How to Cleanse Tarot Cards

How to cleanse Tarot cards

Knowing how to cleanse Tarot cards isn’t something that is often taught to Tarot beginners. Most of the time, you have to feel out for yourself. This is because how you cleanse your own Tarot cards is based on personal preference. It’s based on what feels the most cleansing to you.

The good news is that are plenty of ways you can cleanse your cards. The main thing to keep in mind is how the energy of the Tarot cards feels to you and how you feel in yourself. It’s no good using a technique that doesn’t make you feel like something has shifted.

To help you find out how you should cleanse your Tarot cards, here are some things I’d like you to try.

Cleanse Tarot Cards With… Smoke

One of the easiest ways to cleanse your Tarot cards. Using smoke from herb bundles or smudge sticks that include things like sage or rosemary will do the trick.

All you need is to burn your herbs, whether it be a bundle, Palo Santo, or via loose incense. Then grab your Tarot deck and slowly run the deck through the smoke plume. Make sure to allow the smoke to fully wrap itself around the cards.

This is also very therapeutic to watch. Really pay attention to how the smoke moves around the Tarot cards. Where does it meet with the cards, and where does it appear to be repelled?

When I cleanse Tarot cards I like to hold them in the smoke for 1-2 minutes depending on how I feel. I like to try and tap into the energy of the cards and intuitively decide when the deck has been fully cleansed.

Cleanse Tarot Cards With… Crystals

If working with smoke doesn’t appeal to you then cleansing your Tarot deck with crystals could be the ticket.

There are a few ways to do this. My favourite is getting a piece of clear quartz or selenite and popping it on top of the deck before use. You can leave it for an hour or overnight depending on how deep of a cleanse it needs.

Some other crystals that are good for cleansing Tarot cards are Black Tourmaline and Citrine.

Another way you could cleanse your Tarot deck with crystals is by using crystal grids. This is a good way to also add in more specific types of energy whilst you’re cleansing. For example, create a grid using rose quartz to instil loving energy n your deck.

Cleansing it in this way can also help you set intentions for your reading.

Cleanse Tarot Cards With… Tapping

When it came to figuring out how I cleanse Tarot cards, tapping was the first technique that really felt right. I do this before I use my deck without fail. It’s quick, efficient and great for daily cleansing.

My go-to tapping technique for cleansing my Tarot cards is to use the heel of my hand. I simply give the deck three knocks and I’m good to go.

What this does is knock the stagnant energy from the deck. You’re using kinetic energy to replace the energy that is being held in the cards. The reason we want to do this is that the leftover energy can confuse our readings. We want to be able to have a good, clean slate before we dive back into a new reading.

Cleanse Tarot Cards With… The Moon

We’ve all heard of cleansing our crystals with the moon, but how do we cleanse Tarot cards with the moon? Well, the same exact way.

Which moon you use for cleansing is up to you. I prefer new moons because they represent new beginnings. A completely new cycle from which to start afresh.

Some people prefer a full moon to cleanse. It all depends on which phase of the moon you feel is the most cleansing for you. For me, I much prefer using the full moon to recharge my Tarot deck.

I wouldn’t advise putting your deck outside like you would crystals. Weather and dirt could end up damaging your cards and we don’t want that.

Cleanse Tarot Cards With… Visualisation

The final way to cleanse Tarot cards is visualisation. This is another of my favourites. All you have to do is visualise a soft white light entering your deck and cleansing it of all the energy it is holding.

It is best, however, to make sure you are in a deeply relaxed state before you start the visualisation. This is just so you aren’t transferring any negative energy to your deck.

If the soft white light isn’t working for you, think about something that feels cleansing to you. Maybe one of the elemental energies that we often find in the Tarot cards themselves. Maybe it’s a trickling stream or a gust of wind. Imagine it moving through the Tarot deck and carrying away all the stagnant energy.

Want to learn more about connecting with Tarot cards and how to get the most out of them? Make sure to take a look at my Tarot For Reconnection, a self-led workshop!