In 2019, more than 2,000 different tarot cards were for sale on Amazon, ranging in themes from the Golden Girls to Cat Tarot and many more besides. Tarot cards are colourful, collectible (and highly Instagrammable) coffee-table accessories.

 

But some people have a mistaken impression of tarot cards, and the people who do tarot readings. But you know what they say. We fear what we don’t understand.

“I don’t believe in psychic ability or ‘magic tricks”.

Though I have myself, met genuine psychics who can predict the future, the majority of tarot readers do so from a place of intuition. I doubt you can refute the very real existence of that.

Intuition—the art of just knowing things—is not witchcraft. it’s being human.

Haven’t we all said ‘I saw that coming’? Felt the unease of meeting someone suspicious? Or got an inkling that an opportunity will go well?

“tarot cards are witchcraft and unclean.”

Actually, the tarot has a pretty boring origin story.

They used to be playing cards for aristocrats, the only people rich enough to have cards illustrated by artists during their time. When mass production became possible, the cards were adopted by all kinds of people—most enthusiastically by the pagan community, which is one way that tarot became strongly associated with mysticism.

People are afraid of tarot cards because of that perceived mysticism. And because of how accurately it can mirror our psyches, they think it must be magic but the accuracy of tarot cards lie in their uncanny ability to mirror the human experience.

With 78 cards in any deck, that’s potentially millions of combinations you can draw that tell specific yet complex stories. Which is why so many of us either fear or admire it. And why the psychologist Carl Jung was fascinated by it.

“getting my fortune told is giving up free will.”

First things first. No one can make you give up free will—not even God has tried.

Most tarot readers believe the future is unwritten. If a tarot card hints at a problem, it’s probably telling you something in the present needs fixing and you have the free will to iron things out.

Tarot reading is not fortune telling, it’s a tool that helps us access our higher subconscious. It’s the same reason a conversation with a stranger can be so enlightening—they see things you don’t.

Tarot cards illuminate behaviors, provide a second perspective, and help us navigate our messy lives.

 “Tarot sounds like rubbish. I still don’t believe it.”

And that’s okay. But no matter what you believe in, it never hurts to stay open to what life has to offer; it may even help.

If ever you are going through a rough patch and would like a mirror held up to you, consider approaching a tarot reader. You may just be surprised at the insights.