Can The Tarot Ever Be Compatible With Christian Ideals?
Tarot cards have a long-standing association with the occult and paganism. The Bible’s stance on divination is fairly straightforward. According to Deuteronomy 18, Line 10: “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 spiritist who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord...” However, take a trip through the Internet and you will find a growing number of Christian Tarot readers, who are able to reconcile their use of the deck with their faith.
A Psychoanalytical Tool?
While the Tarot has its association with the occult, it was originally based on symbols from the Jewish faith and the Qabalah. It was only in the Middle Ages that the cards were used for divination purposes. However, in the 20th Century, Swiss psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, espoused the cards as representative as archetypes embedded within the human unconscious.
Communicating With The Subconscious
Despite the often arcane-looking artwork on the cards, they are not used in conjunction with any deity or god. Rather, the cards are used as a method through which the subconscious of the seeker can communicate, giving clues as to how the seeker truly feels about specific situations and circumstances. The other aspect of a reading is the involvement of the reader. The reader interprets the messages given by the cards, using intuition to decide how they are appropriate to the seeker’s life.
Again, there is no deity involved; the reader is using a psychic ability to sense just how the seeker is affecting their own potential, either for the better or worse. Many Christians on the Internet are saying that they have no problem with the Tarot, as each insight gained brings them and the seeker a step closer to God – which is a core goal within the Christian faith. The cards are, at the end of the day, inanimate objects. It is the intent with which they are used that can make them a tool for good, as much as they can be used as a tool for less-Christian purposes.