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is using Tarot cards forbidden under the Jewish law?

I mean – tarot cards was invented in the medieval times long after the biblical times so it’s obvious that nothing about their use cannot be mentioned in the torah
surely divination is forbidden for the Hebrews (and for gentiles too according to the Talmud) but can Tarot cards possibly be an exception?
I know that they are widely used in the Kabbalah (at lest in the Hermetic one) thanks to the Hermetic order of the Golden Dawn
and you can see them in web sites which focus on Jewish mysticism such as www.psyche.com
and I know that in Judaism magick is a very tricky part
as a matter of fact I am aware that ceremonial forms of magick (which are practiced in the order of the Golden Dawn by the way) such as Kabbalah Ma’asit (Practical Qabala) unlikely lower magick such as witchcraft are not forbidden
but even witchcraft is allowed if it used for healing (as long as the methods used for healing have NOTHING in common with pagan forms of worship)
I had just a great website which explained a lot of stuff about Judaism relationship with magick but unfortunately I’ve lost the link (damn!)


  1. Some Orthodox sects might frown on the practice since anything concerning Kabbalah is considered privileged stuff access to which is granted only to specific individuals. The others sects, it depends. The way I’ve learned it so far as long as it doesn’t turn you away from the worship of G-d and you aren’t putting your mystical practices first before G-d, mysticism is pretty much tolerated which would include Hermetic stuff. There are a lot of Jews in the Golden Dawn as a matter of fact.

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    A. The Torah1 outlaws peeking around the curtain concealing the future. Tarot cards, crystal balls, psychics, astrology, horoscopes, seances, and palm reading are therefore out. Necromancy or otherwise contacting the dead is considered a form of idol worship.

  3. It’s true that there are Kabbalistic traditions that include a version of the Tarot, but not only are they the exception, they are still frowned upon by most religious Jews who see Kabbalah as being only meant for study, not for practice.
    Using Tarot cards as a way to tell your fortune or determine your future count as witchcraft, and are not allowed according to Jewish law. There is some (a tiny bit) of leeway if you are using them just for entertainment, like a “magic 8 ball” – in other words, if you don’t believe in them or their effectiveness, then it may be okay according to some opinions. But then, if you didn’t believe at least a little, what would be the point? 🙂


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