There are many ways to store and take care of your cards, and unfortunately a few of them conflict with each other. However, this blog post aims to illustrate a few different ways of looking after your deck, and we recommend that you pick the one that feels right to you.
Storing The Cards
Traditionally, it is recommended that you wrap your cards in silk and keep them in a wooden box. This serves both spiritual and practical purposes: the silk protects the cards from energetic pollution and doubles as a reading cloth (that is, fabric that you spread underneath your cards). The box protects your cards from dust and accidents, as well as keeping them clear of any negative energies.
The reason we store our cards in a particular way is because our cards represent our own intuition: by showing respect to our cards, we show respect to ourselves. This ensures that we are always able to give accurate readings and, even more importantly, that we are always kind and attentive to ourselves. Because of this, it is recommended that you keep your cards safe in a way that is special to you: for example, a vegan may prefer to wrap their cards in organic cotton rather than silk. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to look after your cards – if it feels right to you, then it’s the right thing to do!
Cleansing The Cards
People believe that cards pick up the energy of the person who handles them, just like crystals do. There are several techniques you can use to cleanse your cards:
- Incense or sage smudge sticks. To do this, light your incense or your sage and pass your deck through the smoke. Imagine the smoke moving between the cards and carrying any negativity up and away.
- Crystals. Some crystals are natural energetic cleansers and can be used to clear your deck of negative energy. The best crystal to use is citrine, as it naturally cleanses itself as well as any objects placed near it. Simply stand your deck on top of its fabric and lay the citrine crystal on top of the cards over night.
- Singing Bowls. Place your deck inside the singing bowl and gently strike the rim with the wooden baton. Imagine the waves of sound rippling over the cards and carrying any negative energy away with them, like leaves on a stream.
Moonlight. On the night of a full moon, place your cards on a window sill that, at some point, receives moonlight. Leave your cards out overnight. You can use sunlight in the same way, only be sure to reduce the amount of time your cards are exposed to the light: remember, sunlight will fade the images over time!
When to Cleanse the Cards
If you only use the cards to read for yourself, then you won’t have to cleanse them as often. You might, for example, choose to use the moonlight cleansing method and clear your cards once a month.
Many card readers like to cleanse their deck after they have read for another person; in this case it is best to use the method that is most convenient for the situation. For example, a professional reader may choose to keep a citrine in the box where they store their professional deck. Students who are unable to burn incense may prefer to use the singing bowl technique. Again, it is a question of personal preference and you should choose the method that feels right for you.
Can Other People Touch The Cards?
Yes! If you are doing a reading for another person, it is vital that they touch the cards in order to form a temporary relationship with them, as this will enhance the reading.
However, if the person in question is a curious friend, then use your own discretion. If they will be polite, careful and – most importantly – respectful of your cards, then feel free to let them explore. Tarot cards are like musical instruments: most musicians prefer other people not to twiddle about with their instrument, but are happy to let others try them out if they have been asked nicely!
Can You Buy Your Own Cards?
Absolutely. Another belief is that the cards must be a gift in order for them to work; however, this just isn’t true. Cards that have been gifted may feel extra special to read with, but they will be just as accurate as a deck you chose for yourself because you felt drawn to it.
Ultimately, it is up to you to decide which is the best way for you to take care of your cards. Let the above suggestions serve as guidance while you find your own path, but don’t be afraid to let them go when you find techniques that work best for you.
Remember, if you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to pop into the shop and have a chat with Alex, our resident tarot reader.