Cleansing Your Tarot Cards

Clearing a Tarot Deck

Tarot Cleansing

Tarot Cleansing

When you bring home a new deck of tarot cards you want to clear them. Clearing is a process of spiritually cleaning the cards to remove any negative energy or blocks that they may have accumulated. When you clear a deck of tarot cards for the first time you are also putting your own energy into the deck. There are many ways one can clear a deck. It’s a matter of preference for the reader.

It is suggested that when one gets a new deck of tarot cards that they are spiritually prepared and cleansed. This is so you can read more accurately. Negative energy and blocks obviously can impede the clarity of a reading. When you clear a tarot deck you are preparing them to use. In addition to clearing the tarot cards many readers also cleanse the space and objects they use in conducting readings also. The room you read in, the table you use and any other things related to the reader and the cards can be cleansed prior to a reading.


The idea is that a spiritually clean space along with the cards gives a clear reading free of the negative or blocking debris that collects naturally. This includes energy from other people and things like unwanted energy. The reason behind being spiritually cleanliness is that it is close to godliness or what ones perception of god is. Clean energy portends positivity. And you want positivity when you are doing a reading.

There are many ways to cleanse your tarot cards. It’s quite easy to do! On the next page I’ve listed the most common ways. Each of these ways corresponds with one of the Five Elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit).

o Smudging (element of Fire)
o Lunar energy (element of Water)
o Crystals and gemstones (element of Earth)
o Shuffling the deck (element of Air)
o Visualization (Spirit)

White Sage

White Sage

Smudging your cards with a stick of white sage is probably the most popular way to cleanse your cards. Another option would be to use a lavender stick, or incense. While you are smudging, use your powers of visualization to “see” the negativity being swept away. Smudging, associated with the element of Fire, has long been associated with purification in rituals. While white sage and lavender work well, you can experiment with other types of incense and smudge sticks. Find one that’s pleasing to you, and your cards will like it too!


Moon Energy

Moon Energy

Using the power of the full moon involves leaving the deck out somewhere that allows for the light of the moon to shine down upon them. This can be outdoors, or in a window where the moonlight will pass by. Moon energy, like water, is fluid. It “washes” over the cards, cleaning them very effectively. Think of how you feel after a nice bath or shower: clean and rejuvenated! Adding your crystals and gemstones to the mix is a great way to get LOTS more cleaning done. Feel free to also combine the use of smudging along with moon energy. I set my cards in a window alongside my crystals and gemstones during every full moon.


tarot-deckShuffling the deck is something that should be done before each reading. You can shuffle, and cut the deck. I usually shuffle three times, then cut the deck into thirds. Find a technique that’s comfortable for you. Remember to do a simple meditation while shuffling. This can include using the energy of Spirit as discussed below.


Crystals and Gemstones

Crystals and Gemstones

The use of crystals and gemstones is also a great way to help cleanse your deck between uses. I carry a quartz crystal in my tarot bag. Amethyst is another great crystal for clearing the tarot deck. I keep an amethyst pendulum on my reading table, along with my quartz crystal. You don’t have to limit yourself. Experiment with different gemstones and find one that works well with your energy and the energy of your cards. A great resource for learning about the metaphysical properties of gemstones is Healing Crystals.



You may also use Angel or Spirit energy to aid in cleansing your deck. This can involve prayer, chanting, or even visualizing a beautiful white light coming from above and surrounding your cards, sweeping away all of the negativity.

In addition to an initial clearing many readers do little cleanings in between their readings to keep their cards clean. This ensures that any negativity that was picked up in a consultation is dismissed and removed before the next reading. Some readers clean themselves and their cards after every reading and others choose to do it periodically. They may do it on a specific day and time on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter how you clear your cards, all that matters is that you are calling good energy to assist you and removing any negative energy.

Tarot cards are like any other form of divination. All types of divination require some sort of energy in order to conduct the reading. Clearing the cards and space eliminates the spiritual residue that the energy builds. This helps reduce the possibility of inaccurate and false readings clouded by that debris. This is especially true for those readers who let their clients touch the cards. When someone touches a readers cards; their cards are then picking up other peoples energy physically and psychically. In that case, you don’t want the next reading to have the last person’s energy attached to it.

Clearing your tarot deck and space is like giving them fresh air to breathe. You have to breathe fresh air yourself and so do the cards! Cleansing your space, your cards, and even yourself to help you to give you the best reading you can give.

Tarot Talk

Who, me? Read Tarot cards?


Yes, YOU! Learning to read the Tarot isn’t as complicated as many people think. You don’t have to be psychic to use Tarot cards. You do, however, need to be in tune with your intuition. Our intuition is the natural ability to instinctively sense things in the world around us. It’s our navigational system. You know how it is… sometimes you just “know” where to go, how to get there, and what to do. Other times, not so much.


That’s where Tarot comes in. We all have the ability to tap into our intuition, but many of us have lost that connection. For many, the Tarot is a tool to help reconnect us with our built in Life GPS.


ruby-slippers-smallThink about this: Dorothy lost her way back home to Kansas. She was given the ruby slippers. Those shoes became her connection to where she needed to be. Tarot can be your very own pair of ruby slippers!


Intuition isn’t the same as our cognitive abilities. It is a gut feeling we get regardless of the logistics of a particular situation. Intuition lets us know when something is wrong, even when all outward appearances seem just fine. Our intuition will give us signs, letting us know that we are on the right track.

 For example; have you ever met an individual who appears wonderful to everyone else, but your senses tell you that something isn’t right and it’s not because their socks don’t match? You may not be able to put your finger on it, but you just “know” that this individual isn’t one to be trusted. That’s your intuition talking. And the more chatty it is, the more you want to listen.

hot-topic-buttonThink about this: Not everyone you come across will be your ‘cup of tea’. You must learn to separate ego and emotion from the true vibes your intuition is giving you. The same goes for different situations. When you think that your emotions may be ruling your thought process, turn to the cards. They will help guide you.



Being psychic is a little different. Psychic ability is one in which one’s senses go beyond the normal range of perception. It is considered a gift of sorts. Different people who are considered “psychic” may actually have a specific type of gift.


Psychic abilities manifest in several different ways. Some people are clairvoyant, meaning they “see”, some are clairaudient, meaning they “hear”, and some are clairsentient, meaning they “feel”. This is just a short list of the more obvious forms it takes. Just like intuition, a person who is psychic can innately use their gift without having to think about it consciously.

To be an effective reader, you do not have to be psychic per se, but you do want to be in tune with your intuition. Your ability to interpret the Tarot starts with developing a good relationship with your intuition. It’s like anything else. The more you do something, the better you become.


yellow-brick-roadThink about this: You already have the answers to all of your questions. While it may seem as though life didn’t come with a road map, the reality is that we were born with one. And best of all, you carry that map with you wherever you go. No suitcase needed!



Intuition Exercise:
Start an intuition diary. Find a notebook that you like. My favorite is the composition notebooks that are found in most any office supply aisle. Write your experiences in this notebook. Here are some examples of things you can practice on:

  • Your phone rings. Who is on the other end of the line?•Which elevator will arrive first?•Will the next traffic light be green, red or yellow?•Focus on a call you would like to receive from someone. Did you suddenly hear from them?

    •If the doorbell rings and you’re not expecting anyone, who do you think it is?


Some people are naturally intuitive and even psychic while others have to work a little harder to get the same sense of what’s going on. There are many wonderful meditations out there to help if your intuition needs a little kick-start.


Tarot cards are tools with which to focus our intuitive senses on. We also use our intuition to focus on the person being read, more commonly known as the querent (one who seeks). This helps us assemble an accurate picture of what is going on in that person’s life.


When you buy a box of tarot cards they are not “magic” in and of themselves. At first they may just look like a bunch of pretty (or confusing) pictures. Once you pick them up, that’s where the “magic” begins. Your own energy becomes imprinted onto the cards. Your connection to the symbolism on the cards is what creates the magic. The symbolism sparks your intuition in relation to any given card. As you look at the cards, each picture will invoke a feeling. Those feelings are the foundation of a tarot reading.


Ok, got it. Now where do I start?


If you haven’t already chosen a tarot deck, you’ll want to do so. Choosing a tarot deck is a very individual thing. You’ll want a deck with imagery that speaks to you. For simplicity, I teach using the Rider-Waite deck. It has stood the test of time as the best “starter” deck there is. There are a few different styles. On the next page are some examples.


Click on each link to be taken to our online shop where you can purchase each deck.