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Can You Read Tarot Cards and the Bible? Why not?

Updated on January 29, 2013

Celtic Cross Tarot Spread

So, it looks like I'm damned now, I did a tarot reading.
So, it looks like I'm damned now, I did a tarot reading. | Source

Anyone who tells you that reading tarot cards is unchristian and makes you a Satanist is full of it and hasn’t done their homework. Ignorance is bliss, or so I’ve been told. That must be the case here. This is yet another rumored myth created by those hypocritical religious few that like to point fingers. Reading tarot cards does not make you a gypsy, a witch, or evil in any way. It’s all in how you want to look at it.

Sadly, tarot cards have always gotten a bad reputation as being the doorway to evil. Ironically, the first usage of tarot readings was done by the church in the 14th century and was considered a method of recording the history and bloodlines of Jesus. That’s right, folks, tarot cards were initially a religious totem and had absolutely nothing to do with evil. They were not condemned by the Catholic Church until the 15th century, primarily because the cards were being implemented for different purposes and considered part of an occult existence.

I’ve visited a number of online Catholic sites that adamantly insist through their notations from the bible that tarot cards are evil. Really? They’ve even paired tarot cards with Ouija Boards. Now I don’t know about you, but how does calling spirits back from the dead come even remotely close to reading tarot cards? Foretelling the future has absolutely nothing to do with occult behavior, casting spells or séances. Let’s clarify the fact that you can’t generalize when it comes to satanic cults and an innocent card reading. They are as different as apples and oranges.

Reading tarot cards is what you want to make of it. Do you want it to be evil and bad? Then I guess it is. But on the other hand there are those of us who believe we are communicating with God through the tarot. Now those finger-waving hypocritical religious few are likely going to be upset over this possibility, but if God wanted you to know one way or the other he’d come right out and tell even the holier-than-thou blessed few. Otherwise I see no harm in finding a connection religiously through the tarot and God. Blasphemous? I don’t think so. I’m not trying to find evil in a harmless card reading. I don’t see the glass half empty nor am I arrogant enough to think I know all the religious rules, unlike so many others quick to shake a finger in my face.

It’s my belief that tarot is a wonderful way to seek spiritual intervention. It encourages hope, inspiration, and a desire to find inner solutions for peace and contentment. Each card has a special meaning to every reader, and no two readings are alike. I chose to read for myself on a regular basis, which I’ve indulged for the past twenty years. I’ve also read for others, but each reading is a positive and encouraging experience. I’m not a circus act, a divination specialist, an occultist, or out to make money from my readings. It’s because of those situations that tarot has been so badly misinterpreted and abused which has created a lot of negative hype.

So don’t let anyone tell you reading tarot cards is the path to sin. They are totally wrong, not to mention being judgmental which is a much greater sin in my opinion. There are better things to do with your time than condemn others for something as silly as that, especially if you're sitting on your bum watching a soap opera and popping bonbons. Hm, are these the same people that requested removal of the "Harry Potter" series from public school libraries because of the use of magic? Likely so.

Oh, and since when is smoking and drinking religiously acceptable? Yes, enough ‘Hail Marys’ and confessions can wipe your slate clean, but if that’s the case then why not throw in a few tarot card readings along with a "Harry Potter" book or two? What the hell!

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    • akanshaakumar profile image

      Akanshaa Kumar 

      2 years ago from India

      Awesome awesome awesome hub ..... right in the face of those who consider tarot as a gateway for evil. Really appreciate the effort and message you conveyed. Loved your hub :)

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      Deborah Sexton 

      4 years ago

      I agree, and I have written a hub on where the Tarot originated

      And it wasn't a game as most think.

      Great hub

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