This is the third Blog Hop for 2013 but my second contribution (having missed Ostara’s entry) and this time, I shed a little light on my Tarot rituals.
Wishing you a warm welcome to my Blog Hop entry, however you’ve landed on this page. If you’d like to view the other entries before mine, head off to Cher’s entry, if you’d like to carry on reading through in the order we’re all linked in, you’ll find the next link (From TABI’s blog) at the bottom.
So, what is the first thing you usually do with a new deck of Tarot cards?
For me, I start by looking at each card, looking at the art work. Each artist is different, each deck is different, even if they’re same artist (look at Ciro Marchetti’s work as three examples).
If the deck I have is second-hand (as some are for I do collect decks as well as use them) I reorder them, look at them, then do the same thing as above: I mix them up into seven piles, then put the deck back together, then shuffle them. I recently did this with the Buckland Romani Tarot that I recently acquired from a friend that was selling her copy, and the Tarot of the Sidhe that I swapped with another Tarot friend.
There are other traditions too that I have employed over the years. If there’s a deck I specifically want to work with, such as The Wildwood, I put it under my pillow and sleep with it by my head for a while. This can lead to rather vivid and strange dreams, but that’s nothing new most of the time!
When I read, my first tarot ritual is this: I take out the reading cloth that I am going to be using (as shown here, which was made by AniaM) and lay it out flat, smoothing it down. Then I take out each deck, one by one, remove it from its protective bag (most of the ones I have are by AniaM) or box and place them around the cloth, alowing the sitting t0 pick their chosen deck and look through the nine or so I often display for face-to-face readings.
It got me thinking, as I was writing this, about tradition and what the word means in relation to the Tarot. Whilst one of my grand-mothers did read tea-leaves, she and I were very estranged and I hadn’t set eyes on her from the time I was eight, until she died, and not very often in those eight years either. I really don’t remember what she looked like. Any traditions she had in regards to how she read the leaves were never passed on from generation to generation. I’m not sad about it, I never really knew the woman. As such, I am making my own traditions, doing what feels right to me whilst being aware of what came before me. I’m also passing these tarot rituals onto my children, for the eldest two are asking mummy to teach them “the cards” (as they put it).
What other rituals do other Tarot Readers have? I have a few more, including never using the same deck for the next client. This way, if the same cards come out, they’re meant to come out for the person before me. Each deck as it’s used is placed under a clear quartz crystal or my crystal shakra wand and “sits out a turn”.
I’m keen to learn what other tarot rituals my fellow blog-hoppers have in their arsenal, so if you’d like to jump forward to TABI’s entry, please do so via the button below and thank you so much for dropping by!
If you’ve got part way through and you want to get back to where you started from, the Master List button below will help.Images used are The Lovers from The Wildwood Tarot and the image of my reading table at Sanctum Therapies.