"What are these?" My grandmother pointed to my deck of cards.
I looked at her and was excited to tell her. "Tarot cards."
Her eyes widened and she stared at my mother and father. "Who gave her the devil's toys?"
My mother and father looked at each other. "I bought it for her." My father spoke.
"And you claim to be a religious man?"
"I don't see anything wrong with her satisfying her curiosity."
"It is a sin! You cannot claim that this is a religious house if you allow the devil's instruments in it!" My grandmother suddenly lost control.
"But grandma, they're funny and pretty." I argued.
"Get rid of them." She was cooking.
My pastor once told me that occultism was a dark art. Sure, part of it can be, but the tarot can be used for divination or entertainment. I came from a pious Catholic family. Every Sunday my parents and I went to mass, prayed and then went to breakfast. There was prayer before every meal, Bible study after school, and limited television on the weekends. For my family, Jesus was always someone we wanted to impress.
I was interested in the tarot when I was fourteen. I saw a fortune teller using a deck when I was at a carnival with some friends the summer before. I was drawn to the designs on them and the way the fortune teller put them on the table, which I would find out later, was called the spread.
A few months later I asked my father about the cards to see if he had any information about it and he offered to buy me a deck. I didn't understand how a card game in a family can cause so much turmoil. Since it seemed to be a religious matter, I could only ask my pastor.
"The tarot is a part of occultism that is demonic. Why do you want to play with something dangerous as a good Catholic girl? Why do you let Satan seduce you?" Father Burns told me.
Okay, the tarot is part of the occult and the occult is demonic, but how can Satan try me if I just look at her? I had no idea how to read it. I decided to continue my education.
The tarot originated in Italy in the 14th century. It was used by the Jews for the purpose of prophecy or to tell the future. The deck consists of 22 large Arcana cards, cards that resemble the king, queen, and jack of a deck of cards that represent life, and 56 small Arcana cards, cards that resemble the numbered cards in a deck of playing cards. Arcana in some way. Each card has its own meaning.
The deck my father bought for me was the medieval scapini tarot created by Luigi Scapini. The Scapini Tarot recreates the images of medieval Europe through costumes, symbols and scenery. Many of the pictures on the cards were inspired by Renaissance Italian masterpieces. The cards are complete with gold backgrounds and symbols that the reader must interpret to combine this special deck with the esoteric tradition of the tarot. Since every tarot deck is different, the scapini deck contains the suits of swords, mugs, wands and coins. These suits correspond to the traditional tarot suits of swords, mugs, wands and pentacles. Playing cards can also be used as tarot cards. The colors of the tarot correspond to the four colors of a deck of cards: spades, hearts, clubs and diamonds.
Occultism has been part of American culture since the mid-19th century. In 1871 there were an estimated eight to 11 million clairvoyants and occult followers. According to Time Magazine, an estimated 40,000 "witches" were active in the United States in 1979. Today, that number has quadrupled. Over 300 educational institutions, including universities, offer programs and even degrees on New Age topics. Of these institutions, about 100 offer witchcraft courses in America alone. According to The Stateman's Yearbook 2007, Illinois had a total population of 12,419,293 in 2000. Of these, 6,457,000 were Christians and 270,000 were Jews. The other 5,692,293 were unknown. These unknowns could be occultists.
The reason for the high number of occultists in America is the abandonment of Orthodox Christianity. It is a fact that occultism is rejected wherever Christianity is practiced biblically.
People leave the Christian religion for many reasons, some of which involve interests in other religions and wrongdoing by the Church. Most, however, hesitate to leave religion. For example, a man named Jason * left the Catholic Church mainly because of his homosexuality. He simply disagreed with the Church's teachings on homosexuality, ordination, and papal infallibility. Jason still has great respect and love for the Catholic Church, but will not return unless he sees a change in the things he disagrees with.
The tarot is examined by occultists and pagans. Paganism has had a huge impact on Christianity. For example, Catholic baptism for children was derived from a pagan ritual. Many pagan rites were adopted in Catholicism: the use of incense, genetics, and the practice of looking east for prayer. Unfortunately, most Christians have either denied or forgotten this.
Biblical evaluations of the Tarot state that the cards ignore human sin, contain a "secret doctrine" to which only a few are initiated, and that the cards are dangerous due to their symbolism when used to control one's own destiny . The realization is that tarot cards correctly say that people need spiritual help.
The four colors of the small arcana were also identified with the four symbols of the legend of the Holy Grail: lance (magic wand), cup (cup), sword (sword), bowl (pentacles). The large arcana also has Catholic symbolism. For example, the hanged man, card number 12, depicting a man hanging upside down on a cross on his ankle, means the death and resurrection of Jesus.
For me, tarot readings have always been mysterious; Carnival readers in dark tents, with black velvet over table and chairs and small crystals on the ceiling.
I used to think that. Now that I realize that Tarot readers in Carnival are likely to have only money, I've been looking for what a real Tarot reader looks and behaves like. I haven't found it in any book, and to find my answer, I've visited a "real" tarot reader.
I visited a website for information about where to read. The information told me to stay away from calling 900 numbers like Psychic Friends and Miss Cleo, as such numbers usually employ people who have no reading ability and do what is called "cold reading". When reading cold, a reader mentions a number of people and ideas that the person receiving the reading may or may not be familiar with, in the hope that the person will provide some valuable information to help them read. Cold reading was compared to fish. The reader simply throws out useless information until he gets something useful. These numbers are usually fraudulent.
When I arrived I noticed that the place where I was looked like a normal house. When I rang the doorbell, a woman in her forties, wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and fluffy rabbit slippers, opened the door. "Hi." She greeted me.
"Uh, hi." She probably suspected that I was being taken back from her clothes.
She invited me and instructed me to sit at the kitchen table (which by the way had a tablecloth for St. Patrick's Day). While she was getting me a cup of coffee, she was standing in a cup that said: "The greatest mother in the world" and she carried the cards to the table.
She sat across from me and took the cards out of the old sock where she kept them. "Why do you keep them in a sock?" I asked.
"This is how they can be personalized. It is believed that if you keep your cards in a personal place, you will connect to the cards, which will give you a more accurate reading." She smiled. "What is your star sign?"
"Libra." I answered.
She searched the cards until she got the justice card. She put it aside, separate from the others. "Why don't you include that?"
"This card represents you." She held up the card she had put aside.
"Why does it represent me?"
"Libra stands for law and justice. This card corresponds to that."
I nodded and she told me to shuffle the cards. I did and gave it back to her. She laid them out in the so-called "Celtic crossing". The spread had two cards in the middle one above the other that formed a cross, four cards in a circle around these cards and four stacked cards that ran along the side of the circle. The cards that are in the circle and form the circle describe the problems, obstacles and past and near future of people. The cards that scroll up the page describe a person's inner thoughts, feelings, and surroundings, and end with the final outcome prediction for that person's question.
She correctly predicted some things in my reading, such as my previous relationships and general obstacles. However, she hasn't gotten many of the future predictions right, the predictions she told me would happen next month.
When we sat down to dinner, my grandmother asked me if I had gotten rid of the cards. My parents looked up from their plates and listened attentively with wide eyes and wondered what I would say.
"No." I just said.
"Why?" Grandma asked calmly.
"Because Grandma ..." and I told her what I had learned about the tarot. This was something I wanted to pursue, and I didn't want anyone to be angry with me, especially not with them. I always wanted my grandmother to be proud of me.
When I finished explaining, I expected her to scream and yell, but it never came. "Hmm." Was all she said and that was the end of it.
People read or read the tarot because they are either looking for interesting fun or they are turning away from their religion and looking for different spiritual possibilities.
I had spoken to various people who all told me they were reading ...