The Basic Rules of Tarot
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The Basic Rules of Tarot4 Essential Rules for Successful Working with Tarot Cards
How you use your Tarot cards is up to you. If you have had a Tarot reading in the past I am sure you will notice that every reader is different, both in their technique and their ritual laying out of the cards. However, there are a few basic rules that should be observed.
1. Never lend your Tarot cards to anyone, as this will interfere with your energy and the energy of the cards. As you become more familiar with your cards, you will create a bond of trust between them and you. This is very powerful. The only time you should allow your Tarot cards to be touched by a third party is if you are doing a reading for them, as it is important that both your energies connect with the deck before you commence with the reading.
2. In order to learn the cards quickly it is important to familiarize yourself with them. Each day pick a card at random and work with it. Initially, you will find you resonate with some cards more than others. Don’t worry about this, as the information will come. My new Hay House Basics book on The Tarot is full of effective techniques to help you to understand the cards quickly so that you will soon be able to read for yourself and others.
3. Always shuffle the deck thoroughly before a reading, as this acts as a cleansing ritual and allows you to connect with the cards. Shuffling the cards is an important part of Tarot reading and is covered in some depth in the book. When you finish a reading, shuffle the cards again before you return them to their box, cloth or Tarot bag, as this clears the energy from the reading ready for the next time.
4. When not using your cards, always wrap them in a cloth or Tarot bag or, if preferred, place them in a box. Tarot cards, as with any psychic tool, can be influenced by their surroundings. For example, if you live in a chaotic house, this energy may be picked up in your cards.
By respecting your cards and wrapping them in their own cloth, etc., you will not only establish a ritual for looking after your cards, but you will also protect them from outside energy. Some people like to place a crystal, such as an amethyst, in with their cards to disperse negativity, or add a drop of oil, such as frankincense or sandalwood, for extra protection. This is an entirely personal choice and not absolutely necessary. However, if you feel this is right for you, then why not?