your Tarot deck
Now that you found the
perfect deck it is necessary to properly care for them.
The first thing you will
want to do is to cleanse and bless your deck. There are several
ways to do this:
- You could write a
Tarot cleansing and blessing ritual
- You can cleanse them
with any or all of the elements
- You can smudge them
- You can leave them
sit on a window sill for 24 hours so that they will be cleansed
and charged by both the Sun and the Moon
- You can put them in
numerical order (this is a quick way to do a cleansing of lingering
energy. It is not recommended for an initial or a thorough cleansing).
From Apythia: Personally,
when I first get a deck, I do a thorough cleansing ritual. I go
through the deck card by card, very lightly sprinkling each card
with salt water and then placing it through the smoke of the burning
sage incense (which for this purpose, represents air and fire as
you wouldn't want to put your card through an actual flame for obvious
I then ask the goddess,
god and ancient ones to bless each of my cards so that they may
be used as proper tools through which the Lady, Lord and spirits
may send me knowledge and guidance. I then bless them with burning
rosemary or jasmine or any other herb or incense associated with
I usually leave the cleansed
and blessed deck on my altar for 3 days with properly blessed crystals
and amethyst before using them. (The crystals and amethyst are then
kept in the bag with the cards.)
I will repeat this about
once a year for each deck used for public readings.
You will know when it
is time to cleanse your deck. You will notice a change in energy
or the way you feel about your deck. Readings may also become less
I find that if I put
the deck in numerical order once a month or so, I tend not to have
to do as much major cleanings. After a particularly nasty or trying
reading or if I feel the connection dropping between myself and
the cards, I will leave them on my window sill.
Most Tarot readers suggest
storing your cards in a black-lined bag or in a wooden Tarot card
box. This not only physically protects your cards, but it also keeps
them from picking up whatever energy is floating around.
You can include gemstones
and herbs with divinatory powers or psychic improvement abilities
with your cards.
Keep your cards covered
when not in use.
doing a reading
You probably noticed
that most Tarot readers will spread a cloth over whatever surface
they are doing readings on.
This serves two purposes.
On the practical side, it keeps your cards clean. On a psychic side,
the color you chose to use can help with the vibrations of the card.
It is up to you as to
whether or not you allow the seeker to touch your cards. Some readers
encourage their seekers to shuffle the deck so that they can infuse
it with their energy. Others don't let seeks touch their deck for
the same reason. They prefer to have no one else's energy on the
deck but their own. The choice is yours.
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