Tarot Cards
For Contacting Angels and Saints

 

Tarot Cards - Catholic Reviews

Tarot cards are another form of divination used by psychics to foresee the future. A traditional deck contains seventy-eight cards—fifty-six regular praying cards and twenty-two other cards called the major arcane. These cards include images of the fool, devil, temperance, hermit, sun, lovers, juggler, hanged man, and death. The cards are used to reveal hidden truths about a person's life. Those who have their cards read regularly say the readings help them prepare for the future and also divulge secrets about other people around them.

Experienced psychic readers claim they are the only ones who can deliver an accurate reading from a deck and caution others about seeking interpretations from a book. Experienced tarot readers feel the best way to get an accurate reading is to have their clients concentrate on the cards while the psychic helps them put their own "special vibration" on the deck, so that cards will reveal the fullness of their mysteries.

In order to deliver a reading, most psychics will lay the cards out in special combinations called spreads. In these spreads, it becomes possible for the reader to see a detailed, pictorial representation of their client's life. In the traditional ten-card spread, called the Celtic Cross, a reader can discern the "energy" of the cards along with their positions to determine what events will most likely occur in the future.

Once a spread has been set, the psychic can then start delivering messages about that person's life. For example, the reader may comment about the client's love life—giving that person advice on whom he or she should date or marry. Other clients may be seeking insight into what career path they should choose, or what business venture they should embark upon next.

Although it is very common for most people to seek answers to these questions, it's important to discern the source from which the answers are coming. From the Christian perspective, there are only two forces at work in the world—good and evil. The messages are either coming from God, his angels or saints, or they are coming from fallen angels commonly referred to as demons. Because God has already condemned all occult and New Age practice, it's safe to assume the messages from tarot cards are not coming from God, but from demonic sources.

All forms of divination constitute a serious sin because they open a person up to demonic influence. Divination also robs a person of the responsibility in making Jesus the Lord of his life. Jesus wants to enter into a deep and intimate relationship with all of his beloved children. He wants to help his followers make the right decisions in their lives based on the truth found in Sacred Scripture and by developing a serious and discerning prayer life. Jesus knows who a person should date or marry, or if that person would be better off being single. Jesus knows every detail of our lives, and he wants all of his beloved children to submit to his divine love, providence, and care.

Although many Catholics would agree with the Church's teachings in regard to the dangers that lurk behind New Age and occult practices, what many fail to realize is that the sin of idolatry also applies to practices that have been disguised with Catholic images. A good example of this deception comes from the deck of Catholic tarot cards:

According to one New Age site, "The Saints and angel oracle cards will help you lovingly and safely connect with heaven. Seventeen cards feature popular Catholic saints including Mother Teresa who, while beatified, isn't technically a saint. Two Archangels make it into the deck—St. Raphael and St. Michael—and the remaining four cards are dedicated to the Catholic quadrinity: God, Mother Mary, Holy Spirit, and Christ."1

Other cards include the following images:
• St. Bernadette—Speak Your Truth
• St. Christopher—Safe Travel
• St. Joan of Arc—You're a Leader
• St. Nicholas of Myra—Generosity
• St. Padre Pio—Healing
• St. Hildegard of Bingen—Believe
• St. Agnes of Rome—Don't Compromise
• St. Francis of Assisi—Animals
• St. Mary Magdalene—Forgiveness

Even though there are many occult and New Age practices marked with images of Catholic angels and saints, according to the Catechism in section 2116, all forms of divination are to be rejected. "Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone."

 

Scripture Passages to Set the Captives Free
 

"Cursed be anyone who makes an idol or casts an image, anything abhorrent to the Lord, the work of an artisan, and sets it up in secret." — Deuteronomy 27:15

"If prophets or those who divine by dreams appear among you and promise you omens or portents, and the omens or the portents declared by them take place, and they say, 'Let us follow other gods and let us serve them,' you must not heed the words of those prophets or those who divine by dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you indeed love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul."
— Deuteronomy 13:1–3

"Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I tell you? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house." — Luke 6:46–49

 

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Notes

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition copyright © 1993 and 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Excerpts from the English translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for use in the United States of America, © 1994, United States Catholic Conference, Inc.—Libreria Editrice Vaticana. English translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Modifications from the Editio Typica copyright © 1997, United States Catholic Conference, Inc.—Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission.

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