Some of you may not know, but I come from a Christian background. When I started learned about paganism, I always felt that one and two were the same, so I believed both. I am completely pagan, I just believe in one God, and I believe in the Bible. When I first got to the point where I wanted to read tarot professionally, I wanted to be prepared for others to judge me and say I’m the devil. That’s where this whole research thing started.
I first thought, well if the bible says all of these things against it, then why do I feel called to do it? Why are angels in the room guiding me through my readings? So I asked the Bible. It led me to Ephesians 4:2 “I, therefore, the prisoner in [the] Lord, entreat YOU to walk worthily of the calling with which YOU were called, with complete lowliness of mind and mildness, with long suffering, putting up with one another in love.” That verse tells me that it’s ok for me to do this, but “why is it ok?” I asked. So I started doing a little bit of research into tarot, and the bible. This is what I came up with.
Let’s start with the basics in Deuteronomy, the Mosaic Law, 18:10 “There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, a practicer of magic or anyone who looks for omens or sorcerer, or one who binds others with a spell or anyone who consults a spirit medium or a professional foreteller of events or anyone who inquires of the dead.”
The passing of fire is a ceremonial act of initiation. The term “divination” is from the Latin word “divinare” meaning “to foresee”. We basically see it as telling of the future. The practice of magic is no where to be seen in tarot. Although you can use the tarot for spells, that’s not its main purpose. That’s just something you can do on the side. Omens are like a prophetic sign. Something that you look at and think “it’s a sign, something evil will happen”. (Don’t get omens confused with synchronicity, the two are similar by definition, but not the same at all) . The binding of a spell part means you don’t cast anyone else with a spell. (I like to look real close at the binding part, what does that convey? Maybe something more dark?) And a spirit medium is someone who can speak with the dead. A foreteller of events is just that, they forecast events to come. I think of this part more in large scale, and divining as is small scale. That last part of the scripture is for if you want to inquire of the dead yourself.
A lot of people see tarot as a tool for divination. Yes, it can be used for that, and a lot of practitioners decide to use it that way, but that’s not the main use for it, at least not in my opinion. Think of it this way, if you can ask the cards anything you want, knowing full well that you need to not ask about the future, what would you ask? How questions, what questions, why questions, the list can go on. “How can I get back on my feet?” “What can I do to find love?” If you piece apart these scriptures you will find that there is no problem with finding personal enlightenment or empowerment, which is the main use for these cards. Later in the Bible it actually encourages you to be open with your spirit self, and to seek enlightenment.
This revelation was truly amazing for me. There is nothing in the Bible that says that you can’t use tarot. You just have to be cautious to stay away from predictive type readings. That is exactly what I do in my practice, and the whole reason why I choose not to do them.
I like to look further though, at the history of the cards, and what the cards actually do.
Tarot has only been used this way for 200 years. It started out as a game. They were not reading tarot cards back in the bible days! In that particular scripture, it’s the Mosaic Law, the law before the New Testament. It doesn’t count for us anymore, and tarot was never in the mix to begin with. If we still lived in the Old Testament days then we would still be stoning woman who committed infidelity. It’s nice to know what the rules were back then, but Jesus created a new universal law in the New Testament. Love God with your whole heart, and love your neighbor as you do yourself.
Now let’s look at what tarot actually does. I shuffle the cards; I put my energy into them, and lay them out. Each card has a meaning, but each meaning has different layers. Then add context and it can get quite confusing. How do you know which card means what? You use your intuition.
Tarot is mainly a tool that we use to access our intuition. The pictures and the meanings help us connect and make it easier. There are many people that get to the point to where they don’t need to read cards anymore because they have exercised their intuition so much they can give a reading without them.
Intuition is something that every single one of us has. Have you ever had a dream and had it come true? Or felt a feeling of déjà vu? Or just had a feeling that something was off, and you were right? That’s your intuition. Whether you want to go forth with it or not, you have it.
God created us in his image, why would he put something within us, and then tell us that we can’t use it?
When I first started learning this information I threw out my emotional ties to tarot, and just wanted to learn if I could in good conscious use it. I genuinely wanted to know if it was ok. I didn’t want to be doing something that was not in favor of God. This information I give you is completely void of emotion and just a pure logical explanation of my results of the research.
If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear them.