The new pope recently stated that people such as tarot readers are not able to provide salvation. This is fascinating to me for three reasons.
First, as a practitioner of tarot, I don’t offer salvation. For me, the concept of salvation is unnecessary because, in my cosmology, there’s no enemy “out there” from whom or from which to be saved. As a tarot consultant, I employ the tarot as a tool to encourage consciousness, awareness, and insights that can lead to constructive change. My goal is to assist myself and others to remember, embrace and express our innate wholeness.
Second, I wonder why such a long-standing religious organisation is so unsure about the power of its deity that it feels the need to proclaim other groups, practices, and deities as invalid. Why start yet another sacred pissing match? There’s room enough for the many names of the Nameless One(s), space enough for the multiple faces of the Imageless One(s), so it seems unnecessary to scare people away from another person’s concept or vision of the Holy. For many, the torah, the bible, the koran, the tao te ching, and others are texts that provide comfort and guidance. For me, and for many people in my sphere of influence, the tarot is a text in pictures that offers comfort and guidance.
Third, the tarot emerged as a pack of cards during Europe’s early Renaissance and, as a product of its time, is full of christian symbolism. The cards extol the virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. Several of us have heard that John Paul II possessed a copy of Anonymous’s Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey Into Christian Hermeticism and approved of its contents.
I hope that the new pope finds it in his mind and heart to embrace the many paths to wholeness and divinity. May we all do likewise.