I recently purchased my very first tarot deck; scandalous that I didn't own one before, I know. However, when it comes to magical objects, I tend to take my time. I want something I feel connected to. I absolutely love this tarot deck, but I have to be honest, since purchasing it I haven't done much with it. I want to change that now. That starts with cleansing and blessing my tarot deck to prepare it for use.
Any object, especially those that change hands often such as those in a store, picks up energy from its surroundings. Sometimes that energy is wonderful, other times not so much. When you first purchase, receive, or find a magical tool, the first thing you should do is cleanse the item, ridding it of any residual energy, and bless it, thus infusing it with your own energy.
There are several ways to quickly and easily cleanse a tarot deck, or any magical object for that matter.
- Sage smoke cleansing: Light up some white desert sage, and wafted the smoke over the object, imagining the item being rid of any energies it may contain. If you want, say a chant while you cleanse such as "Rid this (item name) of bad luck; clear it of all pride and muck. Let the energies be released; fill it now with love and peace."
- Moon light cleansing: Place the object outside or in a window where it will receive at least 6-12 hours of moon light. The moon is a powerful cleanser, especially for objects associated with the feminine or divination.
- Salt cleansing: Salt cleansing relies on the grounding properties of the element Earth to cleanse and purify objects. Simply sprinkle the object with salt or draw a salt sing around the object. Allow to sit for about 8 hours.
Now to bless the deck! This ritual is best performed during the full or new moon. You will need a quiet place, your tarot deck, a white candle, and some yarrow incense or dried yarrow with a charcoal burner.
In your quiet place, light the candle and the incense/charcoal. Hold your deck in your hands and close you eyes. In your mind's eye, picture you deck being filled with bright white and gold light. Hold this image for at least a minute. If you want repeat the following phrase several times: "I bless this deck that I hold near, to enlighten and empower the noble Seer. Bring strength and guidance to those in need; so I will it, so mote it be."
Once you have infused your deck with your energy and blessing, pass it through the yarrow smoke. As you do so repeat, "Yarrow with your mighty powers, enhance my decks physic powers." Yarrow increases physic ability, making it the perfect herb to use to enhance your tarot deck. Once you have finished, sit quietly with your deck and meditate over what you hope to accomplish with it. When you feel ready, snuff out the candle and safely put away your tarot deck. After a cleanse and blessing, your deck should be kept in a protective bag or box out of hands that touch. They will easily pick up energy from others when handled or left out. You will need to cleanse them often, especially after using with another person.
And there you have it! Your deck is now cleansed, blessed, and ready to be used. Do you have a tarot deck? If so, how did you cleanse and bless it?