Tarot Thursday Three

Julia of Spiral Sea Tarot is inviting bloggers to answer three questions about tarot on Thursdays. Check out the hashtag #tarotthursdaythree to discover more folks who are answering the siren's call to write about the tarot.

1. What do you do with a deck you don't connect with? If I have a deck I don't connect with I will sit it on my bookshelf with the other decks and remain hopeful that I will feel inspired to use it as time goes on. I have given a deck I didn't connect with to a friend. I have donated a deck to the Salvation Army (many years ago, it was a unicorn tarot deck...I love unicorns, but it just wasn't happening!) I let my intuition guide me.

2. How long do you give yourself to connect with a new deck? I give myself all the time I need to connect with a deck. I do not set a timetable for connecting with a deck because I have experienced the way that I will "grow into" a tarot deck over time. I have experienced "a-ha!" moments with tarot and oracle decks when seemingly -- out of nowhere they become relevant tools for my transformation. An emotional struggle can be the fertile ground for a connection with an unused deck to sprout from, you just don't know. I had the unicorn tarot for about a year before I donated it. Who knows, if I had kept it, it could have been a great friend -- time willing. On the other side of the coin, I just know when a deck isn't for me. And I imagine you do, too.

3. What consecration ritual(s) do you use with new divination tools? I consecrate a tarot or oracle deck by asking it to be a tool of healing in my life and the other lives the deck may touch. I ask it to be a messenger of the highest love and light and serve all for the highest good. I ask the deck to be a tool of transformation. I will look through the entire deck, gazing intently at each card, as a way of a "meet and greet." Setting the cards by my mesa (healing altar) helps charge them up. Sometimes I cleanse the cards by smudging them with sage, lavender, cedar, or palo santo.

Full moon in Cancer tarot spread using The Triple Goddess Tarot. Alaina O'brien created the tarot spread. 12 January 2017.