10 ways to bond with your tarot deck

I think that when it comes to giving accurate and useful tarot readings, one of the easiest ways to achieve this is to have a solid bond with your deck. What does that mean? It means that you and your deck understand each other – physically, emotionally, energetically and spiritually. A solid bond means a solid reading. Now, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of books/websites/blogs etc. out there who claim that the quickest way to bond with a tarot deck is to sleep with the cards under your pillow or near your bed. I’m going to call bullshit on this because it is bloody impossible to sleep with a deck of 78 cards shoved under your pillow (as a naïve young reader, trust me, I tried this) and I don’t see how sleeping on a deck actually helps your connection.

Here are my top 10 ways to forge that crucial connection sans horrific night’s sleep and neck cramp (you’re welcome).

1. Welcome the deck – I’ve been reading cards long enough to notice that each deck has its own unique personality. Do I believe tarot decks are living things? No. But I do believe that it’s always nice to get a good welcome, so when you first bring your deck home, say hello. I usually do this by passing the deck through some sage smoke and then fanning out the cards and holding them against my heart. I say hi, welcome, what’s up? And then silently imbue them with my intentions.

2. Do a deck interview – Learn about your deck. Shuffle and draw a card for the following questions: what’s your personality? How will this blend with my own? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What’s the best way for us to work together? How can we connect on a deeper level? What will you teach me?

3. Start daily draws – Ah yes, that age-old tarot technique. There’s a reason why it’s so revered. Daily draws are a fab way to get to know a new deck and see what the day has in store for you. Commit to doing daily draws for three weeks, or however long feels good for you. You’ll be bonding with the deck in no time.

4. Have a conversation – Shuffle the deck. Tell it what’s on your mind, then draw a card from the top. How do you respond to that card? Pull another. What about that one? Pull another etc.

5. Imbue with your energy – If you need to connect quickly because you’ve just bought your deck and already have a sitter, here is a very ungraceful but tried and tested method of getting your bond on. Shuffle the deck and then briefly touch each card. This will get your energy into the deck and hopefully it’ll start responding. It’s worked for me.

6. Don’t look at the little white book – Seriously. Just put it away and allow the deck to speak to you in its own language. Intuitively you’ll vibe with whatever it is that you need to know. Sometimes the easiest way to give great readings is to shut off the logical part of your brain (the part that craves the little white book) and trust your intuition. That’s why most of us read in the first place – to tap into that hidden inner voice, right?

7. Journey into the cards – This process is a little more time consuming than the others, but if you have a vivid imagination it can yield great results. Choose a card, study the image, then close your eyes and imagine you’re in the card, interacting with whatever is going on. Trust every insight you receive and write it down.

8. Breathe into it – Hold the deck, think of the type of relationship you want to have with it (e.g. ‘I want this deck to help me improve my intuitive reading’) and then blow your intention into the deck. Energy flows where intention goes.

9. Think about what you like – Loving something instantly forges a connection. Every time you pick up your deck, focus on all the things you love about it. Give a deck love and it’ll love you back.

10. Care about it – This means making sure you store your deck somewhere safe so it doesn’t get warped from heat, it means treating it with respect and regularly inspecting it for signs of wear and tear. A little respect goes a long way.

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