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crazyandbeautiful's avatar

Is it wrong to go to get a tarot reading or go to a psychic? Is that sinning against god?

Asked by crazyandbeautiful (551points) July 4th, 2010

I got into a discussion about this with my boyfriend about this. He told me everytime I do this I sin against god. I told him I do this strictly for fun. That I do not buy into what they tell me. Can someone tell me what is the truth here? Is this sinning against god? Even for a little fun? Thanks

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MissA's avatar

What is your point of spending money with one if you don’t believe in it?

NanciDru's avatar

Follow the Ten Commandments and you can’t go wrong.

zenele's avatar

Waste not, want not.

Buy a deck of Tarot cards. Read the instructions. Play with your boyfriend. Have a great dinner plus buy him a new gadget with the money you saved.

Nota Beta: Your readings will be more accurate, too.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Yes if you are a good christian then this sort of thing will surely send your soul to burn in the pits of hell for all eternity.

MissA's avatar


Is that how you came to be, uh…“lightly seared”?

MissA's avatar


Well…I’m probably medium well, if it matters.

wundayatta's avatar

I hate to say this, because you seem sincere, but the truth is there is no truth. It’s all about what you want to believe. Your boyfriend chooses to believe in a religion where this kind of activity is witchery and a sin. That’s his truth.

My truth is that both his religion and tarot readings are a kind of psychological sleight of hand, They are a spiritual language that allows us to talk about things that can’t be talked about using normal words. We require metaphors to talk about this stuff.

The thing is that every metaphorical system wants to be the one and only true system. So your boyfriend is saying his system is the only true one. A psychic will tell you he or she knows the truth or that the cards hold the truth.

I can tell you that if you answer a few questions from me, I can tell you a very good story that will sound like a future you could easily have. For example, I can tell you that your boyfriend will be or is a rigid thinker. When you go against him, he won’t like it. Things are right or wrong with him. Nothing in between.

How’s that sound?

bunnygrl's avatar

@MissA <hugs> and LOL, well said.
@Lightlyseared I actually took you seriously there for a minute lol, you’re fun, I like that :-) <hugs> the poor OP might take you seriously though. Anyway my Dad told me that there had to be a heaven because we’re living in hell already. That’s what life is. We’re born, we suffer, we die. If we’re lucky we get some good times too. @crazyandbeautiful enjoy your tarot honey, for what it is and if your boyfriend keeps giving you grief about it tell him to take a hike and get a new one with a sense of humour. There is no harm in it whatsoever, but why not do yourself a favour and listen to @zenele go get yourself a set and book, and enjoy.
sending you millions of hugs, xx

espanyol's avatar

In all religions, playing with cards and going to Tarots is considered against God, only God know the future, and if in a certain time you got a right answer its by chance, there is nothing scienetific or spiritual in these games

LeotCol's avatar

I think it would probably be seen as a form of witchcraft which is very much in the sinful end of things in the bible.

Lightlyseared's avatar

@bunnygrl I needed that hug

bunnygrl's avatar

@espanyol with respect there is nothing scientific in religion either. I promise you I do not mean any offence and I’m glad that you have your faith but trying to pass it off as, pardon the pun, gospel, is wrong. It’s what you believe not what everyone does and making someone else feel bad for doing something you don’t like is plain wrong. Remember that stuff about not being the one to throw the first stone? tsk.
hugs all xx

bunnygrl's avatar

@Lightlyseared <loads huggy delivery wagon and sets out with more> on my way…...

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

If it intrigues or amuses you to visit psychics or have people give you tarot card reading once in a while and the cost is not a problem, they why the heck not? Neither will reveal any secret or magic insights. Talking with a psychologist will probably reveal really useful insights. You don’t seem to need to do that either.
Your boyfriend’s extreme belief’s should not be a reason for you to be fearful.
Think for yourself.

dpworkin's avatar

It is distinctly no sin; in my opinion it’s a little silly, but if it amuses you, by all means stop worrying and indulge.

SuperMouse's avatar

I have always refused to see any kind of psychic for one reason. I have this terrible fear that she will flip over a card, or see a line on my palm, or look at a tea leaf, and get this look of horror on her face, then when I ask her why she got that look she will smile and say “nothing dear.” Then she will end the session and I will spend the next six months wondering what it is she saw in my reading that evoked that reaction. Not worth it as far as I am concerned!

gailcalled's avatar

N.B. stands for nota bene and means note well.

There is only relative truth about sin, G*d, Tarot cards, palm reading, ouija boards, Psychics, reading tea leaves, throwing the bones, interpreting the entrails and looking at the movement of Zodiacal constellations and orbits of planets. It all depends on where you’re standing.

SmashTheState's avatar

Is it wrong? No, because you’re not really consulting anything supernatural. The brain is a pattern recognition machine, which means when there is no pattern present, it will manufacture one. By using a pseudo-random medium, we can therefore examine the contents of our own unconscious processes by projecting them where there is no existing pattern, yet where the brain expects to find one. The best example of this phenomenon is the appearance of shapes and symbols which appear when watching “snow” on a dead television channel.

However, the Bible is very clear, if you’re a christian, you are not permitted to take advantage of these phenomena:

“When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.” (Deuteronomy 18:9)

YARNLADY's avatar

You can get a more definitive answer by asking your religious leader, or someone in your religion that you trust. Different religions have different views about that subject.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Is going to a tarot card reading or psychic wrong? No – unless it is against your religion.
Is it sinning against a god? – It depends upon your religion.

Just curious…If you are doing it “strictly for fun” and your boyfriend doesn’t agree with it, why are you still doing it?

MissA's avatar

I don’t know, you say you’re crazy and beautiful…do you really want to go with a guy who’s going to pull out a religious card every time he wants to control you? I don’t need to read your cards to see that if you stay with this guy, you’re going to feel like a one-winged butterfly in time.

TheDeadWake's avatar

If you do it for entertainment and you’re not taking stock in what is being said, then no, I don’t think it’s a sin. If though, you begin to trust in what these people say before you trust in God, then you give yourself to sin because you’ve put something else before him. If your boyfriend requests that you not do it anymore and it’s only entertainment to you, you might consider giving it up unless you’d rather give him up.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Oh the road to En-dor is the oldest road
And the craziest road of all!
Straight it runs to the Witch’s abode,
As it did in the days of Saul,
And nothing has changed of the sorrow in store
For such as go down on the road to En-dor!
Rudyard Kipling

crazyandbeautiful's avatar

Well I will continue to do it from time to time….just not tell him. That way he wont be mad at me for something so silly. And we wont have to argue about this all the time. Yes he may have different views on this then me. I tried to tell him I dont believe what they tell me and do it for fun. He said this is Satans work. But anyway I love him and would do anything to keep him happy. So like I said I will not tell him I am doing this. It just breaks out into an arguement and he looks at things differently then I do. End of story.

mattbrowne's avatar

If it’s just for fun, there are no issues with the Christian faith. He is very wrong comparing this with “Satan’s work” in such a context. Besides, good psychics analyze your tone of voice and body language. The cards and crystal ball are just a pretext. Whatever they say has nothing to do with tarot cards. Thinking that it does would indeed be superstitious and incompatible with the modern Christian faith. I would even say believing in Satan is superstitious and incompatible with the modern Christian faith. So, actually if anyone is guilty of a sin, it’s your boyfriend. Jesus teachings are about love and peace not wrath.

If you want to keep him happy long term, be honest with him. In my opinion he’s got no right acting like a control freak. Speaking out against him will cause a conflict, no doubt, but it will make your relationship stronger in the long term.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@mattbrowne One GA point…if the guy is Christian. She doesn’t mention that he has acted like a control freak though. He only voiced his opinion, according to the original post. If he forbids her from going to one, then yes, that would make him a control freak and a big red flag of things to come if they stay together.

MissA's avatar

” I love him and would do anything to keep him happy. So like I said I will not tell him I am doing this.”


Do you not see something wrong in YOUR statement? You’re trying to control by deception…he’s trying to control by fear of damnation. I’d say you both have some issues to overcome.

mattbrowne's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer – Don’t you think that missionary zeal is a sign of control freaks? The boyfriend wants his girlfriend to have the same beliefs. She should be free in choosing her own beliefs.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@mattbrowne Yes, I agree that she should have her own beliefs. I just don’t think that what the boyfriend said falls into the category of “missionary zeal”, based upon what was posted. Could he have worded better? Yes. “I feel that every time you do this, you are sinning against God.” It’s good communication on his part and a sharing of his beliefs. It is up to them to decide if they can or cannot accept the differences of opinion.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar


Are you two living together, sleeping together, having sex beyond marriage? If this is so, what does your boyfriend have to say about sinning against God in that scenario?

Is he a hypocrite? Religious zealots often pick and choose the sins they decide to judge. And most often, it is the perceived sins of others they most quickly pass their judgments upon.

Consider asking him to remove the plank from his own eye before addressing the speck in the eye of another. He should know what I’m talking about. If not, then he’s just regurgitating the Gawd Smak of some other religious zealot, and doesn’t really have any idea what he’s talking about when attempting to pass judgment upon you and others.

Self Righteousness is an ugly ugly beast.

Jabe73's avatar

Most bible literalists do not follow every scripture themselves but like to cherry pick at what is most convenient for themselves while accusing liberal Christians of “twisting scripture”. The bible was written by many different authors over the years, do we have the original bible texts?

I would say most mediums are frauds but there are a few good ones out there. I believe there is a reason mediums exist. You are only interested in doing these things for entertainment purposes, however many other people take these issues more seriously and want to know if their deceased loved ones are alright. Obviously if you were to ask 95% of any mainstream religious figures the answer they would give you to your question would be very predictable here. This is only my own opinion but I believe there is a reason mediums exist so I do not believe it would be a “sin”.

Samantha5355's avatar

I have been a full-time Tarot card reader for over 30 years. I have seldom been asked anything except “When will he commit?”

Save your dough and just ask your boyfriend. Don’t pretend and say things such as, “It’s not that I’m interested in marriage and children or anything…” or such nonsense. Present yourself and your question honestly. You’re entitled. It’s okay.

Lampustic's avatar

It’s not that it’s wrong, but it’s more like stupid and idiotic.

mattbrowne's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer – In my experience there’s a strong correlation between the usage of the word “satan” and missionary zeal. But this is a gut feeling. We’d need a study to confirm or refute this.

shelley's avatar

Religion is a very grey area and I believe you should follow your own beliefs. If you feel that it will cause you guilt afterwards because of your spiritual beliefs, then save yourself the stress and don’t do it. If you feel that you would like to see a fortune teller for a bit of fun and this is something you’re comfortable with, then find one with a good reputaion and not too expensive and have some fun with it.

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