MMA writes: “One of our relatives brings a deck of cards called ‘Trust Your Vibes’ by Sonia Choquette to every family get together. She calls them angel cards & is very insistent about wanting to do cards to “help” everyone. This has been the cause of much anxiety for us. I have already said how I feel about this. Is there any more we can say to her to make it clearer?”
It sounds as though your relative needs an education in the faith as well as the occult which is the only way that she will be able to understand why these practices are causing so much anxiety (which is, in itself, a sign of the devil’s activity).
For those who have never heard of her, Sonia Choquette bills herself as a “globally celebrated and dynamic spiritual teacher, six-sensory consultant, enchanting storyteller, and transformational visionary guide” who believes all humans are divine and are endowed with six [rather than five] senses to guide us through life. She believes we must activate and rely on this innate sixth sense in order to “make the most authentic, well-informed, healthy, and soul satisfying decisions possible.” If we do this, we’ll attract the right job, the perfect mate, scads of money, and anything else our heart desires.
And all you have to do is invest $199 in her proven program to achieve all this success and enlightenment! (Snake oil has really gone up in price these days!)
It didn’t surprise me that someone with this background would be hawking cards such as the ones you mention. These aren’t really “angel” cards – they’re more like “ask your Guide” cards but New Agers like to employ Christian-sounding labels because this makes their practices more palatable. Your relative is actually calling upon spirit guides, not angels.
How do I know this? Because, as all Catholics should know, real angels answer to God alone and don’t take orders from the likes of Ms. Choquette and her card system. They were created to serve Him, not to tell fortunes.
In Deuteronomy 18:10, the Lord makes it quite clear that He regards all those who resort to practices of divination such as this to be an “abomination”. This means we can eliminate God and His angels as being the source of any information that might be the result of reading Ms. Choquette’s cards.
There are only two other beings known to inhabit the spiritual realm – disembodied human souls and demons. Because disembodied human souls don’t have the capacity to communicate with the material world once they have been separated from their senses (they would need to “borrow” these powers from either a supernatural or preternatural source), this leaves only one other being capable of telling one’s fortune – Satan.
Again, as anyone with even the most rudimentary catechesis should know, Satan has both the power and the motive to masquerade as an “angel of light” in order to lead people away from God and train them to rely upon him. Once he does this, it is much easier to accomplish his main mission – their eternal destruction.
You did not mention if your relative was Catholic, but if she is, you might want to bring some of this basic catechesis to her attention. Chances are, she simply isn’t aware of it and just thinks you’re being overly pious. However, if she is Catholic, and is aware of all this, and still insists on bringing her cards with her to family events, you may want to stop inviting her. Remember, she’s not coming alone to your parties – she’s bringing some very unwanted friends along with her!