Welcome to the first fruits of the harvest (especially if you live closer to the equator in the Northern Hemisphere). I’m looking forward to having my own harvest again next year when we will hopefully have a house and garden of our own. In the meantime, I am enjoying the locally grown produce here in southwestern Oregon, USA.
Our wrangler for this hop, Morgan Eckstein, has given us an interesting topic for this hop: how do you respect your tools (in this case, your Tarot decks, etc.)?
Good question since there are lots of traditions surrounding how to shuffle, store, energize, draw and prepare to read your cards.
I think we all have various philosophies about how the cards “work” which inform to a certain degree the way we treat our tools. Wiccan readers probably have special rituals for cleansing their decks, while New Age intuitives may want to make sure they prepare their internal energies in a certain way to keep energetic integrity with the cards.
I’m pretty flexible with my deck rituals. I believe that the cards are in fact pieces of cardboard and that any energy that influences them comes from the people around them (reader and querent) in their interpretations of the symbols on the cards, with maybe a more distant influence from the collective consciousness of the planet (or the entire universe, for that matter).
I do like to keep my decks in cloth bags (see really cool handmade ones here) rather than boxes or tins. Just feels nice to me (velvet!!!). I do always light a candle when doing formal readings, and I would “cleanse” a deck by holding it in my hands and giving it my energies if I thought it had absorbed negative ones.
One possibly more unusual way that I give respect to my decks is to work with the traditions of the creators. Some deck creators don’t have a specific philosophy or even a little white book, but for those for whom the theme or world of the deck is part of the method of reading the cards or otherwise infuses the images with special meaning, I try to respect the deck creator’s viewpoint.
For example, I use the Mary-el Tarot for deeper psychological or spiritual readings, and I review the often long and ranging stories of where the images came from for Marie White and how different mythologies contributed to her connections among the cards. Same with the Thoth Tarot: I don’t read it like it’s RWS, but with the meanings given by Crowley (and analyzed by Duquette). I also don’t try to read Tarot de Marseille decks using RWS meanings; I use Lee Burton’s system of numerological, Platonic, and elemental associations to read those cards.
The most difficult deck that I love but have a hard time “respecting” the book on is the Wildwood Tarot. I find the environmentalist mission of the deck creators a bit intrusive in some of the cards, so far off the RWS system that I have a hard time giving an interpretation based on the book. It’s the one deck where abandoning the book and just going with traditional and intuitive nature-based symbolism (especially for the animal court cards) has served me better.
The Lazy Daisies Tarot Spread
I know daisies have more than five petals, but I got this vision of sun-drenched fields, lying therein, with grass and daisies all around. It’s been a warm and busy summer, so, time to relax, I’m thinking. So, I asked the tarot these five questions to get reconnected to my happy holiday, relaxed self:
Card 1: What do I need to let go of to relax?
Card 2: And what else do I need to let go of to relax (there’s always more than one thing!)
Card 3: Where’s my field of daisies?
Card 4: How should I get there?
Card 5: What will I bring back with me besides daisies?
I got 8 Pentacles—4 Cups—Judgement—3 Wands—High Priestess. So, let go of work (that fits!), and a sense of there being nothing interesting to do that’s fun; find my field of daisies at a spa or even a cemetery where I can meditate and start anew; find a creative way to get there (probably not the car—boat or on foot?); be prepared to bring back a renewal of my intuitive powers. Let’s go!
Reply with your reading in the comments if you’d like. I’d love to hear about it!