Anything that is a little bit mysterious or magical is often considered evil. For a long time things related to witchcraft, sorcery and divination carried the death penalty in both Europe and America. Practitioners of witchcraft are still killed to this day in various other countries from around the world. It is no wonder that there are plenty of people out there who are terrified of tarot cards and tarot card readers. They associate it with witchcraft and the devil. They believe a tarot card reader is being influenced by demons, and they fear that being involved in that world will plunge them into an afterlife filled with fire and brimstone.

There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 18:10-13

You are probably expecting me to defend the tarot against these Christian fanatics, but the fact is I can’t. They have their beliefs and I have mine. I can only tell you about my own experiences.

When conducting a tarot reading, I have never once felt like I was in touch with something evil. In fact when doing a reading, I feel that a more positive energy is with me, my higher self perhaps. I have never experienced odd happenings around the house after doing readings, I’ve never contacted a ghost or demon via the tarot. Tarot cards have nothing to do with satanism or devil worshiping, in fact, most things that religious people believe is related to Satan has nothing to do with him. Everything from crystal healing to making herbal remedies has been associated with Satan, yet these things sound so harmless and are if anything, only there to help people.

If you’re Christian then I’d advise you not to buy a pack of tarot cards or get a reading done. I’m not saying this because I believe there’s a slight chance of demonic entities being summoned from the use of the cards, I’m saying it because there a numerous references to fortune telling and divination in the bible and it is always condemned. It is considered unholy and sinful. If you are someone who abides by the word of the bible, then tarot cards are certainly not for you.

A man or a woman who is a medium or a necromancer shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones; their blood shall be upon them.

Leviticus 20:27

So, what about non-Christians? even non-religious people tend to believe in evil forces and demons. I don’t know if this due to Hollywood churning out demon possession films year after year or whether it’s because it’s an exciting concept. If you don’t believe in God, then why would you believe in demons? that’s something I have never understood. Spiritual people and those with an open mind may believe in ghosts or evil spirits, maybe even inter-dimensional beings and entities that could be mistaken for demons, but reading tarot cards isn’t going to bring you any closer to evil forces, in the same way that playing a game of ‘Clock Patience’ won’t cause you any harm.

Not all faiths believe that fortune telling and cartomancy is evil, but most of the major religions advise against it. I have actually had a few Muslim clients before. I did find this a little strange since even wearing a necklace with your astrological sign is considered wrong in Islam. I have read most of the Bible but haven’t read as much of the Quran so I can’t be sure on the exact rules in Islam when it comes to tarot card reading, however from the limited knowledge that I do have, it seems that divination and astrology is forbidden.

Tarot cards started out as playing cards, they most likely originated in northern Italy during the late 14th century. The game of Tarocchi eventually spread to other European countries, including southern France, where it was renamed tarot. The cards were not even regarded as mystical until the late 18th century. Much like the Ouija board, the tarot started off as an innocent game. Our views and opinions changed over time thanks to popular media, films and TV. The idea that these things are evil can in a way be looked at as a form of mass hysteria. If The Victorians were dabbling with tarot cards and performing seances with no negative consequences then why would that suddenly change? the fact is, it didn’t change; people’s opinions changed.

To summarise, tarot card reading is not dangerous or evil, I don’t know of anyone who has been possessed by a demon or ended up selling their soul to Satan after playing around with tarot cards. If for your own personal reasons and beliefs, you wish to stay away from the tarot, then that’s fair enough. For anyone else though, the tarot is a useful tool, it’s like a personal therapist, a stress reliever and it’s also pretty fun!

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    1. Haha don’t worry about it, even though I’m interested in the paranormal and tarot cards etc I’m still skeptical about a lot of things. I’m just searching for the truth. Whether or not you believe tarot cards are magical or not, they’re still a great tool for self discovery and guidance. There are even psychiatrists and therapists who use them because they can be therapeutic.

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    1. That’s very true, I have a friend who looks at the bible as a book of guidance rather than absolute fact. He also believes that Mary wasn’t a virgin. These kinds of beliefs would have resulted in him being burned at the stake in the 1500s but of course we’re a lot more open minded these days which is good.

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  1. I kinda separate it from religion? I have my beliefs and religion… which I keep to myself

    In Massachusetts we have Salem … have you ever been?? Salem, Massachusetts is really cool!!!!

    So much history too!! But is soooo amazing… not a big deal to me…

    Am catholic … but I don’t believe god is gonna strike me down for being accepting and curious lol… and I’ve met the devil… that would be my ex… so I’m not afraid of demons lol … kidding… I am afraid of a ton of stuff still lol… Just not this ✌️

    Love this ❤️

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    1. Sadly I haven’t been. I’ve only been to the states 3 times. I’m from the UK but I’d love to visit Salem. I know a lot of Christians and Catholics who believe that the devil/demons are at work here in earth but they work through the evil people of the world so maybe you’re right about your ex haha but anyway that idea makes more sense than physical demons possessing someone because they bought a tarot deck.

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      1. Hahaha … well would surprise me – he is really evil.

        Lol… that’s funny… yeah… we have a Ouija board lol … “the game” (Milton Bradley or whatever) … we do not open portals ✌️ is a game… we don’t use it seriously or often actually cause it’s quite boring lol … but we have it. Lol ✌️

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  2. Interesting stuff about the origins of the Tarot. However, I do wonder, taking the power of suggestion into account and the modern association of Tarot with negative forces, if using the Tarot / Ouija may possibly damage those of a suggestible nature. For the record I don’t believe in the existence of external evil forces, but we do have plenty of scary stuff hiding in the dark corners of our subconscious…

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    1. Yes I think you’re right. If someone believes that evil forces will enter their life because they played with tarot cards, I think it’d be detrimental to the person’s mental health. There’s no need for unnecessary stress, so if someone knows that they would become paranoid and fearful after playing with a Ouija board for example, then they should probably just give it a miss.

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  3. I think tarot is a tool. Tools can be used for good or bad, the same with science, not to mention there is harmful extremism in religion. The Bible seems to be contradictory with regards to “magical things”, with those in power consulting astrologers, but deterring the general person from them. The deterrence tells me there must be something in these things. Why fear the Tarot card reader? God created all things.

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      1. The three wise men are indeed a classic case in point, mystics and astrologers. If tarot cards had been around then I’m sure they would have used those too!

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  4. Interesting post, I’ve been told so many times that tarot is evil and people have had bad experiences with it although I never have! I can’t imagine having a bad experience. I always think, you will get out of it what you want to get out of it. If you start using them thinking oh no I’m going to summon an evil spirit you will probably do that. X

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    1. Yes I completely agree. Nothing bad has happened to me and I don’t consider tarot reading to be evil. I suppose if you believe that something bad will happen by using the tarot then you might start noticing the bad things more which may lead you to blame the tarot cards.

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  5. Thank you for this eloquent explanation of tarot cards. Lately, I am starting to get very interested in crystals and looking to learn anywhere I can.
    Religion has been the cause of much confusion for eternity and still is today.

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I’m glad you came across my site.
      Religions are very confusing, in the bible it says that wise men or magi followed a star to find Jesus which implies that they were possibly astrologers, yet many Christians today say astrology is evil haha

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      1. That’s a very good point you make; I think the Bible has been misinterpreted a lot depending on what an individual is looking for. I think if it was written at the science knowledge and the technological advancement we have today, it would have been a totally different book.
        I look forward to reading your blog, and thank you for the follow.
        Take care!

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      2. You’re right I think it has, and it’s been rewritten a lot too. I often wonder what the original intention behind the books of the bible were.
        I’m enjoying reading your blog, it’s fascinating, especially the post about the visitors and what food and drink they’re served. Keep up the good work!

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  6. I know the cards aren’t evil. They are life depicted in pictorial form for divination or guidance. They have no magic power which can destroy. Opportunists could use them in a malicious manner to gain monies for guidance maybe. I don’t read for others and believe the tarot is a bit like prayer. I look to the tarot for guidance for myself and my family. It always steers me right too. Although reading the tarot for thirty years I only recently started researching when I was given a pack which has the strength and justice muddled. It’s interesting to know that the Hebrews felt so threatened by the tarot that they attempted, in fact did, change much of the iconography of the cards…but the intention of the cards is still pretty clear.

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    1. You make some good points. I think the Tarot is different for everyone. Some people use it for daily guidance, others don’t read for themselves at all and prefer reading for others. They are just pieces if cards and life depicted in pictures as you said but some people still like to attach negativity to things like Tarot cards. It’s worse for things like Ouija boards, it started out as a simple board game, now it’s demonic and dangerous.
      Which pack do you have where the justice card and strength card are muddled?

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      1. Originally justice was number eight. I’ve two books saying this pre 1980s and my old set. Both new sets gained in last couple of decades have strength in the place of justice. To me, they ought to be returned as Justice – recognising the systems we live in and the environmental limitations – it must come before Strength which would be gained after this knowledge and reflection (hermit). What do you think? It’s all down to interpretation I realise but to me, it’s like messing about the bible and saying ah it doesn’t matter if Christ is born before Mary.

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      2. I agree with you, that way does make sense but then I suppose you could say that with the fools newfound strength, he could then use that to bring justice to the world. Things do get changed around so much, I mean the bible has been messed around with so much that some of it doesn’t even make sense anymore.

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      3. Yeah, but the bible is rules. Tarot is guidance and advice to be taken or ignored. I just read Geddings book on Tarot. He does not like the Waite set and gives some fasinating insghts into the iconography and meaning lost. Subtle but perhaps damaging changes. One has to wonder why not leave them. They change the bible for a reason. Each change is an important indicator of economy and social pressures. For instance putting in the bible that black people were born to be slaves and then taking it out again a few hundred years later…

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      4. That sounds very interesting, I’ll have to check out that book. I was always disappointed that Waite thought that divination and magic and all of that wasnt real. The pictures on the cards are great and easy to follow but it ends there. I think a lot of tarot readers end up gravitating towards the Thoth deck because atleast Crowley believed in what he was doing.

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