As media laments the rise of “religious nones,” it turns out that not being affiliated does NOT equate with a lack of spirituality. While detaching themselves from denominations, faith-filled Gen Z is combining traditional beliefs with tarot and astrology.
Generation Z, depending on which source you go by, would categorize a person born between the years of 1995-1997 to 2010-2012. As of this writing, these would be individuals between the ages of 11-19 and 24-26.
According to the Pew Research Center, they are the most racially and ethnically diverse than any prior generation, as well as are on track to be the most well educated. It is also the most open-minded. And it is for that reason, that this particular generation sees no issue with combining different sources of enlightenment to round out their spirituality.
One survey respondent, a 22-year-old Roman Catholic, told Springtide: “These other spiritual ways have a more personal connection — those personal ‘aha’ moments,” according to National Catholic Reporter.
“We’re open to interpret what we want to think [for] ourselves and make our own guidelines when it comes to spirituality,” another respondent said, “which is why I think a lot of young people resonate with it.”
“The main three Abrahamic religions leave little to our own interpretation of Scripture,” yet another respondent said, adding that’s why “our generation has already been distancing ourselves from a lot of institutions.”
The tarot is a form of divination using a pack of cards, called tarot cards. Its origin goes back at least as far as the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe for playing various games. The first documented tarot packs more between 1440-1450.
It is believed that, sometime in the late eighteenth century, tarot card decks came into use for divination purposes via tarot card reading and cartomancy. This led to the development of custom card decks that were specifically designed to be used for divination.
The modern deck has 78 cards divided into two distinct groups, the Major Arcana (22 cards without suits) and the Minor Arcana (56 cards divided into 4 suits). The most famous tarot card deck is the Rider-Waite tarot deck, originally published in 1909.
Today, with the massive popularity and renaissance of the tarot, an incredibly wide array of tarot deck designs are available.
A new survey conducted by Springtide Research Institute recently confirmed that generation Z is not as atheistic as the media would have one believe. The survey showed that Gen Z is fusing the traditional faiths with tarot cards, astrology, and other spiritual systems.
According to the survey, 51% of those aged 13-25 engage in “tarot cards or fortune-telling.” Within that group, 17% practice daily, 25% once a week, 27% once a month, and 31% less than once a month.
Gen Z with traditional faith also most likely to practice divination
according to the Springtide report, it appears that the more traditional faith someone from Generation Z has, the more likely they are to engage in divination such as tarot cards, astrology, or other methods.
Among those young people identifying with specific denominations, and practicing some form of divination, 78.1% were Russian or Greek Orthodox, 69.4% were Mormon, 62.1% were Jewish. Oppositely, those with the lowest interest were atheists at 34.4%, closely followed by religious “nones.”
These numbers attributing to these particular religions could reflect the fact that divination practices are high in Greece, Turkey, and other places throughout the Middle East.
For those who practiced tarot, astrology, or other fortune telling arts daily or weekly, 38.8% were Orthodox, 34.6% were Muslim and 37.7% were Mormon.
While the survey did not separate all possible religious groups, a catchall category found that 61% of respondents who affirmed the use of “tarot cards and fortune-telling” described their faith belief as “something else.” This would include pagan systems, Wicca, Druidism, and traditional African religions.