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Digital Manifestation: The TikTok tarot takeover

Credits: Teo Coroiu

If you recently joined TikTok, you might have noticed thousands of accounts on tarot reading, but the main question is how trustworthy it is.

With the expansion of TikTok over the past three years, there has also been a massive success for the tarot readers. If you are still confused what I’m talking about then let me help you.

These days, Tarot is massively based on fortune-telling, and the occult focuses on predicting the future, from health development to your relationship status.

These readings are meant to be a medium for spiritual growth while trying to create a representation of your journey through life.

TikTok has become the best platform for the Tarot readers to “sell” their services. It might sound harsh for some of you, but Tarot reading has become a massive business for people worldwide, with 80.9 billion users accessing it.

Tarot represents for most of them a great way of manifesting their dreams, goals, or even relationships.

Tarot readings have a long history, with a lot of methods that have been developed throughout the past centuries.

The first references to tarot date from the 1440s in Italy, known as a game of trick-taking; however, the present-day representation has nothing to do with medieval tarot cards.

If you have a TikTok account, it is impossible for you not to encounter at least one account that tries to catch your attention with a line such as: “This reading was meant to find you”, “your spirits have a message for you”, or “this person is trying to come back to your life”.

Credits: Teo Coroiu

Do you see how tempting it is to click on and see the spirit’s message? 

More and more young people use Tarot for self-healing or counselling, and it has become a phenomenon that can be found just one click away. 

However, not all tarot readers you find on social media have the best intentions.

Ana Mihalacheoiu, tarot reader, said: “It has become a bit more toxic mainly because of TikTok and social media; many people believe things quickly now.

“For example, if someone shows up on your FYP now, people in the comments section will leave comments such as ‘I claim this,’ and it doesn’t work like that; you have to genuinely believe it or feel it in your guts that what comes in tarot readings applies to you.”

“If you see on social media tarot readers that are only telling you good things, they might do it to attract more people rather than being completely honest. Buying reads from them or getting views.”

But the most critical question is how much we should trust or how much of this is real.

“I don’t think you should make life decisions based on Tarot. I believe Tarot is more used for reflection, self-care, and shadow work; it can help you question yourself and your thoughts.

“You need to evaluate how that tarot reading or card places into your life and how it can help you improve your life, but it shouldn’t be. ‘Oh, taros said it, so it must be true.

In a society where people often seek validation, they will do so if they can find a quick and easy way to ‘therapeutic advice’.

Based on this, tarot readings have developed into this phenomenon that can be seen on all social media apps, and it’s more accepted as a healing tool by our society.

Elena Stinga, tarot reader, said: “People have always been interested in spirituality and religion because it has given them hope when they could not find it within themselves, peace of mind when they felt like the world was against them, and the reassuring feeling that they are ultimately not without purpose.

“Most of the time, people simply need a push towards the right mindset, a new perspective over a situation, some kind words of advice and some insight into their inner world, tools with help them walk their path softer, and that is what tarot can provide.”

Compared with the previous years, the young generations have more faith in tarot cards, and it seems that even though they don’t match everyone’s expectations, most of them can be a significant push to overcome present or past emotions for others.