What To Do If Your Tarot Cards Are Causing Anxiety | 6 Steps To Help Today

  • By: Reece
  • Date: 20 February 2023
  • Time to read: 4 min.

Tarot cards are a popular tool for divination. But they can also generate anxiety. For the uninitiated, the images on these cards might seem very threatening.

But this is an over-reaction. Tarot cards should not cause us to feel anxious, but they can if we let our fears get the better of us and prevent us from using them again in future readings. So what to do about it?

Let’s find out…

Understand The Meaning Of Tarot Cards

In order for us to rid ourselves of our fears, we first need to understand what we’re anxious about. So let’s start by exploring the meaning of tarot cards.

The images on these cards are symbols. Each one represents a particular concept such as love, wisdom, creativity, etc. If we understand what the symbols represent, it makes sense that they would not be frightening.

One of the most common causes of anxiety from tarot cards is due to the Death card. People can become very fearful of this card, as it symbolizes death. But the Death card is not about dying or someone dying.

It is about change or transformation. So if you see the Death card, know that it does not mean that someone has passed away. It means that change is coming.

Use The Same Card For Continual Reassurance

Once you have explored the meaning of each card, you can start to put it to good use. The easiest way to do this is by using the same card to reassure yourself. To do this, you simply lay your cards out as normal.

Any time you see a card that makes you anxious, you simply lay the same card beside it. This will help you reassure yourself of what the card really means. It will also let you compare the two cards and see how they are actually similar.

As you continue to do this, you will begin to naturally become less anxious. You will begin to recognize the patterns of the cards and how they relate to one another.

This will allow you to see the bigger picture of your reading and really understand the message the cards are trying to convey.

Use Coloured Markers To Highlight Key Words

Another way to ease your fears is to highlight key words in your reading. While this may seem a bit silly, it can be very helpful in reducing your anxiety.

You can either highlight the words with a pencil, or use a highlighter pen. The choice is completely up to you. The purpose of this is to draw your attention to words that are causing you anxiety.

By highlighting these words, you are essentially creating a visual bookmark for future readings. This will let you see the words again and again, which will help you to become desensitized to them.

This will allow you to focus more on the overall message of your reading, rather than getting side-tracked by certain words.

Try A Recorded Reading Or Readings With Friends

If you are still struggling with anxiety after trying the suggestions above, then it may be best to put the cards away for a while.

However, if you do decide to put them away, you should try to come back to them as soon as you can. By putting the cards away, you are essentially telling yourself that you are too afraid to use them. This will only make your anxiety worse.

So instead of putting them away, try a recorded reading or readings with friends. There are many online services that offer recorded readings.

This will allow you to have a reading without having to touch the cards. It will also let you come back to the reading in the future.

Change Your Tarot Deck Or Readers

If you are using a deck that you are particularly anxious about, you should consider changing your deck. This will allow you to start with a clean slate and will let you feel less anxious.

You can simply use the internet to find a deck that resonates positively with you. You can also consider changing readers. Tarot readers can transmit energy through their voice and this can be a form of transmission.

This can cause readers and clients to pick up each other’s energy. So the anxiety of one will be felt by the other.


Anxiety is one of the most common side effects of tarot card readings. It can be caused by a misunderstanding of the symbols represented on the cards.

To reduce your anxiety, you should understand the meaning of the symbols and be mindful of your reactions to them. You may also want to try changing your deck or readers if you’ve been experiencing anxiety when reading with your current deck or reader.

In addition, you can also try using the same card to reassure yourself or highlighting key words in your reading to help ease your anxiety.

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