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.