So you just got your new deck of tarot cards. They are still in the box. There is a process called clearing the deck that tarot readers do before they start to use the cards. This is done to clear any negative energy from the deck as well as to start to impart your own energy on the new deck.
When you get a new deck of tarot cards it is recommended that they are spiritually prepared and cleansed so you can conduct readings more effectively. You can clear a tarot deck several ways. Clearing is a way to spiritually clean and prepare the cards for use. Many readers also cleanse their spiritual space and objects in the room they conduct readings in very much in the same manner. You can also clear the reading space, table and objects you use to read with to remove any negativity as well. The idea is you want to work with a card deck and space that is clean spiritually so that the readings aren’t clouded with negative debris from other things. Spiritual cleanliness is next to whatever idea of godliness one has.
When you clear your tarot cards you remove any traces of negative or blocking energy so you can use them to the best of your abilities with clean and positive energy.
Me and other people do spiritual preparations like clearing the space and cards of negativity before they begin to read a client in addition to their initial clearing. They also may do little cleanings after readings as well to make sure if there was any negativity from the reading that it is removed. Some people clear their cards after every reading some don’t. They may do it periodically like on a specific day at a specific time. It doesn’t matter which way you decide to clean them after the initial clearing. Go with how you feel and what gives you the best energy. Also by keeping cards and space spiritually cleansed it helps eliminate false and inaccurate readings. You won’t have left over energy from the previous readings this way. The tarot cards are a form of divination. All forms of divination require energy. When you clean your cards and space you are ridding them of the energetic “residue” that accumulates from reading others or using the cards all the time. This is even more important if you are the type of reader who allows others to handle your cards. Reading different people constantly; and things like giving a reading that had bad or negative energy attached to it would be an adequate reason to make sure your cards are cleared. The cards accumulate energy which is the reason for spiritual cleaning. Clearing the cards and the area is like breathing clean air on them.
Some people can read without doing anything to a deck, but most people want to put their own energy into the deck instead of just taking them out of the box and beginning. When you clear a deck you are also charging it with your energy as you begin to use it, by removing any other influences on the cards. Clearing the deck also blesses the deck with your spiritual energy. Before I actually give you some simple techniques here is a list of all the main ways one can cleanse a tarot deck and the space you use to read with:
- Prayers, Invocations, Vigils
- Singing, Chanting or Music
- Ritual Silence
- Creating an altar, placing statues, flowers, pictures, a glass of water, material
- Using A Power Name
- Incense, Smoke and Smudging
- Special Gestures and Offerings, moving within or outside a circle
- Lighting candles or burning a fire
- Fasting or Feasting on special foods such as eating a special thing or drinking a specific herb or tea
- Using power objects such as crystals or putting on any ritual amulets or talisman or religious or spiritual jewellery such as beads
- Washing your hands
- Breathing techniques