Are tarot card readings necessarily a sin?

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Are tarot card readings necessarily a sin?
I am a catholic and believe in God, but I have always been fascinated with things from the occult. I want to get a tarot deck and learn how to do readings, but I don’t intend to take them seriously. I’ve gotten readings before and never once have I taken them for their worth.
This is a question mainly for Christians that know what they are talking about.
I just want it for the fun, nothing more.

Suggestion by Howard Edwards
Hey 2 delusions,go for a third?.

Suggestion by I swear to God
What a great question! I can’t answer myself but I can’t wait to hear what others have to say!


Suggestion by imacatholic2
Pretty much.

Catholic Church teaches:

God can reveal the future to his prophets or to other saints. Still, a sound Christian attitude consists in putting oneself confidently into the hands of Providence for whatever concerns the future, and giving up all unhealthy curiosity about it.

All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future.

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.

For more information, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 2115 and following:

With love in Christ.

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What cards does an oracle card deck usually consist of?
For example, a tarot card deck consists of the major arcana and the minor, which is the 4 suits. Well what about an oracle deck?

Suggestion by robin_lionheart
There’s no standard set of cards in an oracle card deck, they could contain any number of cards depicting any kind of scenes. Such decks often have themes, such as angels or fairies, but individual cards could represent anything from Music to Dolphins to Outer Space.

Technically, tarot decks have 5 suits: four suits of the minor arcana, and a fifth suit of the major arcana. In card games using tarot decks, the major arcana serve as a permanent trump suit.

Suggestion by Elisheba
Oracles seem different and more creative. They are all helpful in my findings. Use what resonates with you.

Tarot cards, Deck: Mandala new beginnings. Card: The emperor?
I picked The emperor card in my relationships area, what does that mean?

Suggestion by saggirl
this is what I found hope it helps

The Emperor card is the “Who’s the boss?” card. It is an important question. The meaning of the card includes being in control over your environment, your body, your temper, your instincts, your love life. This is not the time to give into the unconscious, not the time to let yourself be controlled by the wants and needs of others. It is a card that gives the Querent permission to be aggressive, brave, bold and in command. The Emperor could be a father or father figure, leader or employer, either a demanding tyrant or a charismatic king. If the card stands for the Querent, he/she should think about whether their Empire has become an unwelcome chore and if it has, are they now a bad leader, demanding, unreasonable, unhappy. It might be time to abdicate the throne

Suggestion by Cindy
Saggirl…. that’s a GREAT answer! good for you

Suggestion by Rev. Lynn D.
The Emperor speaks of control over yourself and others. It is important to take notice in any relationship if your partner is controlling or has an inflexible attitude. It is equally as important to look within and observe your own attitudes and behavior to see if you have those issues in relationships.

The best relationships are those that are based on equal partners who give each other freedom to be themselves and we make decisions based on discussion and compromise.

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  1. JosephV says

    The Gospels are Truth in Spirit, Word and Deed. Reading them is Life, Virtues and Blessings in abundance. Tarot cards have no significance.

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  2. In The Cards says

    I think that depends on how you use them. Tarot cards can certainly be used for fortune-telling which is a forbidden area in Christianity but you can also use them as a psychological tool to figure out the present which would be acceptable. Prophecy is discussed in Corinthians II but in the context of being used to glorify the church and further Christian faith, which makes it okay.

    I know Christians that use them and those that don’t. If you’re on the fence, talk to your parish priest about it but I’m pretty sure I know what his answer would be.

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  3. SunS says

    emperor in any reading is interesting because of its focuses on power and new birth or growthThe Emperor is a very strong card because its main focus is power. All of the cards have a focus in power in one way or another, but the Emperor card does not derive power through anything but power itself. This card signifies control, aggressiveness, bravery, and


    The Emperor follows the Empress which is the womb, mother, and bearer of the new.

    For more information on this check out my source.

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