Colorado Springs Tarot Card Readers See Tarot Go Mainstream | Arts and entertainment

Scrolling through videos, one appears showing flower cards that will be flipped.

“It found you because…” read the words on the screen. “These financial problems are about to end.”

It looks and sounds like other social media content, thanks in part to Olivia Rodrigo’s popular song playing in the background.

Meg Ludwig lays out her tarot cards for a reading. She does pop-up readings at Eclectic Co. twice a month.

But it’s not meant to make you laugh or teach you how to cook dinner. It aims to help you make some of your most important life decisions.

The comments section is flooded with some version of the phrase “I claim this energy”, indicating that hundreds of people, if not more, believe this.

These videos show something else. Tarot card reading is no longer a mysterious thing behind the curtain. Tarot readings are on TikTok, which kind of means tarot readings are everywhere.

This is true in Colorado Springs, where tarot readings can be found at festivals, farmers markets and birthday parties.

They can be found in downtown stores like Eclectic Co., where Meg Ludwig hosts a pop-up tarot reading every other weekend. Ludwig, 35, is prepared for anyone who walks through the door, which is usually a mix of tourists or locals, and welcomes different reactions to the tarot table. Ludwig can see the look in people’s eyes.

“A lot of people are pretty freaked out that I’m going to tell them they’re going to die,” she said. “And I’ve never predicted anyone’s death.”

This is one misconception that Ludwig runs into. There are many others.

“Many of my sessions demystify what people have learned from TV and movies about tarot,” Ludwig said. “And just to show them I’m a normal person.”

She often encounters this type of conversation because tarot may not seem normal. Or not until now.

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Meg Ludwig shuffles the tarot cards. Ludwig does pop-up readings at Eclectic Co. twice a month. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Ludwig has seen tarot go mainstream, as has Natalie Evans, who reads from her metaphysical shop, over the phone and at random parties.

“Honestly, with the advent of TikTok, it really blew up,” she said.

She said she was breaking out of “taboo.” But the soul of tarot should not be lost.

“Tarot is for self-observation,” she said. “It’s about looking inside yourself to see what moves you can make to improve your life.”

Evans gets a lot of naysayers. So sometimes she tells her story. She wasn’t looking for tarot. She didn’t want to become a mother at 17. She didn’t want to become a 19-year-old widow after her husband died of cancer.

And she wasn’t looking for tarot. Her friend thought it was a good idea.

“She was able to tell me right off the bat that I was a widow,” Evans said of the tarot card reader. “You can’t just assume a 19-year-old is a widow.”

The reader told more to the young woman who has had spiritual experiences before but is afraid of this reading because she doesn’t want to hear any more bad news. A reader told her she would meet a strong, red-haired man someday, and Evans did. The reader brought up something else. A new belief. Healing. Career.

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Meg Ludwig arranges her tarot cards inside while there is a sign in the Electic Co. window. Ludwig does pop-up readings at Eclectic Co. twice a month. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

“It all comes back to helping people,” she said. “I like helping people with my gifts.”

Now she can tell others that. Now she has to help others.

“I truly believe this is what I’m meant to do with my life,” Ludwig said.

“A lot of people are pretty freaked out that I’m going
to tell them they are going to die. And I never predicted
someone’s death.” Meg Ludwig, Tarot Card Reader

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