Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a surge of interest in astrology – more specifically, tarot. Fueled by Instagram meme accounts, venture capital-backed astrology apps like Co-Star, or the live card readings on Tik Tok’s “For You” page, more and more young adults are becoming more accepting of and interested in Western Astrology and seeking new sources of guidance through new forms of practices such as tarot.
Tarot is the practice of divining wisdom and guidance through a specific spread of tarot cards. It is to gain insight into the past, present, or future.
Weslyn Rae Newburn is the manager of Stone Age, a metaphysical shop located at 708 N. Monroe St. in Tallahassee. She has been with the shop for nearly eight years and has more than fifteen years of experience with cartomancy (fortune-telling).
“Tarot is an excellent tool that can be used by virtually anyone,” Newburn said. “It is not connected to any one religion and can be manipulated to suit a person’s own religion or spiritual path. Some people use it for insight, as a way to connect with their subconscious mind. Others use it to connect with their guides or see possible futures. I think everyone can benefit from tarot reading regardless of how they use it. It provides a way to work through the problems that we face on a regular basis by offering a new perspective that we may have otherwise overlooked.”
Stone Age offers tarot supplies including tarot and oracle card decks.
“Stone Age has been in business for over 25 years,” she said. “We are an independent, family owned, local business. I’m proud of our extensive deck selection. We have the largest collection of decks in town ranging from new publications, traditional decks, and indie published decks.”
Stone Age will be offering an in-store tarot class Nov. 14th at 11 a.m.. The class will be free for everyone and will cover what cartomancy (the art of divination using cards) is, misconceptions of tarot and oracle readings, the differences between types of card decks, and ways to teach yourself how to read cards. For updated information visit their website www.shopstoneage.com or follow them on Instagram, @stoneagetallahassee.
While tarot assists as a spiritual tool for guidance, it is not the answer to your break from religion. Tarot is both nondenominational and multi-denominational. It is open to people of any Christian belief or having multiple religious beliefs. It can develop and clarify your understanding of the spiritual path you follow. Come to understand your spiritual journey and enter into a personal spiritual relationship with your higher-being through practices like tarot.
Kaydoz is a spiritual specialist for Haus of Tarot Tallahassee and owner of Tarotbykaydoz.com. Haus of Tarot Tallahassee offers mini tarot readings (Zoom call), full tarot readings (recorded readings), and tarot party services.
“Tarot readings offer guidance, confirmation, and motivation to empower your decisions in life’s situations, such as love, finances, direction, purpose and more,” Kaydoz said. “Tarot can be used in connecting with God to unlock the messages that are within each of us that we may have a hard time understanding or just need a little more confirmation to keep going.”
There has always been a battle between the involvement in Western Astrology and religion; people of faith-based communities tend to believe astrology is sacrilegious. This comes from fear – fear of power knowledge from gaining insight into one’s future and fear that one will rely more on the stars than on God. People of faith-based communities also tend to lump religion and spirituality as one. Spirituality can be associated with religion; however, these two are not the same. Religion is a way of life built on the belief in a higher being. Spirituality is your personal journey with this higher being and yourself.
“Tarot in my opinion isn’t a religion or connected to any one religion more of a tool to understand energy, modern tarot has symbolisms form multiple religious cultures including Christianity,” Kaydoz said. “Tarot can guide you spiritually by helping you acknowledge the energies that you may be operating in or being influenced by in connection with the outcome of your current situation or expectation of a current outcome.”
If your religion is against divination – or any attempt to gain insight into a question by mysticism, spirituality, or magic, and you strictly follow your religion’s rules, tarot and other practices involving astrology may not be for you. Though people now believe astrology is encountered throughout the Bible, and if you choose to believe that God created everything and provided us the tools that we need to connect with him, practices centering spirituality can assist you in your alignment with your purpose and God.
In Christian Astrologer, Carmen Turner-Schott’s article “Astrology from a Christian’s Perspective,” Turner-Schott shares the connection of astrology throughout the Bible and expresses how she feels that astrology was a tool created by God.
“I feel that astrology was a tool created by God for us to understand ourselves better and to use as a spiritual tool,” Turner-Schott said. “I feel that there are many biblical verses that support astrology.”
“Modern tarot has symbolisms from multiple religious cultures including Christianity,” Kaydoz said. “I couldn’t tell you if it goes against your morals, but what I can say is trust your gut and know that God has many ways of reaching us. It’s up to us if we are willing to see God in all things.”
So, do your research.
For tarot services at Haus of Tarot Tallahassee, visit www.tarotbykaydoz.com.