Episode 168. Every tarot reader or enthusiast has at one time or another come across a family member who doesn’t support their tarot passion. Sometimes it’s due to ignorance while other times, there are other emotions behind the haterade such as embarrassment, fear, a lack of understanding, or it goes against their beliefs. In some cases, it’s because they’ve had a bad experience with a tarot reader or know someone who did.
For example, my parents didn’t seem to care much when I was experimenting as a teenager. But once I made tarot my livelihood, they were freaked out. My mother was so embarrassed that she wouldn’t tell people what I actually did for a living. She told relatives that I worked for some corporation. Which is crazy because anyone who knows me knows that I would never do such a thing. But to her, the work was so bizarre that she couldn't admit it until years later. I’m sure she’d have a different mindset now because I’ve been doing it so long - and have a few books under my belt. Also, tarot is more accepted than it was back in the day when I first began.
I can tell you though, that it does hurt when your family isn’t supportive. It can take the wind out of your sails and make you feel like putting the cards away for good. Over the years I’ve talked to many other tarot lovers who have shared stories of having to practice or get readings in secret due to a family member who doesn’t like tarot. It doesn’t have to come to that.
In this episode, I'm sharing my best tips for how to deal when your family doesn't support your tarot passion.