Do your cards ever feel heavy, like maybe a few more were added without your knowledge?
While this most likely isn’t the case, it could be that your cards are a little energetically bogged down from being handled, flipped, shuffled, and present for all the readings you do for yourself and others. Some believe that the cards pick up on the energies exchanged during a session, and because energy is palpable, may linger on the Tarot until something is done to help them out.
While it’s not necessary, below are a few ways you can cleanse your cards up to help spare them of any extra “ju-ju” they may have picked up so that you and they can have a fresh start next time they’re needed.
The burning of sage and other sacred herbs is an indigenous practice that has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. Those who began the practice believed that the smoke from these dried plants helped clear out negative and unwanted energies, and since then modern science has shown that the ritual has real, scientific merit to it (not that it was needed, of course). Light some loose or bundled sage in a heatproof bowl and slowly pass your cards through its smoke. You can do the whole deck at once, or for a more intentional practice, pass each card through one-by-one. Once you're done, set the deck aside for a bit and let is bask in its smokey cleanliness until you use it again.
Reorder the Deck
Besides sage, one of my favorite ways to cleanse a deck is to take the cards and slowly and intentionally reorder them from Majors (0-21) to Minors (Ace-King; Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles). Once they're all in order I give them three good shuffles and then set them aside until they're ready to be used again. I feel like this helps reset them and dissipates any of the lingering energies they may have picked up from being handled in the past. Plus, it gives you a chance to look at each card and mindfully connect with them in a manner outside of a client or personal reading. Try combining this with sage to give the process a cleansing double-whammy!
Moonbaths are a great, fun, and one of my favorite “woo-woo” ways to recharge a deck after a long period of readings. Simply set the deck or decks out on your windowsill during a full or super moon and let the light of the luminary pour over. Full moons are a time of power and potency, and leaving your deck out during one can symbolize “recharging” the deck to be used throughout the next lunar cycle. This method is great because it helps keep your cleanses on a cycle and can be combined with crystals, sage, and other metaphysical tools for extra potency. The ritual of waiting for the right time of the month, setting out your cards, burning sage, and the intention of working with a certain time of astrological potency helps bring a mindfulness to this practice that allows you to make the cleanses an intentional and meaningful process.
Don’t feel the need or want to cleanse a deck? That’s 100% a-OK. After all, the cards themselves hold zero power, and like a musical instrument, can only come to life when you help facilitate it. If you feel good to go in mind, body, and spirit or simply think “cleansing” these little cardboard pictures is nonsense, you do you! Not cleansing a deck doesn’t make you any less of a reader, just like doing it doesn’t make you more of one. It’s simply a practice to help you make a connection to your cards, and if you don’t need or want it, then don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
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