I get quite a few comments on my social media from people wanting to know how to form a connection with their tarot deck. I get it. I’ve been there. You’ve bought this deck from Amazon or Barnes and Noble and now you’re like: What the heck do I do with this thing now? Don’t trip. I got you. Here are 6 ways to bond with your tarot deck.
Touch Your Deck
First things first, what I always do when I get a new deck is shuffle it like crazy. I need to test the card stock, I need to feel the deck’s energy in my hands and I need to give some of my own energy to the deck in question. Another part of this first tip is bringing your deck everywhere with you for a few days. I do this before I ever do a reading with a new deck. I like to have it with me and let it get to know me and my personality just by hanging out with me. You are going to be working with this deck. Acknowledge that fact and treat it like a new coworker or a friend that you are attempting to get to know. You HAVE to hang out with them right? Right.
Look At The Images
Go through all the images in the deck one by one. I like to make note of any images that evoke an emotion out of me good or bad (sometimes the images on a card can be triggering or make you uncomfortable). I also take this time to pass each card over a lit candle, this might be a little advanced but this is my way of charging my cards and getting them ready for use. I like using fire. I don’t know why but that’s what calls to me the most so I go for that method. Here’s a link for other ways of charging your tarot deck.
Creating a Sacred Space for Your Deck
Every reader needs a sacred space. Currently, I don’t have that because I’m moving soon so my apartment is organized chaos at the moment. With that being said tho my night side table is where I keep my cards, my pendulum, all my crystals, etc. You should do the same. This sacred space is essential to get you in the mood, to set the stage and bring focus to your brain about what you are about to do. In other words, if you make your space super magical then you’ll feel magical. Basic math there. You can find some example images of altars on Pinterest.
Interview Your Deck
I have to admit this is my favorite part of getting a new deck. Interviewing your tarot deck is a good way to set up a foundation with working with your deck. I like to ask 10 questions to a deck when I first get it. This helps me know what I want to use the deck for. Is this deck going to be a deck that I use on my clients? Is this deck strictly for my personal use? Is this deck suitable for spellwork? All these questions can be answered by interviewing your deck. If you are wondering what spread to use to interview your deck there’s plenty on Pinterest or you can be like me and create your own interview spread.
Name Your Deck
Okay, hear me out on this. This is something new I’m trying. I hadn’t done this before I got the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot but since that deck came with a name I’ve been thinking about doing this for all my decks. It seriously made me feel immediately closer to my deck. So I’m throwing this tip out to you guys and if you end up trying this or if you already name your tarot deck, let me know!
Work With Your Deck Exclusively
I feel like this would probably be really hard for a lot of people these days but when you get a new deck or you are looking to bond with a deck you should work with that for at least a month or two. That’s just my opinion. It’s kinda like skin care. You can’t try a mask for two days and decide it works great, you have to test it out at least a few weeks before you know for sure. Same goes for tarot decks. Working with your deck for an extended period of time allows you to understand how your deck answers questions and how accurate it is. I’ve actually sworn an oath to my deck that I would work with it exclusively for a whole year. That’s a bit excessive but I’m trying to stop myself from buying every deck that I think is cool lol.
Those are all my tips for bonding with your tarot deck. I hope this was helpful for you guys! How do you bond with your deck? Let me know in the comments if you try any of these methods!