10 Things I Love About Being a Christian Tarot Reader

This one goes out to all my Christian Tarot reading friends, whether you are ‘out’ or in the closet about either your faith or your Tarot. Like so many of us, I used to wonder if the two Paths were compatible. Now I see they are one and after reading this I hope you will too.

While some may argue that I use the term ‘Christian’ loosely since those people would also argue that if you read the Tarot you are doomed to spend eternity in hell, I know in my heart that I belong to Him. Labels are not that important anyway, I follow His teachings and he refers to himself as the Way, so you can use the term Follower of the Way about me, if you prefer… or ChristoPagan or Celtic Christian or Christian Witch or ChristoFaerian… I’m fine with whatever. I’ve been the square peg that won’t fit into a round hole my whole life, so I had to decide to be OK with not fitting in.

As an aside about not fitting in: Yesterday, I had a little aha-moment. I live next to a graveyard without a church attached to it. I realised that our house is the church and that I am the Priestess of this invisible parish which extends through the ether to all corners of the world. This thought made my heart smile because it felt so true, weird as it was…

Since I came out of the closet properly as a Follower of the Way, I have started attracting some really wonderful souls to my work. I have also seen others leave… and that’s OK. We must each follow the Path that is calling us and in the end all Paths of Love and Light are One.

Something else that is truly wonderful has also started happening… I used to view the world through the lens of the Tarot and my faith was somehow separated… slightly above and to the right… and now that I am owning my faith once more, without reservation and with more compassion for self and others, the Tarot is starting to show a different side of itself. It’s connecting the dots for me.

Viewing the Tarot through the lens of my faith is not only incredibly comforting and empowering, it is giving me new layers of meaning for each of the cards. Much of what didn’t make sense when I was reading books by people who never once even referred to the Christian roots of the Tarot is now falling into place. The new layers of meaning that I’m uncovering have therapeutic value for my clients as well as for myself… and no, it doesn’t mean that I am trying to convert anyone or even feel a need to mention Christ during a reading. He is present all the same.

So here is my list of 10 Reasons why I love being a Christian Tarot reader:

  1. The Tarot strengthens faith by being a visual representation of the Word of God and our spiritual journey through life.
  2. Nobody quite knows how to pigeon-hole me so they can’t lay any expectations on me. This is good because expectations make people lazy in the sense that they think they know you or your work when really they don’t. Oxymorons make people ask questions and be curious… or they decide you’re not worth the hassle and leave. Either way, it’s a win-win.
  3. Each of the cards contain their own solution or remedy and inspire prayer when we read under Holy Spirit guidance. With faith to guide us, we need never despair when we see The Tower or the 10 of Swords.
  4. The Tarot helps me time travel to the Middle Ages and connect with fellow Christian ‘Witches’ like Hildegard of Bingen who, while she didn’t mention the Tarot (alive before the first deck made its way to Germany), and certainly wouldn’t have referred to herself as a witch, had all the knowledge required of the Four Elements, along a splendid vision of the mysteries that would make for an awesome Tarot deck. When I look at the Marseille Tarot, I can almost hear Hildegard whisper to me. Paracelsus is part of that same heritage, albeit a few centuries down the line. Their type of wisdom is what created the imagery of the Tarot. The more I study history, the more excited I get about discovering the Christocentric roots of my favourite divinatory tool.
  5. The Tarot cards lends itself to deeply personal contemplation of the mysteries. A picture says more than a thousand words. I can walk through the borders into the card and receive direct transmission, without manipulation of institutionalised priests who have buried their hearts in dogma.
  6. The body of Christ in The World card. Here we transcend denominational boundaries completely, yet see clearly that we are one body in Christ.
  7. The blood of Christ in the Holy Grail Ace of Cups. The grace of unconditional love made visible – What’s not to love about this?
  8. The Tarot builds bridges between different systems of belief and makes me feel like I belong to a Temple without walls. The ‘logos spermatikos’ is the foundation of this temple – Symbols is the language spoken by its Priestesses – and that is why the Tarot conveys truthful messages no matter which Path you are on.
  9. Timelessness. The patriarchal influence of the Church belongs to the past. In a couple of hundred years (going by the dwindling numbers), we may not have Christian churches in the West any more. When the old dies away, we will still have the Tarot. The Tarot is as eternal as the Word.
  10. Combining the two Paths is healing and makes me feel as if I’m contributing to Tikkun Olam (putting the shattered pieces of existence back together) to a higher degree than before. Now that the two systems inform each other and I know the root is the same for both, I can touch, hold and see the mystical aspects of the Christian faith through the cards. The full healing power of the card seems to have been unlocked.

How does the Tarot help your faith? How does your faith inform how you read the Tarot? Do you still struggle to reconcile your faith with working with the Tarot? Let us know in the comments!

Love and Blessings,

Lisa Frideborg

 

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  1. Great post. I actually have been thinking about this lately, and the role Tarot plays in my life with respect to faith. The reflection of Judeo-Christian themes in the traditional Tarot does comfort and resonate with me. I think the Majors do a beautiful job of echoing the soul’s journey though life, lending us a more eternal perspective.

    I think where people of faith get uncomfortable is with the idea of *substituting* faith with divination. One might reasonably argue that pure divination, at its core, is an act of faithlessness – not necessarily of hostile intent toward God, but more a sign of impoverished faith.

    The reason why God told his people not to depend on divinations and oracles in the Old Testament was simply this: their proclamations happened to be false, inaccurate, with the harmful effect of “discouraging the righteous” and “encouraging the wicked not to turn from their ways” (Ezekiel 13:22). Ultimately their messages were harmful to the people of Israel and completely counterpoint to the message that God actually wanted to convey – which he ultimately did through his chosen prophets.

    I know this must sound like I’m coming down really hard on Tarot. The truth is, I still believe Tarot can be a beautiful tool of healing. I believe God still imparts prophetic gifts to his people, and that Tarot can be a conduit for those gifts. But I also believe that, like any other tool, it can do tremendous harm depending on the discernment of the wielder. And the truth is, God judges people who mislead others more harshly.

    If we count ourselves as people of faith, we absolutely must hold ourselves to the highest standard of speaking the truth, and only the truth. Whatever it is that God Himself wants that person to know at that moment. That is true prophecy. And before making any prophetic utterance, we really need to be damn sure about it, or simply give the appropriate disclaimers.

    For a Christian practitioner of Tarot, divination is not a substitute for faith. Our “divination” is simply the act of asking our God to grant us the wisdom to communicate what needs to be heard.

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      Hi Eve, Thanks for sharing your views on the Tarot and its use for divination or prophecy. I’d like to point out that even God’s own prophets got it wrong at times and that ‘God changed his mind’ – Jonah and Nineveh, anyone? I’m probably not as literal as you are in my interpretation of Scripture and don’t feel it’s the final word when it comes to divine revelation (I have a fondness for some of the Gnostic Gospels). I believe the Bible is in part inspired and in part utterly irrelevant to our lives today, especially with regards to the OT. We are not under Law but under grace and because I don’t trust the political agenda under which the books of the Bible were put together (yes, I have studied the process of canonization), I would rather take instruction from Spirit directly than have a priest interpret the what he perceives as the ultimate and infallible Word of God for me. I’m OK with being fallible and don’t feel I have to utter a guaranteed perfect prophetic statement every time I do a reading. To me, that’s simply not how divination works. I think the biggest pitfall (and where we potentially could be leading people astray) is if we act as if the Tarot reading is infallible, that we are speaking prophecy and that what is in the future is somehow fated. To me, divination and future-casting is about understanding the principle of synchronicity and the fact that most things are not fated. There is nothing sinful about forecasting events that have already been set in motion if we at the same time lay out options to move forward in a way that is for the Highest Good and leaves the ultimate choice about what to do in the hands of the Seeker.

      1. Just a point – Biblical prophecy is not about a fated future, either. The purpose of prophecy is much like the instructive way that you view Tarot. The future is indeed open-ended, which is why prophecies in Scripture tended to be attached to warnings and calls to repentance. Which is why I don’t think it’s quite correct to say that Jonah was “wrong” so much as the Ninevites simply chose the best option and avoided disaster, thanks to his warning – an ideal outcome for your purpose in forecasting or divination.

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          Well, he did say, ‘Nineveh will be destroyed in 40 days’ no ifs and buts about it… and it wasn’t. But let’s not split hairs. It would be a terrible waste of my time and yours, especially since I don’t believe in the Bible as THE infallible and final Word of God.

          1. Dear Lisa, I wasn’t intending to begin an argument. I realize that referencing OT material raises hackles for many. I just wanted to point out in the end Biblical prophecy has the same purpose as your view of forecasting. If Tarot readers can say “This is the direction your life is headed in,” and the querent subsequently changes course, I wouldn’t say, “Well, the Reader was wrong.” At the time of the reading or the snapshot, a good Reader was probably right. Same for Jonah.

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              It doesn’t ‘raise hackles’ – most of it is simply not relevant to our time. The story of Jonah has value though. It teach us many things about the nature of how people back in the day viewed prophecy and the will of God. It’s also a great story about a people who turn away from sinful ways. But let’s be realistic, if I send a reading to someone and say ‘in 40 days, you will land that dream job of yours’… and it doesn’t come to pass, the client will come back to me to let me know the prediction was wrong – and rightly so! Better stay away from those kind of fated, timed predictions then. And perhaps this is what the moral of the Jonah story is here 😉

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