My Personal View of the Tarot
a start, although I am not a Christian personally, I think it's
worth noting that Tarot was founded in the Italian Renaissance.
Christian nobles commissioned decks (see the art
page) and the symbolism used in the cards was often religious.
With these roots in mind, I don't think that modern Christians
should consider that there is any conflict between their religion
and reading Tarot cards. It's true that the modern resurgence
of Tarot was largely the responsibility of the Golden Dawn movement
in the late Victorian era (the Rider Waite deck, for example),
and their ideals were probably not acceptable to most Christians
- hence the common association of Tarot with witchcraft and
the occult. I would encourage readers to consider the significance
of Tarot's beginnings, though. Even the Rider Waite deck still
contained much Christian symbolism in addition to the more arcane
symbols (See my page on Is Golden Tarot
a Rider-Waite Clone?). There are many good books on the
subject of Tarot history, in particular the Encyclopedia
of Tarot by Stuart Kaplan.
I do not believe in fortune-telling as such. Although my personal
beliefs include an acceptance of the existence of Fate, I think
that personal determination is more significant in controlling
the future - at least, it is if the individual asserts that
power. We are only passive victims of Fate if we choose to be.
why do I use the Tarot if I don't believe that the future is
predetermined? Well, I'm all for personal responsibility and
empowerment, and I think that the Tarot is an excellent tool
for helping us to analyse ourselves, the people around us and
our place in the world. If the Tarot can make us stop and think
about the situation we are in, then it encourages us to take
control and responsibility for our own destiny.
may send us trials and rewards, maybe you want to call it good
or bad luck. I think that the Tarot can help us to foresee such
circumstances - perhaps through our own subconscious, or perhaps
through some psychic phenomenon. My firsthand experience with
and other anomalous experiences has taught me to take nothing
for granted, and that our own minds have abilities that we can
also have a fundamental belief in the idea of people getting
what they deserve - call it karma, divine justice or whatever.
Whether that will happen in this life, the next, or some alternate
universes called Heaven and Hell, I don't know. But I need to
believe that somehow, somewhere, everyone will get what's coming
also believe that people are inherently good, and that they
would naturally do unto others what they would have others do
unto them. True evil, in my view, is a very rare thing and usually
rooted in self-hatred. That may make me sound like some wimpy
liberal, but I assure you I'm not. I just think that most pain
is caused unintentionally, and that if that can be reduced by
people better understanding themselves and others around them,
then that's a constructive thing.
because I am female, I believe in the rightness of compromise.
I think that a situation where both parties receive some small
benefit is inherently better than one where one party wins at
those are my basic beliefs, and of course they have affected
my interpretations for the Tarot card meanings contained on
this site. I can't tell you the future, although I hope I can
help you to prepare for it by getting you to know yourself a
it's a flashy fortune-telling you want, then you're in the wrong
place. Go find a gypsy and give her some gold!