Tarot Blog Hop : Beltane ~ Tarot Rituals


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.

tarotbloghopbuttonBEFORE2Wishing 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?

Major 6 The Forest Lovers
Major 6
The Forest Lovers

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!

Sanctum Reading Room Set Up 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, ifΒ  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”.

tarotbloghopbuttonAFTERI’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!

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Images used are The Lovers from The Wildwood Tarot and the image of my reading table at Sanctum Therapies.
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Tarot Blog Hop : Beltane ~ Tarot Rituals

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    1. I tried it with just one deck one night, the same cards kept coming up, so I now offer about 9 decks and no deck is ever used right after someone else. Towards the end of the night, I’ll narrow it down to 5 or 6 too, just so it’s easier to pack away! πŸ™‚

      Will hop through them over the next few days Arwen, looking forward to seeing what YOUR rituals are πŸ™‚

  1. Wonderful post. Thank you for sharing. I also sleep with my tarot decks, under my pillow, when I first buy them. I agree it does give me weird and interesting dreams. Sometimes even leaving me tired for the three days, even if I get 9 hours of sleep. Did not think about the crystal on top of the cards and switching out between clients. I also will look at the cards one by one and then shuffle, shuffle, shuffle. If I am moved, I do a reading on myself, then proceed accordingly. Blessed Be.

    1. Nine hours? Oh Aaron, I need MUCH more than nine! I’m not getting it, but I need it πŸ˜‰
      Glad my little Tarot rituals help you with your Tarot journey and I’m enjoying sharing posts with you in 78 Degrees on G+ very much, thank you! πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Stella! Thank you, it’s good to be back, even with a nearly 10 week old around!
      And you’re welcome regarding the (poor) picture of my reading space – the image doesn’t quite do the room justice, I have to say.

      I’m looking forward to what USG has to offer πŸ˜‰

  2. Ooh, lovely to see your reading space, as well as hearing about your traditions. I do something very similar when I get a new (to me) deck πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Chloe! I love that we have some traditions that are similar or that we learn new ones from other people’s insights. At the moment, I’m now thinking of tomatoes πŸ˜‰

  3. I love traditions in life, so although I don’t have a tarot tradition, I enjoyed reading this. The idea of putting something under my pillow as a way to foster dreams is quite intriguing–I think I did it long ago with a crystal but had such crazy, active dreams I had to stop. I really like peaking into your tarot world through your blog.

    1. Hello Judy! It’s great that you dropped by and I love sharing my insights with people who appreciate it. Your blog entry made me think today as well, so thank you in kind / return πŸ™‚
      And yes, my dreams can be quite vivid and crazy, so I know where you’re coming from! Thank you πŸ™‚

  4. Oh Louise! I think it is very insightful to seek our own ‘traditions’ in realms where none have been passed down to us. I love the idea of you passing this down to your children! I don’t have any Tarot traditions and haven’t picked up my Tarot deck in quite awhile. For awhile I used this neat deck of cards I found once – they were called psy cards and were a kind of reimagined Tarot. Unfortunately one day the Beauty card vanished. I didn’t want to keep reading without the possibility of beauty, and couldn’t find another psy deck, so that was that. πŸ™‚ Anyhow, I hope all is well on your side of the world. Blessings!

    1. Hey Donald! Good to “See” you again my dear! I’ll pop along to your blog in the next 48 hours πŸ˜‰
      Pity that the beauty card for your Psy cards vanished… Who is the publisher? Perhaps I can help track down a replacement? πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Linda! They both squabble over who does it. Goddess help me when I have all 3 treating to help me! Lol πŸ™‚
      Then the real teaching will begin πŸ™‚

  5. I literally have 7 different decks and keep telling myself that I am going to learn how to use them and perhaps mix them in with what I do now, but keep putting it off. I am going to peek around your website and see if I can pick up more tips and learn some more! Thanks Louise!

    1. Hi Laura! Thanks for hopping on by πŸ™‚
      What do you do now, if you don’t mind me asking? πŸ™‚
      There’s no time like the present to pick up the decks, or just one! Which one of the seven takes your fancy? πŸ™‚

  6. Love your reading space! I guess I’m going to have to try the sleeping with the tarot deck under my pillow. I keep hearing of such, but have never done it. I guess it would also work if you just want to better connect with one card rather than the whole deck.

    1. Hi Cher πŸ™‚
      Yes, it does work with just one card, if you really want or need to connect to one in particular.
      Glad one of my little rituals helped you out! πŸ™‚

  7. This is really interesting Louise! I have 3 tarot decks as I am drawn to them but really have no clue what I am doing with them so I may cleanse them, really look at the artwork and maybe even sleep with them under my pillow. Right now I am deep in my astrological studies but I can see me bringing the cards into my work in the future.

    1. There are Astrological correspondencies with the Majors and Courts, but I forget more than I retain on that front πŸ˜‰

  8. Hmmm…good point about never using the same deck for the next client you know…Never thought of that one. I have been using that 1 deck for a series of client readings one after another….I think will try that in next round…afterall I have got a collection of decks sitting unused apart from my taking them out to admire them from time to time.

    1. Hi Joanna! It’s quite a “wow” moment when you see similar cards from one client to another appear: as if the Divine is sending all the people to you with one specific problem! πŸ™‚

      I’m looking forward to seeing your blog entry, when I hop around to it πŸ™‚

  9. A mixture of intuition or I ask I have just two decks though lol and some angel cards.

    1. Just the two decks, Jake? I’ve nearly 60 now πŸ™‚
      Enjoy your own traditions and rituals with your cards Jake! πŸ™‚

  10. Hmm….think I need to bring more than one deck to Crone’s Hollow when I read–I do like not reading for successive clients with the same deck…Thanks for a great idea! Nice posting!

    1. When I read, I take a good dozen and decide on the night which ones I put out / offer up for use.
      You’re welcome for the thoughts, Aisling! I’ll get to yours as soon as I can, if you joined in this time πŸ™‚

  11. Happy Saturday, Louise! I love this personal traditions viewpoint in your post. And new things I hadn’t thought of. I’m really in the midst of creating my own reading traditions since I haven’t read much for others until I started in on TABI’s Free Reader programme. This deck-under-the-pillow thing sounds very intriguing, indeed, and I like your way of clearing the cards with time when doing multiple readings.

    1. Hey Joanne πŸ™‚

      You’re welcome to my insights! I’m not precious about how I work and I am glad that others on the Blog Hop are not, for I’ve had a few new ideas myself! πŸ™‚

      Looking forward to reading your entry Jo, I just haven’t managed to finish hopping through yet!

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