The Future of Tarot

by Barbara Moore

Some of the technology that is almost commonplace today still feels magical and amazing to me. For years, I’ve wondered, how is technology going to change tarot? We can see some changes very easily: online groups help us connect with other readers, email and Skype and other messaging programs allow us to read for people all over the world.

We have apps for our phones (many Llewellyn decks are available via The Fool’s Dog, which makes my favorite apps). In addition to seeing the cards, these apps let us create spreads and sometimes even email readings to clients. We can even keep a journal within the app.

These things are all wonderful and handy and have expanded our reach, but they are simply doing what we’ve always done just in another way. I wonder if there is a next step, something that will change tarot in a big way.

I’m not sure how you all feel, but it seems to me that tarot is at the edge of cusp, like we’ve reached the World card and are about to enter a new journey heralded by the Fool. Ironically enough, this tarot reader feels a bit uncertain as to what that new frontier might be. Maybe it has to do with technology. Maybe it has to do with a shift in the fundamental beliefs of our culture about the nature of the future.

Rachel Pollack, author of (among other books) Tarot Wisdom, is known for pulling cards on the “big questions.” Who wants to join me in pulling cards about the future of tarot? Share yours in the comments and in a few weeks, I’ll share what has come up for me.


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