Often when we think of tarot cards, we imagine witches hovering over crystal balls with candles burning in the background, the scent of incense heavy in the air. But with tarot becoming more and more mainstream, your reader is just as likely to be wearing jeans and a t-shirt as they are to be seen in flowing robes and a pentacle necklace. In the modern age of tarot reading, is the activity still taboo for Christians?
Christian Tarot Decks
One of the leading reasons why Christians feel uncomfortable with tarot card reading is because of their association with Paganism. This is why with the invention of Christian tarot decks, a solid argument could be made in their favor. Readers of these decks often claim that rather than pulling their inspiration from the nebulous spirits and “otherness” of the world, that their readings are divinely inspired. That the cards are simply a way of communicating with God, much like prayer is used to help an individual find guidance. And the existence of Christian tarot decks certainly seems to make this case as well. All with a heavy emphasis on angels and Jesus, decks like the Angels Tarot and the Connolly Tarot show that tarot can be effectively used without any New Age or Pagan influences.
Bible Verses Condemn It
There is still that pesky matter of several Bible verses seeming to explicitly denounce the use of tarot. There’s the infamous verse from Exodus 22:18 stating “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live,” though that could leave some things open to interpretation. After all, what defines a witch? If your tarot readings are inspired by the spirit of Jesus Christ, can you truly label your reader a witch? But things get a little more specific further in. Deuteronomy 18:10-11 state “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritualist or consults the dead.” Uh oh. While you can definitely make a case for a tarot reader not necessarily being a witch, it’s hard to argue with the fact that they consider themselves diviners or mediums of some kind.
A Mixed Bag
When it comes down to it, the jury seems to still be out as to whether or not Christians should or shouldn’t have their cards read. If you wanted to you could find a Bible verse to condemn just about anything you do, and Christians are used to having to read sections and interpret the spirit of their words for themselves. After all, it’s widely accepted that slavery is wrong and yet the Bible seems to condone it. It seems that so long as you’re still following the core tenants of your religion, the important ones that model the behaviors of Jesus Christ, a few old testament passages shouldn’t keep you from consulting a Christian tarot reader any more than they should prevent you from wearing poly-cotton blends.