Have you ever picked up an old used tarot deck and sensed that it has a heavy, ‘sticky’ or otherwise negative energy? All decks absorb the emotional energy from readings and if not cleansed regularly, the readings you do with them could potentially become affected because of the energy exchange between you and the deck in a reading.
I’ll hold my hands up and tell you that I don’t always dedicate a new tarot deck with a ritual before I read with it. A quick cleanse and prayer and away we go! That said, believe it is a great idea to do a proper dedication ritual for any deck you plan on using for healing and/or magick.
Whatever your beliefs are about this, in my experience, as well as from what I’ve learned from talking with other Tarotists, the majority of us do a proper cleanse before working with a second-hand deck. This is because we are all sensitive to energy and used decks often feel ‘sticky’ energetically speaking, even when the condition is pristine.
When it comes to doing vibrational healing with the cards it is absolutely necessary to work with a cleansed and dedicated deck. The reason for this is that you want the pure, undiluted archetypal energy for your workings – without sticky emotional interference. You don’t need to rush out and buy a new deck but you do need to cleanse and ‘reboot’ any deck previously used for fortune-telling.
If the deck is very ‘sticky’ or feels ‘sad,’ I like to use a soft cloth to wipe each of the cards individually. I do this in a meditative state with candles lit and soft music playing in the background. Yes, it is time-consuming but you will have a deck that is not only energetically pure – you will have bonded and your deck will feel like an extension of your own energy.
A quicker way which is suitable for new decks or decks that haven’t been used for emotionally involved readings is to smudge the deck with sage, sandalwood or frankincense. Additionally, you may want to leave it on an amethyst crystal cluster over night. Amethyst has cleansing properties and is one of the few self-cleansing crystals (i.e. does not need to be cleansed).
Once the deck has been cleansed you need to dedicate it to your healing work. How you do this is entirely up to you. Call on relevant angels, spirit guides, power animals, deities, great auntie Bessie in spirit – Anyone you feel you want to be involved in your healing work.
And hey, this could even be your introduction to working with spirit guides if you have never tried it before. Some of our guides and angels have been with us since before we were born but that doesn’t mean you can’t invite someone new. Who or what inspires you? Where is the healing power? What form does it have? Call on it by any name you choose.
‘Is this really necessary?’ I hear you asking. You won’t know the difference until you try! When you connect with spirit this way you open another channel for healing as well as guidance. That can only be a good thing.
Once you have cleansed and dedicated the deck, please make sure you store it safely. A wooden box is ideal. Wrapping your cards in silk is also good. Keep an amethyst with your Tarot healing deck at all times for continuous transmutation of negative energy. As amethysts are self-cleansing, you won’t have to spend as much time on deck-cleaning chores… more time for healing, reading and playing!
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