I get asked plenty of questions about the world of Tarot, so I decided to do a post about Tarot “myths”. Here are some of the most common myths:
1. Tarot cards are evil.
It’s an interesting one as I really don’t see them as being evil at all. In fact when you really get to know the tarot cards you will see that there is plenty of Christian symbolism in the cards. I really don’t consider myself to be religious at all and I certainly don’t perform devil rousing rituals so I can tap in to my readings! When doing some research I discovered that the Catholic Church banned tarot cards in the 16th century but along with tarot cards they also banned playing cards, board games and dice!
2. Tarot cards were invented by Gypsies.
Tarot cards were actually invented in Europe (probably Italy) and they were designed to be playing cards for a game similar to bridge. There are a few tarot decks and systems that are more aligned with Gypsies but the cards as most people know them are actually European.
3. The Death card means somebody will die.
What a load of old tosh! I actually really like the death card when it comes up in a reading. It’s very much a card about something coming to an end and clearing out the old to make way for the new. Yes it may mean that there is a grieving period but I always say that even on the darkest night, the sun will shine in the morning. If you look closely at the card there is a rising sun on the horizon so I always like to focus on what the new beginning will be rather than what the ending is.
4. You have to be psychic to read the tarot.
This is one of the most misunderstood myths. You absolutely do not have to be psychic. I know many excellent psychic tarot readers but I equally know many fantastic intuitive readers. I don’t consider myself to be psychic, but I do consider myself to be deeply intuitive so I can often see or even feel things beyond the pictures in the cards. Just to clarify though – I am absolutely not talking to your dead aunty Ethel when I get my information.
5. You have to be magic to read the tarot.
Again – not true! I will say that when you really trust your intuition then the magic can happen, which is amazing. I believe that anybody can read tarot. It will take a bit of time to really get to know the meanings of the cards then build your own layers but it can be done by anybody. I have heard a few people say that it’s really like learning an instrument. You have to put in the hard work and practice to master the instrument then you can really let your inspiration flow. Just like being musical some people are naturally gifted at reading but anybody can learn.
6. You have to perform rituals and drink virgin’s blood before readings.
I’m getting a bit carried away now but you know what I mean! You don’t actually have to perform any rituals but this is a personal thing and everybody is different. For me I set myself up in my little tarot sanctuary, where I know I won’t be disturbed. I always light a candle as I feel this sets the intention, then I take a few deep breaths to centre myself before reading. I find that practicing yoga before reading really helps open me to information but it’s not essential. Sometimes I’m on the run and reading in noisy places like pubs, markets or parties and I just have to go with it. It’s really not vital for me to perform these rituals but it just helps me get into the right frame of mind.
7. Readings can only be done face to face.
To be completely honest when I first started reading I thought it was essential to do readings face to face. How wrong I was! I have done countless readings over email and over the phone and the results have been excellent. I find that I can really tune in to somebody’s energy no matter where they are in the world and I’m very grateful that I have the ability to do that. In fact the testimonials on my site are mostly from people for whom I have done email or phone readings.
8. Only the tarot reader can touch the cards.
There are about 2 million different ideas of how you should handle your cards. I will let anybody touch and shuffle my cards but I don’t necessarily need somebody to touch them for me to read. Letting somebody else shuffle is actually a good way of settling them into the reading so they can get a bit relaxed. I store my cards in a little wooden box and I have a couple of crystals in there just to keep them healthy and to get rid of any built up negative energy. I’m not massively into crystals but I’ve had so many people tell me about their benefits that I thought I would put them there as insurance!