Tarot cards taking over TikTok


Marissa Amorose

“I go on Tiktok just to watch the tarot card videos because I am very interested in what my future will end up looking like,” said NC junior Kenneth Pagan-Portes. Tarot cards have appeared all over people’s for you pages on Tiktok. Mostly for telling people things like how their love life will turn out, and if/what a specific person, like somebody’s crush, thinks about them daily.

Marissa Amorose, Staff

On TikTok, the tarot card trend seemingly appears on everyone’s “For You” page, where the app’s algorithm predicts the videos that will interest users. Tarot decks consist of 78 cards with multiple cryptic images and symbols on each of them. The deck comes with 22 major Arcana cards and 56 minor Arcana cards. Major Arcana cards represent things like karma and spiritual things, while the minor cards reflect the things we go through on a daily basis. Tarot cards give insight into different areas of  people’s lives. They also give guidance spiritually which helps individuals connect and understand their inner selves.  

“On my For You page I have seen tarot card readings with multiple parts depending on what the reading is about. I specifically have seen readings on the future of my love life, which usually had a small amount of parts, while the readings about my future, in general, have a large amount of parts,” freshman Ryan Vickers said.

The people on TikTok who do readings predict people’s future, especially when it comes to the future in anybody’s love life. A couple of well-known TikTokers that make these videos include Jenny Chang and memekeeleyy. All of the tarot card readers usually use different decks of tarot cards, such as the intuitive heart tarot card deck created by the reader Rachel True. 

“I think the tarot card readings on TikTok are fun to watch so I can see what each card means because I find it very fascinating how there are multiple different meanings,” said senior Diana Alvarado. 

Each of the 22 major arcana cards mean something different. The meaning also depends on the position of how the card gets pulled out, reversed or upright. Reversed, it usually shows up with negative meanings. For example, the world card upright means fulfillment, harmony, and completion while reversed means incompletion and no closure. It also goes the same way for the 56 minor arcana cards. The minor cards and major cards contain different meanings though. The major arcana cards include the fool, magician, high priestess, empress, emperor, hierophant, lovers, chariot, strength, hermit, wheel of fortune, justice, hanged man, death, temperance, devil, tower, star, moon, sun, judgment, and the world. The 56 minor cards include 4 suits with 14 cards in each, ace and wands, ace and pentacles, ace and cups, and lastly ace and swords.

Tarot cards come with multiple uses like predicting people’s futures or what their love life will look like in another way. This makes Tarot card reading different from fortune tellers. They can become a way for people to socialize through their electronics since COVID prevents us from socializing face to face. They also can become a hobby for anyone and everyone that gets easily bored during quarantine so they can enjoy having fun with others. It can also help people’s relationships by helping them obtain closeness.