How To Clean (& Shuffle) A Used Tarot Card Deck Of Energy

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There are lots of myths surrounding the purchase and use of tarot cards.

Much of it has to do with the transference of energy and how it affects the truthfulness of a personal reading.

Tarots are used for advice and wisdom. How you store them, cleanse them and acquire your deck all matters.

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Some tarotists say you need to be gifted your first set. Other tarot card users claim you can buy your own, but to keep one set of cards for friends and family and a separate set for personal use.

At the end of the day, you have to follow your own convictions about which set of tarot cards is best.

Tarot is a tool, similar to astrology, zodiac signs, and numerology that is intended to be personal

You use the cards to explore yourself.

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When you start on your tarot journey, one of the first questions you might have a lot of questions (and doubts), which is totally normal.

Besides understanding (roughly) what each card and suit might mean, you may also want to know what the best way to shuffle the deck is.

There are so many kinds of ways to shuffle the deck of tarot cards, but there are four easy to understand ways to shuffle the deck.

Method #1: Overhand Shuffle.

This is the most common way of shuffling a deck of cards.

Hold the deck in one hand and use your other hand to shuffle the cards from one side to the other of the main deck.

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Method #2: Cut the Deck.

Cut the deck into a number of different piles and then bring those piles back together again.

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Method #3: Casino Style.

Cut the deck into two and then fan one pile into the other.

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Method #4: Messy Pile Shuffle.

Lay the cards face-down on the table and then use your hands to spread out the cards in a big, messy pile.

Then, bring the cards back together into one pile.

Now that you know how to shuffle, there’s one more step you need to do before you start any reading.

You need to know how to clean a used deck of energy.

This applies to cards that have been used before.

Some people might use it on a new deck, just to make sure they are one hundred percent clean and ready to be used.

Cleaning your deck could be especially important if someone else has used the deck, or they are a hand-me-down deck of cards.

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It’s also important to cleanse them if they’ve been around a lot of negative energy.

You feel like you’re stuck in your readings, or you just want to reconnect with the cards again.

Here is one of many simple and easy ways to cleanse your deck.

1. Sort and shuffle your cards.

You want to start off with the Major Arcana, then going into the Minor Arcana and suits.

You want to do this for a couple of reasons.

First, it can help you reconnect with the meanings of the individual cards.

Most importantly, you can make sure you have a complete deck. After, shuffle them however you see fit.

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2. Meditate.

Make sure to meditate with your cards. Reinvigorate your energy and your connection to the universe while you do this.

If you know Reiki, you can also use those practices at this time to recharge your cards.

3. Moon Bath.

Leave your cards out next to the window during a full moon. The energy of the full moon will recharge your cards, especially for certain readings.

4. Salt Burial.

If your cards have been around a lot of negative energy, a salt burial will be perfect to draw out any negative energy that could be clinging to the cards.

Wrap them up and place them in an airtight container before burying them in salt for a few days.

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5. Fresh air.

The clean air and warm sunlight can do wonders for your cards’ energies as well.

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6. Smudge Stick.

Using sage, rosemary, or even palo alto, pass your cards through the smoke of the smudge stick to help rid it of negative energy, as well as cleansing your crystals and your space.

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Kayla Baptista is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture, and relationship topics.