Ancestral Work For Tarot

Do you want to use ancestral work for Tarot card readings? Do you want to develop a spiritual connection with your ancestors so that you can become more psychic, give better Tarot readings, and strengthen your ability to perform divination? If this is your goal, read on!

If you want to make predictions using Tarot cards, you can’t do so without supernatural assistance. Working with spirits is the fastest way of improving your Tarot reading abilities and predictive skills. 

Years ago, I wanted desperately to make my readings more accurate. I began to buy Tarot books and jump between decks. At one point, I even considered converting from my Romany Gypsy beliefs to a form of New Ageism just so that I could petition a god/goddess who specialized in spiritual growth. 

Don’t get me wrong; I was what most people would consider psychic. I had sensed spirits my entire life, could predict future events, and have always been naturally good at reading people. However, my abilities were a mess. 

I would slay some Tarot readings, but others would fall flat. Sometimes I could connect with my seeker’s dead auntie Jane, sometimes I couldn’t. My ability to predict the future using Tarot (my specialty) was a hit or a miss. 

In the meantime, when I started working as a professional reader, I began to see ‘signs‘ everywhere. The more I noticed these signs, the more frequently they appeared. These weren’t just any old signs; these were things I associated firmly with my ancestors (certain insects, flowers, etc.). 

There was something about these signs that gave me comfort, so I began to photograph them with my phone. I started to realize that the signs would often appear around the time I was set to perform a professional Tarot reading. For example, as I would journey to my readings, I would hear the word ‘ladybug,’ see a ladybug, or catch a glimpse of a ladybug on my client’s t-shirt. 

After seeing and recording the signs, I began to very quickly sense, see, hear, and experience the spirits of my past relatives, such as my grandfather, uncle, and great-grandmother. It was as if recording their messages and signs had opened a door. I had encouraged contact. They had called, and I had answered. 

Then, one day in 2013, I was at the dentist’s. I loathe the dentist, so I was obviously shitting myself. While I lay back in the chair, I sensed my grandfather’s spirit in the room. I whispered out loud, “Please help me here because my anxiety is killing me.” Suddenly, any fear I had vanished. I couldn’t feel anything other than complete peace. I lay back in the chair and let the dentist go about his work. 

Around six months later, I was en-route to be tested for a job in a shop as a psychic. I was very, very nervous and (while on the bus), I remembered what had once happened at the dentist’s. So, I prayed to the spirits around me for them to calm my nerves and assist me in the reading. It worked! Ever since then, I’ve been hooked on ancestral petitioning, and I even teach other diviners how they can link with their ancestors through my courses.

Working with the spirits of your ancestors is your birthright. Nobody is more invested in watching you succeed than they are. I know that the power of ancestral work is so strong that you don’t even have to believe in it to work, and it trumps pretty much every other method of psychic development. 

Everyone is psychic. I genuinely believe that all humans have what it takes to develop their prediction skills. However, there’s a lot of information out there which, although it may be useful to some, does not resonate with everyone. You don’t have to resort to chakra cleansing, centering, grounding, etc. if this doesn’t work or ‘click’ for you. I am a successful and award-winning predictive Tarot reader, and I do none of these things. 

I developed my Tarot reading skills by working with the spirits closest to me – my relatives. First came the signs. Now, I can feel their touch, receive messages, and give readings on demand. In a nutshell, this is how I developed my psychic and predictive abilities, and I’m going to give you some tips so you can do the same. 

So, if you’re interested in working with spirit for your Tarot readings, here are my top tips for mediumship development:  

Notice Signs from Spirit

If you want to try ancestral work for Tarot readings, it is essential that you follow signs in your day-to-day life. The more you notice, the more signs they will send you. One morning, try asking spirit around you for a sign, any sign. Your sign may be a lotus flower, a fox, or a feather. The more you observe signs, the more frequently spirit will contact you.

Signs are a great way to begin conversing with spirit because you can consider them ‘safe.’ Observing signs is not like linking directly with spirit, or even petitioning them to be in the same room as you. 

Noticing and asking for signs is like getting a PM from a guy on Facebook. You may or may not reply – there’s no pressure. If you decide that he creeps you out and he’s not for you, you can ignore him. However, if you decide you like him, you give him the green light and meet him in person. (Using signs for divination is known as apantomancy). 

The above scenario is exactly like using ancestral work for your Tarot readings. If the signs begin to bother you, your ancestors will get the hint and leave you alone. However, if you welcome the signs, photograph them, write about them, and talk about them, your spirits will take things to the next level by beginning to communicate with you in real life. It’s all about what you’re comfortable with allowing into your space. 

Work with Familiar Spirits

When I perform a Tarot reading, I link with the spirits of my relatives; only a small percentage of the time do I link with the spirits who are around the person I’m reading. Why? Because I trust my spirits and know that they’re around me all the time. I therefore don’t need to use a spirit that’s unfamiliar to me. I have a relationship with these spirits, and they have a vested interest in watching me do well because we are related. 

If you want to give spirit-led Tarot readings, you don’t have to link with the relatives of your seeker. The spirits of your ancestors can tell you everything you need to know about the past, present, and future of your clients. Once they’re on the other side, spirits know everything. 

My ancestors act as gatekeepers between myself and my seekers (and their ancestors). I’m confident that every time I perform a reading, they will be there, so I have no reason to turn to my seeker’s spirits. 

If you’re curious, I don’t have to explain these facts to my seekers. They don’t hire me to contact their relatives; they hire me for prediction with Tarot. I advertise as a diviner, not a medium, because advertising myself as a medium may cause confusion. When it comes to spirit work, you don’t have to disclose the ins and outs of your readings to your seekers; you just have to do the job!

Notice your Feelings

There’s this belief by the general population (and in Tarot circles) that everything you experience when you practice spirit work is somehow in your ‘mind’s eye’, but this is not necessarily true.  

If you petition a spirit to work with you, you’ll get physical feelings each time you link. For some, this may be a chill, a grab of the hand, or an itch on the face. I used to say I couldn’t meditate because I kept getting an itchy face; it wasn’t until only a couple of years ago that I realized this was spirits’ way of making me notice I was linking with their energy. 

Sensing spirit in ‘real’ forms doesn’t just happen with touch, but also sound, sight, taste, and smell. Sometimes you will smell flowers or aftershave, or a particular taste will come into your mouth. The sensations you feel as a seer are different from sensing it in your mind’s eye; these are physical experiences. So, if you’re trying to develop mediumship skills, take everything you experience into account when you’re practicing.

Take Note of Your Dreams

Spirits (usually of relatives) will visit you in your dreams if they know you’re mindful of them. If you struggle to remember your dreams, take note of anything you can remember first thing in the morning; this trains your brain into recording what you see. 

You should share your dreams with others as a way to discern between dream style. There are two main types of dreams that involve spirits: dreams that are symbolic, and dreams that are premonitions or show things that have already happened. If you tell your living family members your dreams about dead family members, they can tell you if a dream has already happened, but it’s something you shouldn’t know about unless through psychic means.

Just the other day, I had a dream about my great-grandmother, who told me that when my twin and I were 2 or 3 years old, my twin fell off a stool in my uncle’s kitchen. I asked my mum, and she confirmed this to be true. Without my mother’s input, I would have never known this was a dream that wasn’t symbolic.

If someone has booked a Tarot reading with you, the night before, ask your ancestors to show you something of significance to the reading. Then, when morning rolls around, record what you saw the night before. Sometimes, the things your ancestors show you in your dream will be relevant to your seeker. 

About three years ago – the night before a professional reading – I had a dream about a flooded house. In this house was a huge wooden table with elephants carved into its legs. The next day, I asked my client about the table during the reading. It turns out that the table had belonged to her husband and was a gift from his mother. The house he had inherited had flooded while he was away for work, ruining his table. 

Ask Your Ancestors Before a Tarot Reading

Before you even journey to a Tarot reading (or perform one on your own), you have to ask the spirits for assistance. How you go about doing this can be as elaborate or as simple as you like, but you need to ask. 

Not asking doesn’t stop them from helping you, but asking for assistance cements your intentions. If you don’t know how to ask, even a quick, “Please help me do a good job because I’m crapping myself here” is definitely better than nothing! 

Before I perform a Tarot reading, I always ask my ancestors to help me calm my nerves, and then I request their assistance in reading the destiny of my seekers. 

Closing Thoughts on Ancestral Work For Tarot Readers

That’s all for how you can practice ancestral work for Tarot card readings! Have you tried to use ancestral work for Tarot readings? Did you find that your readings were more accurate? You can share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section at the bottom of this post! We can’t wait to hear from you.

How to Buy Tarot Cards

Do you want to know how to buy Tarot cards? Curious if you can purchase your own Tarot deck? Are you wondering where you can even buy a Tarot deck? Unsure whether or not you might accidentally get the wrong one? What’s the best deck for beginners? Read on…

This is the ultimate guide to Tarot decks, designed primarily to get you to the point where you’re confident enough to purchase your own, but without giving you so much information as to scare you off! So, if you’re wondering where there are decks for sale, or if you’re curious about whether or not you can buy your own deck, you’re in the right place!

Ever since I’ve been online teaching Tarot, I’ve been asked many questions by budding Tarot card readers such as yourself. Usually, these queries are caused by issues around getting started with reading and owning a deck. Therefore, I’m going to answer the most common questions I receive!

Can I Buy My First Tarot Deck?

There’s quite a common belief that you cannot buy your own Tarot decks; they must be gifted to you for them to work. Because this is a question I’m asked frequently, I’m going to tackle it first.

Yes, you can buy your own decks – it honestly doesn’t matter. It’s not wrong or weird to buy yourself your first Tarot deck, and your deck will still ‘work’ the same.

Many Tarot readers like to sit on Facebook and theorize where this myth came from, and some believe it’s an idea that started with Romany Gypsies. As a Gypsy myself, I can categorically say that no, we didn’t start the rumor that you can’t buy your own deck, because we simply don’t believe in those types of superstitious. This belief is a European one.

Because I started reading Tarot as a child, my mum did, in fact, buy me my first deck (because I couldn’t buy my own). However, as an adult, I have bought many of my own decks, and they work just fine.

It’s probably actually better to buy your own deck than to have someone give you one. You’ll have a stronger bond with a deck you’ve selected yourself. A deck you hunt down and find will feel special. Plus, there’s nothing worse than being stuck with a first deck you hate! Therefore, I in fact recommend that you always buy your own first deck.

How Can I Buy a Tarot Deck?

Believe it or not, where there are books, there are Tarot decks. Where there’s anything related to witchy stuff, crystals, and healing oils, there are likewise Tarot decks. Therefore, when it comes to looking for Tarot decks for sale, you have two main options.

The most common place you can go to obtain a Tarot deck is anywhere you can buy a book. For example, Amazon, Barns and Noble, WH Smith, Waterstones, and even eBay all stock Tarot card decks. From most of these places, you have the luxury of either buying online or in-store.

Another option for getting a Tarot deck is to go to your local mystical shop. Your nearest mind, body, spirit store will have Tarot decks for sale. If you’re unsure of where the one is closest to you, simply type something into Google like, ‘local psychic shop’ or ‘mind, body, spirit stores near me’ and go from there.

These are the main places to buy Tarot decks in the UK, USA, and Australia, so I’m assuming that pretty much across the world, you can get decks from these kinds of places as well. 

How Many Cards are in a Tarot Deck?

You must know how many cards are in a Tarot deck because this is how you will recognize it as a Tarot deck. There should be 78 cards in your deck. Some decks might include one or two extra cards that you can keep and mess around with, but as a general rule, your deck should have 78 cards. If it doesn’t include at least 78 cards, it’s not a Tarot deck.

Which Tarot Deck Should I Buy?

To be honest, if you’re just learning and have no clue what you’re doing, you should buy a Rider-Waite Tarot deck (sometimes called a Rider-Waite-Smith Deck). This is the most commonly used Tarot deck and is recognized as such. It has 78 cards and will be for sale pretty much everywhere there are decks.

Purchase and buy first Tarot card deck by Rider Waite Smith
This is a Rider Waite Smith deck. It is the deck that beginners and pros alike most commonly use for their Tarot card readings.

In shops, your standard Rider-Waite deck will have a deep blue box with gold detailing. You can get Rider-Waite decks with different boxes, but if you’re confused and worried you’ll get the wrong thing, look for the Rider-Waite deck with the blue box and gold detailing.

Alternatively, here are some Rider-Waite decks:

Once you own and use your standard Rider-Waite Tarot deck, you’ll become familiar with Tarot. When you own one Tarot deck, you will be able to recognize other decks. Your confidence will increase when it comes to the structure of Tarot, and you’ll know the difference between Tarot and other types of decks. Which brings me to my next point:

How Do I Know that it’s a Tarot Card Deck?

As I said, Tarot decks will have 78 cards. It will have the word ‘Tarot’ written on the box. If it doesn’t specifically say that it’s a Tarot deck, it isn’t one. For example, if it says ‘Oracle’ deck, it’s not a Tarot deck. Tarot decks are always called by that name. If you are unsure how to buy Tarot cards, make sure that your deck has the word ‘Tarot’ on there.

What Cards Should be in my Tarot Deck?

There are 78 cards in a Tarot deck. The structure of your deck should look similar to a playing card deck with four suits – Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles (Pentacles are sometimes called Coins, but they are the same thing). Just like playing cards, there will be Court cards, but instead of 3 Courts, there are 4 of these.

So, you will have a total of 56 of these cards including the Ace of Wands, King of Cups, Five of Swords, and so on. On top of these cards, you will have 22 ‘Major’ cards that don’t appear in playing card decks. Together, these are what make up the 78 total cards. 

Confused? Don’t be! Here’s a complete list of the 78 cards that should be in your deck:

Ace of Wands | II of Wands | III of Wands | IV of Wands | V of Wands | VI of Wands | VII of Wands | VIII of Wands | IX of Wands | X of Wands | Page of Wands | Knight of Wands | Queen of Wands | King of Wands

Ace of Cups | II of Cups | III of Cups | IV of Cups | V of Cups | VI of Cups | VII of Cups | VIII of Cups | IX of Cups | X of Cups | Page of Cups | Knight of Cups | Queen of Cups | King of Cups

Ace of Swords | II of Swords | III of Swords | IV of Swords | V of Swords | VI of Swords | VII of Swords | VIII of Swords | IX of Swords | X of Swords | Page of Swords | Knight of Swords | Queen of Swords | King of Swords

Ace of Pentacles | II of Pentacles | III of Pentacles | IV of Pentacles | V of Pentacles | VI of Pentacles | VII of Pentacles | VIII of Pentacles | IX of Pentacles | X of Pentacles | Page of Pentacles | Knight of Pentacles | Queen of Pentacles | King of Pentacles 

0. The Fool | I. The Magician | II. The High Priestess | III. The Empress | IV. The Emperor | V. The Hierophant | VI. The Lovers | VII. The Chariot | VIII. Strength | IX. The Hermit | X. The Wheel of Fortune | XI. Justice | XII. The Hanged Man | XIII. Death | XIV. Temperance | XV. The Devil | XVI. The Tower | XVII. The Star | XVIII. The Moon | XIX. The Sun | XX. Judgment | XXI. The World

(Note: in some decks, Strength and Justice are switched around, but this still counts as a Tarot deck).

You will notice that most decks are numbered with Roman numerals, not regular numbers. This is just tradition and is something you will get used to. And don’t worry, the cards all mean the same thing regardless of whether one is labeled a II of Wands or a Two of Wands.

There are cases where the Tarot deck designer has gotten creative and named their cards something different (for example, Prince and Princess instead of Page or Knight). For beginners, the renaming of some cards can be confusing. This is why I recommend you stick to reading with a Rider-Waite Tarot deck until you get familiar and confident with the structure of Tarot. If you’re struggling with how to buy Tarot cards, stick to the trusted Rider-Waite deck.

What Should I Do After I Buy My First Tarot Deck?

After buying your first Tarot deck, you should learn some Tarot card meanings. Once you own a deck, learning the meanings is the next step in reading Tarot. You can learn some of these Tarot card meanings on this website.

How to Buy Tarot Cards: A Recap

So, as a quick round-up, here are the points to remember:

  • You can buy your first Tarot deck yourself.
  • You can buy a deck from places like Amazon or your local mind, body, spirit shop.
  • There are 78 cards in a Tarot deck.
  • If you’re a beginner, you should buy a Rider-Waite Tarot deck. It comes in a blue box with gold detailing. Or, you can purchase the same deck I use here.
  • You’ll know it’s a Tarot deck if it says ‘Tarot’ on the box and has 78 cards.
  • Your deck will be made up of 22 special cards and 56 other cards that look like playing cards, but the suits are called Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles.
  • In some decks, the suits and Court cards may be called different things.
  • Decks are traditionally numbered in Roman numerals.
  • Once you buy your first Tarot deck, you should begin to learn the meanings of each card.

Closing Thoughts on How to Buy Tarot Cards

That’s all for how to buy Tarot cards! Are you rushing out to purchase your new deck? Have you already bought your Tarot card deck? Which one did you select? Feel free to let me know in the comments section below!

Are You Choosing the Wrong Tarot Deck?

What if you’re choosing the wrong Tarot deck? Choosing the right Tarot deck is no easy feat, especially with so many on the market.

You have done your research and settled on a deck which you love. However, something is wrong. Although you are obsessed with your new deck, you just cannot connect with it. No matter how hard you try to predict the future, the deck just doesn’t work for you.

You may feel;

– Like your Tarot deck doesn’t ‘speak’ to you.

– As though you cannot perform readings on strangers with your deck.

– Like your deck is just a deck of paper, and not something which you cherish.

There are several well know things which you can do to build up a stronger connection to your deck including journaling on its images, carrying it around and sleeping with it next to your bed. However, if you have tried all of these things to no avail, then perhaps it is time to consider that maybe this style of deck just isn’t for you.

How You Can End up Choosing the Wrong Tarot Deck

The first place where I see both newbies and seasoned pros make mistakes, is during the deck buying stage and you’re probably no exception. You did what feels right and choose a illustrated deck with detailed pictures (as opposed to an unillustrated deck with just swords or just cups) but you may have gone wrong by selecting a deck which is not the right style for your intuition.

There are many types of decks to choose from, but I break illustrated decks down into two styles: lots of symbols or minimal symbols.

Tarot Cards with Lots of Symbols

Cards with lots of symbols are often ‘action’ orientated and depict a scene in detail. You must interpret the seeker’s situation based on this scene. Problems arise, however, when there are interpretation which don’t fit this scene; knowing there is something you are missing which isn’t on the table can cause panic and confusion.

Mastering a scenic system also depends on your personality type. If you resist empathising with others, then reading with scenic cards can cause problems. (remember, resisting empathy is different from having empathy).

Minimal Tarot Decks

Minimal Tarot cards, on the other hand, will feature one symbol you must interpret, such as a crow, a fox or a lotus flower. The backgrounds on minimal cards aren’t really a part of the overall card meaning and do not depict a scene. From minimal cards, you are basically adding together one symbol with many meanings to other cards with one symbol and lots of meanings. Once all of the cards are laid out, you can see how they fit together.

One way to tell for sure if you’re naturally a minimalist or scenic reader, is to try your hand at reading the card system known as Lenormand. Lenormand is similar to Tarot but is read with 36 cards. These cards have only one symbol on them. If you find it easy to read with Lenormand then you should be buying a minimalist deck.

Personally I am a minimalist, but I like to mix it up. In client readings I usually read with Lenormand and for readings for myself I will read with The Alice Tarot. The reasons why I choose Lenormand is because I find minimal easier to predict with when I am under pressure. However, when I am at home and the pressure is off, I read with Tarot.

So, which decks should you be using? If you feel that you need to be able to see action happening, then go for a RWS themed deck or a general themed deck such as:

The Rider Waite Smith deck 

The Alice Tarot 

Tarot Apokalypsis 

If you feel that you would be better using a minimal deck, then you should try:

The Wooden Tarot 

The Wild Unknown Tarot 

The Linestrider Tarot

Closing Thoughts on Choosing the Wrong Tarot Deck

So, what about you? Have you been using the same deck and not seeing results? Do you feel like perhaps it is the style of deck which you’re having trouble with? Let me know in the comments section!

How To Clean and Clear a Tarot Deck

How often should you clean and clear your Tarot deck? How do you care for your Tarot deck? What are the different methods of cleaning and clearing your Tarot deck? What steps do you need to take to make sure that your Tarot deck is well taken care of? If you are asking any of these questions regarding cleaning and clearing your Tarot deck, this post will point you in the right direction!  

Once you’ve found your perfect Tarot deck you need to treat it with respect. One was you can take care of your Tarot deck is to clean and clear it.

Many experienced Tarot readers wrap their cards in a swathe of silk or other type of luxury material, and treat the deck as if it was a piece of valuable treasure. Other people prefer to store their Tarot deck in a portable drawstring pouch with a piece of beautiful Quartz crystal to absorb any negative energies.

It’s entirely up to you whether you opt to wrap the Tarot deck in silk, before placing it in a storage box. You can choose to keep the deck in a special wooden box that is reserved just for it. Place the box with your Tarot deck inside, somewhere it won’t be disturbed. If you have a sacred altar, place your box there when not using the Tarot deck.

When to Clean and Clear Your Tarot Deck 

Every time that you pick up your Tarot Deck you are leaving an imprint of your energy on it. If you’re using the Tarot cards for public readings, consider the amount of energy that is being transferred to the Tarot deck whenever the cards are shuffled and handled by other people! Regularly using the Tarot deck for readings means that the energy of the cards will be affected much quicker. It’s therefore good Tarot practice to get into the habit of cleansing your Tarot deck frequently.

As you get to know your Tarot deck you will start to notice when the cards don’t feel quite right. You might drop a few cards as you practice your usual expert shuffling skills. Or find that you pick up a negative vibe as you handle the cards.

Cleaning your Tarot deck is highly recommended for all of the following situations and reasons:

• You’ve just bought your first (or a new) Tarot deck

• You’ve neglected your Tarot deck for some time and it now has stagnant energy

• You’ve allowed your friends and family to touch and handle the Tarot cards

• Your Tarot deck was bought second hand or passed down as a used gift

• You don’t feel fully connected to the Tarot cards and your readings are confusing

• You’ve given a Tarot reading that was particularly draining

• Your Tarot deck has been exposed to negative energy – this could be an anxious or obsessive person or a negative environment

• Your entire Tarot deck has fallen on the floor or been exposed to some kind of ‘accident’

Personally, I do not clean my deck that often because I am the only person who handles my cards. I even shuffle for my clients! However, I do perform some of the following rituals on my decks before an important reading or if I have extra time. 

There are many different ways in which you can clear and cleanse your Tarot deck of negative energy. Your chosen method can be simple or elaborate. As you cleanse away negative and toxic vibes from your Tarot deck you can also bless it.

The Sorting and Shuffling Method

The easiest Tarot deck cleansing technique is undoubtedly the sorting and shuffling method. To do this, separate the cards – Major Arcana, and the individual suits of the Minor Arcana. Line all the cards up in order and start shuffling. Give them a good seven shuffles to reinvigorate the Tarot deck.

Crystal Magic

One of the most popular ways to clean and cleanse a Tarot deck is via the potent power of crystals. You can easily cleanse and recharge your Tarot deck by selecting one, or more, crystals that absorb negative energy. Place a piece of Selenite, Black Tourmaline or Amethyst on top of the deck and leave it to do its thing. If you choose Clear Quartz to do the work, it will also amplify the energy of the Tarot cards.

Using the Power of Meditation 

If you practice meditation you can cleanse your Tarot cards with visualisation. Hold the deck in both hands, and close your eyes. Relax and take your attention to your breath. Visualise beautiful Universal energy being drawn down towards you, and passing through you to the cards that you hold in your hands. Complete the process by visualising a protective shield of glowing white light surrounding you.

Cleansing with Incense

You can clean and cleanse your Tarot deck with an incense cone or stick. Light the smudge stick (or incense) and allow the smoke to waft into the air. Hold the Tarot deck in your hand and pass it through the smoke several times. If you’re using a smudge stick, it’s a good idea to cleanse yourself of toxic energy too.

When it comes to selecting a fragrance, it is best to choose one which you have a string connection to. For example, if you love roses because they remind you of your deceased granny, then use a rose incense. 

Personally, I am a Romany Gypsy and my ancestors came from India. I always use Sandalwood for everything spiritual because this is a sacred wood to ancient Indians. 

Clean and Clear your Tarot Deck with Music

You can use the vibration of a singing bowl to cleanse your Tarot deck and to attune it to your energy.

Sun or Moon Bathing 

Both the Sun and the Moon are powerful sources of energy that you can freely use to cleanse your Tarot deck of negativity. On a warm, sunny day take your Tarot deck outside and allow it to be exposed to the radiant energy of the sun. It’s best to avoid doing this when the weather is scorching and humid!

Alternatively, on a full moon night, place your Tarot deck on a windowsill or outside where it can directly bathe in the moonlight. 

Salt Burial 

Salt is an absorbent material that can be effectively used to draw out negative energy from Tarot cards. To ensure that your Tarot deck isn’t damaged, place it inside a plastic bag (a seal top food bag works perfectly), and then put the package inside a larger airtight container. Now add the salt to the container, filling it up until your Tarot deck is completely buried. Leave alone for up to one week. Take your Tarot deck out of the container and dispose of the salt.

For a mess-free salt cleanse, place your Tarot deck on top of a large slab of Himalayan salt.

Reiki Energy Healing

If you practice Reiki healing, you can cleanse your Tarot deck by holding it in your hands and setting an intention to channel the energy system through your hands to the cards.

To avoid Tarot deck cleansing feeling like a boring chore, choose a technique or method that you actually enjoy. The process will then feel more like a special ritual that strengthens the connection between you and the Tarot cards.

Closing Thoughts on how to Clean and Clear your Tarot Deck

That’s all for my top tips on how to clean and clear your Tarot deck! Personally, I never clean or clear my deck because I do not allow anyone else to touch my cards. But, I understand that everyone may be different!

Do you clean or clear your Tarot deck? Which method is your favourite? Feel feel to let me know in the comments section below, I would love to hear from you!

The History of Tarot Cards

What is the history of Tarot cards? When were Tarot cards created? Did Romany Gypsies bring cards from Egypt? Did Tarot start as a game and develop from playing cards? What is the timeline of Tarot and how do characters like Etteilla, De Gebelin, Rider, Waite and Smith fit into it?

Almost everyone has heard of Tarot and are aware of the Tarot card system, but knowing and understanding are two completely different things and very few can actually say that they fully understand Tarot and what it stands for.   

Is Tarot Historically Safe?

Despite what some commentators may imply, Tarot is not allied to the Devil and is not an evil practice that will forever condemn your soul to lakes of fire.  Like any divination practice, Tarot seeks to uncover the mysteries that already exist within your mind, and allow you to release intuition that exists in your mind but you have no way of tapping into.

Practically, anyone can learn to read Tarot cards as they help channel your own powers of divination, but it does take quite a lot of practice to become adept at reading. It is also a highly intuitive process that requires the reader to make judgements based on the cards laid out before them, so while guide books and charts will be useful in some respects, the best way to actually learn what your cards mean is to handle them, hold them, and feel what they are telling you.

Here, we will examine the history of this fascinating system. The history of Tarot is almost as magical as the cards themselves.

The History of Tarot 

Tarot are believed to have their origin in simple playing cards of the 13th century, and were no more than elaborate parlour games, probably based on the Islamic “Mamluk” cards.  Cards of the time would have been hand drawn and painted and would have been expensive toys for the rich, so time would have taken to get the detail right.   

Around 1440, a letter from Antonio Jacopo Marcello – the Duke of Milan – made reference to ‘triumphorum genus’ or triumph cards, that were used for a game called Triumph that was similar to Bridge.  The cards were different from previous packs by the inclusion of twenty-two cards with symbolic images that were different from any of the suit cards, and represented permanent trump cards. 

The game spread quickly to all parts of Europe with people referring to it as tarocchi, which was an Italian version of the French word Tarot. With these new cards in existence, the pictures became stylized and started to attract the attention of mystics who were convinced that they were capable of use in divination.

From this basis, there are two distinct histories to Tarot – one expounded by many arcane philosophies and those seeking to their capacity for divination by their use, and one that demonstrates it as simply a social gaming system. 

While gaming is an important part of Tarot, their position as a major means of clairvoyance is by far the most well-established aspect of their use, and the one that they are usually associated with, and this is a much more interesting history.  

A History of the Arcane Path 

Pinpointing any exact introduction of the Tarot as an occult tool is fairly difficult but there is certainly evidence of their use by 18th Century Occultist Jean-Baptiste Alliette (August 1738 – December 1791) who was a major force in exposing the pack to a much wider social audience.  In the latter years of his life, Alliette, drew and issued the first Tarot deck designed specifically for divinatory purposes, rather than as a simple card game or means of entertainment. A few years earlier, he had responded to de Gebelin’s work with a treatise of his own, a book explaining how one could use the Tarot for divination.

The popular arcane history of the Tarot really began in the 18th century, when Antoine Court de Gebelin came across the card pack and speculated on their ancient origins.  The former Protestant pastor from Nimes was introduced to the concept of Tarot and quickly decided that they were of ancient Egyptian origin. 

De Gebelin was an active freemason and became fascinated by the possible connection between the symbolic artwork and legends major Egyptian gods including Isis and Osiris.  In 1781 he went on to publish a major work on the subject, entitled Le Monde primitif, analysé et comparé avec le monde moderne (“The Primeval World, Analyzed and Compared to the Modern World”), and became widely accepted by his peers.  This well-received essay cemented Tarot as an esoteric system, and prompted other adepts and mystics to take up the practice of divination using the card system.

Interest in Tarot started to grow amongst occultists and there were increasing links made between the cards and the Kabbalah, with this link clarified by Eliphas Levi in his 1856 work, “Dogma et Ritual de la Haunte Magie”.  This connection captured the attention of the influential Golden Dawn, and Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers – the head of the occult group – developed the esoteric attributes of the Tarot in the seminal work Book T, published in 1887.

The Golden Dawn became fascinated with Tarot and helped make the system increasingly mainstream.  In fact, modern packs owe their structure to the Golden Dawn who rearranged the pack to correspond more with the Kabbalah, and codifying the meaning and use of the Minor Arcana cards.

The highly popular Rider-Waite deck was first devised in 1910, and were drawn by illustrator Pamela Colman Smith from the mystic instructions of academic and visionary, Arthur Edward Waite. They were published by the Rider Company, and remain one of the most used packs of cards available due to their fine heritage and simple yet effective depictions of the cases.  

Waite was a genuine scholar of occultism whose published works include The Holy Kabbalah, and The Book of Ceremonial Magic, which included an entire Grimoire of black magic. Waite became fascinated by Tarot and wrote the seminal work “The Key to Tarot” in 1910.  In this he expounded the notion that “the true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs” which was a notion that was soon adopted by other adepts and mystics.  Waite’s book and the deck were published to complement each other.

The last major influence in Tarot was in 1944 with the publishing of The Book of Thoth by the celebrated mystic, Aleister Crowley.  This short essay described the background and use of the Thoth Tarot, a deck of cards designed by Crowley and co-designed and painted by Lady Frieda Harris.

Since then, there have been innumerable decks of cards published, all based on the same design of pack.  These have fueled an interest in Tarot as recognizable mystic system for divination, and that in turn has led to a growing interest in the practice for both help other and for personal daily decision making.  But the first step in being able to do that is to understand the cards themselves, and dismiss any pretensions and fallacies associated with the evocative Major Arcana in particular.

Closing Thoughts on the History of Tarot Cards

Tarot is a powerful tool that is just as relevant today as it was when it first became popular in occultism in the nineteenth century, resulting in a tool that serves as an important cornerstone in Western mysticism.  

Like any complex system, it takes time and practice to really understand the way of the cards, but hopefully this brief introduction has given you enough to start what will be a fabulous journey with the Tarot pack.

Do you have anything to add to this history of Tarot? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Why Your Tarot Stopped Working

Why have your Tarot cards stopped working? How can your Tarot just magically not work for you anymore? Are your Tarot cards not accurate, or do they not make any sense? Are you struggling to make detailed predictions with your Tarot cards? Then this post is for you! 

Despite the fact I have practiced Tarot nearly my entire life, I haven’t always been good at it. Divination is a skill that you must constantly level up and improve on; otherwise, you can fall short. The expert or would-be expert diviner must always be adapting, always pushing to do better.

Unlike other types of skills, the ability to divine is something that can come and go for no obvious reason. There have been times when I have ‘lost’ my ability to practice Tarot. Seemly overnight my cards have stopped working for me, and I have found it hard to make predictions or give readings.

About four years ago, after 15 years of practice, I randomly lost my ability to read Tarot. The worst part was, I realized while I was at a paying client’s house performing a reading. I knew the meanings of the card, but they stopped speaking to me, and I couldn’t nail the reading. 

It was a nightmare

At the time, I didn’t know what it was which caused me to lose my Tarot reading capability, but it scared the shit out of me. Not only was I freaked out but I lived with both the fear and shame of having lost my abilities. It just did not make sense. 

If you have been reading for a long time, or you’re a professional, you may not want to go posting around Facebook groups for help. Or if you’re brand new, you might not understand why your Tarot cards aren’t gelling with you and not know where you can turn for help.

Don’t fear; I have some tips for what you can do if a method of divination isn’t working for you. Get divining and give these a bash!

Why your Tarot cards have stopped working - Rider Waite Smith deck
Although you may love Tarot, it may have stopped working because it is not right for you.

Tarot Stopped Working Because It Is Not Right For You

Sorry to break it to you, but you’re not going to be able to practice every method of divination. There will be some types of fortune-telling you will rock and others which will not even let you get your foot in the door; Tarot may be one of them.

If you’re a newbie to a type of reading and feel blocked every time you sit at your reading table, then it could be a sign that the type of divination you’re trying to master isn’t right for you.

I truly believe that everyone can perform divination. However, because we all think differently, have separate talents and abilities, not everyone can do every type of  fortune-telling. You may find you’re practically amazing at Lenormand but suck at Tarot.

So, what should you do? In these situations, I recommend you stick with your chosen method for a little while. However, if you’re finding you’re not making progress, then it may be time to move on to another method more fitting for your personal talents. Don’t worry; there are literally hundreds of methods of divination, you’re sure to find a good half dozen you’re killer at.  

Lenormand is a card reading method which is similar to Tarot, but there are not as many cards to remember (Lenormand only has 36). Plus, if you’re into symbolism, can easily put things together and consider yourself quite an intuitive person, Lenormand may be more fitting to you than Tarot. 

Your Tarot Stopped Working Because It’s Time To Move On

Believe it or not, this is what happened to me. I truly believe my Tarot stopped working because I was destined to learn Lenormand.     

Not long after the incident where I forgot how to read Tarot, I was scheduled for a job interview at a psychic shop. Part of the interview involved reading the owner. I. Was. Shitting. Myself.

Knowing fine well I couldn’t read Tarot anymore, I mentally began to go through the other methods of divination I knew but, to be honest, I felt kind of blocked with them as well. So here I was, about to be tested and had no clue what the hell I was doing.

Two days before the interview, I hit Google. I was on Wikipedia looking up methods of divination I could quickly learn and perform for the meeting. Sacrificing goats for their liver or setting bonfires was out of the question. One by one, I crossed each method off my list. Time slipped away.

As luck would have it, I was addicted to Facebook groups at the time. Trying to escape my problems, I was in some spiritual development group where a couple of German-born American readers were talking about Lenormand. Up until this point, I never heard of Lenormand; it didn’t even appear on my extensive Wikipedia search (which was a big thing because, back then, Wikipedia was life).

Seeing the crazy amounts of detail which readers could get from Lenormand influenced me enough to learn before the interview. Believe it or not, the method clicked into place so easily for me; I mastered the system in 2 days. AND I got the job. Not long after this incident, my ability to read with Tarot magically came back.

If almost overnight, you begin to struggle with a method of divination, you could be in a similar situation to the one I was in back when my Tarot reading didn’t make sense. Perhaps your spirits, the universe, etc. are pushing you towards mastering a new type of reading. Therefore, experiment with different fortune-telling systems and see if that makes a difference to your reading ability.

You Don’t Know The Meanings

When I teach divination, I have three pillars I like to work on. If a student is struggling with a method of divination, usually it is because one of those pillars is off balance and needs to be worked on. The first pillar is the meanings pillar.

Let’s be honest, most types of divination are made up of meanings and interpretations. If you don’t know the meanings and interpretations, then you’re going to struggle with the method of reading. You have to get the foundations down.

Struggling with an interpretation or two (or 10) can put a block on your ability to practice a method of divination. If you’re praying to God that this card doesn’t come up, or that thing isn’t mentioned, it adds too much-unneeded stress to an already stressful situation. You could essentially be putting your intuition on lockdown.

Why your Tarot cards have stopped working - Lenormand deck
Lenormand has many symbols that you can find in your day-to-day life such as the sun, children and storks.

Everyone has that one Tarot card meaning they struggle with interpreting. That symbol which fills them with dread. Those two Tarot cards which they struggle telling apart. It is human nature to stumble when trying to digest tonnes of information. Swallowing thousands of year’s worth of interpretations is never easy and the more detailed the system you’re trying to conquer, the harder it gets. (If you’re curious, Justice was my ‘problem’ card, I always confuse Jupiter and Saturn and am forever struggling to interpret the meaning of ducks and yet, duck dreams seem to always come up for me, unbelievable).

 If there are meanings you just don’t get, then one of the reasons why could be because the meanings you’re trying to learn just aren’t gelling for you. Also, in Tarot, there are lots of cards to remember (78!), so learning can take years for some people, making predictions difficult. 

Your Techniques Are Lacking

Another ‘pillar’ which I teach, is techniques. In most methods of divination, how you read and get more detail is just as important as how you interpret.

If your issue is that you can perform a method of divination, BUT you feel as though you have hit a wall, then your reading techniques may need to be worked on. For example, in Tarot, you can use significators to get more details in your Tarot reading as opposed to wasting your life googling more and more interpretations. Therefore, if you’re struggling with the level of detail in your reading, work on your reading ability.

Your Spiritual Development Needs Work

A lack of good and proper spiritual development is probably the number one reason why most diviners struggle with their divination, that is why spiritual development is pillar number three I am about to discuss.

Divination is not a stand-alone practice.  If you want to be a good diviner, the development of your precognitive, psychic, intuitive and spiritual abilities are essential; otherwise, you’ll be like a headless chicken continually wondering what the hell you’re doing.

If Tarot has stopped working for you, it could be because your psychic abilities are blocked in some way.

One thing you can do to remedy this is to pray to an ancestral spirit to assist you in your divination. It doesn’t have to be a spirit you remember meeting, and you don’t even need to feel like you have had a relationship with them. The first spirit who pops into your head, even if you thought of the words “great-grandma” will do. Pray to them for help with your readings, and see what happens. 

Tarot Stopped Working Because It Is Not Right For The Job

A lot of readers cannot make predictions with Tarot cards; their readings are confusing, inaccurate and do not make sense.  If you fall into this category, the reason why could be because you are trying to achieve things which you personally just cannot with Tarot. 

It is a sad fact, but many Tarot cards limit their Tarot abilities from early on in their journey. It is possible that you have conditioned yourself to not predict with Tarot, especially if you have become accustomed to holistic readings. Some readers just cannot help but fall into the self-help trap. 

If you try a new method of card divination, such as Lenormand, you can teach yourself to break out of your Tarot healing rut. Lenormand focuses heavily on giving predictions for love, business, money, family, health – a total of at least 36 life areas. In fact, Lenormand is mainly concerned with giving predictions and detail orientated, accurate readings. 

So, What Can You Do?

Learn Lenormand! Learning Lenormand is super easy, fun and stress-free if you get the right guidance from the beginning. You can cruise this site and start reading Lenormand today! 

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