Tarot practitioners meet in North Charleston
Fake. Psychic mumbo-jumbo. The work of the devil.
Those are some of the words used to criticize the art of tarot card reading, and members of the Charleston Area Tarot Society have heard their share of skepticism.
“I remember first starting to practice tarot and having my own deck of cards when I was in the military in 1975,” said Mary Dellucci, one of the longest members of the society. “I had a Baptist friend who destroyed it and called it ‘the work of the devil.’ ”
Despite the criticism, Dellucci still practices, believing the cards help her find guidance. “Things have happened that have shown me if you are open to the information, the signs are everywhere,” Dellucci said. “The cards can help us through our problems.”
Dellucci, along with other Lowcountry practitioners of tarot, meets the third Sunday each month at Unity Church of Charleston in North Charleston to discuss card readings and share their experiences with tarot.
“We want to create a sense of community for people who sit and practice tarot all by themselves, to give people starting out a resource,” said James Mitchell, a life coach who has practiced tarot since 1999.
The usual first half of each meeting is a “show and tell” where members discuss their experiences and then proceed to give each other readings. Like many other special-interest clubs, they want to meet other people with the same interests.
“We always try to walk the new people through what the cards mean,” Dellucci said. “We also talk about the morals and ethics of tarot card reading as well as the do’s and don’ts.
Since it was established in 2002, the club has grown into a community of people who have practiced tarot for years and those just starting out.
“We recently started seeing an upsurge of people interested,” Mitchell said. “We get about 12 to 15 people per meeting.”
The club attracts more people who are new to practicing tarot than those who have practiced it for years, according to Mitchell.
Carolyn Silverthorn of Summerville attended her first Tarot Society meeting last month.
“I have always been interested in tarot,” she said. “I have had tarot readings done in the past, and I always wanted to find out how to do it, to see what it could do for me.”
To the club, the purpose of a tarot card reading is to provide querents, or clients, with information.
“A tarot reading is between two people, your higher self and the reader’s higher self,” Dellucci said.
Visit www.charlestonarea tarotsociety.com.
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