Tarot is Irrational, Superstitious Claptrap – But That Doesn't Mean It's Not Useful

Dreams are not rational, neither are fantasy novels and comic books and yet they're immensely valuable in processing our thoughts, feelings and moral quandaries. Does Tarot do the same?

Sylvia Quintero, an astrologist and Tarot card reader, shares her visions on politics and the future. (Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GettyImages)

We are generally a rational species. We make decisions based on what we can observe, driven by our self-interest. Our modern societies are very much science-based, utilizing scientific inventions, derived through reason, and yet about 89% of Americans believe in a God (according to the Pew Research Center), a number that is not changing dramatically (down from 92% in 2007). While European countries are becoming less religious (and less Christian), the tremendous growth of Islam around the world ensures that a big portion of Earth’s population will continue to hold beliefs in the divine and supernatural for the foreseeable future. 

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