Welcome to the first Tarosophy Association Members Blog Hop!
I’m delighted to be participating in this event along with a bunch of my fellow association members to bring you some fun and informative posts about tarot. You can find links to the previous and next blogs, as well as the master list of all the blogs participating in the blog hop at the top and bottom of this page.
This month we’re starting out with the topic – New Decks.
7 Things to Do with Your New Deck
1. Charge it
With crystals! When a new deck’s energies feel strange to me, I like to charge it with crystals that I use often because the energies of those crystals are familiar to me.
It amazes me how different a new deck can feel before and after a charge. It’s like putting new batteries in a flashlight that was previously struggling just to shine with its old batteries, and getting clear, bright, and illuminating light from it! You can also charge a new deck with moonlight, sunlight, or sea salt.
2. Sleep with it
Bring your new deck to bed with you. Many tarot readers suggest sleeping with your deck under your pillow, but that would be quite uncomfortable for me, as my pillow isn’t very thick. It’s enough to have the deck beside me on my bedside table. It’s just another way of getting intimate with your deck. *wink*
3. Interview it
Deck interviews are a great way to get to know your new deck! Some of the questions I ask my new decks include:
- What is your (the deck) personality like?
- What will our relationship be like?
- What insights do you bring?
- How can you help me?
- What can you teach me?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
You can ask these questions and pull a card one at a time for each, or you can create a deck interview spread for yourself. There are also many existing deck interview spreads you can search for online if you don’t feel like making up your own questions.
4. Chant with it
There are usually 78 cards in a tarot deck, I like to chant mantras through each card in a new deck, the way you would chant through each bead of a mala, infusing the cards with energy and intention while at the same time enjoying the benefits of chanting and meditation.
If you are chanting with oracle or Lenormand decks, you can chant through the cards once, twice, or even three times, depending on the number of cards in your deck.
5. Imagine with it
Go through the images of the cards in your new deck one by one. Imagine what is going on in those pictures; what is going on? how many characters are in the image? what are they doing? how are they feeling?
Ask the cards to tell you a story. This is one of my favorite ways to get to know a new deck, I can literally spend hours just looking at the images on a new deck and using my imagination to let them tell me stories.
6. Talk to it
The conversation doesn’t have to be one-sided, you can talk to your deck too. Tell your new deck all about you. Who are you as a reader? What kind of readings do you like to do? Why did you choose to buy this new deck? Let your new deck learn more about you so that it can work better with you.
7. Read with it
Last but not least, read with your new deck! The more you read with it, the better you’ll get to know it. I spend quite a bit of time reading for myself with a new deck before I will use it to read for others. It’s a way for me to build the relationship between myself and my new deck. I want us to understand each other and see how well we work together before I will introduce a third person into our relationship. The more you read with your new deck, the better you’ll get to know each other.
What other things do you do with your new deck? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know!