5 Ways to Get to Know a New Tarot Deck

A gift, an online find, a hand me down or a thrift store treasure –  it’s hard to  know where the next tarot deck will come from.  When one has found its way into my home I like to take the time to savour the introduction.  I wait for a quiet moment, open the box and dig in.

5 Steps to Get to Know Your New Tarot Deck:
  1. Ground and Reset

    If you acquired a used deck – which is just as fabulous and valuable as a squeaky brand new one, clear the energy that came with it.  Holding the deck, ground your energy into the earth and allow anything you no longer need to be taken with it. It’s a communal energy bath. Then put the deck in chronological order so that all the numbers and suits are in order.  It helps reset the energy to neutral. This is usually how a new deck arrives.  From here on I treat it like a new deck. If you started with a new deck, ground  to gather your focus.

  2. Look Through the Cards One at a Time

    Enjoy these valuable first impressions.    Look at each card.  Is it heartwarming, neutral, breathtaking, disappointing, forgettable, captivating?  Don’t judge your reactions.  I like go through the deck twice as I am always amazed at what I missed.

  3. “What will our relationship be?”

    Take a few deep breaths and shuffle the cards. The first question I always ask the new deck is “What will our relationship be?” Pull one card off the top of the deck. If you have your own way to interpret the cards, carry on. If this is a new process don’t rush to the book just yet. Take a few minutes to look at the card.  Notice what jumps out, which feelings or stories come to mind. I recommend starting a Tarot journal. This is a revealing reading to revisit.  If you feel disappointed or worried about the card that came up, don’t panic. Each card is a transformative force. Time will show the deeper meanings.

  4. Lay All the Cards Out
              This is just the Minor Arcana, keep going...
    This is just the Minor Arcana, keep going…

    This step is more involved but worth it. Lay out all the cards in order in a grid.  You may need to be creative with your space. Take in the whole story.  There are 456,456 possible card combinations for  a three card reading.  Before wandering into that magical chaos, take time to look at the original order. Look for the patterns: colours, images, textures, tones. Where does it flow? What seems discordant?  What are you more drawn to? If you can, leave the cards out for a while and revisit to see how your perception changes.

  5. Finally, Read the Book

    If your deck came with a little white book (lwb) this step doesn’t take long. Some decks stay true to the traditional interpretations but others take a lot of creative licence. It is useful to know what the creator of your deck intended, to know what are their influences and interpretations.  Introductions are made!  Doing a one card reading every day is a simple, effective way to get to know each other further.  If you add other decks to your family you will see how their personalities differ and enrich your tarot practice.

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    Please leave a comment!  What do you do when you open a new deck?

3 thoughts on “5 Ways to Get to Know a New Tarot Deck

  1. I bought a new Rider-Waite tarot deck yesterday thinking that I would love to have a deck for others and one specifically for myself. I brought the deck home and handled it over and over. I was already accustomed to the illustrations so the deck was very familiar to me. I have a deerskin bag that I usually keep my tarot cards in to shelter them from the onslaught of daily energies. I added the malas that I often wear into the bag, just to let the deck get aquainted with my energy. Now today I went to a store and found a Rider-Waite deck that had a different slant and really spoke to me. Now another new deck is in my house and I am spoiled for choice on which deck I use. I need to get another sacred place for my tarot to rest.

  2. Hello,

    I was wondering if we could meet and chat. I would like to get a Tarot Reading and discuss Reclaiming. I have been Solitary for 25 years and I am interested in joining the community of like minded souls. Is it possible to come to my home for the reading? I live in an upscale neighbourhood in Fairfield. I am recovering from illness and getting out can be tricky at times. I would love to chat with you and possibly hone my Tarot skills as well. You mention courses? Blessings, Kate. 250-686-3186

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