Tarot ~ the Overview
When you think about Tarot cards, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
A darkened room, a gypsy with a crystal ball gazing into your future?
Maybe you have never given it much thought, and think it is a "bunch of hooey".
Well yes, they ARE used as a method of foreseeing future events, but
they are also a very powerful divination tool and a great way to develop
your psychic abilities. Tarot cards have been around for centuries
and were originally thought to be a card game formed to chase away the boredom
of nobility; but as you will see, it is much, much more.
Choosing a Deck
Ok, so now you want to get your first deck of cards - NOW what?? Well
there are many schools of thought on what a person's next step would be.
In fact, it is widely circulated that you should NOT buy your first
deck of cards, that they should be given to you. I, myself have bought
all of the decks I now own, but yes I have bought some and given them a way
as gifts too; it just depends on what is most comfortable and "right" for
you. Even if you do get a set of cards as a gift, you are not obligated
to use them for the rest of your life. If for any reason you seem to
not be able to connect or they don't feel comfortable to you, then by all
means, pass them along. Sometimes, it is the energies of those who
have handled the deck before you, and this even happens when you buy a deck
(the manufacturer, the shop or store you buy them from, etc.). You
may be able to cleanse the cards, but use your own judgment - you know what
is right for YOU.
What to do with your deck once you have obtained it.....
Here again, there are many different opinions about how you should handle
your cards. I will present what I do with all of the decks I purchase
for my use, but I cannot stress this enough - do what is right for YOU!
First of all, I take any deck I have bought (none have been given to me yet
:-) and I stick them under my pillow for a minimum of three days/nights.
This allows the cards to soak up your psychic energy and enables you
to develop a closer "working relationship" if you will. I have itchy
fingers and always want to rip right into my cards, so I don't even take
the plastic off before I place them under the pillow. If you do open
them first; don't despair. Just place them under the pillow and sleep
with them there until you can sense that they are ready to be handled again.
Just think, if you got a deck from someone else secondhand, it would
have been opened and handled all ready.
The next thing I would do is purchase a wooden box to hold your cards. It
can be as plain, ornate, large or small as you wish, as long as it comfortably
can hold the deck. I would also purchase a piece of either purple or
black satin or silk to wrap the box (and thus the cards) in. This cloth
will keep the good psychic energy in and the bad out. If you think
that I am pulling your leg, then just wait until you have some "bad mojo"
attach itself to your cards. They (the deck) will lie to you, will
confuse you, and they can even make you physically sick if you are especially
sensitive in that way. I myself also like to put a few stones in with
the cards to keep them "clean" (amethyst and hematite are just a couple).
Ok so now your deck has absorbed your energy and you are ready to rip open
the plastic and get down to reading your cards - BUT HOW????? You will
find that there are a lot more of them than in your normal playing
deck of cards, and this can be overwhelming at first. Believe me when
I say that if you take the time to get to know your cards, you will find
that the meanings behind them will just "come" to you. I myself am
not 100% proficient (yes I still have to look in the books too!), but I am
much more now than when I first started. In fact, I learn a little
bit more each time I touch my decks.