ETA 30 October 2020: At the time of writing this back in 2017, I was unconscious of some cognitive dissonance I had about reading the Tarot cards as a Christian. This sent me on a journey of Catharsis in 2020 that you can read about HERE. I stopped reading the Tarot cards for six months but am now back with a new perspective (as per my Hanged Man Shadow card) and this post summarises my views on what Christians have to gain from the Tarot.
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. 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:
- The Tarot strengthens faith by being a visual representation of the Word of God and our spiritual journey through life.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The body of Christ in The World card. Here we transcend denominational boundaries completely, yet see clearly that we are one body in Christ.
- The blood of Christ in the
Holy GrailAce of Cups. The grace of unconditional love made visible – What’s not to love about this?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,