Whether you think of Tarot as being fortune telling cards, playing cards, or the “devil’s picture book”, there’s no doubt that Tarot has had a significant influence in many lives over the past few hundred years. But what about today’s world?
In 2018 (the time of writing) there are still as many different opinions about Tarot as there ever was. Many still subscribe to archaic religious doctrines that condemn any use of divination tools, or those purported to summon Spirit, such as Ouija for example.
Many others have developed an affinity with such things and use Tarot regularly as a tool in their search of answers to some of life’s big questions. They use such tools to help themselves and others, with the intuitive guidance that knowledge of Tarot can offer. It will come as no surprise then, that I am one of the latter.
While Tarot is sometimes thought to be part of “New Age”, it’s much older. The New Age movement is also not new and, while it began during the 1970s, was heavily influenced by New Thought, which has its roots in the 19th century. Tarot on the other hand, is much older and is said to date back to the 15th century.
But, while Tarot is very old, it’s still “new” to the modern world. Every new generation brings a fresh perspective on the old. In today’s world, Tarot is still extremely popular and is becoming more so, as more minds open to the possibilities. One of the great things about being alive in the 21st century is being able to witness the opening of so many minds to new, and old ideas.
While Tarot isn’t a part of New Age, it nonetheless has some close modern links. Many New Age practitioners also use divination tools as part of their regular practice. Tarot also has many associations with modern Wicca and is a favourite tool for Witches and other pagan practitioners worldwide. Visit any holistic fayre that’s local to wherever you are and there will almost certainly be at least one Tarot reader there, probably more.
Tarot then, has a rich and varied cultural background. With such a wide sphere of influence, Tarot has successfully integrated itself into modern culture. Today, Tarot provides droves of people from diverse cultural and Spiritual backgrounds worldwide, with a treasure trove of historical and modern culture rich in symbolism and meaning.
I hope you’ve enjoyed part two of my introduction to Tarot.