Well, the answer is both yes and no. The truth is that anyone can curse anyone. You don’t need to be a psychic and most tarot readers aren’t psychics. They are ordinary people who have a love and a gift for interpreting the divine. When making predictions of the future, they don’t have any more control over it than you do. And most of the time, they are professionals who don’t know you well enough to have anything against you. A true curse requires a thorough understanding of who you are as a person and a true wish to mess up the path that lies in front of you.
And yes, sometimes that can be a tarot reader. There are people out there who feed on the miseries of people. They can get to know you well through your session and place a curse on you to draw out your fears because the more scared you are, the more likely you are to go back to them for reassurance. People like this are a blot on the profession and should be avoided at all costs.
Every tarot reader is aware of the stigmas associated with the profession going into it. We know all the names we’re going to be called, all the preconceived notions people come with. It’s easy to forget that the person on the other side of the table is also a human when getting a reading done. Sometimes it’s hard to build a rapport with a tarot reader and you leave the reading with a bitter taste in your mouth. Something about the meeting just wasn’t right and when you reach home, things start to go wrong. You wake up in the middle of the night with a chill, you’re tired throughout the day and nothing can cheer you up.
The Italians, the makers of the tarot, called this Malocchio. The Evil Eye. A curse put on you, intentionally or unintentionally, by pure malice. Usually, we shake off a dirty look as just that but it can mean so much more from the wrong person. Eyes can convey a wide range of emotions and are said to be the window to one’s soul. And sometimes that soul is so corrupted and darkened, that everything it fixates on is tainted.
That’s why choosing the right tarot reader for you is so important. Go for someone who you don’t know well at all, but who comes highly recommended from either friends or family who would only want the best for you. If your near and dear ones aren’t inclined towards the art of tarot, you can always join online communities for people who are involved in it or even are beginners. Better tarot readers would consider themselves counselors before predictors. If you go to a reading and they are weaving elaborate stories, stop fidgeting in your seat and give them a chance. Maybe somewhere the stories will stick with you and help you heal or stay strong through what you’re going through. And if they don’t, just listening to them sometimes can be therapeutic. Let them into your soul, but be honest and open-minded throughout the process.
But the worst curses might not be from others.
I sat down with a friend, Chris, who’s a Bulgarian tarot reader and enthusiast to understand more about the nature of curses and how they relate to tarot readings.
“My philosophy when it comes to the ‘future’ is quite simple: If you like an outcome, believe in it, visualize it, and make it happen. If you dislike an outcome, try to understand it first and what you don’t like about it, and do your best to prevent it from ever happening. But in the end, the future is all in the querent’s hands and nobody else’s. Perhaps their surrounding as well, but definitely not the cards,” He says, “The true curse lies within the mind, and when it comes to Tarot readings, I believe curses are mostly unintentional and self-inflicted.”
Makes you think, doesn’t it? It is often said that we are our worst enemies and it’s even worse when it comes to tarot. That’s why most readers ask you to take a deep breath and visualize your future before giving you a reading about it. It is only you and your surroundings that affect it. So, if you enter the reading with negativity in your mind, believing that you’re cursed, well, you might just end up cursed. It is indeed possible to cast the Evil Eye on yourself, and it’s what most of us end up doing.
So, yes, tarot readers, like anyone else, can curse you. But they have little reason to. The cards themselves carry no curse and have no power over you. They can only be read and interpreted to get the best understanding out of your past, present, and future. There is nothing inherently evil about them, or those who read them.
At the end of the day, it’s all up to you.
Kali of Calcutta
A Deity in Disguise
I am a Moh-karna from a spiritual land with a past I struggle to forget. Reading the tarot helps calm the lust for the blood of my enemies inside me.