Tarot cards have been popular since the mid fifteenth century. At first tarot readers used ordinary playing cards, imagining the the cards to represent something different. Only in 1909 did Pamela Colman Smith create the iconic original tarot designs, recognized everywhere in the Rider Waite tarot deck.
By the early twentieth century, the popularity of tarot had declined somewhat, as society developed a panoply of other distractions and entertainment. It became difficult for people who believed in spirituality to find experienced tarot card readers. There was also a fear of such practices in conservative households as people became increasingly panicked about moral values.
Recently there has been a resurgence in the popularity of tarot card readings, as technology reverses - allowing tarot card readings to be recorded on video and more widely distributed on streaming platforms such as YouTube. There are a range of highly knowledgeable tarot card readers, such as Red Roseta who are renewing people's interest.
Many of these tarot card reading videos cover the typical topics which young people today obsess over, such as:
YouTubers have developed a great way to personalize their readings. Instead of giving a single reading, they provide a selection of "groups" to choose from. These Pick a Card readings allow the audience to choose a reading that their spirit guides have fated for them.
Usually the YouTuber will ask the viewer to skip to a specific timestamp or video link, to hear their full reading. This is a lot more fun for the audience, since they can become active participants.
It seems ironic that, the entertainment technology which once reduced the popularity of tarot card readings, is now responsible for its resurgence.
However, that may not be the entire story here. Young people are living increasingly isolated and challenging lives - is it therefore any surprise to see them increasingly turning back to their spirituality for divine guidance?