Tarot For Self Care Exercise 1

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Claire McGregor

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Last time I shared my favourite tarot creators and now I have officially dived into our book of the season, Tarot For Self Care by Minerva Siegel. (I get nothing if you buy the book, I’m just adding the link in case you want to try it). I’m keen to get started and share all my findings with you. I hope you’ll find it fun and at least a little bit helpful.

The Beginning

Siegel seems to have approached this book as if the reader were a complete beginner. I think this is a sensible approach as experienced readers can skim the bits they know and new readers won’t be put off by coming across concepts they don’t understand. She starts be explaining what tarot is and how to care for your cards. One thing I found when I started researching tarot online is that there is a WHOLE LOT of bs out there. Some people tend to trot out their own opinion as fact and almost gate keep tarot as if it were their job. ( Hint, it isn’t!)

CAUTION. This bit discusses more mystical/spiritual practices and if it gets too woo-woo for you please move on. I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable so please, you do you. 😃 I do believe tarot cards can be affected by our energy and that of anyone who has held them so when I get a new deck the first thing I do is a smoke cleanse.

I’ve got a nice, ethically source bunch of sage from here in the UK and it lives in an abalone shell. I light it and let it burn for a few seconds before blowing it out and passing my cards through the smoke to cleanse them. Some people do this one card at a time, but seriously folks I have neither the time nor the patience! I usually say something like “I cleanse these cards of the energy of all those who have held them before. I cleanse them to remove all negativity.

I repeat this if my cards start giving weird readings or just don’t feel right. If you’re not happy with a smoke cleanse you can thoroughly shuffle them, knock on them, or leave them out in the light of the full moon. I put my cards on a windowsill each full moon anyway as it both cleanses and charges the decks and also my crystals. I would like to put them outside but no way am I risking that considering the unpredictability and general windiness of the British weather.

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Claire McGregor

I’m a writer taking my time to learn what good writing’s about and get my blog off the ground. I want to connect and learn. My Blog https://www.cmoomuses.com