The BBC just ran a piece about how the socio-political turmoil currently afoot in the United States of America is leading to a revival of interest in tarot. An excerpt reads:
“But she insists there are other reasons for tarot’s accelerating popularity.
“‘Our societies are going through an extreme sense of alienation,’ says Ms Vogel, mentioning Donald Trump’s presidential victory in the US, as well as the rise of far-right groups, violence and misogyny.
“‘People are lonely and angry. Tarot helps them to cope with insecurity in these difficult times.’
Mike Sosteric, a sociologist at the University of Athabasca in Canada, agrees.
“‘When we were younger, change used to be much slower and gradual. Now, the world is changing at a more rapid pace than ever,’ says the professor, who studies tarot, human spirituality, and the occult.
“‘This leads us to a time of crisis and drives people to seek big answers for big questions. Through tarot, people can mimic a sense of control.’
“According to Dr Sosteric, many people find it hard to relate to traditional religions, which often carry patriarchal values, and are turning instead to alternative belief systems.”
In sharing these opinions we are not stating that Donald Trump’s presidency is generating alienation in the populace. Nor are we denying it.
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