We all wonder about our future, as humans, it is natural for us to want to know what’s going to happen next in our lives, especially since we have no way of finding out. However, sometimes, because of this burning curiosity of wanting to know our future, we fall into engaging in occult practices. These practices may at first seem very harmless to try out, such as fortune-telling, magic, horoscopes, crystals, and tarot cards as they can be seen as an entertaining way of finding out things, but these practices can actually do more harm than you can imagine.
Is looking into your future that bad? Let’s dive a bit deeper and find out!
What are Tarot Cards and Where did they Come from?
Tarot cards were said to be earliest found in Italy in the 1430s. They were originally used for games not as a tool for divination. It was later in the eighteenth century that people started delegating meanings to these cards to be interpreted as a source to find out what can happen in one’s future.
Why do People Use Tarot Cards?
Tarot Cards started as merely a game, a mode of entertainment, but in this day and age, they’re used in different ways that are a lot more serious than a game.
Because of the different meanings, you get from the symbols that you see in these cards, some say that Tarot Cards are a way to interpret what’s truly going on in your life, or even predict what’s going to happen in your future. Some people use these cards as a way of enlightenment before they make big decisions in their life, or to simply seek comfort and assurance to know what’s going to happen to them.
Tarot Cards and the Catholic Church
The Catholic Church rejects all sources of divination. It specifically says in the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2116 “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.”
Why are Tarot Cards a Sin?
It is clear from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that the Church rejects the practices of Tarot Card Reading, and engaging in such an activity is a sin. Why? Well, for starters, communicating with spirits and finding ways to tap into an out of sight world, is considered tapping into sorcery. Sorcery can lead you to a place of idolatry, lukewarmness in your faith, or worse totally losing your faith in God at all.
Are Psychic Readings a Sin?
Again, if we look at the passage in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it states that practices that revolve around “unveiling” the future are turned down by the Church. There are many types of psychic reading practices, some examples are palm readings, horoscopes, crystal balls, etc. and all of these practices and activities are to be rejected in the Catholic faith.
Some people may say that these activities, like tarot reading and psychic readings, are just for fun, nothing serious. However, you should remember that these things may still affect you even subconsciously. Wouldn’t you feel bothered if you engaged in a Tarot Card or Psychic reading that interprets a lot of bad things to happen in your future? If you were caught in that situation, you will surely have some sort of reaction to that. Reactions are not a bad thing, after all, we are humans, we are prone to reactions to things that we hear whether good or bad.
The point is, engaging in activities that surround the theme of magic, divination, and spirits, is getting yourself into tepid waters. It can spark temptation, and we know that it’s always best to stay away from temptation.
God is More Powerful
At the end of the day, the most important thing to remember is that God is more powerful than these man-made sources of interpretation of the future. He is the source of our lives, and we must be humble to only trust Him in everything in our lives, this also means trusting Him wholeheartedly with His past, present, and future plans for us.