There’s a big boom in combining tarot cards with astrology, creating what is being called tarot horoscopes or tarotscopes. What’s behind this craze? Is this like, astrology on steroids? Here’s what you need to know…
Depending on which source you read, the sudden popularity of tarot cards has to do with millennials and/or Generation Z. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Both generations have embraced the new age with arms wide open.
One of the leading theories behind the explosive interest in the tarot is that it is all about uncertainty. From economics to the lockdown, many people are looking for answers and are turning to the ancient practices of both tarot card reading and astrology.
The tarot or tarot cards, goes all the way back to the mid-15th century and perhaps even to ancient Egypt, having really took off in the 18th century.
Modern decks have 78-cards. They are made up of four suits called the Minor Arcana: Swords, cups, pentacles and wands (also called sticks or batons), as well as 22 “face cards” without suits called the Major Arcana. These feature cards with titles such as: ‘The Lovers, Death, The Fool and The Devil.’
One of the most widely-used tarot decks of all time was designed by famed occultist and ceremonial magician A. E. White. Notorious magician Aleister Crowley also designed tarot cards known as the Thoth deck.
However, as tarot cards are making a renaissance, there has been a sudden emergence of all manner of tarot designs. You’ll even find a plethora of new, highly-inspired designs on places like Kickstarter.
As an example of how crazy it’s getting, today, major book publisher Simon & Schuster announced the release of a “Garbage Pail Kids” version of a tarot deck, along with an accompanying guidebook to teach you how to do your own tarot readings. This is obviously targeted to late Generation X and the earliest of millennials since the famous sticker trading cards and TV series came out between 1985-1987.
Like everything these days, technology has also played a key role. Just as it’s easy to get more sophisticated and personalized horoscopes through astrology apps, the same is happening with the tarot. Now, getting a personalized daily tarot card reading is as easy as an app in your pocket and only a few clicks away.
Millennials and Generation Z (and even tech-savvy Boomers, too) fully understands that technology harnesses the power of data. More data can provide a more accurate picture. Therefore, it is only logical that combining horoscopes and tarot cards brings more “cosmic data” to give one a more complete picture of the invisible forces around them. So-called tarotscopes can tell you a lot more about your life and the future.
Tarotscopes involve reading a horoscope through the lens of the tarot. Cards of the deck have associations with astrology. Here is a small sampling…
Astrological signs: Gemini (the lovers), Cancer (the chariot), Leo (strength), Virgo (the hermit), Libra (justice), Scorpio (death), Sagittarius (temperance), Capricorn (the devil), Aquarius (the star), and Pisces (the moon).
The elements: Cups = water. Pentacles = earth. Swords = air. Wands = fire.
There are also associations with the 7 classical planets, the modalities of carnal, fixed and mutable signs, and more.