Tarot Reading Myths and Misconceptions – Part 1
Tarot Reading has been around for centuries and is one of the most popular forms of divination. And yet, so many people still have all sorts of misconceptions about tarot reading, what it does, how it works and the people who do tarot reading. In this article, we’ll try to dispel some of the most common myths surrounding tarot reading.
Tarot Reading Myth #1: “Tarot cards are able to predict the future.”
The truth is that anyone can predict the future. For example, if you know a person who constantly spends more money than they earn by paying for everything with credit cards, you can predict that their financial future is not bright. Likewise, if you are expecting a baby, you can accurately predict that fatigue and sleep deprivation can be expected in the next few months due to past experience. The tarot can only do little more than this. Based on centuries of human experience, it is distilled into a simple philosophy and meaning for each individual card. A more simple way of looking at it is to say the tarot cannot make exact predictions for the future. It gives you the opportunity to glimpse at possibilities for the future.
Tarot Reading Myth #2: “The Tarot originated in Ancient Egypt.”
16th century Italy is the earliest the tarot can be dated back to. There is no evidence that the tarot exsisted anywhere else in the world before this time. There are people that claim the cards derived from India or China, but this is purely speculation without any basis.
Tarot Reading Myth #3: “If the death card appears, it means someone is about to die.”
Highly unlikely. The cards are symbols for deeper life truths. By taking a card literally, you miss out on several layers of insight and meaning. To a medieval mind if a death card appears, it is indicative of inevitable change and frequently the passing to a better place. The card is a symbol for evolution and change. However, you cannot rule out the chance that this actually signifies a death.
Myth #4: “Reading tarot is dabbling in the occult.”
There have been claims made that the tarot has witchcraft, shamanic, or Pagan roots. In fact, some believe the tarot is a form of satanic rites and devil worship. Another common claim is that the tarot is based on ancient religions that have long been forgotten. However, none of this things are true. Tarot, as stated above, began in medieval Italy and the predominant cultural backdrop during this time was Christian. The card’s symbolism are either Jewish or Christian- New Testament or Old. In fact, the world “occult” means “hidden” so that in one sense you could say a reading dealing with the occult is merely trying to reveal what is hidden.
Tarot Reading Myth #5: “If you read your own cards, misfortune will occur.”
This is often repeated, but professional readers and individuals experienced with the cards know this is not true. This myth may have began because many tarot readers avoid reading their own cards. This is not because it is unlucky, but because it is not effective. A good tarot reading requires three parties. They are the deck, the questioner, and the reader. The reader makes every attempt to remain objective and explains to the questioner what the cards are saying without any bias or desire to hear a certain message. Playing this role while conducting your own reading can be very difficult, if not impossible.
That’s a lot of misconceptions and myths about a popular divination art – but that’s only half of the myths we will cover. In part 2, we challenge an additional 10 tarot reading myths and misconceptions!