Technology is really great and it has lead to the wide spread availability of many different Tarot decks around the world. Which I love of course, being a Tarot Addict. There is pretty much an App available for just about everything it seems and Tarot is no exception.
There are a ton of Tarot Deck and Oracle Deck Apps available ranging from free (or initially free with in app purchases)to $9.99. At least if you have an iPhone and an iPad the app can be used on both of the devises and you only have to pay for it once. I am not sure if the same goes for Android apps and other tablets.
I have bought a couple of apps over the years and to be honest I rarely use them. Here are a few of my pros and cons in regards to whether it is worth buying a Tarot or Oracle App.
Pro – If you forget your Tarot or Oracle deck while you are out you have at least one always on the ready.
Con – They, like every app ever made can crash.
Pro – Transporting a lot of decks is easy and The Fool’s Dog even has a Tarot Sampler 1, 2 and 3 which is pretty cool to see what there is on offer without having to carry around a lot.
Con – If you have already purchased the physical deck you are going to have to shell out more money in a lot of cases for the App as well.
Pro – You can save a lot of your readings on the apps and some even have built in Tarot Journals.
Con – You are holding either a phone or a tablet and not the cards themselves. Some people may not see this as a Con but I certainly do.
Con – Reading for other people on a iPhone or iPad may be awkward, I would love to hear from anyone who does this successfully.
Like most things it is really going to come down to personal preference and how you like to read the cards. Do you believe that it is important for you and or your Client to be able to shuffle the cards and put their/your energy into the reading? Or doesn’t it matter? Do you think that random code works just as well as intuition?
For me Tarot apps have been something I bought a couple of, used and then totally forgot about. There are no Tarot or Oracle deck apps on my phone at the moment but they are still on my iPad. Still unused for the most part. I like building a Tarot spread with my cards and I also enjoy the ritual of reading the Tarot. Creating sacred space for those I am lucky to call my Clients and for myself.
Maybe I am just getting old before my time and may turn into one of those people who shy away from new technology, which I doubt as I am an avid gamer. There is however something sacred and luxe about sitting down with a deck of Tarot cards and shuffling them. It is the same with books, the printed word may some day stop being printed but too many people still adore holding a book in their hands.