Can you be a Christian and a Tarot reader?

Can you be a Christian and a Tarot reader?

Can you be a Christian and a Tarot reader?

The High Priestess from the Thelema Tarot

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 put a disclaimer here: Many traditional Christians will not accept me as a Christian because of my occult 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. And to be fair, I prefer the term ChristoPagan. The irony is, of course, that all Christians are ChristoPagans, whether they are aware of it or not…

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 your own inner 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!

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 may very well have been 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.

If you feel drawn to work with Him and with Hekate or some other Pagan deity, He still won’t turn you away. 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 judgement 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 this subject matter of Christian Tarot:

Intuition, Divination and Casting of Lots
10 Things I Love about Being a Christian Tarot Reader
What the Tarot Is and What It Can Do for You

As well is this phenomenal guest article by Dr. Siobhán Higgins-Welter:

Jesus the Magician

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:

A Letter to Those Trying to Convert Me

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 judgement for following your inner guidance or thinking for yourself.

 

Love,

Lisa

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  1. I am baptized Catholic as a child, but then my family hardly ever went to church or were very active in that faith. I chose to go back to Catholicism at age 18 and stayed for about two years. Then my more occult leanings took over. 😉 I’ve struggled for many years labeling myself or just understanding how my faith works. A while back I saw someone comment somewhere saying (I’m paraphrasing) “Oh there are many Christian witches! Look at the curanderas and brujas in South America! See, we must follow some rules because we do follow the blood of Jesus Christ, so we cannot work with the dark one (Satan), but otherwise we’re witches like most other witches” and something clicked inside of me. It made sense. That yes, Jesus and Mother Mary are amazing “roles” of God that are important to me, they love and guide me, no matter if I use tarot, crystals, meditate, do yoga etc etc… I feel their love so clearly and no Bible written by MAN can change that. I avoid labels altogether but hey, I can see myself as a bit of a Christian witch. 🙂

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      I don’t like labels but sometimes they can’t be avoided. Thank you for sharing a bit about your back story and how you relate to the whole occult Christian thing… Very interesting!

  2. Hi, I love your blog and reading all your posts. It must take a lot of work and effort. Thank you for sharing your time with us. Your latest post was very interesting. Tell me have you ever heard of Santos Bonacci? He is a really interesting guy and maybe reflects some of your views.

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      My pleasure. This article pretty much wrote itself in response to Doreen-gate and everything that happened in the past 12 months in the wake of that…

  3. Beautiful!! I myself am Catholic but since my beliefs also fall into the occult, such as reading tarot, many have called me a Witch and let me know I’m going to hell. So now I call myself a Catholic Witch and ignore everyone else. I do keep that life separate to a point but I do not hide it if someone asks. In the end it’s our choice what we believe do what makes you happy. For me the Bible had stories to learn from but not to take literally. Sorry if I went off topic. I absolutely loved your article, thank you!

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      Thanks Melissa! 🙂 Please don’t apologise for sharing your own experience – I love hearing different perspectives and the more we share of our journeys, the better we are able to learn from each other, as well as support each other. <3

  4. I like this article so much! I think because so many Christians were raised on these scare tactics, it’s only natural to feel that we’re doing something wrong in listening to ourselves and not the church or the Bible. While I was raised Christian, I have found over time that my beliefs are actually more eclectic than that. With so many religions offering peace and love and inner guidance, why would I shut all of that out? None of what I introduce into my belief system diminishes my beliefs in anything else unless I choose to let it. However, while this all makes sense to me, it isn’t as easy to explain to my Christian family members. So, I keep private about it or else claim Christianity as my only religion for fear of what they’ll say or else to avoid starting a whole “thing” trying to explain it. I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this, but it’s refreshing to actually read something where someone is brave enough to talk about it. So, thanks!

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  5. This is excellent. I am a Christian. I was raised by my grandparents. My grandmother was a devote Christian even though she didn’t go to church. She couldn’t drive and my grandfather would not take her. She said where she is, God is there. So she read the bible and prayed every day. On Sundays was our day of rest. We were not supposed to watch TV, cook, clean except pray and read the bible. By the time I was a teen I didn’t abide by those rules, well mostly. When I was about 27 or so I bought my first Tarot deck. My friend was a devote Christian and she had one. I didn’t know what they were so I wanted to learn. I held onto them for YEARS without opening the box until I met a Medium who taught a class using the cards. And from there I wanted to learn more.

    So yes, I agree you can be a Christian and read Tarot cards, use a pendulum, and work with your inner guides.

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  6. As always, it depends on what kind of Christian you are and how you interpret Scripture’s teachings. I am a Christian and find no problems at all with using Tarot. I feel all forms of divination happen because of our connection to the Divine. It is our birthright as children of God/The Divine/The One but, sadly, many do not know they have this birthright and do not trust it in others.

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      Well, it could be argued (I’m arguing it in this post) that you can be a Christian and NOT view the Bible as the complete and exclusive word of God as well, in which case ‘interpretation of Scripture’ becomes less of an issue 😉 <3

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