On Friday, I briefly mentioned Sally Coleman's use of tarot cards for spiritual mediation and was critical of the practice. Sally defends it here:
Meditating on the imagery helps me to make scriptural connections when talking to others using this resource, my own familiarity with the story behind and through the image helps to enable a more positive and relaxed encounter.
Although I consider the use of icons (as found in Eastern Orthodox and Catholic contexts) idolatrous, at least those images are directly Christian. Even though tarot cards may have been invented in the West and after substantial effort one can find Christian symbols within them (e.g. the Devil, Death, and the Garden of Eden), Scriptural teaching is clear that we are not to build idols, even in the fashion of our own God. And as Keith Taylor points out here:
So I now come back to the tarot card. It may have Christian imagery, they may look like Christian icons, but they are used for occultic practice. That are used for fortune telling. Tarot cards are right in line with ouija boards, wiccan rights and spells, chicken feet and blood and Voodoo. They are a tool for charlatans and soothsayers. Heck, Voodoo and Free Masonry are filled with Christian Imagery, but I'm not going to use that to spread the Gospel to pagan infadels either. As Bible believing Christians, we are to avoid such nonsense.
The Gospel doesn't need a crutch fabricated from new age occult religions to spread it's central theme. It stands on a firm foundation, the solid rock of Jesus Christ's blood and righteousness.
Agreed. There is a great danger is adopting symbols into our spiritual lives that are primarily used for non-Christian religious traditions. The evangelistic mandate means that we have to proclaim the gospel in the language of every people across the world. We should be able to understand New Age people (and I rejoice at Sally's active embrace of this particular group of lost people), but that does not mean that we should change the content of the gospel in order to satisfy other religions. As the Bible teaches "Do not cook a young goat in its' mothers milk." The spiritual disciplines of false religions are not our own.
Before you respond, be sure to read the comments where Sally provides further explanation of her views.