World's bestselling New Age author left it all behind for Christ: 'I was being used by the devil'
Once upon a time, Doreen Virtue was one of the most well-known figures in the New Age movement. She was a successful author and purveyor of "angel cards," an occultic tool, until she had a stunning awakening in 2017 that imploded her worldview and led her to embrace Christ.
Now, Virtue is warning people not to buy her old oracle cards and products, to flee the New Age, not to pray to angels, and to cling to Jesus.
It's a remarkable turnaround that came after Virtue studied the Bible and, after decades in the New Age movement, saw the true evils of the occult. She's now trying to undo the impact of her past work.
"I'm devastated that some people may be in Hell now because they were following my work," Virtue said on the "Ex-Psychic Saved" podcast. "It's heartbreaking every day to realize my old work's out there and what I did."
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But Virtue relies on the Lord, telling host Jenn Nizza she's grateful God opened her eyes and heart to the Gospel and saved her "while there was still time."
"It's a miracle," she said.
Listen to Virtue tell her story on the "Ex-Psychic Saved" podcast:
Virtue also discussed the roots of her foray into the occult, revealing some of the lies she believed as a child. She recalled thinking she didn't need to read or trust the Bible, that Jesus was simply a man, and that Christ was essentially a wish-granter.
As Virtue grew up in the shadow of these sentiments, she took a dark path into the New Age and soon found herself doing readings and using angel cards to try and channel spirits to convey information.
Eventually, these activities intensified, and she moved into creating her own angel card decks, finding massive success selling them to others in the New Age movement. At the time, she assumed God was on her side, and she was doing His work; now, she believes otherwise.
"It just became this phenomenon really quickly, and I thought it was God's blessing on me," Virtue said. "I didn't realize that the devil will use people … to further his deception."
She continued, "And so I was being used by the devil, thinking that I was getting rewarded."
And by all worldly standards, Virtue did seem to have all the dividends one could ever want: an ocean-front house, nice furniture, and a family. Yet the cracks eventually started to show through.
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"I really thought I was a Christian doing God's work," she said. "I had no idea that I was an abomination to God by doing and teaching divination until 2017 when I read Deuteronomy 18:10-12, and I was floored when it says there that anyone who does these things … is detestable [and an] abomination to God, and the veil was lifted. I just … fell to my knees."
The sudden realization her life had been lived contrary to God's will left Virtue "dumbstruck," as she began apologizing to the Lord and crying out to Him.
"I … gave my life to Jesus," she said. "That was the autumn of 2017, and ever since then, I've just been telling people, 'I'm sorry I made these cards. Please don't use them.'"
Virtue said she's faced quite a bit of pushback for speaking out against her former angel cards, yet she continues to do so, knowing she previously helped lead many astray.
The former psychic also addressed the accuracy of angel cards and other such tools.
"The trouble is that these angel cards and other divination methods, they do work to a degree, and they …. can predict the future to a degree," Virtue said. "But it's a future that's dangerous and … very often I would follow it, and I would get divorced, or I would be away from my children doing things that were sinful."
She continued, "God would never give us a message that would be against his commandments."
Listen to the full episode of the "Ex-Psychic Saved."
This article originally appeared on CBN's Faithwire.