Browsing the video clips, someone is shown displaying cards with flowers that will spin.
“It found you because…” read the words on the screen. “These financial issues will end.”
It looks and sounds like other social media content, thanks in part to the popular Olivia Rodrigo song in the background.
But it’s not meant to make you laugh or teach you how to cook dinner. It’s meant to help make some of your biggest life decisions.
The comments section is filled with several versions of the phrase “I claim this energy”, indicating that hundreds of people, if not more, believe this.
These videos show something else. Tarot card readings are no longer a mysterious thing behind the curtain. Tarot readings are on TikTok, which means tarot readings are everywhere.
This is true in Colorado Springs, where tarot readings can be found at festivals, farmers markets and birthday parties.
They can be found in downtown shops like Eclectic Co., where Meg Ludwig hosts a tarot reading every other weekend. Ludwig, 35, is prepared for anyone who walks through the door, which tends to be a variety of tourists or locals, and welcomes a variety of reactions to the tarot table. Ludwig can see the look in people’s eyes.
“A lot of people are very scared that I’m going to tell them they’re going to die,” she said. “And I never predicted anyone’s death.”
This is a misconception that Ludwig runs into. There are many others.
“A lot of my sessions are demystifying what people have gleaned from television and movies about tarot,” Ludwig said. “And just showing them I’m a normal person.”
She has encountered a lot of these kinds of conversations, because tarot, perhaps, does not seem normal. Or not until now.
Ludwig has seen tarot go mainstream, as has Natalie Evans, who does readings from her metaphysical shop, by phone and on the occasional holiday.
“Honestly, with the emergence of TikTok, it really exploded,” she said.
She said she is breaking out of the “taboo”. But the spirit of tarot should not be lost.
“Tarot is meant for introspection,” she said. “It’s about looking at yourself to see what moves you can make to improve your life.”
Evans has many skeptics. So sometimes she tells her story. She wasn’t looking for tarot. She wasn’t looking to become a 17-year-old mother. She wasn’t looking to become a 19-year-old widow after her husband died of cancer.
And she wasn’t looking for a tarot reading. Her friend thought it was a good idea.
“She was able to tell me right away that I was a widow,” Evans said of the tarot card reader. “You can’t assume a 19-year-old is a widow.”
The reader told the young woman more that she had spiritual experiences before but was afraid of this reading because she didn’t want to hear any more bad news. The reader told her that one day she would meet a strong, red-headed man, and Evans did. The reader turned on something else. A new faith. A cure. A career.
“It all comes back to helping people,” she said. “I love helping people through my gifts.”
She now has to tell others about it. She can now help others.
“I really believe this is what I should be doing with my life,” Ludwig said.
“A lot of people are very scared that I’m going
to tell them they are going to die. And I never predicted it
anyone’s death.” Meg Ludwig, tarot card reader