Have you ever heard that you can’t buy a tarot deck; that you can only come by one as a gift? I have no idea where this myth started but it is just that. There is absolutely no reason why you must receive a deck as a gift. Tarot cards like so many other things are merely tools, the real magick and mysticism lies in the Witch.
Around the age of 16 my parents gave me their deck as my first deck. I couldn't read them to save my life when I first got them and believed that I was just crap at Tarot. Around 17 or 18 though I learned about cleansing energies and after cleansing the deck my readings came to life. I may have gotten the deck as a gift but it didn't work for me at first. It was like giving a kid a toy with bad batteries in it. This taught me an important lesson, always cleanse your deck no matter where it comes from. You need to turn it into a bank slate that you can imbue with your own energy and magick.
If you have a local shop that sells Tarot decks then check it out, but remember if they let you handle the deck to see if you want it, they've let others do the same. I don’t recommend handling different decks and trying to sense an energy that suits you. Chances are what you’re really picking up on is someone else’s energy that suits you. Whether buying in person or online I recommend that you make your decision on what feelings the art invokes in you. Tarot is essentially nothing more than a trigger for your own intuition and psychic abilities, if the artwork evokes emotions in you then it has the ability to serve as a trigger.
Once you've purchased your tarot deck the first thing you want to do is to cleanse the deck. You’ll want to do this even if you were given the deck. There are an endless number of ways to do this but here are two that I use. The first is to pass the deck through the smoke of white sage and the second is to lay smoky quartz and obsidian on them.
After you've cleansed your deck you’ll want to charge it, imbue it with your energy and magick. I start by leaving my deck out under the full moon. Then I spend time handling the deck; shuffling it over and over, holding the cards while I examine the artwork, and holding the deck between the palms of my hands while sending my energy through them.
It’s wonderful if you receive a Tarot deck as a gift but whether you get them as a gift or buy them remember that to have them work for you there are two steps to follow. Always cleanse and charge your deck.
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