Some people, when I tell them that I’m a tarot consultant, ask, “So, you believe in the tarot?” My response is, “No, I don’t believe in it, I use it.”
I don’t believe in a stove, I cook with it. I don’t believe in a computer, I communicate with it. I don’t believe in a potato, I eat it. I don’t believe in a hammer, I use it to put a nail in the wall.
The tarot isn’t a deity or a creed, it’s simply a tool. However we use it is up to us. I employ it for personal insight (for self and others), community-building games, as a prompt for journal writing, as a focus for meditation, as a creative springboard for poems, as a business brainstorming tool, as a visual “post it note” to motivate me toward my goals, and so much more.
Tarot, like many other things in my life, is about practice or usage, not belief.
Image: The Hierophant from The Jungian Tarot by Robert Wang.