DO tarot cards actually work? And are they considered witchcraft?

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It sounds cool, but I don’t want to be doing witchcraft!!

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  1. Tarot cards are a spiritual thing, if you believe in it, then yes your going to think it actually works. Tarot cards are considered Wicca but theirs nothing wrong with that.

  2. It is a form of witchcraft and the cards DO work but they are coming from the wrong side and you DON’T want to let them into your life.

  3. No, of course they don’t work — where do you get your notions of reality? What possible mechanism do you imagine could possibly make them work better than simply making things up in your own head? Things like Tarot and I Ching work by a random presentation of “meaningful” symbols to the human brain, which then makes up a plausible story. It’s like inducing a bit of dream, but it doesn’t mean anything.

  4. Yes, they do work, in the hands of a person who has talent with the cards. They are a form of divination, and have as much to do with witchcraft as surfing does to sunbathing.
    People who practice the arts might use Tarot or other forms of divination, but it’s just another tool in the box to use.

  5. lots of people consider it a form of witchcraft. and i dont really think any form of future telling works. just read your horoscope!

  6. Fortune telling and predicting the future is a kind of witchcraft or sorcery, but as to actually working, you would be just as good with tyromancy (that is divining the future by reading the veining in cheese)

  7. It isn’t witchcraft. If anyone could predict the future by any means, don’t you think there would be a five-mile line to their door? They are beautiful cards, but the only way to “predict” the future is by setting a goal and working toward it.

  8. Many religions use tarot cards or a form of them. it is not exclusive to witchcraft. But it could be taken as witchcraft by small minded people. Just try them. If you like them, use them. If you don’t, stop using them. Make your own choice.

  9. it is NOT witchcraft so its all good. And yeah i do it all the time and the questions usualy get answered and are correct soo yup yup.

  10. not everyone who uses tarot cards are witches
    not everyone who uses tarot cards use them to predict anything
    they are cards … nothing more
    people use them as a form of guidance
    much like bibliomancy … you know when people open the bible to find a passage and apply it to their life
    or casting lots .. mentioned in the bible again
    people are quick to judge these things without knowing all the facts

  11. They will work if you want them to. What is witchcraft, and who determines that. It is all in YOUR mind…..what you want to believe in. If you believe in GOOD, then you believe in BAD also. There is RIGHT and WRONG…..the question you should be asking is:
    Where do I stand?

  12. No, tarot cards do not work. No, there is no such thing as magic. I know it’s a nice idea, but in all honesty it just represents ignorance about how the Universe actually works.

  13. Well, let’s look at what tarot cards are and where they came from first. Playing cards arrived in Europe via the Islamic world in the mid 14th century. These early cards, known as the Malmuk cards had the same structure as our regular playing cards today, that is, four regular suits, each with 10 pip cards and three court cards. The original suit signs were cups, coins, swords, and polo sticks. Polo was an unknown game in Europe at the time, so these became batons. These suits are now known as the Latin suits and all Europe used them – though they are now only used by Latin countries. The court cards were a King, a Rider, and a Footman. All male court cards are still used in Latin suits, as well as the German and Swiss packs.
    The Queen makes her first appearance in a Milanese pack that features six courts in each suit, a male and a female of each rank. Two of the extra courts were dropped and for a time the 56 card pack was standard in the region. It was to this pack that an extra suit of picture cards was added in the mid 15th century. They were commissioned by Duke Filipo Visconti as part of the celebrations for his daughter, Bianca Visconti’s marraige into the Sforza family. They took as their theme a traditional Christian triumph procession. Hence they were called trionfi, meaning triumphs, and from which we get our word trump – it was the invention of tarot that marked the invention of trumps in card games! The game later took the name Tarocchi, from the old Italian Tarocus, meaning to play the fool. This name became Tarock in other countries with only France dropping the gutteral at the end to make Tarot.
    The game of tarot quickly spread and diversified and was at one time the most popular form of card game throughout continental Europe!
    In the early 18th century, German playing card makers began to produce French suited packs with new trumps featuring arbitrary trump designs. The French suits were much cheaper to produce, requiring only stencils rather than carved wood block and the new trumps allowed card makers to show off their skills in a time of great competition. These cards are now used for most of the games, with France being the last to adopt them in the early 20th century.
    Toward the end of the 18th century, occultist and resident of Paris, Antoine Court de Gabelin wrote an article on tarot cards for his Encyclopaedia, The Primitive World. He declared that the cards were the codified wisdom of ancient Egyptian priests, essentially a series of hieroglyphs that were much in vogue at the time. He offered no evidence for his theory but it became a popular myth. For about a century, the occult tarot and divination with the cards was only known in France, it was not until members of the Golden Dawn, who based much of their occult beliefs on the cards, began to import them, publish translations of the French texts, and redesign them specifically for occult practice, that the myth reached the English speaking world.
    Today, English speakers continue to know the cards for their occult myths and, of course, the fortune telling. However, Europe continues to play an impressive range of card games with them. France, Austria, and Hungary maintain particularly strong tarot game tradition as does Bologna in Italy, where they play a particular good form of the game called Ottocento.
    The games are largely what we call point-trick games. That means that like whist, bridge, and spades, players win cards in tricks. Unlike those games, different cards carry different point values, so that it is not the number of tricks you take that wins the game but the number of card points you win in them.
    Tarot has no occult origin, it is just a pack of playing cards and no more knows your destiny than a tea leaf knows the history of the East India Company. To be able to know the future, not only would there have to be reverse causation – the future causing the past – something logicians are constantly saying is impossible (many of the same objections to time travel apply to future knowledge) but there would have to be some reverse causal chain going back to a pack of playing cards. It doesn’t look good when you think about it.
    However, I do believe that tarot is the best family of card games in the world.

  14. It depends on what you mean by “work.” Tarot cards don’t tell you for sure something will or will not happen (e.g. “You’ll marry the person of your dreams at 5:15pm on June 21, 2015, and you’ll live happily ever after and have 8 kids”). When used in divination they can give you insight into what MIGHT happen in the future and what things in the past and present might influence that outcome. They can also be used to just help you meditate on a useful lesson, or to help you meditate on or focus your thoughts on some problem or aspect of a problem.
    While witches are among those who use tarot cards, the cards themselves are not witchcraft.

    • Meditation does not require tarot cards meditation is a reflective process. It is not good to mislead others. I do not believe in tarot cards yet I meditate.

  15. are the cards to be taken serious or not ? will bad karma happen if the cards are used. like in the movies “when you use an supernatural force” there’s always a consequence. im serious…

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