Tarot Card Readers Tell All…

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The article linked below invites you into the fascinating world of seven tarot card readers who are making their mark in Brooklyn, New York. It comes to life in Brooklyn because there are “two focal points” in the community says the author, “the occult bookstore, Catland and the biweekly tarot bazaar, Tarot Society”. Those interviewed, while all practicing the art of reading tarot cards, use various descriptors like paganism, divination, and magic to describe their personal experience as well as the service they provide to their clients. Throughout the article, there are three pieces that stood out which are woven as commonalities throughout each individual story.

1. Age

Each of these readers gained interest, and often their first deck of tarot cards at a very young age. David was the youngest at age five. The others tell of their beginnings in their early to mid-teens, ages 12 – 15. The fact that these readers all had young beginnings is worth pondering. The teenage years are a time when individuals are seeking to understand themselves and the world they live in. In these stories, they found their understanding in tarot cards.

2. Mentorship

Another common trait of these seven storytellers is that each of them, in one way or another, had someone in their life who was teaching them how to read the cards: a grandmother, mother, or a peer. While not a personal relationship, one interviewee used YouTube to learn to read cards, which in some way, at least in our culture today, could be understood as a form of mentorship. Stuart is the exception to this commonality. His mentors were the books he picked up that taught him about various forms of magic including the reading of tarot cards. For him, tarot reading is an “academic study”.

3. Spirituality

Lastly, there were echoes of common spiritual language used in many religions. The language that the interviewees used to describe their personal experience from which comes the service they provide to their clients is curious when viewing this article through the lens of Christianity. The commonalities are italicized. Stuart describes that his clients often feel like something is “’missing from their life’ and so they turn to tarot with the hope of discovering some truth about their lives and feeling more ‘spiritually fulfilled’”. Others do it because it can help people. Molly makes the statement that her “deck knows her” and describes having a “personal relationship with it” and does it because of the transformation that she has experienced in her own life. Bruno describes it as part of his identity, “part of who I am” he says. Further to those descriptions, tarot cards use symbols, something many religions share.

If you move down to the comment section of the article, it is clear that there are many opinions regarding the use of tarot cards and other forms of magic. If anything, it should spark good conversation. See the article here: http://huff.to/R9eEVg

What commonalities did you notice in the article? What is your opinion of tarot card reading?

3 thoughts on “Tarot Card Readers Tell All…

  1. One of the things that stood out to me from the article was a statement one of the “readers” used about using sentences and words that were uncommon in their daily life while interpreting the cards. This is an experience I have known from being part of an after-service prayer team in church while growing up. We called that a word of knowledge when you could tell that what you had just said really connected with the person you were praying for. I wonder about people getting to use this gift even though they are not identifying as Christian and if this is simply the grace of God still at work in their lives.
    On a similar note, many churches have participated in psychic fairs offering dream interpretations and words of knowledge and prayer with very positive response.

  2. This article reminded me of an interview I read of Barbara Brown Taylor where she stated, “When people say they are “spiritual but not religious,” I think they are announcing their resignation from the institutional sphere—or their disinterest in joining it.” I was struck by the deep commitment and spiritual connection that seemed to weave its way through this article.

    BBT’s comment resonated with me because tarot seems to be a lifestyle and a belief system. In all the interview, tarot grounds, gives purpose and meaning to each interviewee’s life, whether they are called to help other, study it or embed into their own lives.

    I found it interesting how many parents introduced their child to tarot and how many came from Christian backgrounds. My question would be what are they finding in tarot that they don’t find in Christian faith?

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