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  • Help! My deck *feels* off…

     kaleidoearth updated 7 months, 2 weeks ago 1 Member · 11 Posts
  • Jessica

    Member
    February 13, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve been practicing tarot on and off for over ten years but definitely still consider myself a newbie… my first deck was given to me as a gift and is the Rider Waite deck (probably from Amazon?). Over the past few weeks- my urge to draw daily cards feels off. They feel weird In my hands. It’s almost like there is physically sand in the deck and every time I pull a card, or try a 3 spread, I get Death. I will shuffle, split, lay out, mix up as much as possible, but still get Death.

    Can previous intentions get *stuck* in a deck and wreak havoc? Is it time for a new deck? Would a cleansing help clear the clutter? Next full moon I plan on recharging my crystals and alter, is there something (anything) else I should do with my deck? Since this deck was a gift, I don’t want to get rid of them, but maybe retire them? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • achirpybee

    Guest
    February 13, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Cleanse and recharge next full moon. Should be good to go after that.

  • honorthecrones

    Guest
    February 13, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Everyone is quick to look at the deck when the relationship is off, but in my experience it’s more often the reader not the deck. We go through phases in our spiritual life. Thomas Merton called this “dark nights of the soul” we are physical beings and sometimes we need to take a bit of a break and just be human. Spirit is always there but our recognition of it ebbs and flows.

    I think it’s a bit unfair to blame the deck when this happens. If you need to take a break, take a break. It’s not an end to everything or a sign of your inability. It’s just sometimes time to put the deck down and go live.

  • XombieKyy

    Guest
    February 13, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Meditate with it, reset your intentions with the deck. Just sit through and shuffle it, with positive thoughts and deep breaths to reconnect. If you go for the deck each time anticipating awkwardness and negativity, you may be manifesting that subconsciously

  • adchick

    Guest
    February 13, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Recharge it and the next full moon and see how it goes. I have found that like people, some times I grow apart from some decks and a change is needed.

  • Endless_Ambiguity

    Guest
    February 13, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    I have felt disconnected with my first tarot deck too, but I love it so much and I don’t want to abandon them.According to my research and own experience here are some tips that may help:

    • if you keep it in a bag/box, wash and clean this
    • organize the deck so that the Major and minor arcana are all in order
    • “knock off” the deck 3*3 (so 9 times) to clear any old intentions/questions
    • cleanse the deck using the four elements, not necessarily in this order: air (incense or smoke bundle), fire (pass it over a candle flame, or set it by the window and let the sun cleanse it), water (dab it with a small amount of moon water, or pass it over the vapour of a diffuser with cleansing essential oil like rosemary), and earth (sprinkle it with salt or use a gemstone, some people even go as far as burying it in the soil with protective wrapping, of course).
    • put your deck back in its storage bag/box and place cleansing herbs/gems with it
    • re-bond with your deck by keeping them near your beside or wherever you sleep
    • do a deck interview before you do any other reading just to get a feel for the cards again

    I hope this helps and that you don’t have to resort to retiring your deck especially when it holds such special meaning for you!

  • Artemystica

    Guest
    February 13, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    There is no rule of thumb here. A lot of people don’t believe that a deck needs to be cleansed. It sounds like you do, and that’s totally. Do what you need to do in order to feel better about the deck; you can knock on it, blow on it, put it in order, sleep with it… Or none of these at all! There’s no real need to wait until March to use the deck– unless you feel that it’s necessary for you personally to feel better about it.

    At the end of the day, it’s *your* feelings that are creating a hangup, and it’s only by changing those feelings that you’re going to be able to move forward. Do what feels right to you, and once you consider the deck to be cleansed, then all will be well.

  • Psychological_Sir411

    Guest
    February 13, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    i usually reorder the cards and then one by one smudge them through a cleansing smoke with the intention of clearing negative energy. i do this after a really intense/many card reading for myself or after i read for someone else. i keep the cards wrapped in a silk scarf to keep their energy protected.

  • nope108108

    Guest
    February 13, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    You can use baby powder to clean the cards with, some ppl do that, you just shuffle it through the cards then blow it / wipe it off.

  • minimalistbabe90

    Guest
    February 13, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Yes. My first deck. I had it for years and would cleanse and do all that stuff. Then one day my husband bought me a deck and it’s so much better. Never touched that old deck again.

  • kaleidoearth

    Guest
    February 13, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    There are a lot of rituals you can do like the ones people mentioned. I’d suggest simply asking yourself/the deck why you feel disconnected from it. Just like you communicate with people in your life, you can communicate with your deck.

    Also – maybe death is just a prominent part of your life right now. Perhaps it’s showing that what you think things are supposed to be like is different from how things are. Death isn’t “negative”, it’s essential to life. In order to eat we kill. We go through life like the seasons. The tarot just shows us what’s happening IMO.

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