I use my tarot cards every day, and I tend to get a lot of emotional energy attached to them. I make it a habit to cleanse my tarot cards at least once a month. Some decks can go longer, but others get cleansed more often. I wanted to share with you the two easiest methods I have for cleansing your decks.
Why should you cleanse your cards?
Regardless of how often you use them, if you don’t keep your cards hidden away from the world they are bound to have wayward energy attach to them. This could be irritation, anger, joy, or even the restlessness of an animal that nosed your cards. This wayward energy can influence the behavior and draw of the cards, so it’s best to keep them cleansed and as neutral as possible.
Cleanse by Salt
Salt is used within witchcraft and many occult practices because of its crystalline nature. It absorbs and keeps away negative energies, leaving your cards clear and fresh for the next use. I tend to use coarse sea salt, mainly because it is more natural and easier to clean up. For this method, I simple fan out my cards on my altar and sprinkle salt over the top. I leave them like this for at least an entire day, then clean it up and store them somewhere safe.
Cleanse by Smoke
Smoke cleansing is another popular cleansing method that is used for tarot cards, crystals, homes, and people. The most common method of smoke cleansing is using sage, but I prefer to use incense because the smell of burning sage makes me sick. For this method, I light my incense and fan a small stack of cards through the smoke until the entire deck has been cleansed. Then I store them in a safe place and let the incense burn all the way down.
My most recent YouTube video details exactly how I cleanse my own cards.
Do you have a favorite method for cleansing yours?