Can a Christian use Tarot Cards?
Short answer: Yes, you can be a Christian Tarot reader as long as you are OK with using your own brain and trusting your inner guidance.
Before I start the long answer, I want to put a disclaimer here: Many traditional Christians will not accept me as a Christian because of my mystical leanings. These are usually a) the Christians who see the Bible as ‘inerrant,’ b) believe the Bible is the literal and exclusive Word of God c) who subscribe to the dogma of their particular denomination.
No Room for Dogma
So this longer answer is by someone who knows many forms of Evangelical Christianity as well as Lutheranism and Catholicism from the inside, and who left church but who still loves Jesus and his teachings (and yes, who is a professional Tarot reader):
I will start by repeating the statement above: Yes, you can be a Christian Tarot reader as long as you are Ok with using your own brain and trusting your inner guidance. I feel it is important to emphasise this because I truly do not believe that you can be a Tarot-reading Christian if you let others dictate dogma to you. It simply won’t work and you will soon find yourself in a state of severe cognitive dissonance. Your task now is to bridge that pre-existing cognitive dissonance which brought you here in the first instance by liberating your mind and being brave enough to follow Spirit guidance.
It’s about the journey of faith to get to the place where we are free to rely on our inner guidance which is known by some as the Holy Spirit. It is about how to free ourselves of the fear of being labeled as ‘heretics’ or the need for approval by others… Or worse, the fear of spending eternity in hell – That old favourite of hell and brimstone preachers!
There is Only One Truth – Jesus!
One of the fastest ways to achieve liberation from the fear of being labeled a heretic is to do what I did and tour several different Christian denominations. That way you soon learn that what is sound Christian doctrine in one denomination will quickly label you a heretic in the next… Yet they all claim to know the ‘Truth.’
Now, if the Truth were indeed embodied at some point in history, it would have had to be in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. He ruffled enough feathers for that to seem highly likely. If his teachings ring true to you and you feel drawn to work with Him, then He won’t turn you away, even though many of His official followers (how very like the Pharisees!) might turn you away.
Judgment and Rejection
The problem with feeling rejected by Jesus lies not with Him but with his self-appointed representatives on Earth, except for those few rare true vicars who embody truth and compassion equally (of course, it helps if they are not muggles!).
The first step in liberating yourself from fear and judgment associated with dogma, none of which come from the Lord or the Holy Spirit, could be to read ‘Love Wins‘ and ‘What is the Bible?‘ by Rob Bell who (you guessed it) is frequently referred to as a heretic by fundamentalist Christians. ‘Love Wins’ is particularly effective if you have been programmed with a fear of spending eternity in hell – As IF God is a psychopath!!
You may also wish to read some of my previous posts about Christian Tarot:
As well is this phenomenal guest article by Dr. Siobhán Higgins-Welter:
And finally, a gem by John Beckett I stumbled across on Patheos the other day – This one is for any of you who find yourself with zealous Christians who insist on you believing exactly as they do:
Or you may not need to read any of the above. It may just dawn on you know (Thank you, Holy Spirit!) that there is no judgment for following your inner guidance or thinking for yourself.
ETA 25 October 2020: It seems I have almost come full circle since I wrote this post back in August 2018 though. Since it no longer reflected my beliefs I have made some minor edits. Jesus is definitely the Truth. No ifs, buts or ‘maybes’!
At the moment of writing this, I’m no longer a professional Tarot reader. I took a break from the Tarot after surrendering my life to Christ back in April this year. Now I’m coming back to it with renewed appreciation and looking at ways of using the Tarot to strengthen my faith in Christ.
***The Thelema Tarot (affiliate link) is featured in the image at the top of the post.