How To Store A Tarot Deck
How you store your tarot cards really depends on what you do with them and how you see the whole process of Tarot reading.
The original Tarot cards began as a parlour game, like the Ouja! Board, but over the years, the cards have become imbued with a spiritual significance and a viewed as an oracle by some and as an object of fear by others. So, if you simply treat the Tarot as a bit of fun and a game, then I suppose there is no special treatment needed when storing them. If, however, you are serious about the spiritual side of the Tarot, then it is worth treating your deck with some reverence.
How To Store A Tarot Deck
Most Tarot readers like to have some sort of ceremony before beginning a reading. Not only does this put them in the right frame of mind to be receptive, it ensures that stored cards have picked up no stray energy from elsewhere.
Before starting to read, remove stray vibrations from your cards by holding a little cleansing ceremony. Find a quiet space where you can feel comfortable and won’t be disturbed. Some people like to have spiritual music in the background, whilst others find this a great distraction. Light a smudge stick of white sage, which has cleansing energies. If you don’t have a smudge stick, then a bunch of white sage in a heatproof container, or even a white sage incense stick will do. Pass the Tarot deck through the smoke a few times.
Imagine a bright, white light surrounding your Tarot deck and forming a protective bubble, and then imagine that bubble expanding to surround yourself, to heal, cleanse and protect both you and your Tarot cards. Hold this image for as long as you are comfortable, and then see the white light gradually shrinking in size and fading into the cards.
It is also worth doing a brief cleansing between clients, to remove any stray energy and to prepare you for the next reading.
When not in use, it’s best to store the cards wrapped in a cloth, or in a little pouch bag. Often silk or velvet is used, and usually in black, although some practitioners wrap their cards in a colour that corresponds to a specific energy they wish to attract, such as gold for all the energies associated with the sun, or silver for the moon.
If you toss your Tarot cards away in the drawer, nothing bad will happen. There is no retribution, but treating your Tarot deck well is all about having respect for the work that you and the cards do, and about valuing yourself. Even if you don’t read the Tarot on a professional basis, and keep them just as a hobby, or meditation tool, good preparation and storage of the cards puts you in the right mind to focus on their spiritual aspect.