have been beneficial in helping me let go of negativity and move with the flow of my life. In a society that is so weighed down with noise, chaos and focused on material, tools like the Tarot bring people back to the undercurrent of themselves so they can understand what’s really going on. Because everything in life is so innately connected, and we influence the outcome of our experience by how we think and by what we are feeling, the cards easily reflect the person asking a question. There is no “magic” in the cards (although there is magic in the universe). The magic is that we, as human beings, influence the cards by attracting them to tell us what we are asking of them. It’s a science really, and nothing more. If you’ve learned anything about the law of attraction, you realize that we create our own life experience. The Tarot is amazing for bring a person right back to how they think, what they are feeling, and the way they are navigating in their lives. There is nothing scary about that.
We fear what we do not know. There was a time when I was afraid of religions like Buddhism because I was told it was evil, but when I did my own research, I realized that Buddhism wasn’t a religion at all, but a wonderful and beautiful lifestyle that had more to do with nature than some idolized character sitting in the lotus position. Of course, people do worship the Buddha (which he would have never wanted), just like people use the Tarot to “fortune tell.” Man is always twisting things up and creating weirdness out of very basic stuff. Tarot to me is poetry. Tarot to someone else can be something else. Don’t be confused about the various arts and religions out there. Discover for yourself what they mean to you and go from there. There is nothing wrong with following your curiosity. People are freaking crazy, but usually what they are into is nothing more than a guidance system of some sort, created for the purpose of bringing people back to themselves, where the answers all are anyway. We are the walking talking version of our source.
If I was on a deserted island with nothing but my gut and my voice, I would have to listen to my intuition, which is the place we should all be tapping into, regardless of our circumstances. We have an internal source of wisdom right in our own bodies. Forever, we have used tools to remind us to go within, including the Bible, the Torah, etc. People write them – we read them to help us remain on track emotionally, spiritually and mentally. The Tarot is nothing more than one of these tools, although instead of words, it uses symbols. Someone who has the wrong intentions can read the Bible in an evil way, just like someone who gets behind the Tarot and says they can read fortunes, is probably not the right person to do a reading for you. Listen to your gut and go from there. That’s all I’m saying, but don’t shun something merely because you’ve been misinformed. Discover life for yourself and make your own decisions. People judge when they are not informed. I used to do this too, but now I am open to learning about something before I go and judge it. It’s always the person behind the thing I’m looking into that I need to worry about – not the book or the cards themselves. People who have used the Bible to control the masses are more evil (in my book) than some kook behind a deck of Tarot cards. Lets get real. I mean, there is wisdom in every single element of life… not just one source of truth. There is a lot of ancient wisdom in the Tarot, and there is a lot of Astrology in the Bible (and numerology, although most people overlook this), but in the wrong hands, many tools we use can be used for evil rather than for good. Just like sex can be both life-giving and also destructive, there are two sides to every coin.