Tarot reading is an integral part of being a witch for many people — even though you certainly do not have to be a witch to read them! With tarot having such a rich history in the occult, it only makes sense for there to be a ton of superstition — and myths — surrounding them. Some of these popular myths might seem mystical and fun, but they’re really nothing but myths when it’s all said and done. The following is a list of some of those annoying tarot myths that you should forget.

Myth: You should never buy your own tarot deck

Fact: If this was true, then how do so many people have their own decks? Who’s buying up all these decks that are on the commercial market and gifting them out by the thousands? This myth is really just a feeble attempt at gatekeeping something that isn’t closed — and it’s a manipulative way of making a novice feel like they have to earn the right to dabble in divination or the spiritual path of their choosing.

You certainly can buy your own tarot deck. In fact, many people collect avidly — and you can’t do that without buying your own! If you’re worried about any bad vibes when you buy your first deck, just cleanse it using your preferred method.

Myth: You shouldn’t read tarot cards for yourself

Fact: I think the reason behind this myth is to convey that you may interpret your own cards in a more biased manner than someone who doesn’t know you as well as you do — and that may be correct. However, it’s not bad luck to read for yourself. You’re not going to bring any bad energy into your environment by practicing tarot reading in solitude, and you’re not offending any spiritual entities by doing so either.

Myth: It’s bad luck to alter your tarot cards

Fact: I don’t know a single person to experience “bad luck” after altering their decks. Tarot deck alteration is actually a popular hobby that involves shaving down the cards to a more usable size or even painting the edges in gold and silver. Some people chop the words from the bottoms of their decks so they can read the images intuitively. The fact of the matter is altering your deck to suit your own specific needs is actually beneficial in building a close bond with your deck of choice. Most people have mass-produced decks and make great use of them, but having your own customized deck enhances your connection to them — which may also enhance how you read them.

Myth: Reversed cards are “bad”

Fact: This isn’t always true, and depends greatly on how you personally choose to interpret your cards. No particular card placement is “bad” or “good,” unless you — the reader — decide that it is. There are no concrete rules to how you read tarot, but there are general guidelines. And while many readers do interpret reversed cards to have negative meanings, this isn’t a requirement for all. Furthermore, reading reversed cards as “negative” doesn’t always work, when some cards can be read negatively while they’re laid upright. Reading the cards — and interpreting them — is a fluid experience that cannot be viewed rigidly.

Myth: You shouldn’t take money for tarot readings

Fact: If you are a talented card reader, then you shouldn’t feel bad about capitalizing off of your talents. Time is money, after all. I’ve actually heard a lot of different myths associated with getting money for reading tarot. Some people claim that it’s bad luck to take money for a spiritual talent — and other say that it’s okay as long as you don’t actually touch the money. These are all just silly myths designed to make the act of reading tarot more spiritual than it actually is. Again, never feel bad for making money off of your talents.

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