How to Protect, Cleanse and Intentionally Care for your Tarot Deck

by Melissa Hargus

Tarot is a special divination system to better understand your intuition, this helps guide you and allows you to gain insight on difficult situations/circumstances. Mind you, this isn’t fortune telling, so you won’t be able to read the future, its a powerful tool but is subjective to the reader/receiver.

Along with the basics of learning how to read and understand the 78 tarot cards, there are a few other essential matters to keep in mind;

view our selection of tarot wraps made by Artist/Owner Carol Hargus  Photographed by Alejandro Osmo

view our selection of tarot wraps made by Artist/Owner Carol Hargus

Photographed by Alejandro Osmo


Protection:

There are many ways you to can store your Tarot Deck to protect it from physical and energetic harm; a box, bag or piece of fabric works great but our favorite and the most traditional and sacred way to protect your deck is with a silk scarf. Storing your deck wrapped in silk and with a small quartz crystal will keep it from absorbing any outside energies.

Why Silk?

Silk protects your deck from negative energy, it’s the oldest and most respected way to store your cards. Silk is pound for pound stronger than steel on a molecular level, this strength is revered as a shield for exterior forces that may want to penetrate your cards. Silk repels stains and moisture protecting your deck physically as well as energetically.

How to wrap your deck?

Our favorite ways to wrap our deck is using traditional Japanese Furoshiki techniques as these are easy, versatile and beautiful ways to intentional care for your deck.

Furoshiki focuses on sustainable methods to use fabric for wrapping and storing goods

Furoshiki focuses on sustainable methods to use fabric for wrapping and storing goods

Cleansing:

There are many ways and reasons you may want to cleanse your deck, this is an energetic way to create a fresh start for your deck.

Reasons to cleanse:

  1. You haven’t used your deck in quite some time

  2. Other people have touched your deck

  3. Your readings are starting to feel unclear and stuck

  4. The cards have literally fallen from your hands

  5. If the deck is second hand / borrowed

Different ways to cleanse:

  1. Sorting (check your deck to make sure all cards are there)

  2. Shuffling (simply move your cards around, close your eyes and relax)

  3. Meditation (sit in silence, hold your deck and close your eyes)

  4. Smudge (burn herbs to cleanse negative energies, our Sacred Smudge for example will exhaust negative energies and revive positive, loving energies)

  5. Salt Cleanse (bury your deck in salt overnight)

  6. Full Moon Cleanse (place your deck on a windowsill facing the full moon, inside rather than outside to protect from the elements)

Additional Notes:

The best way to connect with your deck is the spend time with it; the more time you spend you will begin to understand the cards, intentionally handle them and evoke loving energies.

Keeping your deck in a sacred/intentional space such as on your alter or organized in a clean space will also help your cards retain good energy.

view our selection of botanically dyed tarot wraps made by Artist/Owner Carol Hargus  Photographed by Alejandro Osmo

view our selection of botanically dyed tarot wraps made by Artist/Owner Carol Hargus

Photographed by Alejandro Osmo


&Furthermore

If you are interested in silks; we create a line of small batch ethically made and botanically dyed silks in house; they’re one of a kind and beautiful abstract works of art. These are hand dyed by fiber artist Carol Hargus (my sweet momma)

These are perfect companions for wrapping your deck and reading on; they even double as a scarf.

Small sizes are available here (for standard tarot decks) or larger sizes available here (for oracle size cards)

If you’re interested in learning the basics on reading tarot please check out our Tarot 101 Workshop with Carly Fischer of Sound Sight Tarot happening January 26th from 1-3pm at our Brick and Mortar Boutique.