“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
I recently received a question about psychic protection from a fellow Tarot reader who had been told that she ought to invoke psychic protection before doing a Tarot reading. The thought to do so had, until that point in time, never occurred to her nor had she experienced fear or other negative energy during her readings until then… But the thought that perhaps she ought to was making her anxious so she contacted me to ask if she really did have to learn some form of psychic protection.
This was my reply:
I would say that only what you fear do you need to protect yourself against. You had no fear before your friend told you that you ought to be fearful, right? So you were fine… For me it’s all about purity of intent. If I do the reading out of love and for the highest good of all, I am automatically protected. I believe this to be true and my faith safeguards me. Do you see how it all connects?
The way I see it, this reader’s purity of intent and innocence already protected her.
For those of you who have good reason to invoke protection, due to having used the Tarot to spy on people or to cast black magick spells with the help of the cards, I have only this to say:
Because truly, only love and purity of intent can protect you long-term. Yes, you can ward off evil with spells and charms but you cannot ward off the evil in your own heart unless you turn away from it.
The Tarot cards themselves, like any tools of magick and divination, are completely neutral. You do not need to become neurotic and learn advanced forms of ceremonial magick to protect yourself just because you use the same pieces of cardboard that Golden Dawn magicians like Aleister Crowley used.
Nor do you need to call on angels and wrap yourself in light, i.e. the ‘fluffy bunny’ version of psychic protection. But if it makes you feel good, go ahead. However, please beware that if you do it out of fear that the cards themselves are evil, rather than faith that the angels are already on your side in your Tarot work, it will have zero positive effect.
A lot of psychic protection is just neurotic forms of self-soothing. Placebo does work but as we all know, it is only 30% effective. Be the light that you seek and you will always be safe. Use the Tarot for egoic purposes and there will never be a ritual long or elaborate enough to keep you safe.
“Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear, and superstition.”
~ Bernard Beckett
If you wish to stay safe and protected while your read the Tarot follow this advice:
Make sure that the question you ask of the Tarot serves to align you with Higher Will rather than ego desires. Higher Will is interested only in the highest good of All. It does not seek power or success at the cost of others. It does not seek to stick its nose into the affairs of others. It is most decidedly not superstitious or fearful of future events… because it knows itself to be the divine co-creator of that future.
For protecting your energy field when reading for others who might bring fear energy into your home or office, I recommend using an amethyst cluster in your reading space and to also ask Archangel Michael to cut the cords between you and the client immediately after the reading if you have a tendency to be a ‘psychic sponge.’ You might also want to check out 7 Psychic Protection Tools for the Highly Sensitive person.