What is the consecration of the tarot deck?
Tarot deck consecration is a ritual that can help you use your tarot cards to get the results you want. This process can vary in complexity. Some methods of consecration are simple, while others are more elaborate. Anyway, consecrating the tarot deck is about devoting the tools of your craft to the work you want to do with them, empowering them with positive influences, and banishing any unwanted energy.
Why should you consecrate your tarot deck?
In order to get the most out of the ancient art of tarot, it is important to be very clear about what you intend to use it for. Consecrating your tarot deck allows you to keep it free of negativity and infuse it with universal energy. Additionally, taking the time to read can help you reinforce your intentions for a particular deck.
Dedicate your deck
There are as many different ways to consecrate a tarot deck as there are tarot readers themselves. Some people like to dedicate their cards to a specific higher power or deity, while others prefer to dedicate them to specific ideals such as healing, health, or happiness.
While there is no set or perfect way to consecrate a tarot deck, one major commonality is that almost all consecrations involve at least some ritualistic element.
As you adapt your own method of consecration, consider what approaches work best for you. For example, if you prefer elaborate rituals, you can form a formal circle or even perform the consecration in a temple, church, or other sacred place. You can also include sage, candles, essential oils, crystals, and other spiritual items in the process if it seems right to you.
Alternatively, if you prefer to keep things simple, you can simply hold your cards between your hands as you bless and fill them with love. State your intentions, whatever they may be, and ask that they bring clarity and healing to you and others alike.
If you’re preparing for a tarot consecration, be sure to bring your bag, your tarot box, and any items you’d like to incorporate into your readings — as well as the cards themselves, of course.
From there you can start the process. As mentioned above, the consecration can be anything you wish, so feel free to let your intuition be your guide. Just follow this basic structure and you’ll be consecrating your tarot deck in no time:
1. Banish and purify
First, get rid of any negative or unwanted energies. Many people incorporate incense, music, crystals, salt, and/or holy water into this step. This is also a great time to include special prayers, affirmations, or incantations. Control the sounds in your room – whether it’s music or chimes or pure silence – to create the right atmosphere. Images of the wild or of spiritually evolved beings can also be placed in your circle or on your altar table if you so desire.
Nature can do a lot of work for you here. Revealing your cards along with your tarot box or bag and placing them in the sunlight or moonlight is a wonderful way to clear out any unwanted influences that may have attached themselves to the deck. (Note, however, that leaving your cards in the sun can sometimes cause the colors to fade a bit, especially if you do this on a regular basis.)
This step generally involves asking your angels, guides, spiritual masters and/or ancestors to be present during your tarot card consecration. You can also include your favorite saints, gurus and devas from your spiritual path. Ask them to enlighten you, guide you, and bless your work. Ask for your clarity, love and wisdom so that all you read for may feel empowered and blessed through the process.
Because tarot allows you to connect with your soul, it’s important to treat your cards like the precious tools that they are. So the third step here – the consecration itself – is to express your intention and transfer that energy to your cards.
Ask yourself what you want to do with your deck. Do you want to enlighten and teach? Then add that to your dedications. Do you want to offer healing and comfort to people, or warn your customers of the pitfalls that lie ahead? Alternatively, you might just want to use the cards to earn a living and provide for your family.
That’s all right. Regardless of what you want to do with your tarot deck, this is the time to bring it up without getting caught up in your own head or feeling insecure.
State your goals for your tarot practice as clearly and concisely as possible. You may even want to write your dedication statement beforehand. Consider brainstorming and reflecting on your goals for a few days just to make sure you really understand what you hope to achieve from the ordination. Then incorporate those thoughts into the process, and once you feel you’ve infused the cards with the energy and purpose you chose for them, you can move on to the final step.
4. Bless and close
Thank your higher powers (as well as any other spiritual forces that have invoked you) for being present during your consecration and ask them to continue to bless your readings as you progress. Promise to use your cards in a way that will bring more love and joy to the world – it actually creates a spiritual alliance between you and forces greater than yourself. If you honor your side of the agreement, your higher powers will Return favors by blessing your work.
Place your cards in their storage box or pouch and sprinkle herbs, essential oils, or cologne on the outside of the container. This seals it with Venusian energy and will help you connect with the people you are reading for.
Rose, jasmine and lavender are very suitable for this final phase of the consecration. Patchouli can also serve the purpose because it contains the energy of the sun while clary sage can do the same because it contains the energy of the moon.
Connect in your own way
While the above steps represent the general process of a tarot deck consecration, the methods mentioned are only suggestions. Tailor your approach as you see fit, and use your cards with the same confidence as any item you’re familiar with. You will develop your relationship with the cards as you consecrate them, allowing them to adjust their energy to suit your personal intuitive gifts.
Any action done with intention can be powerful, so whatever your individual personality and spiritual path, you can find a way to consecrate your tarot cards. And as long as you have a clear understanding of your own goals, you can further strengthen your cards simply by using them. The longer you do this, the deeper and more effective your readings will be, allowing you to lay a successful foundation for your tarot work – one that can last for years to come.
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