Busting Myths: 5 Common Tarot Myths, Debunked!

Tarot Reading

People have always been fascinated by the idea of getting a glimpse of their future. This is why the art of fortune telling has been around for centuries. Interestingly, tarot reading has been a fortune telling mainstay for centuries. While its origins remain uncertain, tarot cards are believed to have originated in 14th or 15th-century Italy.

Regardless of how long it has been present in history, the tarot has always been shrouded in mystery. It doesn’t help that Hollywood propagates a completely false representation of this art and its believers.

As such, I am to debunk some of the myths that surround tarot reading.

Myth #1: Tarot cards can predict the future

This one is not entirely true nor is it entirely false. Some tarot readers are gifted with clairvoyance, mediumship, or other forms of sight, and some are regular people who are just really talented at interpreting the cards in front of them.

 Either way, tarot readings help people gain clarity around issues in their lives. It can help you find answers to your questions and help you take stock of where you are in your life and change your direction if you need to.

The truth issince tarot reading can help you understand both your past and present, you get to discover key lessons that can direct you to a better future.

Remember, the future is not set in stone. Since tarot can show you where you are headed based on where you are now, you can change your direction if you wish to. Essentially, the tarot can help you understand your past and present to enable you to make good, positive choices that will shape your future but ultimately, the future is in your hands and it’s yours to create.

Myth #2: Tarot cards hold magic and are evil and demonic

Some people believe that tarot cards are associated with the occult or are evil in some way. However, that is far from the truth. Tarot cards are simply a tool for divination and have no inherent power or association with evil.

Essentially, the cards aren’t magic nor do they hold any form of magic. Likewise, cards do not house any spirits.

The “magic” happens when a reader is able to connect symbols and images to help you better understand your life. That is its magic! Not anything supernatural.

Myth #3: There are good cards and bad cards

There are no good cards or bad cards in tarot reading. Even if you draw cards like Death or Devil, it doesn’t mean you will literally die or you will be visited by the devil. That said, these types of cards may warn you that tough times may be coming your way.

For example, by drawing the Death card, it usually means that something is coming to an end. This could be a relationship, a hobby, a career, or a business. It rarely represents an actual death of yourself or someone you love. Similarly, reversed cards aren’t bad either, and an upside-down draw definitely doesn’t mean a backwards prediction.

Tarot cards are used to understand. Keep an open mind during a reading and you’ll see that there are no good or bad cards.

Myth #4 Only psychics can read the tarot

You don’t have to be a psychic to read tarot. In fact, anyone can learn to read tarot. That said, interpreting the cards requires knowledge, intuition, and experience. With careful study and a healthy dose of intuition and self-knowledge, you can learn to read the cards for yourself.

Basically, tarot reading is both a skill and an art. It takes loads of practice but it can be learned by anyone.

That said, if you want to improve your talent in this art, even if you learned how to read the cards for yourself, I suggest getting readings from professional readers too. Their experience and insight will help you learn more, improve your self-awareness, and find the path you should be following. Plus, if they also have psychic gifts, they may be able to shed extra light on your questions.

Myth #5: Tarot cards are always right

Since reading is mostly interpretive, it is not always absolutely right. This is because so many things in the tarot are open to interpretation and you can change the outcomes by making different decisions in life.

Sure, a reading may be able to spell out your current situation really well but it does not mean it is able to chart the course of life from then on.

I suggest, treating the reading as a guide. Use it as a way to understand your predicament then chart the best possible path forward. Don’t let it box you in. Remember, you have agency over your own life!


Tarot cards aren’t scary nor do they spell out your doom. Forget how the media has portrayed this art and appreciate it for what it is—a gift that can allow you to better yourself.

Connect to your higher self, find your clarity, and guide yourself to the future that you want!

Happy reading!


Denisse loves reading and writing about culture, history, and politics. Outside writing articles for The Singaporean, Denisse enjoys musicals, gaming, and Harry Potter.

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