Pagan : A person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions. Paganism is also known as the religion of peasantry. During the Middle Ages, the term Paganism was applied to any non-Christian religion. Pagans believe that nature is sacred and the natural cycles of birth, growth and death observed in the world around us carry profoundly spiritual meanings. Human beings are seen as part of nature, along with other animals, trees, stones, plants, and everything else that is on this earth.
Wicca: is also termed Pagan Witchcraft and is a modern Pagan religion. Scholars of religion categorize it as a new religious movement and as part of the Occultist stream of Western esotericism.
(Definitions Courtesy: Wikipedia)
In my earlier posts, I have shared that there are hundreds of Tarot Card Decks, and newer ones being released often. Just as there are regular Tarot Card Decks, there are Decks that are called Wiccan Tarot and Pagan Tarot Card Decks as well. Those too have 78 Tarot Cards to a pack, and the names of the Cards are similar as well. It is the illustrations that differ, and differ greatly.
I have read about, and been told that the Pagan and Wiccan way of Tarot Card Reading is very different from a regular straight-to-the-point Tarot Card Reading. While we are not supposed to read Tarot Cards only after Sunrise and before Sunset, the Wiccan and Pagans consider the Full Moon and New Moon Nights to be magical and have rituals centered around those. The rituals could include Wiccan symbols, spells, and the like.
I do not have first-hand experience nor have I witnessed any of these sects or rituals personally. therefore forming an opinion or calling judgment on them wouldn’t be right. This post is to share what I know, as Tarot Card Reading has more than one facet. Perhaps because there is so little we know of the other side of the Tarot is why we fear the Pagan and Wiccan side, just like many people still fear regular Tarot Card Reading until they find out the truth about it.
Hi, I am Mayuri, a Tarot Card Reader by Profession and a Writer by design. Since I am already aware of what the future holds, I enjoy unwrapping the present. Follow me on my Instagram handle @CardTalkWithMayuri to know more about the Tarot and all things related.