Teaching tarot to children is one of the best ways to engage them with this ancient spiritual art. For years tarot was seen as something we should stay away from, but these days it has been demystified a lot and people are starting to let go of their fear and negativity towards tarot.
More and more people are learning how to read tarot cards to help themselves and others around them. These days tarot is not only a tool for divination, but also for self-learning, self-development and spiritual development.
The big question, however, is: how soon should tarot be taught to children? How old should they be before they learn the basics of tarot card reading?
A popular view on this topic is that children should be mature enough to understand some basic concepts and some basic symbolism. That is why 7-9 years is a good age to learn it. Before this age, children tend not to yet understand some essential things that combinations of cards can show. That is why it is difficult to explain to them the meaning of card spreads at such a tender age.
On the other hand, young children only use cards for very everyday and common tasks that require the most basic knowledge about the world around us. Especially with the many tarot decks made for kids, this is easier than ever.
There are some fantastic decks of cards depicting heroes from history, fairies, manga and cartoon characters that will not only delight children but also keep them interested in the story that unfolds throughout the cards dealt.
None of the images on these cards are threatening, obscene or violent, so children are safe and protected from anything above their age.
I have a friend who learned tarot at the age of 9. He told me that his life has become much fuller and much richer because of it. He could more easily understand mythology, the art of telling stories and many things that helped him in school and he could easily make connections that were not so visible to many of his peers.
One way to teach tarot to children is to use the cards for playing instead of reading. Put some cards together and let them tell a story based on how they line up next to each other. This will boost their creativity and imagination and later help them learn to read the cards intuitively (rather than reading them based on a fixed traditional meaning).