Here’s a fascinating question from one of the people who reads this blog regularly:
Sometimes people tell me their religion says that working with the tarot is evil or the work of the devil. Does this ever happen to you? If so, what do you do about it? How do you respond? Help!
~ RD, Tulsa, OK, U.S.A.
I can only remember three particular incidents of such religiously based criticism: once in person, once by phone, and once by email. In all cases, I kept my response very simple. I just said, “Fortunately, neither my clients nor I feel that way”, then left the room, hung up the phone, or deleted the email. It’s not our job to convert anybody to anything (conversion is, in my opinion, one of the most arrogant human inventions) nor is it helpful to a tarot practitioner’s morale to engage in debate. It also helps to remember that not every person who practices a religion looks down on the tarot; I’ve met many priests, nuns, rabbis, and ministers who are open to using the cards as a tool for insight. I hope this helps you, RD.
Image: Trump V, Le Pape, from the Dodal Tarot de Marseille, restored by Jean-Claude Flornoy.