Many new querents will nervously ask if getting a Tarot reading is sacrilegious. At its beginnings, it could have easily been seen as such because the cards could easily be used for gambling; also the Pope was featured on the hierophant card, while there was also a female pope who eventually became known as the High Priestess. There is also an often quoted scripture, “There should not be found in you . . . anyone who employs divination, a practicer of magic or anyone who looks for omens or a sorcerer, or one who binds others with a spell or anyone who consults a spirit medium or a professional foreteller of events or anyone who inquires of the dead. For everybody doing these things is something detestable to God.”—Deuteronomy 18:10-12.
Tarot has often appeared Santantic to Christians, the problem here, is that all Tarot really is is a form of self reflection that tends to help generate synchronistic events that help the user seek wholeness. It is no different from going to the Bible with an issue, opening to a random page and passage and seeking guidance there. There is no communing with demons or the dead. There is no vision of the future, only see the current path more clearly; then using already acquired knowledge about were its heading to decide if adjustment is needed to the course.
It is easy to see why professional fortune telling gets lumped in with evil, as there are a variety of frauds who give the rest a bad name. As a rule of thumb, any one who will tell you the cards are for reflection is unlikely to be a fraud. Don’t allow yourself to believe you have a curse on you and only this $100 enchanted amulet will save you.
Older Tarot cards tend to employ a lot of Christian imagery, including the judgment card, which in the Rider-Waite deck features an angel calling the dead out their graves. However, many Pagans will say that the cards are not related to Christianity, and that any matching symbols found within the decks are universal or Christian corruptions of Pagan symbols. However, tarot readers everywhere will deny links between satanism and tarot.
Just like a gun is not inherently evil, the cards are not inherently evil. The gun can be used to feed and protect. The cards can be used to better know thyself. Evil is not contained within the gun or the cards, and touching them doesn’t allow demons into fly in through your hands. As with anything else in life, it is the mindset of the user that makes these things potentially dangerous.