1. What do you do with a deck you don’t connect with?
So, I like to try and pass on (re-sell or trade) decks that I don’t connect with. For me, the true tell of not connecting with a deck is if I just never use it. I always make a point to look through the deck when I first get it, try to connect a little with the images, but I don’t always read with it right away (typically this is because of time constraints). I like to set aside a good chunk of time to read with a deck for the first time and that’s when I’ll really get the feel for it. Though, to be honest, there are some decks in my collection that I’ve never even used. Most of those, I try to pass on, and that has been pretty successful. However, I do still have some that I haven’t used at all, just waiting…..
But I will say that I didn’t connect with The Wooden Tarot for a long time, and I’m so happy that I kept it because it’s one of my favorite decks now!
2. How long do you give yourself to connect with a new deck?
I don’t have a set time limit here — like I said, I still have some decks that I’ve never used. Every couple of months, I go through my collection and put some decks up for re-sale/trade, and it just depends on how I feel at that time about each deck. However, once I do get around to using the deck (ha), it will be pretty clear within 1-2 uses if that deck and I will not vibe.
3. What consecration ritual(s) do you use with new divination tools?
As far as “consecration” goes, I think what makes the deck (or any tool) most sacred to me is consistent use. Beyond that…. I used to think it was a big deal to sage/palo santo my decks, and I still like to, though I don’t always feel that it’s necessary. If I happen to read the intro section of the guidebook (which I don’t always do right away), and the intro section/author/creator recommends to sage the deck, then I will. Sometimes with a new deck, I just give the deck a good, hard knock, and whisper “welcome.” I will, however, definitely sage/palo santo the deck and sprinkle Florida Water on it before/between reading for others. If I truly want to reset/clear my deck, I separate and order it into suits and the major arcana and let it rest like that for a while.
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