Bonding with a New Deck
I view my decks as some might view their boyfriends/girlfriends in a polyamorous relationship. One won’t do, but I want a few select lovers. I think if you have too many, you can’t give them all the love and attention they require, nor can they give you what you require. I know collectors and tarot enthusiasts who have hundreds of decks, but this will never be me. I want less than 5 – 10 close friends on my shelf.
Still, it is so exciting to receive a new deck. Whenever you get a new tarot deck, you should immediately get to know it and attempt to bond with it. A tarot deck is a close friend! This probably seems crazy to people who aren’t into tarot, but decks are a sacred thing that you need to bond with and nurture in order to have a good relationship.
Here are some of the usual (wacky) things I do to bond with a new deck:
- Hold it as much as possible.
- Shuffle it in my free time.
- Sleep with it under my pillow.
- Talk to it.
- Breathe on it.
- Take it with me everywhere I go.
- Burn sage and let the smoke cleanse it.
- Thank it for what it will teach me.
- Ask it questions and learn about it.
Yesterday I received the new Wild Unknown tarot deck (which you can read about here), and after a thorough shuffle and thanks I conducted what is called a “deck interview.”
I asked the deck the following questions…
What kind of tarot deck are you? What card sums up your personality?
What issues/areas of life do you specialize in?
How can you best help me?
What quality is most important in a tarot reader?
How do you see our relationship?
I look forward to a long, prosperous relationship with the Wild Unknown. I hope you find the perfect deck (or decks) to bond with on your tarot journey!