Tarot gets a bad rap. There is a huge amount of misinformation about tarot floating around. People find some of the images scary. Some people erroneously think the cards are inherently evil.
Tarot readers, in general, are intelligent, compassionate community-minded people. But, often, that’s not how the public sees us.
The public often views us as shysters, space cadets and troublemakers.
None of us are happy about this. Many of us blame the public for their ignorance. I have another idea. I believe the misperception is our own fault!
Clearly, we as a community are not yet doing enough to show the public our true face. We are each failing to elevate ourselves and each other in the eyes of the public.
What can each of us do to change that? Here are some ideas.
- Hold tarot meetups in public places.
Many restaurants and cafes welcome meetups. Barnes and Noble, Panera and your local health food café are all great places to try. Make sure you put a sign on your table so people know who you are and what you are doing. Welcome curious onlookers to your table!
- Don’t reward ignorance with scorn.
When someone says something stupid about tarot, don’t scorn them or shame them. Tell them the truth in a way that is humorous, welcoming and friendly.
- Issue press releases.
When you or your tarot group have an event or an achievement, write a professional-quality press release and send it out. Let the world know what you are doing!
- Assume support.
Do not assume that people think you’re a whack job, evil or stupid. Assume support of who you are and what you do. If people do not turn out to be supportive, act surprised, as if you had never encountered such a reaction.
- Do charity work.
Volunteer your services for charity events. Hold events that raise money, food or awareness.
- Be a visible part of your community.
Attend local functions, meet your local government officials, and join your local Chamber of Commerce, arts association, or other community group. Be friendly.
- Teach adult education.
Most towns have adult education programs that value a great tarot class. This is a wonderful way to bring tarot to those who might not otherwise encounter it.
When we give people a chance to let go of their fears, misinformation and misunderstanding we create a more welcoming environment in which to live and work.