Is Tarot Really Evil?

Is Tarot Evil or Harmless?

Contribution from freelance writer, Sally Perkins

Many people are drawn to Tarot, and although they are fascinated by it, they are also afraid. We live in a society where dabbling in the psychic arts evokes a penetrating fear of the unknown. Are our fears pragmatic though or do they border on the irrational, born out of our own ignorance? In short, no demonic force is going to descend upon the world as soon as you crack open a deck of Tarot cards. The purpose of Tarot is often misunderstood and sees it grouped with darker spirit summoning vessels such as Ouija boards and séances.

Is Tarot really evil? In short, no. Tarot is not a tool for summoning spirits. It is a tool to enable you to connect with your higher self, to boost your creativity and to inspire your life.

Be Cautious

Although it has been determined that Tarot reading is safe, it is still important to cleanse and protect yourself energetically before you dive into a reading. This is not to ward off evil spirits but rather to prevent your own negative energy and expectations from tainting your reading. You need to clean yourself energetically and cleanse your deck as well.

Below are some cleansing rituals available, or you can simply make up your own.

Ways to cleanse yourself energetically:

  • Exercise or dance
  • Listen to Gregorian chants or soft, rhythmic drums
  • Lighting a big stick of dried sage and wafting the smoke all over your body


Cleansing your deck:

  • Placing your deck in the moonlight overnight
  • Putting your deck in a bag of quartz crystals
  • Knocking once on the deck and then wafting your hand over it


The most important aspect of performing any metaphysical and spiritual work is the intention. Your intention will dictate what kind of experience you will have. Tarot readings are enlightening, and they can express all kinds of fascinating things. Their revelations are however not set in stone. A Tarot reading is supposed to be contemplated and not obsessively believed.

You need to think of your Tarot cards as a close companion.  Consider the advice offered but take it with a grain of salt and always remember that there are many ways to see a Tarot card.

Guest Blogger, Sally Perkins, is a professional freelance writer with many years experience in many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and traveling as much as possible.