Modern Witch Tarot
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These are absolutely lovely. Didn't take them long to tell me my whole life story, but at least the cards are always honest (even when we glare at them for it at times). LoL
The depiction of the Courts: the four greater Sabbats were the original witches' holidays, according to European traditional lore, and are considered to be the most powerful for those who follow the Craft as a profession, rather than an agriculturally-based religious practice. The Moons are well designed also, and have all four phases of lunar magical practice equally represented, showing a crucial tie to Traditional Craft. The Trials are the big giveaway, however: the four Trials are essentially the traditional burdens of the witch, the four Trials attached to the four Pillars of the Magus, the Witches' Pyramid. Finally, the uses of the four Goddesses are a clever reference to the four major European goddesses of traditional Craft practice, and are a very subtle statement of the witch-cults in Europe, and their four major seats of historical presence (Greece, Rome/Italy, Germany, and the British Isles). The short answer is that while Tarot cards are a popular tool of witchcraft they are not exclusively the domain of witches. Many non-witches also read Tarot cards. The cards do not tell the future, they no control anything, and there is nothing scary about them. Their function is to provide a means for a reader to access the psychic intuition that is naturally present in all people but is more developed in some than others.The witch-cult hypothesis was popularized by British Egyptologist, Margaret Murray, who wrote about it extensively in her book The Witch-Cult in Western Europe (1921).
On the other end of the spectrum, there are purely secular approaches to the Tarot that focus on its potential as a tool for reflection, introspection, and psychoanalysis.
As we can see there is no clear-cut answer to the question of whether Tarot cards are witchcraft, for what one person might consider “witchcraft” another person might simply consider thinking that Nature is nice and should be venerated. Wicca as a religion was founded on the witch-cult hypothesis, which is the now-discredited idea that the accused witches of early modern witch trials in Europe were practitioners of an ancient, underground pagan religion that worshipped the “Horned God” as a fertility god. The practitioners of such ancient paganism were supposedly said to have also engaged in worship for seasonal “witches Sabbaths.” I have written at length about whether Christianity is compatible with the occult or whether it’s possible to be a Christian pagan.